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Flashlight Moments In the Dark Series Presents: Nigeria Lockley

If you have been folowing me for a while you would be no stranger to Nigeria Lockley or as I like to call her sissy. She is my adopted online sister and business bestie. So you know I couldn’t do a series without having her on here to give you her insight. I could talk about her all day long but let me step aside so you could read for yourself.

Unoma : Who is Nigeria Lockley?

Nigeria : Nigeria Lockley is a child of the most High God, unapologetically walking in her passion and purpose. In the past whenever I would answer questions like this I would always rattle of a bunch of titles until I realized that being my titles are not where my identity lies. My identity is in my creator.

Unoma: In 10 words or less can you create a quote that describes you and your purpose journey?

Nigeria: Pressure is preparation for promotion.

Unoma : What is the driving force in your life?

Nigeria: Christ’s commitment to me is the driving force in my life. I all that I do is to reflect the change He made in my life and the second chance, or rather multiple chances He’s given me. I’m not one of those people who discovered their gift late or accidentally. I’ve known I wanted to write since I was a very young child, but I squandered my gift and spent a number of years just smoking weed, partying, drinking, and not living up to my potential.

Unoma : How do you balance family, faith and your passion/business?

Nigeria : Faith first, ME (this is capitalized purposely) next, family, and then everything I am passionate about. Many women sacrifice themselves for some greater cause, “motherhood”, “marriage”, or “business”, but I’ve discovered that if I’m not okay nothing else I do is going to be okay.

Unoma: What was the single most devastating experience/challenge in your life and how did you overcome it?

Nigeria: At sixteen I found out that my father had moved from his super. That was probably the most devastating experience I ever had. Before that happened my father had what I would describe as a good relationship, so I thought of the reasons I should forgive him and I forgave him. I learned to be thankful for his absence. I accepted Romans 8:28 as my verse for this situation when I came to Christ–everything that I am is because of my father’s absence not in spite of. And since I’m one of the women you selected to interview for this series that means I didn’t turn out too bad.

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Unoma:  How do you build confident expectations in your dark moments?

Nigeria: At this point now I do two things–I recall the dark moments that He has guided me through and when I am still feeling discouraged I turn to my best friend who is centered in Christ and only gives me about a day to mourn whatever I’m in the dark about and then it’s time to move like I know God.

Unoma: How does your understanding of the future give you hope for the present?

Nigeria: I don’t understand the future at all, so it doesn’t inform my present. Rather, my understanding of God and His ironclad promises give the hope to get through present situations that might be distressing.

Unoma: What does it look like practically for you to “turn to the cross” in your business/ministry.

Nigeria: In my business turning to the cross is me praying before I write a book, fasting before making huge decisions, and just sitting still (I know it’s hard to believe), but after I pray I just sit and listen for a response or I pray for a vision and clarity.

Unoma: What advice would you give your younger self?

NIgeria : Serve God wholeheartedly. My younger self was into so much and constantly backsliding. Ever since I turned myself over fully to God there isn’t a door He hasn’t opened for me. Could you imagine what my would be like had I submitted sooner.

Unoma: What can we look forward to from you this year? OR What are you working on?

Nigeria: This year I’m hoping to release at least two books, Berri & Delilah, and Saving Grace and some ebooks on marketing for authors.

Here’s more about Nigeria,

Bio:

Nigeria Lockley possesses two Master’s degrees, one in English Secondary Education, which she utilizes as an educator with the New York City Department of Education. Her second Master’s degree is in Creative Writing. Born at Dawn is Nigeria’s first published novel. Nigeria serves as the Vice President of Bridges Family Services, a not-for-profit organization that assists student parents interested in pursuing a degree in higher education. She is also the deaconess and clerk for her spiritual home King of Kings and Lord of Lords, Church of God. Nigeria is a New York native who resides in Harlem with her husband and two daughters. Join her online at http://www.NigeriaLockley.com

Contact

Website: www.nigerialockley.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/authorNigeriaLockley

Instagram: www.instagram.com/NewNigeria

Twitter: www.twitter.com/NewNigeria

Next week, I will have the conclusion to this series with Stacy Hawkins Adams. You do not want to miss it.

Blessings

Unoma.

