Sunday, December 27, 2009

Return of the Pundit

Picture I took at dawn. Abuja, Nigeria. May 2009

A Year Later: The Pundit Returns

How time flies, no matter who dies. Hard to believe it’s been over a year since I have written on this blog. And my, my, what a year it’s been!

If a fortune teller had told me all that would happen in my life in the past year, I would have either asked her for my money back or paid her extra to give up the job and take up fiction or screen writing instead. Nollywood needs writers, I would have said.

But seriously, come to think of it, some of the scenes, plots, characters and dialogue that have variegated my life in the past year, would make for a good Nollywood movie. Believe me, its been one helluva ‘sit on the edge of your chair, tear jerking, heart wrenching, adrenalin pumping, serotonin inducing and cat wheeling’ kinda year. Try doing all this at the same time and you would have an insight into my blockbuster 2009, …showing soon at a cinema near you.

Yes, I have been travelling. Travelling through countries, through Nigerian states, and most importantly, through life. It’s been a year of tough learning and unlearning, and of hard choices, forced maturity, stark realities and profound growth.

Yes, there has been adventure, epiphanic moments, love found, love lost, laughter had, tears shed, successes achieved and failures accepted, dreams buried, dreams birthed… need I continue? Am sure you get the picture.

Yes, I have been on the rollercoaster journey of life, love and living, in a year of many journeys. Journeys not just through places, but through the mind, and through the heart. For me, its been a year of one of the most important journeys of all: the journey into self.

Can I say I am older and wiser? Well, lets just say I am more experienced. But more importantly to you: Do I have new stories to tell? Yes, lots! I have many stories to tell and thoughts to share and this is a promise to all those wonderful people who have written to me, called me or pressured me verbally to get the blog going again, that I will resume my writing in 2010.

So here’s wishing you all a happy and fulfilling 2010. May all your travels lead you to the right destination, and the right destiny.

The Pundit Returns.