Hope for my beloved country
In 2008, I read an article in The Guardian on Chinua Achebe’s ire toward his fatherland, in which the great writer was reminded that had he not been born in Igboland...
Things Fall Together: Chinua Achebe is Okonkwo of Things Fall Apart - Part 2
The only difference is that while Achebe was Okonkwo-specific in his reportage, it is Achebe’s composite class of ex-colonials that were granted unimaginable wealth, position, and power.
Things fall together: Chinua Achebe is Okonkwo of Things Fall Apart
For Chinua Achebe, the standard fare is that he was not autobiographical in his novels. But is it? Whatever, the scandal is not that Achebe was actually autobiographical in writing Things Fall Apart, the scandal is that Achebe’s readers, scholars, and researchers, have missed out on this largely self-evident fact for sixty-odd years.
Interrogating Entrepreneurship: Fundamentals and practice
The novelist, Chinua Achebe, once located “the trouble with Nigeria” in the failure of leadership, as far back as 1983, in his monograph titled, The Trouble with Nigeria.
‘Assembly of political gladiators unnecessary, honour Abiola as president’
Former representative of Kaduna Central Senatorial District, Shehu Sani, yesterday said June 12 should not be about gathering political gladiators in Abuja but a celebration of those who actually fought and died for Nigeria’s democracy. Speaking at of June 12 anniversary tagged: June 12: Hope 1993 and Prospects of Democratic Prosperity and Political Stability in…
Achebe’s kinsman killed over disputed communal land in Anambra
The protracted communal clash between Ikenga-Ogidi village, the country-home of Nigeria’s celebrated novelist, Prof. Chinua Achebe and Umusiome village, both in Idemili North Local Government Area of Anambra State, has claimed the life of 70-year-old Chief Anthony Okongwu. The body of Okongwu, Achebe’s kinsman, has been deposited at a hospital (name withheld) while three other…
Udenta: I am back from literary hibernation - Part 2
Concluding part of interview with Comrade Udenta O Udenta, who released 21 books after so many years of literary hibernation. The first volume of Crisis of Theory in Contemporary Nigerian Literature and the Possibilities of New Materialist Direction is one of the most thought-provoking and latest works among the 21 books. To what extent is…
Aisha Buhari’s faux pas
Nigeria's King of the novel, Professor Chinua Achebe wrote ‘Anthills of the Savannah’ after a twenty-one year writing hiatus. It was a Locus Classicus on a satire against military dictatorships.
The power of visionary leadership
It was the world-acclaimed Nigerian novelist, Chinua Achebe, who, exasperated with his country’s leaders, succinctly captured the leadership crisis plaguing the Nigerian state in these haunting words: ‘the trouble with Nigeria is simply and squarely a failure of leadership.
Children’s literature receives boost in 2019 NLNG’s prize
One hundred and seventy-three (173) entries have been submitted this year to the Nigeria Prize for Literature sponsored by Nigeria LNG Limited (NLNG). This year’s prize focuses on Children’s Literature. The number of entries shows a 59 per cent increase as compared to number of entries received in 2015, when the genre was last up…
Anthology of critical studies on Tess Onwueme set for May release
An international anthology of critical studies of the US-based Professor Tess Osonye Onwueme’s works will be released in May 2019. A professor of Global Letters in English at UW-Eau Claire, Onwueme was a 2016 nominee for the Nobel Prize in Literature. The anthology, which is published by Africa World Press, is titled, Emerging Perspectives on…
In Sweet Sixteen, Abdullahi interrogates moral enlightenment, self-identity
Nigerian Literature syllabus, at all levels of academic learning, has always been a subject of raging controversy, among critics and academics. There are two possible factors responsible for this enduring strife in the field of Literature. One is the seeming incurable obsession of the hands entrusted with the responsibility of selecting literary texts, to the…