George’s Pieces of Me: A Book By Tomi Adesina

Title: George’s Pieces of Me
Author: Tomi Adesina
Edited by: Reaccentuated Ltd
Cover Design: Rewrite Agency
Layout and Design: Lucid Creative
ISBN: 978-978-960-140-0
Release Date: 20th August, 2017
Media Type: Paperback and e-copy

 

About the Book

George’s Pieces of Me is a collection of poems and short stories exploring the complexities of human existence, an unending search for homes in people and journey towards redemption.

 

 

Advance Praise

“In George’s Pieces of Me, Tomi Adesina styles poetry and prose with imagination, mischief and charm. Her vignettes are more than just stories: they are wistful commentaries on existentialism, triggered by social expectations. Adesina prompts the reader towards self-assured social rebellion, and then pulls us back to stoic acceptance of the vicissitudes of life. The thoughts in this book will stay with you long after the pages are closed.”

Ayo Sogunro, Author of Everything in Nigeria is Going to Kill You

 

“The stories explore loving, loss, internalizing the pain of loss and finding home. Tomi’s voice is clear in this piece of work, without drowning the voices of her characters who we meet briefly but whose stories will linger with us for a long time.”

Tunde Leye, Author of Guardians of the Seal

 

“Adesina’s work is a reflection of hope, love and the burden of fate. She twists the tale of old age to reveal an eternal spring of life’s realities. Here is a writer with compulsive and engaging stories to tell.”

Hannah Ojo of The Nation

 

About the Author

Tomi Adesina was born in Lagos, Nigeria. She is a fiction blogger and screenwriter.  In 2013 she won the Nigerian Blog Awards for her blog fiction series and in 2015 her screenplay on cyberbullying (Feisty John) won the Homevida Prize. She also won the Nigerian Writers Award for Best Young Writer in 2015 and her short stories have been featured in magazines across Africa. She lives in Lagos where she is working on a new novel.

Distribution: George’s Pieces of Me is available on Amazon, Amazon Kindle, Buboox, Patabah Books. (More channels to be available soon)

Media Enquiries: writeto@tomiadesina.com, writetotomiadesina@gmail.com

WHY MANCHESTER CITY ARE THE TEAM TO BEAT IN THE PL THIS SEASON

 

Having finished in third place in the league last season and not winning any silverware in his first season in English football, it was evident Pep Guardiola “The Special One” was going make adjustments.

Pep endured a mixed campaign last term with his major problems coming notably from the back and some issues with finding the right players to use, the right formation and the job of rotating the squad and also keeping the players happy.

Manchester City were always a threat going forward last season, as free flowing attacking football is now synonymous with the team. Bearing in mind that German international Ilkay Gundogan was out for most of the season the team was still a real attacking force, now with the addition of fancy feet Bernado Silva and the likes of Kevin De Bruyne, Yaya Toure, David Silva, Leroy Sane, Raheem Sterling to mention a few in their midfield and quality forwards such as Aguero and Jesus Gabriel there’s really no defence that won’t be worried to face them. They have pace, freelance playmakers, physical presence, sharp shooters name it, and they have it all in their arsenal.

Over one hundred million pounds has been spent in bringing in defenders and more importantly a goalkeeper because they had real problems in that department last term with Claudio Bravo not displaying the qualities he showed for Barcelona and the manager is still not convinced Joe Hart is the man for the job and has allowed him to join West Ham on loan. Benfica goalkeeper Ederson Soares who continues to develop into one of the best goalkeepers around is going to be the first choice for the season and he seems very capable. The City defence never seem to find their balance without influential skipper Vincent Kompany and injuries have hampered his playing time. John Stones still needs to grow up, Otamendi needs a real commander beside him and age was telling on their full backs who have been released ahead of the new season. Established Premier League full back Kyle Walker was brought in from Tottenham Hotspurs along with Real Madrid’s Danilo who is looking to get more first team football and Benjamin Mendy who was brilliant for Monaco last term and these players can add the much needed quality to that City defence.

