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“Naija No Dey Carry Last”: Nuggets from Pius Adesanmi’s Satirical Masterclass, By Premium Times Books and Parrésia

The product of a publishing collaboration between Premium Times Books, an imprint of Premium Times…

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British author, Frederick Forsyth, spied for MI6 during Nigerian civil war

The famous British author, Frederick Forsyth, has revealed he worked as a spy for British…

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Yobe moves to save relics of old Kanem-Borno capitol 

Birnin-Ngazargamo, the old capital of the Borno empire has been in a state of depreciation…

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Author identifies publishing, marketing as major challenges to success of creative writers

An Abuja-based literary writer, Anthony Onugba, said on Monday that publishing and marketing remained major challenges of literary writers in the country. Mr. Onugba made the disclosure in Kaduna during an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN). He appealed to the Federal Government, through the Ministry of Education,…

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Nigerian writer, 12 others longlisted for 2015 Man Booker Prize for Fiction

The longlist, or ‘Man Booker Dozen’, for the £50,000 Man Booker Prize was announced Wednesday, July 29 . This year’s longlist of 13 books was selected by a panel of five judges chaired by Michael Wood, and also comprising Ellah Wakatama Allfrey, John Burnside, Sam Leith and Frances Osborne. The…

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Award-winning author, El Nukoya, to release new book: ‘Baron of Broad Street’

The critically acclaimed author of the best selling ‘Nine Lives’ and winner of Ana-Jacarranda Prize for prose, El Nukoya, has penned a new book titled ‘Baron of Broad Street’ set to launch on August 2.   The book chronicles the polarized worlds of the Lagos impoverished and the affluent, living…

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Etisalat Prize for Literature 2015 opens; Molara Wood, others, to judge entries

Nigeria’s telecommunications company, Etisalat has announced the call for entries for the 2015 Etisalat Prize for Literature which is in its third year. The prize is the first ever Pan African prize celebrating debut African writers of published fiction. According to Matthew Willsher, the Chief Executive Officer, Etisalat Nigeria, “Etisalat…

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Akingbade’s Perforated Perspectives opens in Lagos

An exhibition of works by Adeyinka Akingbade opens to the public on Monday, July 20, at premier concept store, Temple Muse, in Lagos. Akingbade, an award winning artist and alumni of Yaba Institute of Technology, skillfully uses paper waste to create 36 rich, multi-textured works which focus predominantly on portraiture…

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Yaw, Okey Bakassi stage satirical play on Nigerian issues

Radio presenter cum comedian, Yaw, teamed up with ace comedian Okey Bakassi on a satirical stage play titled ‘YOU’ which was shown on Sunday at the Eko Hotel and Suites, Victoria Island. The play was preluded by musical performances by upcoming acts, Ben7 and Ransome, and comedy by Kenny Black…

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Photo competition launched to reflect modern Africa

Agility, one of the world’s leading providers of integrated logistics, today launches a global photo competition to highlight the success of emerging Africa and reflect its increasing progress (http://www.africa2015.com). The competition seeks to highlight the often unreported side of a continent of many contrasts. It calls for photographers to capture…

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Why I never wear English clothes – Tar Ukoh

Tar Ukoh is an indigene of Benue State and a retired broadcaster. He was born into a Catholic family and has two children. He named his daughter, Cuba, and his son, Africa. Mr. Ukoh as a scholar of African cultural work has strong beliefs in the African tradition and does…

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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 Guardian Editorial Board, has been named Professor of Communication, Emeritus, by Bradley University, Peoria, Illinois, USA. Bradley University President Joanne K. Glasser said the appointment was in recognition of Mr. Dare’s many years of outstanding…

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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 Professor of Poetry, a 300-year-old position regarded by many as the top academic role in the United Kingdom. The Britain’s Guardian newspaper is reporting that the 1986 Nobel Prize for Literature winner has received over…

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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 Caine Prize for African Writing. The Caine Prize seeks to reward the best short stories published in English in Africa and by Africans. The prize is named after the late Chairman of Booker Plc, Michael…

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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…