Is Christopher Okigbo’s star here again with us?
An old star departs, leaves us here on the shore, gazing heavenward for a new star approaching. The new star appears, foreshadows its going, before a going and coming that goes on forever… — Christopher Okigbo, in Path of Thunder NIGERIA appears to be falling again under the excruciating spell of a star presaged by…
Still waters and Kaizen
Recent Nigerian memoirs that aren’t at the same time hackneyed hagiographies are very hard to come by indeed. The pleasure of encountering Little Birds and Ordinary People...
Remembering Okigbo fifty tears on
Mbari Club was a natural draw for an aspiring writer. Situated a mere street walk from Mokola Roundabout, past the ancient Palm Chemist and you were there in the midst of Chinua Achebe, Ulli Beier, Amos Tutuola, Wole Soyinka, Duro Ladipo and Christopher Okigbo.
Okigbo conference kicks off in Ibadan
Celebrated poet and humanist, Christopher Okigbo would be remembered today in a conference celebrating his work 50 years after he died in battle in 1967.
When Biafra, Arewa, Odua, Niger Delta republics got writers talking
Lagos Chapter chairman, Mr. Femi Onileagbon, fired the first shot when he warned agitators for Biafra, Arewa and Odua and Niger Delta Republics to thread with caution, arguing that Nigeria wasn’t a finished business yet.
Gabriel Okara… Restoring the genius of Africa’s oldest living poet
In spite of this obvious genius, Okara has remained largely missing out in the discourse of Nigeria’s critical, literary establishment. A few factor have been adduced for this.
A writers’ body and the burdens of current Nigerian writing - Part 1
I attempt to do three main things in this presentation. The first is to highlight what I refer to as the Nigerian tradition of writing, which I locate in the postulations of the hegemonic faction of the first generation of Nigerian writers.