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BOOK REVIEW: Chidi Odinkalu’s review of Chido Onumah’s “We Are All Biafrans”

Title: We Are All Biafrans: A Participant-Observer’s Interventions in a Country Sleep Walking to Disaster…

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Nigerians poor at documenting nation’s history – Kukah

The Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Arch Diocese, Bishop Mathew Kukah, has called on Nigerians to…

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In Rivers, Nigerians pick poetry as weapon of protest amid national challenges

As Nigeria struggles with difficult times – no thanks to insurgency, senseless killings, mind-boggling corruption,…

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Book on Nigeria’s flawed federalism “We Are All Biafrans” for public release

Parresia Publishers Ltd and African Centre for Media and Information Literacy, in partnership with the Shehu Musa Yar’Adua Foundation, will on Tuesday, May 31 present to the public a new book, We Are All Biafrans, written by Chido Onumah. Designed as a platform to reinforce the debate about federalism and…

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Cambridge University Press begins production in Nigeria, promises affordable books

The Cambridge University Press (CUP), the oldest publishing house in the world, has set up an office in Nigeria. The CUP publishes academic titles for pre-university students in more than 50 countries including emerging markets such as Malaysia, India, China, Kenya and South Africa. With an estimated 10 million Nigerian…

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AUN students display talents at Aproko Musical Theatre

By Georgina Bako Students of the American University of Nigeria (AUN), Yola, Adamawa State, on Thursday, showcased their awesome talents at an event tagged, “Aproko Musical Theater.” The event was the first musical and drama fiesta to be organised by the Student Government Association (SGA) of the university. At the…

(L-R) Winner, 2015 Etisalat Prize for Literature, Fiston Mwanza Mujila; Patrons of the Etisalat Prize, Kole Omotoso and Margaret Busby; Etisalat Nigeria Chief Executive Officer, Matthew Willsher and the Chair of Judges, Etisalat Prize for Literature, Prof. Ato Quayson with the cheque of 15,000 BP presented to Mujila at the 2015 Awards Ceremony of the Etisalat Prize for Literature in Lagos at the weekend

Meet Fiston Mwanza Mujila, Winner of the 2015 Etisalat Prize for Literature

Poet and novelist Fiston Mwanza Mujila was on Saturday, March 19, announced winner of the 2015 Etisalat Prize for Literature for his first novel, Tram 83. Originally written in French, Tram 83 was translated into English by Roland Glasser and published by Deep Vellum. 35-year-old Mujila is the first Francophone…

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Nigerian artists sell best works for charity

Ten mid-career Lagos based artists came together, Saturday, in a group arts exhibition hosted by the Ovie Brume Foundation to raise funds for educational and life needs of children from very poor homes in the country. The charity art exhibition tagged 'The Genesis' showcased over 35 art works with a…

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Congo DRC writer, Fiston Mujila, wins Etisalat Prize For Literature

The winner for the 2015 Etisalat Prize for Literature is Fiston Mwanza Mujila. Mr. Mujila, from the Democratic Republic of Congo, won the £15,000 prize with his debut novel, Tram 83. Mr. Mujila was unveiled at the award ceremony in Lagos, Nigeria, on Saturday night. Two South Africans were finalists…

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Gerald Chukwuma’s ‘People’s Paradise’ opens March 21

​​People's Paradise, a diverse selection of art forms by Gerald Chukwuma, will open to the public on March 21 at Temple Muse, Lagos. The exhibition of 43 artworks by Chukwuma, one of Nigeria's leading contemporary artists, features his renowned wooden slats, as well as new watercolour paintings and sculptures, and…

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Five-year-old inspired mum to write Ibibio folktales

It was an innocent request from a little child. “Mommy, I want you to tell me Ibibio stories,” Abasiofon, who was just five years old, said to her mother as both prepared for bedtime. Ini Ubong was confused. She was used to entertaining her only child with familiar English folktales.…

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Copyrights society seeks to make music, arts profitable

By Ebuka Onyeji The Copyright Society of Nigeria, COSON, has promised to chart a new course for the Nigerian entertainment industry by providing conducive investment and creating jobs for unemployed youth. The society is hosting a gathering of top artistes, songs writers, composers, music publishers, performers, record companies, night clubs,…

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Soyinka asks government to compensate artists displaced from National Theatre

Nobel Laureate, Wole Soyinka, on Tuesday in Lagos asked the Federal Government to pay compensation to artists who lost their works and had their creative space destroyed during last Saturday's demolition of the Artists’ Village at the National Theatre, Iganmu, Lagos. The Artist Village was demolished on the orders of…

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Prolific Nigerian author, Bisi Daniels, launches bestselling books on Amazon

