I know I’m deviating from the alcohol theme with this image but it’s just this one time. 🙂

When I started writing this, I had so many thoughts floating around in a circle over my head that I planned to have serve as the preamble to this Sidebar but it’s been difficult to grab even one and put it down.

There is a lot to say. A whole lot. Especially with everything happening in the world.

So while I wrestle with my thoughts and hopefully get them to submit, I thought I’d just share the fun part of the Sidebar.


I’ve read only four books recently. I mini-reviewed the first three — Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel, And The Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini & Travellers by Helon Habila — here and I just finished the fourth — The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair.

I’m not sure about writing a review for The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair because I just finished it and I think I’m still processing it. The book is a lot but in a really good way and when I started I couldn’t put it down until I finished it. I honestly didn’t realise I’d enjoy a crime thriller this much and it’s a genre I’m going to start paying more attention to.

Anyway, I’m glad I’ve started getting through the pile of books that keep calling out to me each time I wake up. Here’s the pile:


I wonder what I’ll be pulled to read next.


I haven’t listened to any new music worth sharing 😦  but if you think there’s a song, album, mixtape etc. I absolutely have to listen to, please share it with me.

Ps. I’m currently partial to the following genres: funk, soul, hip-hop and jazz.

 From around the web + randomness

  • I should’ve mentioned this a long time ago but I did a 30-day photo challenge on Instagram — @theemixtapejournal  — and because I’m so generous I added a song to each post.

  • I spend a fair amount of time watching hyper-realistic drawing processes on YouTube. I don’t even know what it is but they’re just so satisfying to watch. Please check this and this out. People are insane. I mean I see it, I just don’t believe it.

  • I picked up a new hobby — colouring. I know it sounds a bit ridiculous but I find it soothing. I got an adult colouring book & colour pencils to help me learn about some aspects of design (pretty much to help me practice mixing and matching colours), for visual stimulation and of course, for fun.
My first colouring. Showed it to a few friends and now I’m an artist in their eyes. My favourite people in the world are the ones that indulge me lol.
  • I love the Zikiko Sex Life series. The series explores the sex lives of Nigerians. You can read the latest episode here.
  • Knowledge is power so I’m arming myself with as much information as I can find on COVID-19.  Shoutout to my friend, Oyeronke (my very own public health whisperer), for pointing me in the right direction.
    You can read this paper that rebuts the popular claim that COVID-19 was deliberately created and this one on the origin and genomic variations of COVID-19.


“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it”

– John 1:5


Peace and much love to you,

Ehmie O.

Ps. Featured images were taken by the writer.


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