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On #FoL

In a meeting last week, I made the point to my colleagues that Twitter was the greatest webtechnological innovation of our last decade. There was stifled laughter, mockery lingering in the faces of my listeners. I have re-contemplated that stance, each time coming to the same conclusion. It takes quite a lot of fiery compositional intelligence to make sense in 140 characters. But it takes some patternized diligence to conceive a project on a twitter platform.

That’s why @tejucole is increasingly being venerated. (see, among several, Latoya Jordan, Geoff Wisner, Macy Halford, Kola Tubosun)

In Addis Ababa last December, I had a momentary feeling that I was accommodating too much self-love, too much disdain for the Other. Being a Christian as I am, I am taught to consider myself more lowly, to think in terms of others. And I’ve readied myself for the bliss that comes from opening one’s self.

To achieve this, I thought of how we are enveloped by the facts of life, the fixated and systematic renderings of existence. And how this fixatedness transcends a person, for laws are no respecter of persons. In many ways life is expressed in Laws, and the absolute will always overcome the relative. In many ways, we walk within firm parentheses.

So, my #FoL project, or ‘play’ject is an attempt to reach to the firm parentheses of life, to see and record facts that appear universal. For instance:

“Waiting is a convenient excuse for idleness.” And, “Some churches will accommodate everything except your admission of impeity.”

What Twitter affords is the ability to state unequivocally, without the space for debate. The truth and falsity of each statement is often left undebated, as I guess most people who come across my tweets will either smile, shake their head disagreement, or look away.

And we must also recognize the hilariousness of our Twitter life, the humour in its narrative. You will find @toluogunlesi useful in this regard (a week ago, I met a man who, meeting Tolu for the first time, was surprised at the unassuming face behind the ROTFL tweets.)

So, if you may, and only if you may, follow me @emmaiduma, and let’s declare the Facts of Life together.


  1. “I made the point to my colleagues that Twitter was the greatest web technological innovation of our last decade”, true, and many of us believe you. Soon, they will stop laughing. You see, in the old days, I used to fight business execs about why they should have email. I once lost a good job over the issue. Today, we are about to take away their email. Many are not prepared. Why do you need email when you are always connected? Followed.

  2. Your comment is awaiting moderation is so yesterday. Open everything. Those that hate us actually love us. Why do we love only those that love us? We all have to live on the same rock sis. xxxxxxx forever.

  3. Sokari

    @Beauty – you have made this comment before – opening up everything maybe “so yesterday” [I am not convinced on this however] My question is what difference does it make to the person leaving the comment whether it appears immediately or an hour or two later? For now the moderation remains at least until I am available to check the comments section regularly.

  4. Sokari

    “Why do you need email when you are always connected” – because they are different mediums. I regularly communicate with friends who are across waters or mountains or deserts – we write long emails to each other. 140 characters just doesn’t cut it. Yesterday I sent someone a “communication” via Twitter – it took two tweets and could easily have been 4. Thats too much when I could have sent one email.