Osundare at 70: I have been extremely lucky with life
Very early in my academic and writerly career, like Pablo Neruda, the immortal poet of Chile of the world, I made an abiding pledge that the people would find their voices in my songs.
Excerpt from Niyi Osundare: A literary biography
Not a man who travelled frequently, given his overwhelming love for his work on his farms, each time Aguntasoolo Ariyoosu Osundare made the rare trip to Lagos to buy Christmas gifts for his family and himself, he brought home a few new and exciting things....
University Of Ibadan at 68 and the education of Nigeria
The 2016 convocation and 68th Foundation Day ceremonies of Nigeria’s premier university, University of Ibadan (UI), clearly provided a platform for interrogation of some, not only educational issues, but also...
Niyi Osundare: Oh Poet, oh Prof., tell me where to keep your garlands
The harmattan was severe in the December of 1998. I was, at the University of Ibadan, a postgraduate student plodding through the dreary twilight of military dictatorship.
In spite of challenges, Nigerian writings score high at 35th convention
The socio-political and economic challenges in the country notwithstanding, Nigerian writers have been scored high in their chosen vocation.
The unfortunate generation writes back: The signifying tears in Akeem Lasisi’s night of flight - Part 2
Denji Ladele and Dejo Faniyi inform that it was a usual ceremonial engagement predominantly held in the Ogbomoso, Oyo, Iseyin, Okeho, Saki and Ibadan areas of Yoruba land, about 60 to 80 years ago...
The Unfortunate Generation writes back: The signifying tears in Akeem Lasisi’s Night Of Flight - Part 1
Ever recurring within the sanguine stream of Nigerian literary criticism is the volatile whirlpool of the ‘generational debate,’ which has monumentally constructed polemical signposts of the Nigerian literary canon.
The labour of our heroes past
Events of past years, however, show that Nigeria is gradually forgetting her heroes – dead and living—as integrity and nationalism are being sacrificed on the altar of politico-financial expediency and corruption.
Calling life by its rightful name (Isidore Okpewho 1941- 2016)
The loss is hard to bear, the shock almost impossible to endure. A great tree has fallen in our forest of letters. Isidore Okpewho has joined the ancestors.