Tagged: art

Lagos – the city of Big Ambitions

written by Laolu Ogundele   What happens when you get a small-sized receptacle, throw in a dash of creativity, a mix of boisterous optimism, and more than a sprinkling of chaos? You get a city called Lagos. Occupying a combined 1400 square mile area in the southwestern geopolitical zone of Nigeria, the ancient town comprises a beautiful network of islands, lagoons and sandbars.  With its teeming 24 million inhabitants, Lagos is the...

The Story of Harmless Bullet

Day 29 Home, Sweet Home  /absurdist comedy/ The “Sierras Find & Kill Guyamas” team forced me inside the bulletproof van to deliver my body safely to the end destination. My tired bones swayed from side to side as if penetrated by the speed and annoyance of the rumbling wheels of our car. It seemed the men in black masks enjoyed their trip; they were superbly indifferent to my aches and...

The Creativity Mindset

written by Laolu Ogundele   What pops into your mind when you think about creativity? Donatello carving out David’s sculpture in a slab of marble or Leonardo Da Vinci dutifully painting the Mona Lisa? If you do, that’s fine – and correct. However, let’s bring it closer to home. What are some creative things that you have done recently? Yes, I’m asking YOU, the reader. Don’t squirm. Don’t slink into the...

The Story of Harmless Bullet

Day 28 The Wrath of Wife   /absurdist comedy/   “We are… not alone anymore,” I coughed out the words, one by one.  Ms. Sedative stood up, came closer, and stuck her perfect body out of the window. She tilted her ideal head, shook it from side to side like a wind-up toy, and, for a minute or two, blindly stared at the empty concrete steps. The Army was gone. “No one...

The Story of Harmless Bullet

Day 27 Beneath your feet /absurdist comedy/ I was proud of the meeting results: it seemed I was cleared, and the murderer – whoever it was – had been identified. While walking through the city, I began whistling softly to myself. Ms. Asunción watched me from her basket, which I dragged behind me on the dusty road. People looked at me – the man covered in the red mud – with...

The social aspect of the Self

(from the book “Man and his Symbols,” by Carl Jung, M.L. von Franz, and John Freeman, 1964) Most people confuse “self-knowledge” with knowledge of their conscious ego personalities.   Today the enormous growth of population, undeniable in large cities, inevitably has a depressing effect on us. We think, “Oh, well, I am only so-and-so living at the such-and-such address, like millions of other people. If a few of them get killed,...

The Importance of Thomas Mofolo

 Thomas Mofolo has been somewhat overshadowed in the literary world by the writers of African origin who wrote in English, so it is important to mark that he was the first South African author to produce a novel in the (local) African language.   The books  Mofolo is best known for his semi-historical book, Chaka. Still, his other two major works, Moeti oa Bochabela and Pitseng, shouldn’t be overlooked, providing a...

The passionate spirit of Charles Péguy

 Facts  Charles Péguy was a French novelist, dramatist, and idealist – who later in life became deeply fascinated by mysticism, the fight against fascism, the search for world peace, and the analysis of artistic genius.  Quotes   “Love is rarer than genius itself and friendship is rarer than love.” “Tyranny is always better organized than freedom.” “We must always tell what we see. Above all, and this is more difficult, we...