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The Season:Its Essence & Me Featuring Nigeria Lockley

Hey there! I hope you are enjoying getting to know my friends. I’m having a wonderful time reading their stories and introducing them to you. Now this next author needs no introduction if you follow me on any network. If you don’t then I will tell you who she is…She is none other than my sissy and bestie, souls sister Nigeria Lockley.  Now let me step aside so you’ll get to know her too…

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The Season by Nigeria Lockley

Christmas for me is synonymous with truth. As Christians many of us celebrate Christmas to commemorate the birth of our Lord. With His birth, through his life and in His word we find the essence of truth. The Christmas season used to just mean gifts to me as the baby of the family until I was in the fourth grade. For homework my class we was asked to prepare a list of gifts we wanted because we were going to see Santa. That night I sat down my dining room table and scribbled pages upon pages until my mother asked me, “Nig, what are you doing?” I explained the assignment to her and then she explained something to me.

“Listen here girl, ain’t no fat white man bringing you nothing. I’m going to get you what you want. I bust my behind every day to get you what you want and what you need not a fat white man,” she said before walking away from me.

It may seem like that was a tough talk to have with a nine year old (she was a tough talker), but everything she said was true. I learned then to appreciate what I received a little bit more and I know now that the subtext of her words is what this season is about. The Christmas season is about recognizing the sacrifice that has been made by God himself to give us each what we need (salvation) and the desires of our heart “not no fat white man”. As our nation seems to spiral deeper into the abyss of consumerism I am forever grateful that she taught me this truth so long ago.

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Author Spotlight: Seasoned With Grace by Nigeria Lockley

Any one that follows me knows that Nigeria and I are #soulsisters. Our connection has nothing whatsoever to do with her name…lol. We simply get each other, have much in common, our thoughts somehow seem to align and we encourage one another. Get this though…we have never met. That will change soon but before then I want to introduce you to her second novel, Seasoned With Grace. Her first novel Born At Dawn won the 2015 Wheatly award for fiction…now you see who I roll with? Let me move over and let you read about her latest book…Seasoned With Grace. After reading please, please one click.

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Are you ready for a dose of Grace? She’s a beauty and the beast, which one will prevail in her life?

About the book:

Seasoned with Grace CoverSentenced to probation, thirty-year-old, supermodel Grace King must put her plans of transitioning into acting to extend the longevity of her career on hold. Desperate to keep a close eye on Grace and his job Grace’s ambitious lawyer, Ethan Summerville has her complete community service in the last place Grace wants to be. His church.

Instead of God, Grace finds a “chocolate drop” of a man—Brother Horace Green. However, Horace isn’t looking for a supermodel. He wants his woman saved and sanctified, but Grace has never met a man who has been able to resist her. Will Horace compromise his faith for a taste of fortune, fame, and Grace?

While Grace focuses on the pursuit of passion Ethan finds one director willing to take a risk and cast Grace in his debut film, but this role fits Grace all too well. Will this film revive Grace’s relationship with God and her career or bring her closer to destruction?

 

Excerpt (Exclusive):

“A lot of people are saying you’re washed up and you’re a liability. But you,” Junell pointed at Grace, “and I,” she said, placing her hand on her chest, “both know that is not true. What does Ethan have to say about this situation?”

“Let’s not talk about Ethan right now, please.”

Junell took a forkful of her salad then dabbed the corners of her mouth with her napkin “Did Ethan drop you as a client? I know a great lawyer. He’s not going to manage you or act as your agent; he will only represent your interest in legal matters, but he’s good. Do you want his card?” She fished for his card in her magenta calfskin, boxy, Celine bag. “How could he do this to you now in the midst of all this?”

Grace stretched across the table and grabbed Junell’s arm before she could extract the card. “It’s fine. Ethan did not drop me, but he’s been acting funny towards me lately.”

“Funny how?” Junell threw back the last pinge of alcohol left in her glass and signaled for the waiter.

“He’s been kind of distant.” Grace shook her hand from side to side. “I think it’s because of this girl he’s dating,” she said, curling her lips in disgust at the thought of Candace and her cardigans.

“Dating?” Junell gasped, choking on her words. “Ethan’s dating. It’s not you and it’s a female?”

“Yes.”

“I had him pegged for either a closeted homosexual or madly in love with you.”

“We were both wrong,” Grace said as flatly as possible trying not to reveal her bruised ego and crushed heart.

A waiter interrupted their chitchat to bring them full glasses of mimosas. “Ladies,” he said, bowing before them after placing the long stem glasses on the table before each woman. He locked eyes with Grace and smiled at her, licking his lips. She reciprocated with a flirtatious smile of her own. His blue eyed gaze seemed impenetrable making it hard for her to determine the extent to which she could use him or to what extent did he plan on using her.

