A Series Of Coincidentally Awesome Events (Another True Story)

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Dear Ofili

I have heard back from the Managers
responsible and they thank you for your interest
but do not want to take you up on your
proposal.

THE END

The date was March 10, 2014 the time to be exact was 6:28 pm. I remember exactly what I was doing at the moment the email hit my phone. I remembered not because I have the greatest memory but because I was quite dissapointed.

I had been anticipating that email for the past 3 months. It was the email that would see the popular pacesetters classic books come to our little okadabooks.com start-up. An email that would have made over 100 pacesetter book titles available on mobile devices anywhere in the world for the first time ever. I had fantasized about what that would mean, what it would be like but most especially how the 20 or so people that had personally requested for the classics on our platform would feel like. We even had 35 copies ready to be digitized…but nothing…the publisher was not interested. Rejection.

It was not the comforting type rejection…where the rejector tells the rejectee

“great idea! but due to the extreme gravitational pull on the managers spinal cord we can’t make a decision now or ever.”

It was just “NO,” as I starred back at my phones screen half hoping that the message will change…My phone rang…

It was Chuma.

I had met Chuma at the Tunde Leye write right 2 annual writing competition the Sunday before. Coincidentially Chuma sat on the same couch as me, but I had no idea who he was at that time, I just knew he looked familiar. And then I overhead someone mention his full name…Chuma Nwokolo. And that’s when it clicked … 

The author of the Ghost Of Sani Abacha. I had never read the book, but it was STRONGLY recommended to me by some people at a book reading event. Instantly my mind switched to business mode … I had to introduce myself my goal was to get Chuma’s books on okadabooks by force by force. I extended my hand and said “evening my name is Okechukwu Ofili…”

We had played phone tag all day the following Monday, March 10. But now my phone was ringing. Still reeling from the pacesetters disappointment … I slowly picked up the phone. He (Chuma) asked me questions about okadabooks, about our business model and I answered. And then I asked about his books and then he answered. We had chatted for a few minutes or so, when he asked “Do you have the pacesetters series on your app?”

“Pacesetters? Of all the questions in the world” I thought silently to myself.

“No, we don’t have them” I responded. I then proceeded to explain how I had been chasing the publishers for the past 3 months and how coincidentally just a few minutes before he called I had received the one line rejection email. There was a quick hesitation silence. And then Chuma said “I know why they said no.”

“Why” I asked almost immediately. “Because they don’t want to go through all the stress of getting individual e-rights from the pacesetter authors.” How the heck did he know all this I pondered right before he calmly said “I know because I am a pacesetter author.”

dangerous inheritanceWhat are the chances that a few seconds after I get rejected by pacesetter publishers that I would be speaking on the phone with an actual authentic pacesetter author!

And not only that a pacesetter author that was excited to give us the rights to publish his book on the okadabooks.com platform! My mood went from sad to ecstatic in the space of a few minutes.

Just from a casual phone call … that occured because I got up to introduce myself and make NOISE about my business. And cause of that call we at okadabooks would be able for the first time ever to have an original pacesetters books available for digital download on mobile devices across Africa. For the first time ever!

I mean it is just one book, from just one author, and we had to re-design the cover…but like they say the longest journey begins with one step. But this journey’s step did not begin with a phone call…that step was me getting up at a crowded social event to meet a potential client and having the confidence to make noise about an idea I was passionate about.

If I kept quiet or just drank the champagne or chased after that hot chick nothing would have happened. March 10, would have been a normal disappointing day. But it was not.

So my push to you is for you to keep making noise about your business cause you never know who would hear about it when you least expect it! And lest I forget, you can download the awesome (I have read it and its good) pacesetters classic DANGEROUS INHERITANCE on your android device for only 97 naira at https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.okadabooks

NOTE: Double Credit on okadabooks from April 18th to April 21st! Refill N100 and get N200! Seeing is believing!

