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…
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…
Amadi’s 'peppersoup' scores high on the comedy scale
LATE physicist and novelist, Elechi Amadi, is best known for his play, Isiburu, a warrior character and wrestler and his famed exploits in that sport in ancient times. Performance of the play formed part of activities held to celebrate Amadi’s passing last year in Port Harcourt, aged 82. But Peppersoup is obviously Amadi’s less known…
If i were to have written any play, it would have been on corruption, says Okara
Well, probably I should have written more on the fight against corruption. I wished I had written some plays. If I were to have written any play, it would have been on corruption.
Greed, ego fuel inter-communal bloodbath in Elechi Amadi’s The Great Ponds
In spite of Elechi Amadi’s grim, blood-cuddling narrative of the communal dispute between two communities over ownership of fishing ponds in his classic novel ...
How to get Nigeria reading again
On behalf of my fellow writers, I congratulate the noble citizens of Port Harcourt for this singular achievement and also congratulate the governor through his efforts it has come to be.
Elechi Amadi goes home in a blaze of glory
On his gravestone is the epitaph: “Here Lies a Literary Icon of This Generation. An Ambassador of Peace (A Man with no Guile: Captain Elechi Amadi!”
Remembering Elechi Amadi, an officer and a gentleman
In the 1970s, when Port Harcourt could rightly have claimed its title of Garden City, my late father, Justice P.O.E. Bassey, would take us to the theatre in the old township ...