I suppose you read the title. Wishful thinking, ba? From time immemorial, Nigerians have always crashed weddings. Okay, I know “crashing” sounds like a bad word, but if you were not invited to the wedding, i.e. you did not get … Continue reading →
Growing up in Nigeria, it was common to hear food that had pepper in it described as being “pepperish.” So, I am used to that word: pepperish. But, I do believe the correct word is peppery. Today, however, I don’t particularly … Continue reading →
Titi stared at the bucket. It lay half-submerged in water, floating in the well. She could almost hear it taunting her, daring her to come after it. But, whatever the bucket was saying was drowned out by the voices of … Continue reading →
I hardly tie gele when I wear my traditional outfits here, mostly because you cannot claim to be dressed casually while wearing an elaborate head tie. I tell you, a gele can make a mundane outfit look festive. But the … Continue reading →
I was listening to a podcast on Gidilounge some months back, and heard for the first time about aso-ebi ipad cases. Did such things exist? Yes indeed, and you can trust Naija people to be spear-heading this … I don’t … Continue reading →
In a typical wedding ceremony (traditional, white, court) the couple exchanges wedding rings. So, in our world today, one surefire way of telling if a man or woman is married, is by looking at their hands for the tell-tale sign: … Continue reading →
Aso-Ebi is a Yoruba term, which literally translates to family cloth, as Aso means “cloth” and Ebi means “family.” For my non-Nigerian readers, it is pronounced ‘Ah-Shaw-Eh-Bee.’ There! That wasn’t so hard now, was it? Continue reading →
Welcome to Design of the Picture Book! I'm Carter Higgins, and I'm a writer and librarian for kids. I spent a spectacular stint as the Children's Book Editor at <a href="http://www.designmom.com/">Design Mom</a> which I loved! You can find my column <a href="http://www.designmom.com/category/childrens-lit/">here</a>.<br /> I'm a K-6 librarian, a former-ish graphic designer, an SCBWI member, and a huge fan of words and pictures.<br /> Represented by <a href="http://www.rpcontent.com/">Rubin Pfeffer of Rubin Pfeffer Content, LLC</a>.
There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and will be lost - Martha Graham.