Welcome to the “WORLD UNKNOWN” Blog Tour! @Jinlobify #4WillsPub #RRBC #RWISA

Welcome to the Vagaries of Life Blog Tour Day 4. Today we have the wonderful Joy Nwosu Lo-Bamijoko with us to talk about her newly-released book THE VAGARIES OF LIFE AND GIRLS TALK!

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joy-photo-for-rwisaThis is the fourth day of my ten days tour.

There was a time I was terrified of writing. Especially, when deciding which of our spoken languages to write in. Writers from my culture before me have also faced this type of fear. Some have written just as they spoke, and it was not always grammatically correct, but they told their stories.

One of my favorite authors, Cyprian Ekwensi wrote in pidgin. Pidgin is a corrupt form of the English language spoken in Nigeria. It is our lingua franca as everyone both the educated but especially the illiterate speaks it. Other English speaking African countries have their own form of pidgin.

It was trilling for me, the first time, to read Ekwensi’s story in Pidgin. I will never forget the effect this book titled Jaguar Nana had on me. It was the story of a Saucy and abrasive young girl. Market women read this story. Those who couldn’t read had it read to them. I had mauled the idea of writing in Pidgin.

The Rules:

I will choose only three winners from the correct matches. The winner with nine correct matches will be gifted with a $15 Amazon gift card and an eBook copy of your choice from any of my books. The second with eight correct matches will be gifted with a $10 Amazon gift card and an eBook copy of your choice from my books. The third winner with seven correct matches will be with gifted a $5. Amazon gift card and an eBook copy of your choice from my books.

Now the catch! If you follow the tour and read the snippets, I would hope that you would buy and read the complete stories and leave a review of the book after the tour.

This tour is supported by another of my books; Pregnant Future. If you want to read that one too, that will be great. However, the focus will be on Vagaries of Life: And Girls’ Talk. Good reading!

Snippet 4:

The first time it struck me that society dictated how I lived was when a highly regarded jazz artist came to Lagos. He visited Nigeria while being hosted by the American Cultural Institute in Lagos. All notable artists in Lagos converged to spend the night with this jazz musician and to listen to him play.

I walked into the venue, to find the place packed full of a mixed audience of both males and females, but I stuck out because I had walked in alone. All eyes shifted to me. I’m not a shy person, but with all those eyes on me that evening, my knees buckled.

I looked around, searching for a seat. Someone stood up and offered me the stool he was sitting on. I thanked him, took the stool and went and sat facing the grand piano. The piano top was open, and it shielded me from the player. That was the whole idea. I wanted to be near the piano, but not able to be seen by the player.

A few minutes after I had taken my position, the jazz musician arrived, flanked by two officers of the Cultural Centre. Behind them walked a popular couple known in Lagos for their jazz spot, Femi and Janice. The two walked hand-in-hand, smiling and waving at everyone…

About the Author, Joy Nwosu Lo-Bamijoko

Joy has written and published extensively on national and international scholarly                journals, magazines, and newspapers. 

Her first short story I Come from Utopia was published in African Voices, Spring/Summer, 2007, pg. 18. Since then, she has published numerous others in RAVE SOUP FOR THE WRITER’S SOUL Anthology, Vols. 1 & 2.

Mirror of Our Lives: Voices of Four Igbo Women was published in 2011 and was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Book Contest in 2012. She has also two books published in the Italian language. The First titled: Io Odio, Tu Odi, & Cinema E Africa Nera, are both by Edizione, Tindalo.

The Legend of the Walking Dead: Igbo Mythologies, is a journey into the   mysteries of life and death of the Igbos of Nigeria was published in 2014.

In Pregnant Future: No One Knows What Tomorrow Will Bring, Justina is the story of every young woman who found herself alone in the world to fend for herself. It is the story of the pitfalls that await such a woman. It is the story of survival.

Her latest book, A collection of Short Stories, titled: Vagaries of Life: And Girls’ Talk was published in December, 2018.

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Pregnant Future – Blurb

 Justina was a fighter. And, although it seemed the world was against her and her future was destined for failure …she persevered in the face of it all.

The future that was being thrown in her face, was not the one she had dreams of …and if she wanted to get her feet on the right path, she was going to have to show the world her strength. But, does she?

Will she have the will to make it to the end, unscarred?

What would you do if you knew what the future had in store for you?

Would you run towards it with open arms, or would you run away and never look back?

Justina must make a choice …before life chooses for her.

Links to Joy’s Social Network:

 My Web Site

 FaceBook

 Goodreads

 Twitter

LinkedIn

Thanks for supporting Joy and her work today! To follow along with the rest of the tour, please visit the author’s tour page on the 4WillsPublishing site.  If you’d like to book your own blog tour and have your book promoted in similar grand fashion, please click HERE.  

Lastly, Joy is a member of the best book club ever – RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB {#RRBC}! If you’re looking for amazing support as an author, or if you simply love books, JOIN US! We’d love to have you!

 

 

35 thoughts on “Welcome to the “WORLD UNKNOWN” Blog Tour! @Jinlobify #4WillsPub #RRBC #RWISA

  1. D.L Finn, Author

    I liked this excerpt Joy with the musical aspect of it. It’s interesting how you went back and forth using pidgin in your writing. Thanks for hosting Laura:)

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  2. Joy Lo-Bamijoko

    Thank you, so much, D.L. for having me today on your blog. Yes, D.L. there are words in pidgin that cannot be translated correctly in English. This happens a lot with our lingua franca. 😀

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  3. balroop2013

    I haven’t heard of Pidgin. Is it a dialect or another language? Since all regions have their own way of speaking a language, it gets corrupted. Thanks for sharing another excerpt that gives an insight into your writing Joy. Nice to connect with you Laura.

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  4. Shirley Harris-Slaughter

    I didn’t know that I had purchased “Vagaries of Life” but I did. So I’ll try and put some time into reading it. Have a nice tour Joy! Laura its wonderful to see you again. Thanks for bringing Joy to us.

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  5. Guy Worthey

    Thanks for that, Joy! I marvel at how you gained the courage to write, and I’m glad you write!

    I remember my only attempt at a second language. It was French, and the attempt didn’t last for very long, but I remember that my English spelling became garbage during this period.

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