Tuesday, 18 August 2015

#AfricasBiggestBookProject Random Thoughts

Trust me, Project Manager, I fret, worry, sleep and wake thinking what else can go wrong so I can fix it before it does. I have to admit #AfricasBiggestBookProject has stretched me beyond belief. I'm not a patient person but I've learnt it on this gig. I'm not a risk-taker, I like to arrange everything beginning to end before I start the journey, but gosh, the things I have done on the fly and keep on doing to see this through?

I came into Abuja yesterday desperately looking for a location for my sessions here. After spending the entire day sweeping the town and feeling increasing despair at not finding anything remotely suitable within my budget, I end up at my friend's where I'll be staying until my work here is done. And I vent about my day. Like really vent. She asked what I needed and I told her - Space, really nice interiors, peace and quiet, uninterrupted power... and she offered her place. Just like that. I stopped long enough to look around and realised everything I'd spent the entire day looking for was in her house. The sense of relief and the gratitude I feel, I cannot describe.

I've had friends, people call me to ask for my account number. I'd been worried sick about the cost for flying in and lodging my crew and all the associated expenses that come with it. This morning, I woke up to a credit alert; one that I was not expecting. All the support just leaves me feeling very baffled. 

I have long realised that this is not about me, it never was. And because God knows how much I panic when it seems like I'm not in control of things that affect me, he finds ways of saying, 'Chill Naomi, I've got this covered."

So, I'm going to fry chips and egg and have myself a hearty breakfast 'cos at this point, the project has switched to divine orchestration mode :)


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