Arts/Books

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Recent works of Rom Isichei and Kainebi Osahenye opens March 23

An exhibition of the latest works of Nigerian contemporary artists, Rom Isichei and Kainebi Osahenye…

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World Poetry Day: A Constant Field of Gold

By Tade Ipadeola That poetry matters, that it is to imagination what air is to…

Songeziwe Mahlangu

South African wins Etisalat prize for Literature

South African author, Songeziwe Mahlangu, emerged winner of the 2014 Etisalat Prize for Literature competition…

Chinelo Okparanta,

Nigeria’s Okparanta battles South Africans for Etisalat Literature prize

Nigeria’s Chinelo Okparanta will compete with two South Africans, Songeziwe Mahlangu and Nadia Davids, for the 2015 Etisalat Prize for Literature. The three shortlisted works – Happiness Like Water by Chinelo Okparanta; An Imperfect Blessing by Songeziwe Mahlangu and Penumbra by Nadia Davids – beat several other entries for the…

Muhammadu Buhari

Nigerians debut #BabaWhileYouWereGone hashtag to update Buhari

Nigerians on social media on Friday created a new hashtag #BabaWhileYouWereGone with which they are now running social commentary across social media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook. The hashtag, which appears to have gone viral, essentially speaks to the return of the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress,…

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D​apo Adelugba’s ​”​Reminisces on a Distinguished Life​” holds March 9

On the occasion of his 76th posthumous birthday, friends, former students, and associates of Dapo Adelugba would be staging a seminar in memory of the distinguished theatre teacher and scholar. Mr. Adelugba, who retired as an emeritus professor at the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, three years ago​,​ passed on at…

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Don urges Nigerian government to sustain ‘meta-language’ project

The Executive Director, National Institute for Nigerian Languages, Ben Elugbe, has urged the Federal Government to sustain the ‘meta-language’ project it introduced for the development of various languages in the country. Mr. Elugb​e​ made the appeal in an interview in his office at the Akpaa-Mbato campus of the institute, near…

Girl-Child Education in Biu Emirates

Book Review: Girl-Child Education in Biu Emirates: The Early Years, By Abubakar Adam Ibrahim

Bukar Usman, retired civil servant, history, language and folklore buff, has already established himself as an intellectual and a prolific writer of note with the dozens of books he has written over the last two decades. As someone who has decided to dig into his roots and project the history…

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Christmas in Chibok, By Gbenga Adesina

In the privacy of my merry heart and the not so private laughter of my kin, I suddenly remembered the Chibok girls and their families and...and...colour just flew out of everything for me...for us...: When I say jingle bell amidst the din of my pollen daughters beautiful as solace in…

african writing

Cornell university promotes African writing with a prize

The Mabati-Cornell Kiswahili Prize for African Literature, a major new award, was announced Friday, November 21, at the Ake Art & Books Festival in Abeokuta.  The prize recognizes excellent writing in African languages and encourages translation from, between and into African languages. Renowned author Ngugi Wa Thiong’o, a Board member, said…

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Jonathan congratulates Onobrakpeya on honour from American Museum

President Goodluck Jonathan has applauded the honour conferred on Bruce Onobrakpeya, one of Nigeria’s most renowned artists, by the Smithsonian National Museum of African Arts in Washington DC on Friday. This was disclosed by the president’s spokesperson, Reuben Abati, in a press statement on Sunday. In a congratulatory letter to…

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The journey of the electron, By Perry Brimah

The roots gather the water, the respiring leaves reach out for the Sun; Sunlight hits the green pigment and the electron bursts out; Captured by the Photosystem (II), the electron makes ATP energy; Sunlight hits the pigment and the electron bursts out; Captured by the Photosystem (I), the electron is…

Masquerade - Michael Jackson is Alive in Nigeria

Book Review: Masquerade: Michael Jackson Alive in Nigeria

By Michael Jimoh Authors: Owen Logan and Uzor Maxim Uzoatu Publishers: Altered Images, Scotland: Year: 2014 Pages: 105pp This book is a fraud at first glance. The title, Masquerade: Michael Jackson Alive in Nigeria, warns any savvy reader who is old enough to know. The formerly slightly chubby, afro-haired prodigy…

