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The Postscript: Coconut head


I’ve got a good friend, Ayo, who told me, “Don’t use your head to break a coconut.”

As I wrote about in my memoir, “Blue Yarn,” I lived in Lagos, Nigeria, for almost four years, and I met Ayo there. Ayo is a very smart woman and a voracious reader and she is full of good advice. Ayo is what they describe in Nigeria as “a serious person.” A serious person in Nigeria is one you can trust, someone who can be relied upon.

The advice Ayo generally gives, however, annoys me because it challenges the way I think.

“Have you considered going on YouTube?” Ayo asked me. My impre...

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