6 Aug 2018
It is within the context of a poignant, profound and perhaps arcane ritual imagination that we encounter John Pepper Clark in his literary world as evidenced by the evocative power of his primal poetic and dramatic compositions. Especially so are some of the early works such as Song of a Goat through Ozidi, the ‘middle’ The Boat, The…
Committing literature to the voiceless majority: Commitment in the era of alternative truths - Part 1
28 May 2018
Being keynote address at the Second Chinua Achebe International Conference held at the Institute of African Studies, University of Nigeria Nsukka from May 22 to 25, 2018. Introduction LET me restate from the outset that the thematic concern of this conference Wole Soyinka and the Literature of Commitment, which has formed the thrust of my…
8 Apr 2018
Poetry has always been known to speak to the depth of the soul. April is National Poetry Month and Nigeria has birthed some great poets. In celebration of the month, we have compiled our list of five Nigerian poets whose words will indeed last forever. Ben Okri Okri is a poet and novelist born in…
27 Mar 2018
Lola Shoneyin, Nigerian celebrated poet, novelist and organiser of the Ake Festival has been named Literary Person Of The Year by the African literature domain Brittle Paper. The founder of Brittle Paper, Dr. Ainehi Edoro, had this to say: "Both in her writing and her work as a community leader, Shoneyin tirelessly advocates for a…
17 Oct 2016
The Swedish Academy says it has given up trying to reach Bob Dylan, days after it awarded him the Nobel Prize for Literature.
13 Oct 2016
Italian satirical dramatist Dario Fo, who won the Nobel prize for literature in 1997, died on Thursday aged 90, prompting an outpouring of tributes for a provocative playwright unafraid to clash with authority.
13 Oct 2016
American music legend Bob Dylan on Thursday won the Nobel Literature Prize, the first songwriter to win the prestigious award and an announcement that stunned prize watchers.
23 May 2016
Most people are under the illusion that Nigerians would not find the antidote for a poison if it’s hidden in a book. This has to be false, knowing that some of the greatest and inspiring writers hail from Nigeria. In this digital age, if you think having that awesome paper back would only eat into…