Where did emotanafricana readers come from in May & what subjects interested them? – Tola Adenle

Where on earth did visitors to emotanafricana.com come from last month and what subjects interested them?

How far back are essays read?

Which essays interest them the most?

Do this blog’s readers care much about politics?

How about human angle stories?

Which essays from the past keep showing up, and why?

These, and many other questions are what I always want to know at the end of each month as I look through statistics that I cut and paste everyday; they help me when deciding what to write or what to cull from other sources.

It is apparent that the Yoruba clothes, as I’ve mentioned in the , continues to dominate.  In the last 30 days, the Yoruba engagement aso oke attracted 250 additional readers bringing the total now to 1,808 views.  The other Yoruba essays always make good showings and last month was not different; on the heels of the engagement essay is O le ku! which also has an additional section on modern uses for Yoruba aso oke and whose title has therefore generated a new URL:


The old link takes readers to bits and pieces even though I’ve deleted it!  It has to do with my – still – lack of  adequate mastery of this medium.  Many of the old materials have been merged and edited while additional materials have been added.

Here is an example of something that can be found under the new O le ku! & modern uses for aso oke:

Modern uses for Aso Oke

Aso Oke of various weaves – thin traditional; broad Okene-Igbirra types, etcetera – are being used in various forms and for various occasions.  Those will be posted here from time to time to show how the Yoruba, especially the women, have adapted the hand-woven textile to modern usage …

Tarkwa duvet cover

Human angle stories also tend to attract many readers.  For example, during the period, the top ten essays (two dealt with the greedy daughter) viewed – in order – were:

Yoruba engagement aso oke, etcetera – Tola Adenle

O le ku! [“Oleku”], The more things change, the more they remain the same & Modern Uses for Yoruba Aso Oke – Tola Adenle

Oklahoma tornado disaster: Seven children ‘drowned’ in school hit by twister

Update: Small donors stop greedy daughter, Janice Cottrill from evicting own father from his home – Tola Adenle

The Story of Emotan – Tola Adenle

Lagos State’s ban of Hijab in government schools: Comments worth sharing

A real life tale of greed and betrayal from God’s own country as daughter attempts to evict father from own home!

Education Sector in Crisis: Evidence, Causes and Possible Remedies – Ladipo Adamolekun

Yoruba classic clothes, continued: Yoruba and Sericulture (3) – Akinkoye Collection[b] – Tola Adenle

If you want your daughter to wear Hijab to school, send her to a private Muslim School – Lagos State Government

While the Yoruba clothes may have become almost territorial, especially the Engagement aso oke attracting more than two hundred almost monthly, it is heartening that readers have their heart strings tugged at by stories of human drama that keep cropping up around the world.  Perhaps as heartening in another way is the interest that quite a few of readers have in serious issues.  Soyinka’s interview carried by Sahara Reporters which I culled here a week or so ago has attracted about four dozen viewers while Education Sector Crisis garnered 79 readers during the period.

Even essays from quite a while back continue to get airing by blog visitors:  Ms. Oby Ezekwesili’s February paper attracted 15 readers; an essay and a paper – Education, Women empowerment and Public Service …” on Mrs. Ighodalo from January 2012 had 16 & 8; Kupolati’s In Memoriam from February 2012 had 10 and many others dating back to the first few months of the blog.

The oldest essay – I hope I did not miss any other one – checked this month was a Sahara Reporters story, “15 year-old Nigerian girl picks Harvard among many choices” which I culled here on May 6, 2011 which was five weeks after this blog started.  Last month, 2 readers checked it out.  Saheela Ibrahim’s story has now been read 348 times on this blog.  There is hardly any week when it does not show up.

Those are the kind of statistics that makes me feel the blog is going in the direction I like.  Just this Monday, June 2nd, I was on the web and wanted to check the blog one last time as it was about an hour into the new day:  there were 11 views of which 8 were from Brazil.  Essays most viewed were the Yoruba item which made me SMS somebody about Bahai – the Brazilian province with people of Yoruba ancestry – vestiges of the slave trade – invading my blog!

Thanks to everybody who makes these stats possible.  Below is the link to what and where of May 2013:


What Blog visitors checked out May 1 to May 31 AND countries

TUESDAY, JUNE 3, 2013. 4:50:52 a.m. [GMT]

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