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The music shop by Oladunni Adenuga


Full Name: Oladunni Adenuga
Country Represented: Nigeria

Why did you enter this storytelling contest?

I have told stories for as long as I can remember; on sheaves of paper, notebooks, literary organizations, and then my blog.

Friends and family always encourage me to tell more of my stories to more people, and in fact, one of them sent me the link to this contest. They believe in me so much (I think even more than I do), and I would really love to make them proud.

In addition, I’m taking the bold step of believing more in myself and putting my work out there instead of constantly doubting.

What does storytelling mean to you?

For me, storytelling represents the preservation of life, not just because we keep memories through stories, but also because stories can bring healing; healing to souls, bonds, families, and communities. Storytelling helps broaden our minds, for it exposes us to realities apart from the only ones we know, and thereby makes us better empaths; able to understand and bear the pains of others.

It creates an atmosphere for dreams to take flight, because, in the telling of stories, minds are quickened to the possibility of living out such realities portrayed, and maybe even better ones.

Why did you tell this story?

When the event in my story happened, it was such a profound moment for me. I literally stood on the road for moments, with goosebumps on my body, thinking about what had just happened.
I shared the story weeks later at an open mic session of an art exhibition, and it was received really warmly, even more than I expected.

And so when I learned of this contest, it was easy for me to choose it because I would love for more people to hear it.

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394 thoughts on “The music shop by Oladunni Adenuga”

  1. Ikeoluwapo Ajayi

    Very interesting and challenging story. Spreading joy is what we all need at this time. Well done Dunni.

  2. Much as we are competitors in this contest, allow me to congratulate you on your ability to top stage one.
    I have donated you a vote to this…. You can do the same to my story Umoja Band by George Chunga… You have won for your country so have I to my country Kenya if the provisional results remain constant.
    Looking forward to sharing with you more thoughts on storytelling at the semi final stage.

    1. Thank you so much for your very kind comment. You’re so kind! Definitely looking forward to interacting with you the next stage as well. Cheers!

    1. Dr Adenuga, Awadzi justina has voted.

      Dunni is a great inspiration. May God crowd your effort with success.

  3. Wow… what a wonderful story… the music shop… I can’t stop thinking about it.More grease to your elbow 💖💖💖

  4. What a nice and wonderful way to present the challenges faced by the mentally challenged amongst us and reminding us to show love and care rather than disdain. I am very impressed with the language and diction. There is a Wole Soyinka in you. John Keats, Wordsworth, John Donne, John Milton were great poets in their time. You can be greater than any of them. I am proud of you.

    1. Beautiful story can we imagine what it’s like raising Deremi.All he needs is love and support and most importantly the love that God gives which is awesome

  5. Great story, beautifully narrated. And really nice of you to raise awareness about “special children.” 🙌🏾💙

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  6. Dunni, I can assure you of success on this one, my dear…

    It’s win win win cos your story telling inspired me to the point i am now

    On behalf of all other Oniduro’s we say a big Congratulations to you …


    1. Osheyyyyyyy! 😎
      Chief daddy àwọn oniduro! This your comment is giving me so much energy! Thank you so much! ❤️

  7. I enjoyed listening, watching. The way you wove your words, your delivery and other nuances made it a pleasure. I saw that music shop, experienced Deremi. Oh I believed every word.

    Thank you for such a beautiful, inspiring and definitely impactful story. Best wishes.

  8. I love this… I sincerely do. Well done Leader Oladunni.. I celebrate you dear

    Leader Dunni to the world 🥰🥰🥰

    1. ☺️☺️ I’m wearing a shy smile right now, reading your comment. Thank you so much, Leader Isaiah. 🙇‍♀️

  9. Modupe Oluwakemi Olalere

    I could feel your emotions telling the story and that just makes the story more beautiful. Great work Oladunni 😘

  10. Babe,keep it up bcos ur story is really inspiring one which society at large need to learn from especially the youth.
    Sky is ur limit👍👍👍

  11. Engineer Adeshina-Rasaq

    Immaculate story telling, it really sheds light on how we as people treat other individuals. she promotes equality and peace. Wonderfulkeep up the good work

  12. Folashade Bamigboye

    Such a soul stirring story. Thank you for also bringing out issues that special children face and reminding us to spread joy!

        1. Hmmmm! Listening to this short story really brought back memories of young age when my grandma used to tell us stories. Indeed, like Deremi, we all should having positive mindset toward the society we live in. Thank you insightful story.

  13. That’s my “Gbendusi”! Good job and I’m so proud you’re taking our lineage to the global stage.💪


    What a perfectly-crafted story, making use of the choicest of words! Dunni, you are obviously made for this.

  15. I was just glued to my phone till……..Dunni you’re a super star! Eloquence- apt! Content- awesome! The ‘abilalalenu’ part got me laughing though.

  16. I really love this. Very interesting. Had me hooked from start to finish. Your choice of words and it’s simplicity. Narration well delivered. I don’t think anyone would watch and not live in the story. The setting is typical, relatable and feels very real. Makes me feel like I’ve actually seen Deremi a few time. The message itself comes eventually with the mood already setting. That way it doesn’t feel like another person telling us what and what not to do when we see a Deremi, we already know from the story. The last lines sealed it all up.
    There’s so much to say😂.
    Beautiful piece Enioladunni. I want more of this perhaps we could even work together.😉

    1. Lumee. Your comment is like cold garri on a hot afternoon; so soothing to my soul. Thank you so much! For voitng, and for your really kind comment. 😍

  17. Kelani Moyinoluwa

    Beautiful write up Oladunmi, I’ve always been motivated and inspired by you, your personality and intellect since our secondary School days, you’re such a brilliant person. Keep winning girl ♥️♥️

  18. Awesome! From the soothing tone, the delivery of the story….everything was just awesome. Thanks for this gift, Dunni.

    1. Thank you so much, Deyemi. I’m so glad you liked it. I will look into the audiobook suggestion. 😍❤️ Thank youuuuu

    1. Those days are definitely coming to pass! Thank you so much, Ten! I hope to make you even prouder, by God’s grace! ❤️❤️😍

  19. I am super proud of you DUNNI , words can’t express the rollercoaster of emotions I’m feeling right now . I believe in you and I love you 😘

    1. The one and only Olú Emmanuel! Thank you so much! I really hope to live up to this name that you like to call me. ☺️

    1. Joy! 😍 I see why the message of the story would resonate with you. ☺️☺️ Thank you so much for your comment!

  20. Very powerful and touching story. You and Deremi have one thing in common… A beautiful smile…and I love it. Weldone Sis.

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