World of Betters? Yes, the Naija Stories idea won $1000!
Naijastories.com 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 Bellanaija.com, 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.
REVIEWS OF THE ANTHOLOGY
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)