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Olatunji Dare named Professor Emeritus in U.S. University

Professor Olatunji Dare, a communication scholar, author, satirist, famous columnist, and former Chair of The…

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​Soyinka set to be elected Oxford Professor of Poetry

Nobel laureate, Wole Soyinka, has emerged the leading candidate for the prestigious position of Oxford…

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2 Nigerians shortlisted for 2015 Caine Prize for African Writing

Two Nigerians have been named among five finalists for the 2015 edition of the prestigious…

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Adenaike and Anidi returns home in ‘Akalaka’

'Akalaka' (Lines of Destiny), an exhibition of watercolours by Tayo Adenaike and sculptures by Obiora Anidi, will open to the public on April 20th at The Wheatbaker in Lagos. The exhibition, which would showcase 20 impressive works by each of the artists, marks an important home-coming for the duo who…

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Chimamanda Adichie-one of TIME’s 100 Most Influential People in the World.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has been selected as one of TIME magazine’s 2015 100 Most Influential People in the World. Her selection was based on her unique position as a literary success and an influential cultural voice. Ms. Adichie studied political science at Eastern Connecticut State University, and has a Masters…

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Chimamanda Adichie’s ‘Americanah’ shortlisted for IMPAC DUBLIN Literary Award

Ten novels have been shortlisted for the 20th International IMPAC DUBLIN Literary Award, managed by Dublin City Libraries. The list includes Americanah by Nigerian author, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, three novels in translation from Brazil, France and Morocco and novels from Australia, Ireland, the UK, and the USA. The IMPAC DUBLIN…

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Elections: ANA congratulates Buhari​, ​Nigeria

The Association of Nigerian Authors, Africa’s largest writers’ body, has congratulated the President-elect, Muhammadu Buhari, on his success at the just concluded 2015 Nigerian presidential elections. In a press statement by its President, Remi Raji-Oyelade, the association said it had followed the campaign trails of both major candidates – incumbent…

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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 will open to the public on March 23 at Temple Muse, Lagos. The exhibition, a collection of 35 paintings and mixed media works, shows an intense exploration of colour, style, scale, and technique by the…

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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 human lungs, that the world would be insufferably and intolerably poorer today without it, is a truth that should be so self-evident but sadly isn’t. To redress this state of affairs, the world has agreed…

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South African wins Etisalat prize for Literature

South African author, Songeziwe Mahlangu, emerged winner of the 2014 Etisalat Prize for Literature competition at the ceremony which took place on Sunday at the Intercontinental Hotel in Lagos. The Cape Town resident won the prize for his debut novel “Penumbra”, a story of the life of an underachieving young…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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​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…

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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…