Monday, March 26, 2012

I Won $1000 to promote the Naijastories Anthology

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Who remembers this post about World of Betters? Yes, the Naija Stories idea won $1000! is the leading community for Nigerian writers and book lovers, combining elements of a writing critique website and a social networking site. Of Tears and Kisses, Heroes and Villains is Volume 1 of the 'Best of NaijaStories' series. The 30 stories featured in the anthology were all originally published on the website between March 2010 and March 2011.


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About the World of Betters Win

I registered for the Western Union competition with the goal of using the win to pay for the anthology publishing/distribution costs, to promote the book and to send paperbacks to each of the featured writers.

The contest organizers contacted me some time ago to say the entry had made it to the finals. After verification and everything, we were announced as winners and the payment has now been received.

So, we have started making arrangements for a wider distribution of Naija Stories - Of Tears and Kisses, Heroes and Villains, which includes shipping some of the paperback to Nigeria. The eBook will also get wider distribution beyond the current channels.

In the next few days you'll be seeing the anthology promoted on various websites. The ads are now running on Facebook, and on Goodreads. We will also be advertising on some sites like, Vanguard newspapers, among others. By the way, if you are a member of Goodreads, please add the book and recommend to your friends, and register in the US-only Giveaway.


These are stories about us or about our neighbours or something we’ve encountered in the news. They are what our friends tell us, their pain and joy, their passion and rage, their yearning and their cry against injustice. I enjoyed lots of the stories not just because of their simplicity and brevity but also for freshness they bring to storytelling and public discourse.
- Sylva Nze Ifedigbo. (Author, The Funeral Did Not End)

Here we are, with our abortions, our bereavement, our lust, our petty showdowns, our pederasts, our In-Law wahala, our problems chatting up girls in the diaspora, our memories of childhood, our fights, our incest, our love, our examination stress, our metafictional accounts, our encounters with university campus cults, our broken families, our... well, you get the idea. We rob banks, but we also eat salty beans to show our children we love them.
- Tade Thompson (Writer/Editor)

These short stories are not constrained by the need to attain fame. They all are, first of all, good works written with sharp perspectives that are related to various societal issues. There is a unique allure in every story. They have not been sifted through a Western colander. Support this anthology and show that there is a worthiness of effort in putting it together. This anthology is indeed the birth of writers that have newly been empowered. Go get a copy for yourself.
- Joseph Omotayo (Blogger/Book Critic)


  1. congrats Myne, its a dream come true

  2. Great news!!! Congrats Myne.

  3. Congratulatins Myne...Thumbs up

  4. Myne. My comment keeps disappearing. Congrats. Lemme post before it vanishes again

  5. Congratulations Myne, wish you all the best in the next stage of the project. i like the Tade Thompson review a lot, makes me look forward to the book even more.

    1. Thank you FL. I loved that part of his review too :)

  6. Congratulations, Myne and the entire crew. Myne I have to say, your work for literature does not go unnoticed.

    I read a review on Royspace but was a bit disappointed as it did not provide much of a review. It'll be great to see what at least a couple of the stories are about.

    Congratulations to all the writers.

  7. Congratulations Myne
    You are living proof that passion pays

  8. Congratulations Myne. All that hard work finally paid off (and is still paying off).

  9. Well done and congratulations Myne! Congrats to all the writers in the anthology too.

  10. Thank you all so much! It's easy to keep going knowing I have your support.

    @Nakedsha, the link to Joseph omotayo's blog contains a full review. I'll be posting it here soon too.

  11. Seems like a good read. Thanks for the reviews. Can't wait to check this out!


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