About Me


Jacqueline, the face behind acookingpotandtwistedtales, is a passionate Nigerian woman.

I am a gregarious, avid reader, who loves writing and telling stories.

In a short sentence, I am a life enthusiast.

I am a wordsmith (on the cusp of authorship, in my mind at least). I am an entrepreneur, an advocate of truth and moral values, a people’s person, a motivator and a bi-linguist (French/English) I am also attempting to pick as many languages as I can, even just in their smattering forms.

I am the spouse of an interesting and intelligent gentleman who makes each day in my life spontaneous and devoid of boredom.

I am a mother of children who keep all my faculties engaged (physical and non-physical).

So this is me, an avid reader (not mind reader, unfortunately), an everyday woman with a passion for life and family.

I love to sing in my wobbly voice (who cares), to dance and strut my stuff and to laugh heartily. I love fitness and good nutrition when I can encourage my other lazy self to lace on her training shoes and not to eat all the cake.

I am still a child of Evolution, with varied interests ranging from pottery, painting, photography and gazillion stuff that I would like to try out.

I started blogging when I got tired of keeping my thoughts penciled in my journals (I still pencil though). It serves as a voice to some internal thoughts and turmoils. I think in clarity, I recuperate and I exhale when I write. It is therapeutic for me.

I see a story in everything, humorous, serious, life matters, beauty, child rearing or anything that inspires me that we might have in common as humans.

So here I am, exhaling after a long time of staying under water. In my little space here in blogland, I will be sharing with you, my tales, my poems, my motivational and mundane thoughts, my social observations and a potpourri of things that I dwell on.

If I blog successfully throughout the next year, I would have cultivated the discipline of settling down to write and ramble. I would (hopefully) have finished the drafts of the three novels that I am working on.

Indeed, it would be good to arrive at those goals, but I believe that the trip through blogging would be a whole lot of fun.

Having recently moved to Dubai with my family, I still wake up sometimes with half of my brain back in Houston where we moved from (after the big migration from Nigeria).

We are still working on adapting to our new environment which is cultures apart from our abode in the US where we had a couple of friendly squirrels darting across my front lawn whilst scrambling up a tree.

I look forward to meeting and interacting with other members of this community.

Yours in sincerity,


Today is 29th of April, 2016: LIFE IS A CONTINUUM and as about pages go, so far my blogging journey has been a fruitful one. One of the targets that I set for myself which is to get my books published has been accomplished with the successful publishing of My Poetry Book “Out of the silent breath.”

Nothing gives one a sense of well-being like realizing your dreams. This is just the beginning and I continue to trudge on with the others.

You can support me by buying my book which is available on Amazon and Smashwords.

Out of the silent breath


461 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Hello, Jacqueline, this is Shine. I’m really happy to meet you. This is a beautiful and versatile blog. So many things to learn from here. I’m following you to learn to blog. This is like a book of a blog to me. Thanks a lot.

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      • I have started blogging, recently. So, still learning. I also like to blog on versatile topics. So, I love your blog. I watched the way you help the blogger (Featured Blogger and another contest) is really impressive. I also want to participate on that. Thank you.

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      • I like versatile because my life is such a pot-pourri that I can’t restrict myself to one thing. I will be happy to feature your blog. Just check for my post on the side bar which says, share your link and add your link to that so that I can feature it this week. You’ll do fine with your positive attitude πŸ™‚

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  2. I love your blog title! You have such a way with words and come across as a genuinely warm and giving individual. I was even more excited to discover that you are also based in the UAE πŸ™‚ There is way too much content here for just one visit so I am going to follow and will have to come back for more πŸ™‚ Take care and keep writing! πŸ™‚

    P.S. I would also love to participate in the Featured Blogger. Will have to look into that some more πŸ™‚

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  5. Oh wow !!! I wonder how did I miss such a wonderful blog all these days. But then I am only 3 months old into the blogging world. It is such a pleasure to go through your wonderful posts πŸ™‚ Your title of the blog itself is so catchy and like they say that is just the cherry on the icecream πŸ˜€ Hoping to connect with you more in this awesome world of blogs and please do pop a visit to my little corner of the wide blogosphere ❀ Cheers and Warmest wishes, Minaxi

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    • It’s a pleasure to have you Minaxi. I just saw your comments right now and I really appreciate your words.
      Now, let me use this opportunity to invite you over for the brunch party that I am hosting on my blog today and tomorrow. The link will go live in 2 hours. The title will be BRUNCH PARTY live link and you will get to meet a whole lot of other nice bloggers πŸ˜‰

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  7. Jacqueline, we were watching the Amazing Race today (from last week, we are behind) and it was filmed in and around Dubai. It was great to see some of the sights I recognized from your pictures. It was quite interesting! Both my husband and I thought it would be a great place to visit – not that I can do that much travelling!

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  9. Hi Jacqueline, I’d like to nominate you for the 3 day quote challenge, you’ve published many beautiful and inspiring quotes and I thought this is right up your street, please don’t feel you have to, but if you do have a few spare quotes.. here are the rules

    Post a favourite quote for 3 consecutive days.
    Nominate 1-3 bloggers with each post to challenge them.
    Thank the person who nominated you… well only if you want to!!!

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  15. A fascinating blog as much as it is inspiring, Bound to enjoy my time here and learn a lot. Looking forward to reading more. – Cezane

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  16. Hi Jacqueline, I noticed you liked one of my posts so that activates my return the kindness clause and first thing I saw was wordsmith….that sold me as writing is what I’m all about πŸ™ƒ

    Love the blog, and the about sold me…just have to follow and look forward to seeing more posts and commenting whenever that blasted time thing lets me 😊

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  20. Thank you for following my blog, Jacqueline! I adore reading your blog. It gives me a feeling of being among friends and feeling like I’m in a comfortable place (which is astounding because I usually have such awful social anxiety, even online). I have only been blogging for about a month, and reading this one gives me inspiration and encourages me to continue. Your writing is always a lovely little interlude to enjoy briefly throughout my day, thank you!

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    • It’s always lovely to connect with awesome and interesting people in this space and I’m glad we are interacting. Blogging is a fantastic experience and I’m sure that you’ll meet lots of wonderful people in this space and it will be a worthwhile experience. As a matter of fact, I’m hosting an online bloggers party this weekend and it would be lovely if you can join in for the party. Usually lots of fun and good folks.

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  24. Love you blog your community spirit with your psrties and link posts.. massive thank you for pingback of my post – still new to blogging dont quite get what a pingback is.. but thank you for sharing one of my posts on your blog. Albeit the words are Jackson Kiddards. But i do love it i remind my self of it everyday.

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