Why Gabriel Okara literary festival will not hold this year
For those who wholeheartedly embraced the entrant of Gabriel Okara Literary Festival into the Nigerian calendar of cultural offerings, this may not be the best of times. The festival will not hold this year, according to eggheads at the University of Port Harcourt, host institution for the festival. The festival was last held on April…
A historic legacy in pictures
Emeritus Professor E. J. Alagoa’s stature as a living legend gained added credibility in the perception of the younger generation of scholars of the Niger Delta, when a remarkable publication...
Revisiting the politics of literary criticism as Nzekwu goes home
It was Mr. Chike Ofili, a poet, who stirred the hornet’s nest two Fridays ago at the evening of tributes held for late Chief Onuorah Nzekwu in Lagos. Offili had lamented the neglect the writer suffered even when his peers like Chinua Achebe, Wole Soyinka, and J.P. Clark enjoyed robust critical attention, to the effect…
A historical tribute for a sensitive idealist
Gabriel Okara’s role and status as one of the pioneers of modern African literature in English, or indeed in any Western colonial language, has been affirmed for decades.
Power, politics, poverty of oil exploration in Nwoye’s Oil Cemetery
Oil Cemetery is a moving story of the poor, who have said no to oppression as they seek a solution to end the suffering and deaths brought by oil exploration and exploitation.
‘Gabriel Okara has written in all genres, yet not much attention has been given to his work’
A symposium was organised by the Faculty of Humanity, University of Port Harcourt, in 1991, to celebrate Gabriel Okara at 70. That year I was away, doing my PhD programme at the University of Bordeaux, France.
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 ...