Uzor Maxim Uzoatu

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Sailing the Waters of the Niger Delta


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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…

Letters of recent Nigerian history, By Uzor Maxim Uzoatu

The book, Before We Forget: Obasanjo’s Letter To President Jonathan And The Aftermath; Francis Abayomi (ed), came to my table in an envelope as a kind of surprise. The accompanying letter signed by Francis Abayomi goes straight to the point thus: “We have the pleasure to present, to you, a book…

Customary Chronicles Of Candid Culture, By Uzor Maxim Uzoatu

Wisdom Tales: From Grandma’s Hearth, Volumes 1 & 2 by Chinedu S. Agu; Triatlantic Books Ltd, New York, USA; 2008 Stories set man apart from animals. According to Chinua Achebe in his novel Anthills of the Savannah, “It is the story that owns and directs us. It is the thing…

Poetic Gani, By Uzor Maxim Uzoatu

The celebration of late Chief Gani Fawehinmi was understandably more political than poetical. It is in the realms of politics that most Nigerians would want to situate the mourned one fondly and simply known as Gani. The man’s lifework in the field of law naturally fed into the annals of…

Movie Review: The Legend of TANGO WITH ME

[caption id="attachment_99525" align="alignleft" width="150"] Maxim Uzoatu[/caption]Shooting on celluloid has over the years been a bridge too far for Nigerian moviemakers. When the ace filmmaker Mahmood Ali-Balogun courageously made public his bid to break the trend in Nollywood by shooting his movie, Tango With Me, on celluloid there were many doubters.…

Nigeria: Celebrating 48 years of solo drama

Nigeria’s foremost Mono Dramatist, Greg Mbajiorgu is currently on sabbatical in the Department of English Language and Literature of the Nigerian Turkish Nile University, Abuja, Nigeria. The Maverick MONO DRAMATIST and THEATRE SCHOLAR is an avant-garde of solo performance art in Africa and a multiple award-winning Dramatist. He is historically…

Minorities as Media Masters, By Uzor Maxim Uzoatu

There is the argument that writers who are interested in style are those who really have no burning issues to pour out. Jimanze Ego-Alowes is a controversialist who lets it all pour out without bothering about the niceties of the style of writing. His latest book, Minorities as Competitive Overlords,…

Book Review: Primitivism as Black Redemption

Amene’s book is controversial. The religious types will of course not have kind words for him. (more…)

Country of Coups, By Uzor Maxim Uzoatu

Fellow Countrymen: The Story of Coups D’etats in Nigeria By Richard Akinnola; Richkonsult, Abuja; Revised Edition 2013. Military coups and Nigeria used to be Siamese twins. It is one of the wonders of the modern world that Nigeria has stayed all of 14 years without witnessing a coup. It is…

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An encounter with General Prince Yormie Johnson, By Uzor Maxim Uzoatu

Recall the gory video scene of the killing of then President Samuel Doe of Liberia. There was the beer-guzzling Prince Yormie Johnson sitting in judgment over the captured and tied up Doe who was begging for his life: “Yomi, two people fight, one win. Spare me, please.” The selfsame Yormie…

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An Essay on Nothing, By Uzor Maxim Uzoatu

Nothing can be more jarring than discovering at this moment when one is congratulating oneself on having written on everything only to instantly discover that one has written absolutely nothing on the subject of nothing. Come to think of it, a writer who has not written on nothing is an…

Features: A place where the blind can see

Miracles do not come any greater than giving vision to the blind. The Nigeria Society for the Blind (NSB) at its Vocational Training Centre (VTC), Oshodi, Lagos deserves support and celebration for giving vision and mission to the blind. The fear that going blind amounts to the very end of…

A Global Garden for Mandela in Nigeria, By Uzor Maxim Uzoatu

The whole wide world is stark awake, day and night, waiting for the Mandela hour. But there’s no escaping the fact that even in life or death Mandela trumps all. It is indeed with bated breath that the global village looks ahead to the great one’s 95th birthday on July…

The Unsung Book World of ABIC in Enugu

Book publishing in Nigeria is in dire straits. It shook me up like a charge of electricity that there is one Nigerian East of the Niger, largely unsung, devoting his entire life to the nobler details of book publishing and distribution. My knowledge or lack thereof of the publishing of…

Scrap Aso Villa Now! By Uzor Maxim Uzoatu

“Except Aso Villa is scrapped for good there may be no light at the end of a very dark Nigerian tunnel.” (more…)

The Compelling Vision of Governor Fashola, By Uzor Maxim Uzoatu

“The slumming of a big city such as Lagos took quite some time…” (more…)

Tony Akudinobi Awakens Africa in Designs of Beauty

“The works of art presented here are coded in furniture of utilitarian types that are simply alluring.” The ambience at Shell Club in Port Harcourt struck a note of genius. The designs of Tony Chidi Akudinobi held the scores of Nigerians and expatriates gathered in the hall spellbound. Emeritus Professor…

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Humanizing Governance According to Governor Fayemi, By Uzor Maxim Uzoatu

Back in recent time, when gubernatorial mandates were brazenly stolen in broad daylight under the watch of the imperial presidency of Olusegun Obasanjo, I once saw Dr Kayode Fayemi at poet Odia Ofeimun’s book launch at MUSON Centre, Lagos, and grandly greeted him thusly: “His Excellency, Sir!” Fayemi whose mandate…

Tribute to Ashikiwe Adione-Egom: The Motor-Park Economist

Ours was a meeting of minds on the OP-ED pages of The Guardian in the 1980s. (more…)

Tribute to Ashikiwe Adione-Egom: The Motor-Park Economist

Ashikiwe died of prostate cancer. (more…)

There Is No Country: Achebe’s Apocalyptic Valediction, By Uzor Maxim Uzoatu

“Never explain, never retract, never apologize. Just get the thing done and let them howl.” - Nellie L. McClung (more…)

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The Example of Owei Lakemfa, By Uzor Maxim Uzoatu

The news caught me in the web of the post-okada-ban heavy Lagos traffic jam: Owei Lakemfa has been elected the Secretary-General of the Organization of African Trade Union Unity (OATUU). I quickly eased myself out of the traffic logjam to have a cool celebration in the nearby watering-hole. As a…

Nigeria’s Pita Okute wins the 2012 Tuscany Prize for Catholic Fiction

“Wild Spirits is sumptuously well-written, and it deservedly won the 2012 Tuscany Prize for Catholic Fiction.” (more…)

INTERVIEW: Nollywood will soar to unimaginable heights — Asharifa Johka, African-American film producer

[caption id="attachment_109729" align="aligncenter" width="450"] Asharifa Johka: "The future of Nollywood is limitless. It will soar to heights that are hard to imagine now"[/caption] How were you introduced to the Nollywood film culture? My introduction to Nollywood was sparked by a few things. First, I've worked in the film industry for over…