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Willie Obiano

It’s time for Ndigbo to ask Nigeria hard questions – Gov Obiano

Anambra State governor, Willie Obiano, says it is time for the Igbo people to ask their fellow Nigerians what type of country they want. Mr Obiano stated this on Monday in Awka, Anambra State at a one-day summit organised by Igbo socio-cultural group, Ohaneze Ndigbo Worldwide. Tagged the South East…

National Arts Theatre, Lagos

Lagos Theatre Festival hosts international theatre critics conference

A two-day special International Theatre Critics Conference will begin Thursday at the National Theatre, Iganmu, as part of this year's edition of the Lagos Theatre Festival which began on Tuesday. Foremost dramatist and the 2016 Thaila laureate, Femi Osofisan, has been selected to keynote the event at which theatre critics…

Nigerian Writer, Helen Oyeyemi, wins PEN USA 2017 OPEN BOOK Award

Helen Oyeyemi, the author of the globally acclaimed novel, “The Icarus Girl”, has been declared winner of the PEN America OPEN BOOK Award 2017. She won the prize for the category of the “Exceptional Book-Length Work of Literature By An Author of Color Published In 2016”. This announcement followed the…

Etching Lines of Silence and Profound Thirst

The Beginning of Silence By Ibrahim Zakama, Kairos Productions, 2012, 48 pages. One Thousand Years of Thirst By Denja Abdullahi, Kraftgriots, 2011, 112 pages. James Joyce, the giant Irish modernist novelist of the twentieth century paid his own tribute to the creative genius of youth, when he published his first…

Chudi Offodile: Perfecting Biafra’s Uncompleted Narratives

The Politics of Biafra and the Future of Nigeria Safari Books Ltd., 2016 280 pages. There has been, in recent times, a steady increase in the production of texts authored mostly by Nigerians of Igbo nationality, whose theme is related to, or virtually fixed or fixated on one theme -…

PHOTONEWS: When Ekwueme, Kukah, Soludo, Ezekwesili, others converge to welcome Offodile’s Biafra offering

Almost 50 years after the commencement of the hostilities of the Nigerian-Biafran civil war in 1967, Chudi Offodile, a former member of the House of Representatives, launched his book dealing with that significant moment of Nigerian history, The Politics of Biafra and the Future of Nigeria was formally presented to…

Former Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon

How Gowon caused Nigerian Civil War that killed millions – Chudi Offodile

If Former Head of State, Yakubu Gowon, had not breached the Aburi Accord, the 30-month Nigerian Civil War that killed the post-independence promise of national development and integration and claimed millions of lives would not have happened. Chudi Offodile, a lawyer and two-term member of the House of Representatives, observed…

Chido Onumah’s Call: Essaying Towards a More Preferred Union

Time to Reclaim Nigeria By Chido Onumah African Centre for Media & Information Literacy, 2011 280 pages Nigeria is Negotiable By Chido Onumah African Centre for Media & Information Literacy, 2013 460 pages. We Are All Biafrans By Chido Onumah Parresia, 2016 216 pages. Before it became the politically correct…

Exploring the Human Condition, Beyond the ‘Local’, Is Art’s Great Purpose – Abubakar Adam Ibrahim

One of the three in NLNG’s Nigeria Literature Prize 2016 final selection, Abubakar Adam Ibrahim’s Season of Crimson Blossoms, is a novel set in the conservative Northern Nigeria, unfolding an unusual love affair in its primary chronicle, yet transcending this in a drama of existence playing out larger ambiguities of…

Elnathan John

Elnathan John’s Naming of the Anonymous in Northern Skies

Born on a Tuesday, Elnathan John’s well-received first published work, is a story of Northern Nigeria – that remarkable geography yet unfortunately drawn into the grip of religious violence and carnage into more contemporary times – as seen through the eyes of a young man. Applauded as a triumph of…

Chika Unigwe: When Trepidation Hones the Imagination Into Literary Gems

A second time shortlisted contestant for the NLNG Nigeria Literature Prize–which she had earlier won in 2012 for her striking prose narrative, On Black Sisters’ Street–Chika Unigwe is a widely acclaimed Nigerian-Belgian author with an impressive oeuvre, including the Night Dancer, one of the three finalists in contest for the…

Pained Remembrance, Prayers for Vigilance and “The Book of Chibok”

A Review of Ben Ubiri's The Book of Chibok By Chiedu Ezeanah Date of publication: 2015 Pages: 180 Prior to the abduction of 276 female students of the Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok, not so many in the world were aware of the existence of this small town on the…

Senator Shehu Sani

Vanishing Reading Culture Has Inflicted Failed Leadership on Nigeria – Shehu Sani

The doleful underperformance of public office-holders through the ages, which has left the world’s most populous black nation stuck, like a desperate invalid needing urgent life-support, has been attributed to the long-term deficit in the reading habits of political actors at all levels in Nigeria. The ensuing slide of national…