Of Abiola Irele and Mustapha Zuglool: An evaluative engagement with two literary traditions
Nigeria currently mourns two literary giants of different traditions. One of them is Abiola Irele, renowned Professor of French and African Literature and the other, Shaykh Mustapha Zuglool...
Remembering Osita Ike at University Press’ Authors’ Forum
Osita Ike was fondly remembered last week in Ibadan and eulogised just as his father was also consoled at a gathering of writers that included Emeritus Professors Ayo Banjo and Ayo Bamgbose, Profs. Niyi Osundare and Femi Osofisan among others.
Ibadan and an evening of poetry in honour of Niyi Osundare
On World Poetry Day, March 21, 2017, Ibadan had an indelible literary event in celebration of Prof. Niyi Osundare, who recently turned 70.
History and politics in 21st century Nigerian poetry - Part 1
History and politics are common themes in Nigerian poetry. From the pioneer writings of the nationalist poets, to the first, second, and third generations of Nigerian poets, history and politics have manifested as salient motifs.
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.