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KUKOGHO, THE DEVIL’S PAWN & THE DUSTY MANUSCRIPT CONTEST: THE UNTOLD 9-YEAR JOURNEY OF MY BOOK

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You know, when good things happen, it is always easy to forget about the journey that led to that good thing – the thorny paths walked, the hurdles surmounted, the sacrifices, the failures and the discouragements. All these things are part of the ingredients of the celebrated ‘good thing’. But we often forget them. So on Wednesday I was announced the winner of Guaranty Trust Bank’s inaugural Dusty Manuscript Contest. This came with a N1 million cash prize and a publishing contract with Farafina Books. As expected, people – even those who have never communicated with me, and those who have ignored me for ages, congratulated me. Good. Thank you. Some immediately asked for their share of the cash. Dem go wait tire. But a lot happened before this winning point. I will try to talk about it. It is a long story. From 2004 – 2006, as an undergraduate at Ahmadu Bello University, I hand-wrote a full length novel titled the Black Cats. I haven’t typed it yet, even as I write this. It