As a Writer, how concise are you?

January 19, 2016 OPINION/NEWS


Goodnews Eruemuare

Do you know the longer your name, the longer your chances of beholding FAME and FORTUNE?

This brief piece is not intended to insult, diss and abuse anyone.

Writers don’t really need to be weighed down by LONG names. The shorter and more concise the name, the better. According to Dbanj, “No long thing.”

Let’s take a look at some WORLD CLASS WRITERS and see how they amputate their names.


  1. The father of Nigerian literature, CHINUA ACHEBE. Did you know the full name of ACHEBE is Albert Chinualumogu Achebe? Can you see how he expunged ‘Albert and Lumogu’ from his PEN NAME?


  1. At number two, We will take a look at WOLE SOYINKA. Did you know that this creative icon’s full name is as long as an electric eel? His full name is Akinwande Oluwole Babatunde Soyinka? As you know, He is a Nigerian playwright and poet. He was awarded the 1986 Nobel Prize for Literature, the first African to be so honoured.


  1. At number three, we will take a look at REMI RAJI, the immediate past national President of The Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA). His name was not too long, but he also did something to shorten it. Do you know his full name is Aderemi Raji-Oyelade? This Nigerian poet who writes in English and is popularly known by his pen name, Remi Raji. Pen names are always shorter.


  1. At number four, We will look at an unknown figure, the man who coined the word PENGICIAN and deposited it in the Shrine of Creativity. He is the national President of Creative Writers’ Association of Nigeria (CWAN) and popularly known as SIR A-ONE. His stage and Pen name is shorter and quite different from his full name which is GOODNEWS ANDREW ERUEMUARE. The Literary Shrine Attendant and self acclaimed Literary Field Marshall (LFM) is gradually becoming a VOICE to reckon with in Africa. The Publisher of The Literary Temple Magazine (LTM) is a humble pengician with a humble personality who is working tirelessly to bring his creativity to the limelight. SIR A-ONE is a Nigerian Biographer, Rapper and Pengician.


  1. At number five, Well look at the outstanding female Writer, BUCHI EMECHETA. Her case is almost like that of SIR A-ONE. Her initial name was Florence Onye. She, however, preferred Buchi Emecheta to Florence Onye and she came to the limelight with it.



Why am I writing this?

Your case may not be like theirs, but you definitely NEED a proper packaging of your name in a shorter form, in addition to other qualities, in order to excel.

Keep up the good pen.





Goodnews Eruemuare

GOODNEWS ANDREW ERUEMUARE also known as SIR A-ONE, is a Writer and Rapper. Publisher of the LITERARY TEMPLE MAGAZINE and Founder of CREATIVE WRITERS’ ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA (CWAN). Financial Secretary of the ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIAN AUTHORS (ANA) Delta State Chapter.


  1. Damilola Jonathan Oladeji January 21, at 15:16

    been trying to fix the right package for my Pen Name, going with Damilola Jonathan Oladeji for now. This is a nice piece, would like to post here soon.


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