Judging by their performances in pre-season, the gaffer seems to have found the right formation to make the team tick. Although, it might affect some players such as Leroy Sane because of the added defensive responsibility but they are looking good at the moment. Samir Nasri who is back from his loan spell at Sevilla could also prove to be a major attacking outlet should he stay because the gaffer has deemed the Frenchman surplus to requirements. If this Manchester City team are firing on all cylinders, there’s no stopping them and they would really be the team to beat.

Enjoy the new season.

 

Cheers.

Ifeoluwa Adenihun.

Lacazette, Morata or Lukaku Who Will Score More Goals???

Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea have all splashed the cash to bring in these three top class forwards but who will score the most goals in the upcoming season?

The three strikers are well known for their goal scoring abilities and they have some interesting numbers to back them up but it can’t be guaranteed that they will deliver for their new clubs. They have shown us a little bit of what they are capable of in pre-season and in comparison of the three strikers it is Lukaku-3 goals, Lacazette-2 goals and Morata no goal. Not that this matters though.

This is how they rank in ascending order

3. Alvaro Morata

He has a good goals per game ratio but adjusting to life in the premier league and playing for a team like Chelsea might not see him score as many goals as expected. Chelsea is not the most creative team in the world and their strikers are not always supplied because of their “main man” Eden Hazard. There’s a likelihood that Morata will be deployed on the flanks at one point or the other in the season which might affect his goal scoring chances. He will have to take every chance he gets if he is to move up this list anytime soon.

Morata

2. Alexandre Lacazette

The man who just recently scored his first goal for Arsenal at the Emirates has all the cards in his pockets and it’s all left to him to use them. This is a player who is known to be lethal in front of goal as his 37 goals for Lyon last season speak for him. He’s going to have all the supply in the world from players like Mesut Ozil, Alexis Sanchez (if he stays), Ramsey, Chamberlain and many more. Arsenal is a team that creates a lot of chances every game and manager Arsene Wenger enjoys when the team plays for the striker. It’ll be up to him to make a statement in the league because he has just about everything he needs to do that.

Lacazette

1. Romelu Lukaku

The strong Belgian tops this list mostly because of his vast experience in the league and his goal record in the league also. Looking at the United squad at the moment (bearing the in mind the addition of Nemanja Matic) they are looking stronger everyday. United currently boast a rich vein of attacking talent that can create goals for Lukaku and he has shown that he might not need much time to settle in at OT. With wonderful passes flying in from all angles and Lukaku as the main man, you can be assured of a lot of goals. He still has work to do on his link up play by the way.

Lukaku

It’s going to be an exciting season and be rest assured that these three strikers and many more will light up the Premier League.

 

Cheers,

Ife

The transfiguration of Prestige Assurance Plc

 

Sometimes in 1952, all the way from Mumbai, India came a bright idea, a service of note, a people oriented business strategy that today became a giant in the Insurance Industry. Starting off as a branch of The New India Assurance Company Limited, Mumbai; Prestige Assurance was incorporated as a Limited Liability company on 6th January 1970 and licensed to write all classes of non-life insurance in Nigeria… They haven’t looked back since then. With offices at strategic points all over the country, Prestige Assurance has over the decades serviced all spheres of the country, boasting of shareholders’ funds in excess of 6.2 billion Naira as at 31st December 2016, a viable, dependable and reliable General Insurance service provider, one of the largest in the art of quality service provision and prompt claims payment, we present the evergreen brand of unique excellence… Prestige Assurance Plc.

Every brand listens to the voice of evolution, the best of companies are those that understand time and its peculiarities, in this age of information technology and scientific advancement, Prestige Assurance has evolved into a vogue group and is going digital! Interaction with clients and prospects aren’t limited to the old fashioned courtesy calls and visits anymore, now we trend with you, analyse selfies together, discuss hot topics and even share stuffs online as freebies to our esteemed online audience, hey! You have to follow us to know what’s up with us, hello Twitter, we’re active like never before, hey Instagram, what’s trending today? When you see us fly by in your emails, just holla at us, Facebook community, we got loads in stock for you and make sure you stop by at some premium blogs to read about our products as we examine each weekly… This will be fun.