“You are absolutely divine,” the waiter whispered to Grace.

Junell responded to his compliment, preventing Grace from spouting one of her famous seductress phrases. “While the compliment is appreciated she’s saving herself for marriage, young man. Thank you.” Junell waved her hand at the waiter like she was swatting at a mosquito.

“Junie!”

“Don’t ‘Junie’ me. You cannot sit up here and expect Ethan to save himself for you and you’re over here giving away free samples of the merchandise. I’m praying for you, child.”

Sucking her teeth, Grace replied, “Not you too. You know Ethan started praying during my sentencing. That’s how he met ole girl.”

“Ole girl?” Junell raised one eyebrow, “You don’t have to say it like that.”

“I’m sorry, but I didn’t grow up in the Hamptons speaking proper English.” Grace twisted her lips and leaned back in her chair. Junell’s middle class upbringing often served as a source for contention between the two and now was as good of a time as any for Grace to deflect the issue from off her.

“You’re overreacting. They haven’t even been dating that long.” She laughed and flipped her hair again. “You just got sentenced on Monday. Today is only Friday, and please send the papers to my lawyer so you can sue me for growing up in a house with two parents so that I can testify to how ghetto Wydanche really is. All that glitters ain’t gold. I’m sorry you had to learn that on the streets, but we all learn it somehow. Now what you need to do is get yourself together before Ethan gets serious with ‘ole girl’,” she said, using air quotations.

“I don’t care what he does.”

“Liar. If you didn’t care we wouldn’t be discussing this.” Junell folded her arms and leaned back in her chair like she’d just closed another case on her detective show.

“I’m not discussing it, you are. I’m drinking.” Grace threw the mimosa down her throat as speedily as possible.

“Seriously, Grace, you need to do what you have to get right. Maybe you should go to church with Ethan.”

“Why is everyone trying to do a Holy Ghost intervention on me?”

“This life you’re living isn’t working, and I know you think no one in the world loves Grace King, but I do and I don’t want to see you in the streets, in rehab somewhere, or on some God awful reality show.” Junell and Grace both shuddered.  “It’s getting late, Grace.”

Glancing at the face of her cell phone, Grace said, “Junie, it’s only one o’clock.”

Junell reached across the table and put her hand over Grace’s. “No, I mean you’re getting too old to be living your life so recklessly, especially in this industry.”

“Chile, please.” Grace sat up straight and crossed her legs. “I’m only twenty-six.”

“How many times have you been twenty-six?” Junell and Grace both broke out in laughter in response to that question.

The other patrons stared at them. They weren’t the typical business men on lunch that Billy’s catered to which made the restaurant the perfect place for a model and actress to to step out of character and be themselves without any fear of being caught on camera or accosted by some crazy fans.

Grace clutched her chest to catch her breath and tried to count how many times she’d turned twenty-six since her actual twenty-sixth birthday. Four times. Have I become one of those washed up stars that are still clinging to their youth without a hope or a prayer of ever regaining that notoriety?

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Time Out with Nigeria Lockley:

Writing Seasoned with Grace helped me gain a new found appreciation for my friends who have supported me throughout the years. The Bible describes a friend as one who loves at all times. Much like Grace King the Lord blessed me to find friends who loved me when I was right and wrong, so much so that they told me when I was wrong. Then they helped me rise from some of the low places I landed in. If you have a friend in your life that has supported you take a moment to tell them you appreciate every seed that they have sown into your life.

About Nigeria

166Nigeria Lockley possesses two master’s degrees, one in English secondary education, which she utilizes as an educator with the New York City Department of Education, and a second in creative writing. Born at Dawn is Nigeria’s first published novel. Nigeria serves as the vice president of Bridges Family Services, a not-for-profit organization that assists student parents interested in pursuing a degree in higher education. She is also the deaconess and clerk for her spiritual home, King of Kings and Lord of Lords Church of God. Nigeria is a New York native who resides in Harlem with her husband and two daughters. Join her at http://www.nigerialockely.com

Connect with Nigeria

Website: www.nigerialockley.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/authorNigeriaLockley

Twitter: www.twitter.com/NewNigeria

Instagram: www.instagram.com/NewNigeria

Nigeria’s Newsletter: http://eepurl.com/MFKH9

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