My theatre odyssey — Wole Soyinka
My whole life as a child was very much surrounded by theatre, including traditional theatre, the Egungun performances, the masquerades. The Egungun used to come and perform, not so much in the compound, but outside the missionary compound, and they did not just parade...
How absence of government support, bleak economy impede art, culture growth
Art, in Nigeria, no doubt, is experiencing an explosion. The last 59 years of art in Nigeria has witnessed mixed fortune.
Udenta: I am back from literary hibernation - Part 2
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…
‘Nigerians don’t read, they prefer it visual’
In the course of my study, I discovered that in traditional Africa, women had power. According to the African culture, women were expected to be submissive to their husbands.
Sam Ukala, the folklorist as dramatist, @ 70
Nigerian literature remains a significant site in contesting and negotiating what constitutes the Nigerian experience. An experience that has been so complex and baffling...
Tribute to Olawale Babatunde Oloyede (1947 - 2017)
There is something uncanny when you insert an opening and closing dates after the name of a person. What it simply means is that the journey...
Tragedy of blame transference syndrome
The word “blame” is as old as the creation of humanity. The story of the fall of Adam and Eve in the third chapter of Genesis captures blame as a syndrome of the human person.
Middle class women have lost more ground in fight against patriarchy, says Ajayi-Soyinka
I grew up climbing trees and rocks, picking snails in the bush and behind the hills that seemed so huge. I went to visit the place a couple of years ago and I was amazed because the hills that seemed so huge then now appeared very small.