#reverb11, 2011, Me, Random, Self, Truth

#Reverb11 Day 2 – Who Are You?

Today’s #Reverb11 prompt comes from Diana Prichard. I chose her prompt as I’d already begun answering this question just a few posts back and thought it might be a nice way to introduce myself to some of my lovely new visitors.

She asks:

Who are you?

Describe yourself.

Well, I am…

The daughter of an Oak and a River. Both strong, persistent, wise and directed. These folk who have made me the person I am today.

I am the inappropriate giggler with a mischievous sparkle in her eye; the throat-exposed, open-mouthed laugher and purveyor of mirth.

I am a speed reader of books.

I am the poster child for clumsiness.

I am two parts badass and one part bleeding heart. The other part aspires to be a bon vivant but the cynic in me hasn’t quite let it.

I am a scribbler of words and a wearer of stories; stitching them into my soul and weaving them into most everything I do.

I am the sister of a saint (Older Sis) and a smiling nomad (talking to you, Big Bro. Love you).

I am a dispenser of judgements both harsh and unfair. I am getting better, I promise.

I am tiny-eyed, minute-eared and wear my hair like a giant curly helmet.

I am the sting of tears on a chill commute and layers of snark shielding a caramel centre.

I am a perpetual wearer of jeans, a painter of toenails, the faint scent of cotton, Burberry Touch and Shea butter hair crème.

I am a Daddy’s girl through and through and through again.

I am an emetophobic; a survivor of surgery; the type of plate whose chips and cracks make it beautiful.

I am wrong (a lot), a lip biter and question asker. A reflection caught in black-framed glasses.

I am guilty: of delayed responses and grudge holding; of broken promises and impatience; of building walls and hiding behind them.

I am your best friend and a few inches short of awkwardly tall.

I am in love.

I am a map of scars, inside and out.

I am your resident keeper of awesome.

I am a believer; a proud black woman and a Nigerian to the core.

I am making my way in the world, same as you. Be patient with me.

I am an email in your inbox, a pair of arms around your waist, a lopsided smile and a gap between two front teeth; an electric blanket, pepper soup and pounded yam. I am stacks of notebooks filled with slanted writing, an adopted city girl, a blue silk headwrap tucked in at the sides and a hoarder of dreams.

I am bitten nails and plantar fasciitis, six colds in a row and a slight eye twitch when excessively fatigued. I am capable.

I’m so honoured to know you and you and you and you and you and you and you and you and you and you and ALL OF YOU.

And like I said last time, I am not finished.

Nice to meet you.


  1. Megan Collier - December 2, 2011 16:43

    I love everything about you and I am so honored to know you too!


  2. Leah - December 2, 2011 17:07

    I really enjoyed this!

    Here’s my Reverb11: http://leah-onesnap.blogspot.com/

  3. Beth - December 2, 2011 17:20

    This is stunning! I am amazed that it has been a year since #Reverb11 brought you into my life. You are an amazing, amazing woman. I am proud to know you.

  4. Beth - December 2, 2011 17:21

    Correction: #Reverb10 < I'm exhausted. Clearly. ;D

  5. Mental Mosaic - December 2, 2011 17:57

    What a beautiful post! So glad that Reverb/Resound brought me to your vibrant blog! 🙂


  6. Tracy Mangold - December 2, 2011 19:02

    I so would love to hear your voice and hear your explosive laughter. I can imagine it. I don’t think I would be disappointed. To know you is to love you without question, without condition. Much love, Onyi. Thank you! The adoration is mutual.

  7. Diana - December 2, 2011 19:13

    This is breathtaking!

  8. Julie Jordan Scott - December 2, 2011 19:31

    This is my first time seeing this prompt… adding it to my list for later today….

    Inspiringly real ~ definitely a roll model to follow!

  9. Jason - December 2, 2011 19:43

    Now tell me something I don’t know. I am so glad I came here to read you in reverb10, friends like these don’t usually fall from the internet but I am glad they did.

  10. amanda - December 2, 2011 20:23

    who are you? you are awesomely kick-ass, is who you are.

  11. dominique - December 2, 2011 20:27

    don’t forget, you are amazing. i know most of these things about you, but i love seeing them laid out this way. direct and beautiful. like you.

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  13. Bob D. - December 2, 2011 21:23

    You are… totally awesome!

  14. kelly - December 2, 2011 21:26

    And all of this, all of it, is why I love you.

  15. Roxanne - December 2, 2011 22:33

    This reminds me of the post you wrote a while ago about things you do and do not stand for. I loved that one, and I love this one too. And you. A big hug from a girl who was raised to be a daddy’s girl (and an emetophobe!) too.

  16. Mary - December 3, 2011 01:34

    Your writing blows me away. Every. Single. Time.

    You are beautiful.

  17. Kim - December 3, 2011 03:57

    The thing that astonishes me is that every time you try to pin yourself down, you add new things, so that the picture becomes more fleshed out. So basically, I would like you to do this once a week until further notice.

    So much love to your beautiful soul. And micro-ears.

  18. Streetlights94 - December 3, 2011 04:14

    I am so happy to meet you; I am a wall-builder, too. Let’s be friends.

  19. Debbie - December 3, 2011 10:32

    Another emetophobe here. Who knew there were so many of us? Love this, you are always so honest and, well, badass (even though it’s not 2012 yet…)

  20. Morgan Dragonwillow - December 3, 2011 23:34

    Love how refreshingly honest you are about yourself. I find you to be most interesting. I too laugh loud. I look forward to reading more and learning even more about you.


  21. Robin - December 4, 2011 00:06

    “The daughter of an oak and a river” possesses amazing gifts; your words captivate me! Next time don’t forget to add “inspiring” to your description. I’m so glad I’ve discovered you and your blog!
    Btw my glasses are similar to yours but you look so much better in them. Beautiful photos! xo

  22. Assured Angel - December 4, 2011 11:18

    You are…amazing, talented, utterly gorgeous despite your perceived flaws and most of all, an irreplaceable and priceless treasure…mwah xxxx

  23. Random Girl - December 4, 2011 16:04

    You know who you are and that you aren’t done becoming it yet. Beautifully put, in all realms!

  24. Sara Rose - December 5, 2011 21:29

    You ARE MY resident keeper of awesome. Love you.

  25. Selina Barker - December 7, 2011 19:27

    I wanna see this in a book. I just do. That’s what i thought as I read it. Totally beautiful, real and raw, just like you x


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