Jimmy Uche Nwanne

​A​rts Exhibition: Chima meets Nwanne in Lagos Connections

The works of two Nigerian artists, Uchay Joel Chima and Jimmy Uche Nwanne, will go on display in a new exhibition of multimedia art works at Temple Muse, Lagos, on October 27. The exhibition, titled 'Connections', will showcase a body of 37 crafted works on canvas and wood by the…

Prof. Niyi Osundare

Yes, They Slap Court Judges In The Land Of Honour-Part 3 By Niyi Osundare

They slap Court Judges In the “Land of Honour” Eewo*! Yes, they slap Court Judges In the “Land of Honour” And the Hero who wrought the feat Is on his way to a national honour Lawless country, unruly rulers Primal jungle, mindless muddle Haba, lawless country, unruly rulers Primal jungle,…

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Yes, They Slap Court Judges In The Land Of Honour (Part 2), By Niyi Osundare

Slam shut the gate The Barbarians are here again Say, slam shut the gate The Barbarians are here again Their Stone Age shrieks and dumb insight Lend a tune to our air of running pain Behold this Medieval darkness So soon after our rousing Renaissance Hah, this Medieval darkness So…

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Angelia Jolie made Honorary Dame by Queen Elizabeth

Hollywood actress, Angelina Jolie,​ was on Friday made an Honorary Dame by the Queen of Britain, Elizabeth II. During a visit to Buckingham Palace, the London residence of the British royal family, the actress was presented with the Insignia of an Honorary Dame Grand Cross of the Most Distinguished Order…

NLNG

Sam Ukala’s Iredi War wins 2014 Nigeria Prize for Literature

The play, Iredi War by Sam Ukala, was on Thursday announced winner of the 2014 Nigeria Prize for Literature. This was disclosed in a statement by Kudo Eresia-Eke, General Manager, External Relations, NLNG Limited,the sponsors of the prize. According to the statement, Iredi War was selected winner by a panel…

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F​rench writer awarded Nobel Prize in Literature

A French writer, Patrick Modiano, Thursday, was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature 2014. According to a statement on the Nobel Prize's website, Mr.Modiano was awarded “for the art of memory with which he has evoked the most ungraspable human destinies and uncovered the life-world of the occupation." According to…

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​Y​es, They Slap Court Judges In The Land Of Honour, Part 1 By Niyi Osundare

Part 1 They slap Court Judges In the “Land of Honour” Eewo*! Yes, they slap Court Judges In the “Land of Honour” The sin-phony from falling blows Tunes up to a harsh and ominous tenor Ayodele Fayose led thugs to beat up judges in Ekiti They beat up the Law…

Aisha Augie

Augie-Kuta focuses on Alternative Evil in first solo exhibition

Award-winning artist and photographer, Aisha Augie-Kuta, would be holding her first solo exhibition, Alternative Evil, November 13 at the IICD CENTER, Maitama, Abuja. The mixed media artworks, according to the exhibition's curator, Nduwhite Ahanonu, will explore the effects of smokeless tobacco, tobacco smoking and the new fad of smoking electronic…

Wale Okediran

Ebedi Writers Residency celebrates fourth year

The Ebedi Writers Residency, Iseyin, Oyo State, is set to mark its fourth year anniversary on September 27. This was disclosed in a press statement by its founder, Wale Okediran. The event, which will take place at the NSIAC, Jericho, Ibadan (former British Council Library), will play host to many…

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Odia Ofeimun and the Abuja Stage: Master Class on the Transformation We Need, By Jibrin Ibrahim

The members of the Abuja branch of the Association of Nigeria Authors, ANA, had the pleasure of receiving one of Nigeria’s greatest poets, Odia Ofeimun, on Thursday, September 4. As is always the case with Ofeimun, it was a wonderful occasion to be enthralled with rhythmic verses, philosophical musings on…

LNG Prize

Final Shorlist of Three for NLNG-Sponsored US$100,000 Literature Prize Emerges

The final shortlist of three writers has been approved by the Advisory Board for The Nigeria Prize for Literature sponsored by Nigeria LNG Limited. This announcement follows an initial shortlist of eleven which was released in July. The three shortlisted writers, in alphabetical order of their surnames, are Friday John…

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Makoko Floating School nominated for global Design Of The Year

Al Jazeera’s new series Rebel Architecture uncovers the architects who are shunning the glamour of ‘starchitecture’ and using design to tackle the world’s urban, environmental and social crises. The series premieres on 18 August 2014. Nigerian architect and urbanist Kunlé Adeyemi is one of six ground-breaking international architects profiled. His…