Eldred Durosimi Jones: The literary world without him
Though an early witness to the COVID-19, Prof. Eldred Durosimi Jones died days before the world became zombified with Zombie apocalypse.
African literature, the english language and the nation - Part 3
The fifth problem is associated with the ironic twist in an African writer condemning European values while employing an European language, which in itself is an European value item. This is probably what Sartre means when he says, “if he destroys it (French value, that is) in French, he poetizes already.
Obama lists two Nigerian authors as favourites as he visits Africa
Former American president Barack Obama has listed two books by Nigerian authors among his recommended books for summer reading. Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's Americanah were named among other illustrious African books that include A Grain of Wheat (Ngugi wa Thiong’o), Long Walk to Freedom (Nelson Mandela) and The Return (Hisham…
African literature, the English Language and the nation - Part 2
In another essay, “Where Angels Fear to Tread” (1962), Achebe observes: “The question then is not whether we should be criticised or not, but what kind of criticism.”
African literature, the english language and the nation - Part 1
This essay is three-pronged: ‘African literature’, ‘the English language’ and ‘the nation’. I intend to be conscious of these key terms as I go along without promising I would be fair to all of them. The very first thing to say about ‘African literature,’ which we now take for granted did not come to us…
Revisiting Isidore Okpewho orature and African literature
The land of the living was not far removed from the domain of the ancestors. There was coming and going between them, especially at festivals and also when an old man died, because an old man was very close to the ancestors. A man’s life from birth to death was a series of transition rites…
Celebrate Book Lovers Day With The Best Of African Literature
Book Lovers' Day is celebrated every year on the 9th of August. Although the creator of this day is still unknown, it is quite a worthy cause to celebrate the inner being in you who would rather curl up in a corner and read a book all day. African literature has not had a greater…