Fagunwa: A new stride in literary scholarship
“Everything about our own culture is being suppressed nowadays, blacked out systematically from the children’s consciousness, including the ability to communicate in our mother tongues.
Alkali and Abouleila… Beaming searchlight on Muslim women’s writings
Abouleila: I love the energy that comes with writing; it’s really vibrant. I grew up an avid reader. I read statistics at university of Khartoum. I failed to get my Ph.D; it was a big trauma for me because my mother is a lecturer and I was raised to believe I would also teach at university.
Genius of the unconventional and the patterning of dualities: Wole Soyinka’s early childhood - Part 4
One of the sensational truths of his life which Wole himself is never hesitant to tell is that he is not a Christian; has never been a Christian. He has never remembered a time, even at those legislated childhood phases, when he felt like a Christian. He tells Ulli Beier in a 1992 interview that…
Celebrating D.O. Fagunwa: Aspects of African and world literary history
The success of the artist – Yoruba artist particularly – is best gauged by how he mediates culture through his art and how the instances of such mediation become artefact and are themselves set as culture.
Nigeria is my mother, says Chukwumerije
Ace Nigerian performance poet, Dike Chukwumerije, has lent his voice to the calls for unity in Nigeria, and berated ethnic groups calling for a dissolution of the country.
Seeing and believing: Casting a deep gaze into the ugly underbelly of society
“There is Fela the man and Fela the musician. I took Fela the musician and used it to develop a story about violence and the struggle for resistance, which he stood for while he lived and sang.
An orphan’s story offers redemption for the girl-child and moral regeneration
The three generations involve the protagonist, Ada, her grandmother and her own children. Omonigho’s rich use of different characteristics and figurative forms gives the reader a smooth flip through these times and generations.
A Jane Austen after 200 years
Austen died in her forty-second year, unmarried. A distinguished biographer of hers, David Cecil, says: ‘Normal and feminine as she was in so many ways, it is unlikely that Jane Austen was without some maternal instinct.