Umuahia, making of Nigeria’s literary elite
For her towering achievement, Achebe and Friends at Umuahia: The Making of a Literary Elite, Terri Ochiagha won the ASAUK Fage and Oliver Prize in 2016. Published by James Currey, it is an edition of the African Articulations...
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.
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…
2016 cultural landscape and its peculiar resonance
Following on its heels was Lagos Arts and Book Festival (LABAF 2016), organised by Committee for Relevant Arts (CORA). And for four days at Freedom Park, writers and painters, performers enchanted the venue in a feast of...
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 ...
The tears, the celebration that trailed Elechi Amadi’s final passage
And, what I would like to encourage all of us to do is to read from his works, enjoy his stories as we have been doing in the past week.
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!”