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55 comments on “A Series Of Coincidentally Awesome Events (Another True Story)

  1. ah Ofili!
    you must be tired of my “always good comments” here oh, but tis the truth, you do manage to shift my thinking and push me into overdrive to “do more” everytime i come here.
    priceless thoughts which i may not use now but definitely will be used later. thanks.
    and congrats!!!
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  2. Eklektika on said:

    Chai! Okechukwu Ofili o! Chai! You’re just inspiring me to pieces. Why does it just keep feeling as though you’ve been talking to me? I’m just so grateful to Osayi(@iyasostuff) for telling me about you.

    • Ofili
      Ofili on said:

      Dupe we can’t control rights on other devices yet. For now and sadly it is only available on Android, but a webapp for IOS, BB and Windows is our top priority. Just bear with us for about a month. But it is coming soon.

  3. Awwwch…reading this is a beautiful start for a great day..seize every opportunity you get,don’t ignore any..Your blog is becoming a daily devotional for me oooh.thanks for inspiring me.

  4. Oluwafisayomi on said:

    Since I stumbled on who Okechukwu Ofili is my life has not remained d same.This piece is such an inspiration cos of d various businesses I do but I’m afraid of puttin out cos of rejection nd too many people in d same market.People say I cook like an artist nd mk food seem like heaven on tongue nd yet I’m afraid to join d already teemin market of caterers,cos people wud rather patronize name than quality service.You just inspired me to keep pushin,thanks Ofili.

  5. Funny that I should be reading this cos the same thing happened to me but unlike you, I didn’t “seize the moment”. I write poetry but I don’t preach or say it like I own it, just brushing it off as “something I do on the side”. Frankly, I’ve to start preaching my gospel according to poetry. All I do is hide behind my blog like a two year old behind her ma’s skirt. Thanks for this and by the way, whatever directs your post to my mail should be given an award.
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  6. Olasunkanmi on said:

    Ofili you are 1 of the best people I look forward to their write-ups. But please help us non-android users get these books. I don’t write but I love to read and I’d like to get some of them to add to my knowledge. Keep up the good work

    • Ofili
      Ofili on said:

      No yawa. Okadabooks has heard and we have saved money to start working on a solid and robust webapp. You will not be disappointed.

  7. Thank You and thank You for this wonderful piece again……. so I took your advice, and started writing and open diary. It’s not much but I hope it’s a good footing to become better at writing. You are the best

    and Yh…..this is the link samjuwon.blogspot.com in case you need to gimmee some spanking….no! I meant tips on how to become more than I already am.

  8. Serendipity at its most sexy form, Congrats! I hope you’ll get more of them on the app. I love the series, and at 97 bucks it’s a huge steal.

  9. ” But this journey’s step did not begin with a phone call…that step was me getting up at a crowded social event to meet a potential client and having the confidence to make noise…”

    Thats what its about, getting it by force… ehen! I like the book cover design, when you go teach me na..

  10. Nice read especially after being rejected by You win Nigeria, Young African Leaders Initiative and The Writer.

    So yes, I’d keep working at what I do and making noise about it.

    On ne sait jamais!

    • Hey Olivia, concerning YOUwin, I think you might need assistance from beneficiaries if you know any. They would help you put your proposed business plan together. I hope that helps. Goodluck!

  11. augusta on said:

    I love pacesetters…your gra gra paid off and I get toprofit from it. Thank you!!! But on a real note….check your inbox.

  12. Adeyinka Oresanya on said:

    Ofili, this is inspiring! I will surely love to read the Pacesetters again. It will be great to have the webapp available for non-android users, opens doors for better marketing and more sales, can’t wait for my readers to get my books! More grease to your elbow or should I say pen?lol

  13. Vivian on said:

    Once again, great read.
    Since the time last year when I first stumbled upon your blog I find that I now look forward to every new alert i get in my inbox.
    keep it coming.

    On this article, I have to agree that every good news that happens after a disappointment does uplift the spirit.

    V.

  14. Do well to get in on iTunes Store too, would create a massive market for you beyond Africa.
    Okada rider app is one cool ishhh..
    Big Up bruv

  15. Motunrayo on said:

    Are you kidding me! *faints* Chuma Nwokolo Jr wrote Dangerous Inheritance? The book I read and read during my secondary school days! *faints again*. The same Chuma Nwokolo I met at Artmosphere (writehouse) programme in Ibadan of March this year? That wrote that funny and suspense Diaries of a Dead African, How to Spell Naija? He’s a pacesetter author? Damn! Had I known, I would’ve brought my copy of Dangerous Inheritance for his autograph! and snap pictures with him! Damn! Missed a whole opportunity!

