In the course of my study, I discovered that in traditional Africa, women had power. According to the African culture, women were expected to be submissive to their husbands.
Love in Fela's Kalakuta Republic
Fela Anikulapo-Kuti - Africa's most prominent political dissident and musician - upset Presidents, challenged Nigeria’s armed forces, was arrested and jailed 200 times, created a music genre celebrated till today but no one talks about how he could not have done these without the 27 women (and more) who were his wives, girlfriends, disc jockeys,…
The portrait of an artist as a scholar
Life and Time have been happening to me…Hahahaha! Incidentally, this year marks the tenth anniversary of the publication of my last creative writing book, my collection of poems, Love in a Time of Nightmares.
How military, economy murdered Nigeria’s cinemas
Eddie Ugbomah is a veteran Nigerian filmmaker. He has directed and produced over 12 films, including the Rise and Fall of Oyenusi, The Boy is Good and Apalara, as well as documentaries on economic and social issues. He spoke to OMIKO AWA on the challenges facing the Nigerian cinema and the way forward. Why are…
June 12: Someone had to chronicle what happened for posterity, evolution of democratic process
Well, I began to draw from the age of four or five having been inspired by a bubble gum with clippings of cowboys and red Indians in gunfights. I had my nursery and primary education in Lagos but my secondary education was in a boarding school in Ogun State.
Tutuola: When I am writing I am always happy
This rare interview on an afternoon with Pa Amos Tutuola was conducted in his residence in Ibadan on June 14, 1993, 15 years ago, by FEMI OSOFISAN for the Opon Ifa Review and was probably Tutuola’s last interview. For some reasons, however, principal among which was the journal’s early demise, the interview has never been…
Mr Eazi excites fans with 'London Town', 'Overload'
Ahead of the release of his EP Life Is Eazi Vol. 2, Banku music creator Mr Eazi has premiered his latest singles London Town and Overload. The Nigerian born singer has been giving fans a sneak peak of the track during his Happy Boy tour and is already shutting down sets across Europe.
Failure to support public libraries affects book donation organisations
The Swiss-born Hans Martin Zell’s journey through Africa’s book trade has been magnificent for the sheer scale of his production and its geographical span. In a conversation with OLATOUN WILLIAMS, founder of Borders Literature, an online book platform, Zell describes his life-path as ‘a bit of a roller-coaster ride.’ Zell’s knowledge of the African book…
Ojo’s manual for navigating life’s difficulties
As the increasing complexity of modern life makes it difficult for many to cope, some thinkers and writers are offering timely help through their intellectual power in harnessing...
‘I stand with those who point to right path, criticise society’
Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my word will remain unchanged!’ It means and methods will fade away, but principle will remain. What I mean is, the way you used to know would both pass away, but there will be both. There would be changes in both due to new revelation.