“I’ll try to keep this up every month but don’t quote me on that.”
– Funmi Ogunlusi, Jan 31 2017.
Well, look who is keeping up with this for a second month? Yup, this girl. Hmm… Maybe there’s hope for my future new year’s resolutions after all!
Anyway, another month has come and gone and
my account is still not showing me millions the submissions have been pouring in! In fact, we’ve received so many submissions that all of us on the editorial side of things have to apologise to everyone waiting for feedback. We’re going through everything slowly but surely, but it might take us a while because you people have been writing like mad! But it’s the kind of madness we love here at TNC so keep it up; we all love reading everything you send us. If only the same powers that elongate Buhari’s sick leave could give us more hours in the day, we would be able to get through them quicker.
Anyway, this month was the month of love so quite a bit of our content was taken over by the 14 Days of Valentine series. Some of you figured out that the running theme was plot twists and I have to say the writers in our series WENT IN. We had a literal Yoruba demon, painful loss and supernatural creatures emerging at the last minute to avenge homophobia. We tried to soften the shock by posting a few sweet stories on the 14th and 15th, but even our resident Romeo ‘tensioned’ everyone with his dreamy twist.
To cut the long story short, we posted a lot more fiction than usual and I have to tell you I loved the submissions that came in. I said I was looking forward to February and all your yummy, original, bold, proofread, opinionated submissions and you didn’t disappoint!
Doing this faves thing is actually pretty difficult because I loved so many of them. To make matters even more complicated, even the entries that we put up after the series were dope. So what is a girl to do? You people want to confuse me.
To make my task easier, I’ll be picking my top three from the Val’s series and my top three from all other posts on the site. This month, most of my favourites are fiction and one thing I’ll say about the pieces published here (not just the ones I chose) is that I really love how they reflect our unique voices. A Miracle Nwokedi post (love her, btw!) doesn’t sound like a Funmi post which in turn doesn’t sound like an S post. If anything, that’s what I want to encourage everyone to do – develop and embrace your own voice. Grow into your style and own it – people like me will be eternally grateful.
Anyway, top three from the Val’s series were… *drum roll*
And, from the rest of the site, we have:
That’s it for this month! I really enjoyed the submissions that came through this month; bear with us while we work through the load you sent us! As always, I can’t wait to read more your stuff, guys.