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  1. Mandy
    October 15, 2015

    Wait, there’s a Nigerian in the Man Booker Prize shortlist? Nice.

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    • Dennis Macaulay
      October 15, 2015

      And it was his debut novel oo! I was beaming with pride and started stalking the guy on social media.

      I have ordered my copy of the book!

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      • Pink Panther
        October 15, 2015

        Of the Chigozie book or Marlon’s?

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      • Dennis Macaulay
        October 15, 2015

        Chigozie Obioma’s Fishermen with Chinelo Okparanta’s “Under the udala trees”.

        If I don’t read this two books, I may suddenly pass out

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  2. Dennis Macaulay
    October 15, 2015

    I was rooting for Chigozie Obioma (naturally) so I wasn’t happy when the Jamaican won, but after reading this piece I am beginning to appreciate him.

    I know what it is to feel like you don’t belong somewhere! This was quite touching and personal and I loved reading it.

    Meanwhile if he finished his first book at 34, I still have hope Na because people like Chubundu Onuzo make some of us feel like there is no hope lol.

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  3. ken
    October 15, 2015

    Wow! I used to think Jamaicans are only famous for their “unnaturally” large cocks.

    I guess I was wrong!

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    • Dennis Macaulay
      October 15, 2015

      Oh chimo!

      Size of cock is now determined by nationality/ethnicity? I thought mother nature decided such things?

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      • belcullen
        October 15, 2015

        Blacks re known 4 dia big cocks nah Dennis

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      • ikhines
        October 15, 2015

        Thought so too until I started watching asian porn.

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  4. Oluwadamilare Okoro
    October 15, 2015

    Hmmmm.

    I think what I took from this is his “want” to be better, to be himself …. Eventually from playing roles, he just came naturally.

    Maybe if we can stop focusing all our efforts on seeming straight rather on being our own true selves … We will have more self accepting gay(everybody covered by the acronym, LGTB) people.

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    • Brian Collins
      October 15, 2015

      ‘Eventually from playing roles, he just came naturally.’
      The only thing i saw in this comment was this and so many evil things came to mind. Does anyone else see it?

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  5. Duke
    October 15, 2015

    Any book that could beat “The Fishermen” is worth reading. I stayed up all night reading that book.

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  6. poshyydude
    October 15, 2015

    I love the way Marlon writes and he has inspire to want to read his book

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  7. Max
    October 15, 2015

    This was beautiful. It was long, but it didn’t want it to end. Totally relatable.

    Bravo- I’m gonna search amazon book store for his books.

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  8. King Mufasa
    October 15, 2015

    This is the kind of stuff that gets my blood flowing.

    I loved every minute spent reading this…

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  9. Teflondon
    October 15, 2015

    Nice read, i enjoyed every bit of this. Not really into reading books that isn’t about making more money, being an Entrepreneur Etc But with guys and books like this i think i will definitely enlarge my scope on/of reading.

    This guy however reminds me so much of my very good friend Onyeka, very striking similarities in looks and life story. also a very talented writer and author. watch-out for him soon. check his book ‘The Abyssinian boy’

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    • pete
      October 15, 2015

      Tef, are you an entrepreneur?

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    • Max
      October 15, 2015

      I know Onyeka Nwelue and when he’s not busy being a douchebag, he can really write.

      Yeah he’s gay alright, thanks Tef for outing him to the entire world.

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      • Jeova Sanctus Unus
        October 15, 2015

        Tef’s comment neither had his last name nor the word “gay”.

        Apology accepted.

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  10. Delle
    October 15, 2015

    Hmmmm…I really hate guys in dreadlocks (not attractive) but I’m going to push that aside for my love of his creativity. Nice writing style dear.
    Is he gay? I mean Marlon or did he write about a gay guy? I really have to ask.

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    • Pink Panther
      October 15, 2015

      He was writing about himself. What do u think

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      • Delle
        October 15, 2015

        Criosly? What I think? Well I think he should try and not be gay anymore, for starters! Don’t mind me, I’m just being sassy.
        Well it was good, that’s all. Why didn’t the Nigerian win though? (Pls don’t gimme that look)

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  11. Khaleesi
    October 15, 2015

    Wow!! an amazing and inspiring story …

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