by Gbenga Awomodu
Naija Stories (www.naijastories.com) went live in March 2010 and has become one of the top online communities which serves the needs of new and emerging Nigerian writers and literary enthusiasts.
At the site, writers share their work, receive help through the commentary to improve their work, gain recognition, connect with publishers and peers, and gain access to a potentially global audience. By the anniversary of its launch, Naija Stories had recorded 1,700 posts by over 680 authors in fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry, and drama.
Recently, the Wibiya toolbar was added to the site and it became a social media networking site, much like any other, permiting users to register and connect with one another. Naija Stories is however, felixible because you don’t have to register to read, rate, review and recommend your favorite stories.
Users score member points as they remain active on the site and they can improve their ranking by registering, submitting a story, starting a discussion group or a forum topic.
Naija Stories is run by its founder, Myne Whitman*, a Nigerian romance fiction writer, Tola Odejayi*, her husband, and a recently constituted team of volunteers.
* Pen name