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IFE’s TOP FOUR PREDICTIONS IN THE PREMIER LEAGUE 17/18 SEASON

As the 2017/18 premier league season draws near and the ‘Big Boys’ in the league are strengthening their squads, I’ll be giving a prediction on the teams that will potentially finish in the top four. The teams are arranged in no particular order.

Arsenal

The gunners missed out on Champions league football for the first time since Arsene Wenger took over at the club. They have so far made a statement by breaking the clubs’ transfer record to bring in French striker Alexandre Lacazette for £52 million and got Left back Sead Kolasinac on a free transfer from the Bundesliga, the club are also negotiating a deal with Monaco for young French winger Thomas Lemar who could really add something to the team. The Arsenal squad seems to have a lot of quality at the moment and that little bit of experience and leadership that they seem to have lacked in recent years, if they can keep hold of their important players [Sanchez] and let go of the squad players who are not needed they should be able to have a real go at the title or at least get a Champions league slot, that is if they don’t win the Europa League.

Chelsea

The defending champions will no doubt have a tough job trying to retain their title but with the top quality additions (Tiemoue Bakayoko, Antonio Rudiger and Alvaro Morata) they’ve made to an already strong team, they are pretty much still the team to beat though they are on the verge of letting their top scorer in the past season Diego Costa go.

Manchester United

When you look at the Man Utd team of last season on paper, one would wonder why they finished sixth in the league last term. Moving on, Jose Mourinho has added some much needed steel to the united defence and the team poses a real goal scoring threat in Romelu Lukaku who will have enough to feed on thanks to the wealth of creative midfielders that the Red Devils have in their books. If the gaffer can find the right system and combination of players for the coming season, United will be firing on all cylinders and be rest assured that David De Gea is lying between the sticks  and always ready to save the day.

Manchester City

Pep Guardiola endured a difficult first season in charge at Manchester City but still managed to finish third in the league. Looking into the new season, Manchester City are looking as deadly as ever. They have arguably the best attack in the league and can unlock any defence but where the problem lies is in their own defence. Without influential captain Vincent Kompany, the city defence always looked in total shambles. Their defenders tend to focus on attacking rather than stop the opposition from penetrating their own firewall. If Guardiola can find his best team early in the season (which he never did last season), we are in for a treat of beautiful attacking football.

Tottenham, Liverpool and Everton will also be contenders in the upcoming season but the team from North London don’t seem to have the cutting edge to challenge the big boys next term and they haven’t made any notable signings which will have a negative effect on the team considering their involvement in the UCL. The Reds (Liverpool) on the other hand, have a lot of attacking quality but no security at the back, they always try to outscore teams (which worked to an extent last season) but it won’t do them a lot of good this term as their main rival pose serious goal scoring threats. Everton have always been freelancers and the loss of their talismanic striker will surely be felt so I think they will just settle for a Europa league place.

The teams are still conducting their business in the transfer market which means situations might change at some clubs and as the season unfolds we will see which team emerges as the best team in England.

 

Thank You

Ife

I might just be coming up with my top 4 for the season across the top 5 leagues in Europe soon.

The First Jersey

My first ever football jersey was gifted to me by a friend when we were leaving Secondary School. It was a Newcastle jersey. The one with white and black stripes, bishop collar and Brown Ale as sponsors designed by Adidas. There was no inscription behind. Whenever I wore that jersey I always imagined I was Alan Shearer (a Newcastle Legend) but I have this big bro that I call the spoiler. I was feeling fly in this jersey one day I went to visit him in Unilag and what he said made me not even have an iota of respect for Shearer anymore. He said a half legged Jurgen Klinsmann was way better than Alan Shearer. I mean Shearer who went on to set a Premiership record in terms of goals scored and someone just reduced him to nothing. It was the last time I wore that jersey.

