My First Nomination Ever!


Well, not really the first nomination in my life, but it is the first one in regard to blogging and I am very excited and proud.

I have been nominated for the Kreativ Blogger Award!  Many thanks to novels from the ground up for the nomination.    Novels From the Ground Up  is a wonderful blog about novel writing from the perspective of a ‘rank amateur’.  Please go check out his work; you will enjoy it.

As per the Kreativ Blogger Award rules I must:

  1. Thank my nominator and provide a link to their blog.
  2. List seven things that readers might find interesting about me.
  3. Nominate seven other bloggers.

Seven things about me that readers might find interesting

  1. I train and coach professional Mixed Martial Arts Fighters
  2. Although I have written hundreds of short stories, screenplays and poems, it took me twenty-five years to finally commit to writing a novel and finish it because the idea of writing a novel scared the hell out of me.
  3. I have eight children – seven daughters and one son – in the age range of 25 – 3.
  4. I am a master of indigenous Afrikan martial arts.
  5. I usually spell Afrika and Afrikan with a “k” because the letter “c” is non-existent in traditional Afrikan language phonetics.
  6. I am an initiated High Priest (“Babalawo”) and Priest of Obatala (“Olorisa”, or “Awo Obatala”) – the Spirit of intelligence, humor, peace and light – in the Yoruba tradition of Ifa.
  7. Although I am a martial artist, unlike most of my peers, I am not a fan of Bruce Lee, nor a fan of martial arts movies in general.

And finally here are seven blogs I subscribe to and I am nominating for the Kreativ Blogger Award:

Phenderson Djèlí Clark – A terrific blog by the Afro-Caribbean-American author of speculative fiction.

PANTERIAN TALES – The blog of the brilliant and talented L.M. Davis, author of the Blacktastic novels Interlopers and Posers.

Towrestlewithdarkness – The blog of Alan D. Jones, author of the dynamic and exciting science fiction novel To Wrestle With Darkness.

Beyond Victoriana – Ay-leen The Peacemaker’s  blog about multicultural steampunk and retro-futurism – that is, steampunk outside of a Western-dominant, Eurocentric framework.

Aker: Futuristically Ancient – This powerful blog explores African diasporic cultures and re-examines “popular diasporic cultures” through the afrofuturist and afrosurrealist perspectives.

STEAMED! – A great resource for all things Steampunk!

COLLISION OF WORLDS – The blog of Valjeanne Jeffers, author of the steamy horror / fantasy Immortal series of novels and the Blacknificent Steampunk novel, The Switch.

Please check out these awesome sites.  I regularly read many more blogs than these, however, I could only choose seven. I believe you will find my choices to your liking.

About Balogun

Balogun is the author of the bestselling Afrikan Martial Arts: Discovering the Warrior Within and screenwriter / producer / director of the films, A Single Link, Rite of Passage: Initiation and Rite of Passage: The Dentist of Westminster. He is one of the leading authorities on Steamfunk – a philosophy or style of writing that combines the African and / or African American culture and approach to life with that of the steampunk philosophy and / or steampunk fiction – and writes about it, the craft of writing, Sword & Soul and Steampunk in general, at He is author of eight novels – the Steamfunk bestseller, MOSES: The Chronicles of Harriet Tubman (Books 1 & 2); the Urban Science Fiction saga, Redeemer; the Sword & Soul epic, Once Upon A Time In Afrika; a Fight Fiction, New Pulp novella, Fist of Afrika; the gritty, Urban Superhero series, A Single Link and Wrath of the Siafu; the two-fisted Dieselfunk tale, The Scythe and the “Choose-Your-Own-Destiny”-style Young Adult novel, The Keys. Balogun is also contributing co-editor of two anthologies: Ki: Khanga: The Anthology and Steamfunk. Finally, Balogun is the Director and Fight Choreographer of the Steamfunk feature film, Rite of Passage, which he wrote based on the short story, Rite of Passage, by author Milton Davis and co-author of the award winning screenplay, Ngolo. You can reach him on Facebook at; on Twitter @Baba_Balogun and on Tumblr at

10 responses »

  1. Milton says:

    Congratulations, Balogun! It’s a nomination well deserved. Your blogs, are interesting, insightful and unapologetic. Good luck!

  2. Congratulations! I agree with Milton, it’s very well deserved! And thanks so much Brother Balogun 🙂

  3. congrats! and holy blogger awards batman! u nominated me!? much appreciated. that’s so cool, if u was here I’d let u have half my roti…well maybe some plantain…

    • Balogun says:

      Of course I nominated you…your writing is Blacknificent, Brother!
      You can mail me a quarter of the roti and two plaintains, please.

  4. Aker says:

    Congratulations! Well-deserved, your blog is awesome! And thank you for the nomination!

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