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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,…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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US Universities Celebrate Olatunji Dare at 70

Bradley University, Peoria, Illinois, has commended Professor Olatunji Dare, former chairman of The Guardian's editorial board and Nigeria's most celebrated satirist, for “serving as a source of inspiration both in the classroom and in the international journalism and political communities.” In rejoicing with Mr. Dare on his 70th birthday which…

Metalwork by Fidelis Odogwu at IICD.

Out in Abuja: Art gallery-hopping

Getting inspired by Art in Abuja. (more…)

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Walker and the Restitution of Two Benin Bronzes, By Peju Layiwola

June 20, 2014 would go down in history as a memorable day for the people of Benin and advocates for the return of looted Benin artefacts taken during the infamous 1897 British expedition. The British reportedly stole about 4,000 objects from Benin while some were destroyed during the imbroglio that occurred in…

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Time Magazine, YouTube, recognize Nigeria’s Reminisce, Orezi

Time magazine listed Reminisce as one of world's revolutionary rappers while YouTube picked Orezi’s Rihanna as one the 8 amazing videos in the world. (more…)

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Out in Abuja: Club behaviour

Abuja’s club life can be all it can be, despite the city’s (in)security reality. At The Traffic, traffic never lets up. (more…)

Amarachi Odimgba beside her entry, The A.B.C (Abstinence, Being Faithful and Contraceptives).

Life in My City Festival holds in Abuja

Twenty artists took part in the exhibition. (more…)

Maxim Uzoatu

A Captain Investing in the Destiny of Nigeria

Captain: In the Storm of Life; A Biography of Israel Ademola Gbadebo Haastrup, D.D., by Olakunle Abimbola; CSS Bookshops Limited and Continental Gold Network Communications Limited, Lagos; 2007; 631pp. In this age of reading hagiographies of generals who fought no wars, politicians without vision or businessmen who struck it rich…

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The People Voted Their Stomach – Blues For An Arrested Renaissance, By Niyi Osundare

A-RICE, oh compatriots Your stomach’s call obey Say, A-RICE, oh compatriots Your stomach’s call obey Hold out your bowls for the golden grains Pawn your pride without delay Grab your bribe and dance in the street To the Riceman’s drum and venal command Yes, grab your bribe and dance in…

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Literary scholar, Abiola Irele, to speak at Wole Soyinka 80th birthday commemoration

This year’s event is themed: Wole Soyinka and the Moral Burden of Literature. (more…)