I still keenly follow Newcastle United though like I follow Aston Villa, Juventus, Real Madrid, Aberdeen and Kano Pillars. I am beginning to fancy Mountain of Fire Football Club.

However, my first real football jersey was bought for me by my darling mum (rest on mum). I got a call from her that very day in September, 2003. She was in the UK and she asked red or white? I didn’t have to ask her what she was talking about, I knew it was a MANCHESTER UNITED jersey. I said red and she was like what should be inscribed behind it. That was where I had a problem. I was torn between writing Nistelrooy (my favourite Man U player at the time) or the new summer signing C. Ronaldo. I decided to get greedy and ask for two jerseys, she almost went livid. I told her C.Ronaldo only for me to call her 5 minutes later that she should ask them to write something else. I wanted to settle for something that would last a very long time.

I asked her to tell the guys at the store to have “FAN 4 LIFE” written behind the kit.

The 2nd jersey with “FAN 4 LIFE” inscribed behind

 

I got a hold of my precious jersey on the 21st of September, 2003 the day Manchester United played out a goalless draw with Arsenal. It was the season the Gunners went unbeaten in the league. If only Ruud Van Nistelrooy had scored the penalty Man U had in that game, the story would have been different.

14 years on and I can boast to have had 22 Manchester United jerseys though a large number gifts from very special people (12 of them). Every 29th of December you will always see spotting a Manchester United jersey, it became a tradition since December 29, 2004. So if you want to make my year just present me with a Manchester United jersey.

 

Now you know!

2010 Christmas In ABZ

The bro and his wife were going to London for Christmas and I didn’t even ask if I could tag along because I wanted to experience what Christmas felt like in ABZ. Pardon me, we call Aberdeen (Scotland) ABZ or pronounced as Abs. The couple left on the morning of the 24th of December and I decided to go cut my hair after they left and strangely a lady cut my hair for me for the first time (a great day loomed).

Hair cut out of the way, had my bath and headed out to hang out with my reading buddy so we could at least work on our course works for a bit before having fun later. I went with a bottle of Jack Daniels (JD). Bro called me that they had touched down London safely and advised I bought whatever I needed before Christmas day. I took the advice with a pinch of salt not knowing I would regret it (I am generally not stubborn and my brothers and friends can attest to this, lol).

After working on the course work for a couple of hours, Mo made dinner for us and boy she can cook, as a matter of fact she loved cooking. We had eba and ewedu and afterwards FO, Pete and I started drinking the JD mixing it with Sprite. We tried to read some more but hey who were we fooling? We slept off in turns whilst gisting to wrap up the day. When we all woke up at about past 10pm, we decided to take a walk to get more drinks as Christmas day drew closer. It dawned on us that no Tesco, Sainsbury or ASDA opened on the day. We were hopeful and kept walking on when two white men approached us, though we were shocked until we heard their accent and found out they were Canadians. They apparently came to work on an oil rig but got stuck in Aberdeen due to bad weather. So they asked us where the action was and that they were looking for where to get booze.

 

BL, yours truly, FO and JM

Alas we found like minded people. We told them it was exactly the same thing we were hunting for and all 5 of us continued the search. We walked into small stores to find out if they had booze or knew where we could get but the response we got was same; no place would be opened till after the holidays. We were still very hopeful and we kept walking until we met an old man in a Mini Mart and engaged him in conversation asking him if he could just tell us where to get drinks. His response brightened our day when he said we should walk to the end of Market Street which was about 2 kilometers away from where we were and that we would find a Polish Pub there.

 

We got to the Pub and guess what? They were still open, it looked like their day had just started. I was like thank GOD, we finally found one. We had booze and snacked on chicken wings while at it. We didn’t head home till about 2.30am.

 

It was a Christmas to remember. I made new friends, walked a distance for booze and got my hair cut by a lady.