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7 Jul 2019
I called Gabriel Okara early in 2005 to tell him of the Rainbow Book Club’s plan to begin a national reading campaign right here from Port Harcourt. Before I dialled, I wondered how best to introduce myself. Should I say my father was a colleague and friend of his late brother, Justice Richard Okara? Should…
12 May 2019
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…
21 Apr 2019
The Acting Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, Prof Nelson Brambaifa, has described the late Gabriel Okara...
14 Apr 2019
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…
26 Mar 2019
Bayelsa State governor, Seriake Dickson, has described the death of renowned poet and novelist, Dr. Gabriel Okara, as a great loss to the state and Nigeria.
25 Mar 2018
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…
7 Mar 2018
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...
2 Jul 2017
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…
28 May 2017
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.
14 May 2017
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.
5 May 2017
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.
19 Mar 2017
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.

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