    Thanks Ofili for revealing this precious fact for me. Please do more of it. Expose authors like him so I won’t miss another opportunity again!

  16. Olawale Kareem on said:

    Ofili… I like that part where u said ” if u had chased after the hot chic” …good a thing the business hormones (“as in a typical omo IBO” – he he he) in u hit down the “follow hot chic mode” at the time…
    Nice 1 Ofili, a great insight to encouraging guys to be focused and confident….
    – selah.

  17. Usho Smith Adawa on said:

    This is my first stop at your blog. Awesome, every stream here is a wow. I’m loving it to the max. Great job!

  18. Hi Ofili I read Dangerous inheritance in primary 5 or 6, that in the 80s. Please keep trying to get other pacesetters authors on your platform. What fun it will be reading those books again. Thanks for lesson.

  19. Nice catch.
    Hope you get other pacesetters too. Like Sisi. Bloodbath at Lobster close etc.
    Was actually good sitting close to one other pacesetter author; at a Chuma Nwokolo Book reading a few months ago. I’m sure it would be worth your while to search for other surviving ones.
    Will buy this book as soon as I get the okada book app- which I will google pronto. (especially as I’m looking to have my book on it.)
    yeah, and does this blog actually cure cancer?
    lol

  20. Elizabeth on said:

    “So my push to you is for you to keep making noise about your business cause you never know who would hear about it when you least expect it! ”
    This is one of d best advice av gotten n actually decided to heed to, thanks n God bless u plenty from now on I will continue to make noise about a project am into EDUCATIONAL ICONS AWARD. Its a platform to award and encourage people who have contributed and are still contributing towards the growth and development of education in Nigeria .please like our facebook page Educational Icons Award and follow us on twitter @edu_icons_award

  21. Elizabeth on said:

    “So my push to you is for you to keep making noise about your business cause you never know who would hear about it when you least expect it! ”
    This is one of d best advice av gotten n actually decided to heed to, thanks n God bless u plenty from now on I will continue to make noise about a project am into EDUCATIONAL ICONS AWARD. Its a platform to award and encourage people who have contributed and are still contributing towards the growth and development of education in Nigeria .please like our facebook page Educational Icons Award and follow us on twitter @edu_icons_award. By the way I looooooove pacesetters series read lots of them in my second sch library

  22. princesa on said:

    I don’t know, maybe i should sign you into my role model lists next to Cece Winans and Sinach?

    I think i should.

    Its great the way you write with the humour, simplicity and inspiration. Weldone.

  23. Ok. Okechukwu Ofili. I’m like totally obsessed with you and your blog. I’ve searched everywhere for ‘How Intelligence Kills’ but apparently it is sold out on Konga. The idea of okada books is amazing, problem is the app is only compatible with android phones. How about tweaking it a little bit so that we iPhone users can also join in the fun? Looking forward.
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    • Ofili

      Pamela, we are about to to get a solid web app out that works across all platforms. Just be patient with us.

      On the book we are replenishing the stock now. You will soon see it.

  24. Tamie on said:

    Congrats on getting one author….soon the others would follow..

    Now how did I miss the double okadabook credit window?

  25. Ayodeji on said:

    Kai, offili don mske me guilty again oooo, ℓ̊ have been too quiet about myself on most occassions, guess ℓ̊ should start shouting (talking) about what ℓ̊ do more often. Well, its gonna be cheap but effective publicity. I am a change agent, ℓ̊ believe in new ideas and the reality of dreams, ℓ̊ am the principal of GREENMINDS ( an initiative that encourages the use of the mind towards great achievement of purpose and a desired society for all), also an idea brand consultant and an entrepreneur. E don do me before @ofilispeaks bill me for advert placement, no be my fault na my trumpet ℓ̊ dey blow as ordered by the boss (Ofili) himself.

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