‘I write, speak to inspire’
Somi Uranta loves writing. He started writing in his teens in faraway Opobo, a town in Rivers State, made popular by the famous slave boy, Jaja, who later became a great king and nationalist.
Igho goes to farm, 10 others vie for 2019 literature prize
The Advisory Board for The Nigeria Prize for Literature has announced the shortlist of 11 drawn from 173 books, in the running for the 2019 edition of the prize. The 11 books on the shortlist, in alphabetical order by the title of book....
Chukwuma Anyanwu and the dramatic reflections of the Nigerian experience - Part 2
In a military-led government, this freedom is absolutely restricted and if any journalist tries otherwise, he/she is blacklisted for punishment.
The Guardian’s Ajeluorou presents Igho Goes to Farm at Soyinka’s 85th birthday
The Guardian’s head of politics, Mr. Anote Ajeluorou, will present his debut children’s storybook, Igho Goes to Farm, to the 85 student participants and dignitaries in Lagos and Abeokuta on July 12 and 14 as part of OpenDoorSeries/Wole Soyinka International Culture Exchange (WSICE 2019) programmes designed to celebrate iconic Nobel laureate, Wole Soyinka. A special…
With Of Sons And Husbands, Ayeni tackles matriarchal mentality in African homes
It was the former American president, Abraham Lincoln, who said, “nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.” This statement best resonates in Modupe Jayieola Ayeni’s Of Sons And Husbands. In many African homes and marriages, men have all the power, so to say. And…
Nigerian writer Lesley Nneka Arimah wins 2019 Caine Prize
Lesley Nneka Arimah has won the 20th edition of the Caine Prize for African Writing for her short story ‘Skinned’. The prize was launched in 2000, and is awarded annually to an African writer of a short story published in English.
Akinyemi and the realities of life in Dead Dogs Don’t Bark
Title: Dead Dogs Don’t Bark Author: Tolu Akinyemi Publisher: T&B Global Concepts Ltd., UK Year: 2019 Pages: 112 A year after Tolu Akinyemi’s poetry volume, Dead Dogs Don’t Bark came out, the UK-based poet has returned with the second edition of the book with a makeover. The two-part poetry collection tries to reawaken the spirit…
Reflecting on The Idea Of The communiversity
At all levels, education is now facing a crisis across the world. For many communities, schooling remains inaccessible. In many countries, including Nigeria, higher institutions have become elite qualification factories where a quarter of graduates must be given first class in order that they may gain a quota of the top jobs. In most countries,…
For Iduma, author of A Stranger’s Pose , exile is not a word
With a youth landmarked by prestigious grants, fellowships, residencies and award nominations for his outstanding contributions to African visual art and fiction writing, the first 30 years of Emmanuel Iduma’s life have not been wasted.
The reality of being a black woman at Cambridge
In 2017, Ore Ogunbiyi published, A letter to my fresher self, in Varsity, the student newspaper of the University of Cambridge. In it, she detailed how her race had defined her years there....