Fine Print: Taiye Selasi’s ‘Ghana Must Go’ Makes It Onto The WSJ’s ‘Best Fiction of 2013’ List


Taiye Selasi, a British author of Ghanaian and Nigerian origins, caps a wonderful year with The Wall Street Journal’s naming of her acclaimed novel, Ghana Must Go, on its Best Fiction of 2013 list.

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See more high praise for Selasi and her charming book below.

“It stands up to the hype. Taiye Selasi writes with glittering poetic command, a sense of daring, and a deep emotional investment in the lives and transformations of her characters.”The Guardian

“Selasi writes about class intelligently, and with a great deal of self-awareness.”The Boston Globe

“…Selasi has the talent to go a long way, illuminating the Afro-American experience with feeling and insight.”The Telegraph

Image via WSJ

Daily Dose of Dopeness: The Piano Guys – Angels We Have Heard On High


Known together as The Piano Guys, super-talented instrumentalists Paul Anderson, Jon Schmidt, Al van der Beek and Steven Sharp Nelson ignite the Christmas spirit with a spellbinding version of the timeless carol, Angels We Have Heard On High. Joy to your ears.



I don’t know why, but my spam folder is overflowing with unbelievable emails from oddball characters who are either stranded, dying or both, and I’m only too excited to share these messages, beginning with one Elliot Gamba’s tall tale (below).


Dear Friend,
I decided to write you this proposal in good faith, believing that you will not betray me.

I have been in search of someone with the same last name of our late customer and close friend of mine ( Mr.Richard ),hence I contacted you because both of you bear the same surname and coincidentally from the same country, and I was pushed to contact you and see how best we can assist each other. Meanwhile I am , Mr Eliot Gamba , a reputable banker here in Accra Ghana.

On the 15 March 2007, the young millionaire ( Mr.Richard)a citizen of your country and Crude Oil dealer made a fixed deposit with my bank for 36 calendar months, valued at US$19,000,000.00 (Nineteen Million, US Dollars) and the mature date for this deposit contract was on 31st of January, 2011. But sadly he was among the death victims in the 12 May 2008, Earthquake disaster in China that killed over 5,000 people. Because he was in China on a business trip and that was how he met his end.

My bank management is yet to know about his death, but I knew about it because he was my friend and I am his Account Relationship Officer, and he did not mention any Next of Kin/ Heir when the account was opened, because he was not married and no children. Last week my Bank Management requested that Richard should give instructions on what to do about his funds, if to renew the contract or not.

I know this will happen and that is why I have been looking for a means to handle the situation, because if my Bank Directors happens to know that he is dead and do not have any Heir, they will take the funds for their personal use, so I don’t want such to happen. That is why I am seeking your co-operation to present you as the Next of Kin/ Heir to the account, since you bear same last name with the deceased customer.

There is no risk involved; the transaction will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protect you from any breach of law. It is better that we claim the money, than allowing the Bank Directors to take it, they are rich already. I am not a greedy person, so I am suggesting we share the funds in the ratio of 50%50 equal.

Let me know your mind on this and please do treat this information highly confidential.

I will reveal further information / details to you as soon as I receive your positive reply in my private email address ( Have a nice day and I Anticipating your communication.
You can contact me for further information on this Mobile :+233232053992
Mr Elliot Gamba.

P.S. If you have similar emails to share, send them to me via and I’ll publish them here. Just make sure it’s clear that you’re not the scammer.

Video: 60 Hours After He Went Down With A Chevron Tugboat, Harrison Okene Was Found Alive


Ship cook Harrison Okene survived in an air pocket in the capsized Chevron tugboat, in pitch black and without any food, while surviving on sips of Coca-Cola.

He was the only survivor of 12 crew members on the ship, which capsized about 20 miles off the Nigerian coast in heavy swells in May.

A South African scuba diving team thought they were conducting a dead body recovery effort before Mr Oken saw a torch light and swam towards them.

via Metro

Daily Dose of Dopeness: Jean-Claude Van Damme Returns In Epic Volvo Ad, Splits Between Reversing Trucks


In this epic video ad for Volvo Trucks, Belgian actor and martial artist Jean-Claude Van Damme executes his trademark split between two reversing trucks against the gorgeous vista of a sunrise with Enya’s Only Time chiming away in the background.  It’s hard to believe that the video was shot in one take. Hold onto your lower jaw.