January 12, 2016 began as an ordinary day.
News circulating in the Twittersphere proved otherwise. Elnathan John was saying goodbye.
Sadness set in.
You see I like writing and writers.
Twitter is the platform where I can mingle with my writing heroes, get a whiff of their creativity, and reassure myself they are also human.
So, when a writing hero departs Twitter, a star has fallen.
Teju Cole took a hiatus in the middle of 2014. The 2nd anniversary of his Twitter departure is approaching. Still, we have his old tweets to read, to reminisce, and to remember the good times.
Deleting a Twitter account is permanent. History is gone, the present is blank, and the future has to be recreated from ground zero.
I would like to think that Elnathan is working on something that he doesn’t want the public’s opinion on. He still blogs though.
I would like to think that no one offended Elnathan on the Twittersphere, although we know he has ruffled a lot of feathers.
I would like to think that Elnathan is working on his second book, that wouldn’t change the world, but would be as amazing as Born on a Tuesday (BOAT).
Here are some pictures from the book party at Bogobiri House, Ikoyi, publishing house, Cassava Republic organized to launch BOAT and celebrate the writing hero that is Elnathan.
5 THINGS ELNATHAN TAUGHT US THAT NIGHT IN NOVEMBER
- Santi. An indescribable satisfaction that comes from enjoying the last bit of something. Dantala, BOAT’s protagonist missed the santi of his sugarcane when it fell.
- The Literacy Complex. English is not superior to Hausa. Being literate in Hausa makes you literate. Period.
- Almajiri. A disciple seeking instruction and not a beggar as per today’s connotation.
- On Pronouncing Dantala. There are 2 different Ds in the Hausa Language
- BBC Hausa is happening.