Of prizes, canons at ANA convention
Denja Abdullahi said, “We decided to go with the current re-appraisal of the issue of canonization of books and writers in world literature as it affects African writers.
Stories behind the mask: writers and their names
But the phenomenon has been put back in the spotlight by Italian publishing sensation Elena Ferrante's assiduous efforts to keep her real identity a secret, at a time when new reasons are emerging for publishing from behind a mask.
Xenophobia and the Nigerian Kwerekwere in post-apartheid South Africa
It is crucial to start with a very fundamental definition. “Kwerekwere” is the derogatory term that black South Africans use when referring to unwanted foreign blacks, especially Nigerians. A very insightful 401-page book, The Kwerekwere Testament: The Complete Chronicles authored by Kenneth Chukwuka Madiebo, and published by ArtRelated, Lagos, in 2011, undertakes an original meditation…
Artyrama launches art gallery
An online African art gallery, Artyrama, was launched yesterday, September 19, 2017, in Lagos. The innovative gallery would give lovers of African art around the world access to a variety of African art....
With a taste of Nigeria, arispop rebrands country’s image in America
The show has surpassed the expectations of its aims. According to Lemon-Simons, “We have had a huge response because we do a lot of things that people do not know about Nigeria.
Akande-Adeola seeks fair deal for women at writers’ forum
The first female majority leader in the House of Representatives, Hon. Mulikat Akande-Adeola, was a special guest over the weekend at a reading session organised by the Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA) last week that had A Woman in Parliament in focus.
'Pakistan Girl' takes aim at corrupt cops and domestic abuse
The new "Pakistan Girl" comic series is based on Sarah, a normal teenager with a pet cat who discovers she has superhuman powers after waking from a coma caused by a blast in her village.
The poetry of Joe Ushie
One of Nigeria’s finest writer-scholars, Joe Ushie was born shortly before Nigeria’s independence to his agrarian parents at Akorshie, Bendi in the Obanliku Local Government Area of Cross River State.
Freedom of expression… How artists can navigate boundaries of an intolerant world
In Nigeria, bloggers have been arrested and even killed. Visual performer, Atiku Jelili spent days in jail for his performance while Nengi Ilagha, a writer, spent months in jail for his artistic work that spoke against his...
The return of ‘The Guardian Literary Series’: One year after
The mediation of the first coming of GLS by Yemi Ogunbiyi, Femi Osofisan, Odia Ofeimun and G. G. Darah was not a romantic experience. This has also been what the present run of the series encountered last year.
Ifowodo: Poets must seek other modes to empower their vision
Only in the most literal sense, perhaps, but no! Recall that in the play, Godot never arrives, whereas the prize will not only be won (by me, I hope!) but declared to have been won in October, a mere month away.