Your favourite authors aren’t huddled in some cave writing their next masterpiece. A lot of them have embraced social media as a platform to express themselves within the scope of their profession as writers and outside of it, Like the following;
CHIMAMANDA NGOZI ADICHIE– @chimamanda_adichie
Adichie fondly referred to on social media as CNA, was propelled into the literary limelight with the success of her debut novel, Purple Hibiscus (2003), followed by Half of a Yellow Sun, Americanah , short story collection- The thing around your neck, and more recently, We should all be Feminists. Chimamanda’s page is shy of anything remotely regarding her literary accomplishments, not even quotes. What you get instead is High Fashion featuring, exclusively Nigerian Designers. Adichie has openly campaigned for Nigerians to patronized Made in Nigeria clothes (Products) and what you have on Instagram , is her basically leading by example. An interesting fact, and it says so on her bio is that three of her nieces manage the account.
The fashions, range from regular to eccentric looks and somehow, Adichie makes it work.
IJEOMA UMEBINYUO – @theIjeoma
It is important you know I loved him as I could have. It is important you know I was much younger and so was he. It is important you know he adored me, in the most gentle way. That he longed for me. That we stretched ourselves into different time zones, and across two oceans. You must understand this. That I am human and so is he. You are his choice, you are his. And I don't envy you. We loved.
I followed Umebinuyo, on tumblr, because her writing was so relatable that it seemed like a shared history. She seemed to have a keen ability to articulate experiences you’ve had but may not have known how to talk about.
When she made the move to Instagram, her followership on tumblr simply mirrored over there. At first, you’d find posts with her beautiful penmanship, with quotes from her poetry or some essay she may have written- They now transitioned to sheetshots from her Twitter account. Her account features pictures of Nigeria and her hometown in such a way that feels nostalgic. When she published Questions for Ada, her followers increased, as did her fans. Ijeoma writes for girls, women – and she does so, beautifully…
OKECHUKWU OFILI – @ofilispeaks
It may seem a little partial to have him on this list because he’s part of our team. However, Ofili is here on his own merit. as 14,000 followers will confirm. His persona is pretty interesting and it totally comes across, that he’d rather not do something if he’s not having fun with it. Case in point;One of his books is titled; How stupidity saved my My life and (Ofili’s second book) A self-help book that will help propel you to a great understanding of what you can do with failure. On his page, you’re going to find some of the funniest posts you’ll ever see, including his original take on certain situations. I have my favourite moments; Like when he took this attitude to his wedding planning… here’s
AKWAEKE EMEZI ~ @azemezi
it’s international trans day of visibility bbz! so here’s a picture of me in my ultimate element back when i lived in trinidad ✨🔥💞⚡️🌊 i haven’t marked this day publicly in a while for various reasons, one of which being that visibility comes with costs. when i wrote my essay ‘transition’ for @thecut (link in highlights) about being nonbinary trans + an ogbanje, the hate speech i received was a strong reminder of that. for too many trans people, that visibility means death. for many of us, the invisibility is also death. i wrote that piece for myself + those of us who use these terms bc flesh language is insufficient for what we really are. visibility can be a reflection, a reshaping of the world, but quite frankly, cis people get to be visible af without having to justify it. i wish it was safer for more of us, but fuck anyone who tries to make you feel like shit for doing it or being able to do it safely. for doing it on your own terms, for rejecting linearity, for rejecting gender itself. as for the queer/trans ‘community’ who try to invalidate other trans people for being visible while not adhering to whatever nonsense gender binary standards you think make people valid (including bullshit about transitioning + gender presentation), today is a day i’d like to gently encourage y’all to go choke on your policing because last last—still here, still loud, still visible af *twirls* 💃🏿✨🐍🙌🏿🌌 #ifyouthinkimthrowingsubs #thencatchthem #tdov2018
Emezi is a newly published author, in fact, over here at Okada books, we’re pretty excited that Freshwater is coming to Library- and that’s pretty soon. Emezi’s Instagram pretty much looks like a colourful travel Magazine. You’ll see her talk about her family, life choices, getting a new tattoo, celebrating her friends, new experiences and hair – lots and lots of hair. Besides I think she’s she first Nigerian author to be photographed by Annie Leibovitz….
this shoot was one of the highlights of 2017 i couldn’t mention earlier, so i didn’t even bother with a proper recap when the year ended 😂 annie was incredibly sweet + supportive around our work + we had a wonderful time with everyone who worked the shoot with us. big ups to @tabithasimmons + @sallyhershberger + @alice___lane for the styling + hair + makeup 🙌🏿✨🔥 can’t wait to go pick up the print magazine! #annieleibovitz #vogue #emezisisters
Now, how cool is that?
TEJU COLE ~ @_tejucole
Teju Cole has a unique page by all standards.
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ All feel but not all inescapably feel deeply. The ability to feel deeply and not escape deep feeling correlates not only with the possibility of being wounded but the near certainty of having already been wounded. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ A feature of ineluctable deep feeling is the potential to detect in the sensitive Other both a future woundability and a past or ongoing woundedness. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ (PTSD/ hospitality) ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
His Instagram page is a carefully curated gallery of oil paintings, or what looks like parts of an oil painting. I still can’t say if they’re his work, he compliments some of them with writings, talking about mental health, classical music appreciation- a short captions, long note and sometimes, nothing at all. If you appreciate artistic expressions, you’re likely to be moved by what you see and read.
So many people. So many we love and who love us. So many indifferent to us and to whom we are indifferent, not always the same. And the few but precious but indelible antipathies. So many letters yet to answer, so many correspondences just begun. So many new names, introductions. The drink menus that must be studied like catechism. So many glances and the memories of glances. So many eyes closed tremblingly and through the eyelids the crimson red of childhood. So many lives stitched like thread through the one life. Then coming home, the plane above the place where we live, the translucent rain streaming horizontally across the window of seat 7A, the yellow-eyed cars streaking vertically across the highways, so many dwellings of so many people, the flight mode switched off and the chuckle of the phone as text messages trickle in, the plane in the air, the plane in the air, the plane in the air, the plane on the earth.
What Author are you following on Instagram and what do you like about their page. Share with us!