The year 2016 begins with the news that Bisi Daniels,one of Nigeria’s leading adventure novelist and prolific author has launched revised editions of some of his bestselling novels of the popular investigative journalist Peter Abel’s thriller series and other books on Amazon Kindle. Amazon Kindle has attracted many famous bestselling…

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Mike Omoighe returns with Unule Unuile Ozese

The art exhibition, Equal Rights: Unule U​​nuile Ozese, featuring multi-media works on paper and canvas​, ​by Mike Omoighe​,​ will open to the public on January 25th at the Wheatbaker, Ikoyi, Lagos. The collection of 33 works would feature pieces like 'Eki Philosophy,' 'Merciless Rider,' 'Igbabonelimi on the threshold,' 'Ilo Masquerade,'…

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Face of Nigeria pageant 2016 to hold in Uyo

The grand finale of the World’s first Orange Beauty and Style Pageant, known as the Face of Nigeria would be staged in Uyo, Akwa Ibom state capital. The event is expected to hold in September 2016. According to one of the organizers Ayo Ayolade, the theme of the 2016 edition…

THE GENERAL MANAGER, NATIONAL THEATRE, MR KABIR YUSUF (R), EXPLAINING A POINT TO THE MINISTER OF INFORMATION AND CULTURE, ALHAJI LAI MOHAMMED (L), DURING AN ON-THE-SPOT  INSPECTION OF THE NATIONAL THEATRE BY THE MINISTER, IN LAGOS

Nigeria will not sell National Theatre, minister says

The Federal Government on Monday assured that the National Theatre will always remain a national monument and will not be sold for whatever reason. ''But we are not averse to a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) arrangement that will add value to the iconic (National Theatre) complex,'' the Minister of Information and…

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Fun returns to National Theatre after invasion by hoodlums

Some fun seekers thronged the National National Theatre for Boxing Day fun in Lagos on Saturday. Some hoodlums had on Christmas day punctured the carnival-like atmosphere when they invaded the premises and dispossessed fun seekers of their valuables. Policemen at the theatre later apprehended some suspected hoodlums at about 6.p.m.,…

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Etisalat announces shortlist for 2015 Literature Prize

Fiston Mwanza Mujila, Penny Busetto and Rehana Rossouw have been announced as the three shortlisted authors for the 2015 Etisalat Prize for Literature Fiston Mwanza Mujila, Penny Busetto and Rehana Rossouw have been announced as the three shortlisted authors for the 2015 Etisalat Prize for Literature. The Etisalat Prize for…

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BOOK REVIEW: Nigeria and the Search for a Politics Based on Ideas, By Chidi Anselm Odinkalu

  Title: Democracy, Good Governance and Sustainable Development Author: Professor Jerry Gana, Ph.D. Publisher: New York/Abuja, Triatlantic Books Year: 2015 Pages: 311 Price: Unstated Reviewer: Chidi Anselm Odinkalu, Ph.D. In the general elections of 2015, Nigeria for the first time replaced a ruling party through the ballot box. Until now,…

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Why I no longer read books – Governor El-Rufai

By Nehru Odeh The Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir el-Rufai, has said the enormous amount of work he currently does as governor has robbed him of the opportunities to read books. He stated this at the just-concluded Ake Arts and Book Festival which held in Abeokuta, Ogun State November 17-21.…

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‎Why we are organizing Ake Arts Festival – Lola Shoneyin

By Nehru Odeh Lola Shoneyin, poet, writer and founder, Book Buzz Foundation, has said the reason her organisation is organizing the Ake Arts and Book Festival is to advance the goals to develop, promote and celebrate creativity on the African Continent, while showcasing the very best of contemporary African literature,…

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Nigerian artist emerges first African winner of Korean award

A Nigerian fine artist, Otobong Nkanga, has emerged the first African to win the Yanghyun Foundation Artist Award in Seoul, Korea. Ms. Nkanga was selected for her outstanding creativity in media and motivational photography, drawing, painting, sculpture, installation and video. While selecting Ms. Nkanga’s work, the panel declared, “in Nkanga’s…

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Gowon, Atiku to launch Adebanwi’s book on HID Awolowo

A former Head of State, Yakubu Gowon and a former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, are among dignitaries scheduled to attend the launch of a biography of Hannah Awolowo, the wife of a former Premier of the defunct Western region, Obafemi Awolowo, as part of a week-long activities to mark her…

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Elnathan John’s debut novel out November 12

Excitement and anticipation for Elnathan John’s debut novel, Born on a Tuesday, is building ahead of its formal release by Cassava Republic Press on November 12. The title has been trending on social media, following an informal pre-launch reading in Abuja organised by the author, using the hashtag #elnathansBOAT, with…