Arts/Books

Tade Ipadeola to build library in memory of Kofi Awoonor with $100,000 Nigeria literature prize

Kofi Awoonor was among 69 people killed by terrorists in Kenya.

Alakija’s Here and There opens October 6

Here & There, an exhibition celebrating the artistic journey of Polly Alakija, a seasoned painter, muralist, illustrator and designer, opens at the Wheatbaker Hotel, Lagos, on Sunday, October 6.   The exhibition would comprise 62 works that span 24 years of Alakija’s artistic practice. “She presents a variety of pieces including large and small format […]

The Essential Soyinka Timeline, By Uzor Maxim Uzoatu

The multiform nature of the writing life of Wole Soyinka leads many readers into mixing the sequential sweep of the prodigious output of the playwright, poet, novelist, teacher, human rights activist, connoisseur, hunter etc. Wading through the vast oeuvre of the man fondly called WS or Kongi is indeed intimidating. Born Oluwole Akinwande Soyinka on […]

World Tourism Day 2013: Nigerian Travel Journalist Launches E-Book

To mark this year’s World Tourism Day celebrations holding September 27, award-winning travel writer, Pelu Awofeso, has launched the e-versions of his travel books, TOUR OF DUTY: JOURNEYS AROUND NIGERIA AND SKETCHES OF EVERYDAY LIFE and NIGERIAN FESTIVALS: THE FAMOUS AND NOT SO FAMOUS. Both titles have been available in print over the years but travel […]

PROFILE: Enter Dr. Damages, the man behind one of Africa’s most popular comedy shows

The show is like a gem hiding from view. But those who have discovered it on Youtube or on SaharaTV swear by it and have made it a cult classic. The Dr. Njakiri Damages Show celebrated its 100th episode last month. Started two years ago on SaharaTV, Dr. Damages Show describes itself as “a weekly […]

Oludare Ogunlana to unveil new book: “My Time in the Charging Cloud”

By Abimbola Adigun Activists all over Africa will gather at the University of Ibadan Conference centre on Thursday, September 26, 2013 to honour  Oludare Ogunlana as he presents his new book to the public. The title of the book is: “MY TIME IN THE CHARGING CLOUD: An Anthology on African Students’ Movement Struggle, Social Justice, Democracy and Good Governance.” […]

NLNG Announces Three Final Contenders For $100,000 Prize For Literature

Tade Ipadeola, Amu Nnadi and Promise Ogochukwu have being announced as the final shortlist for the 2013 edition of the Nigeria Prize for Literature sponsored by Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG) Limited. The final three writers made it out of 11 writers initially released in August and the final shortlist was approved by the Advisory […]

Securing Nigeria Through Intelligence, By Uzor Maxim Uzoatu

National Security: Intelligence and Community Partnership Approach Edited by Solomon E Arase; LawLords Publications, Lagos & Abuja;2013; 242pp National security is on the front burner of discourse all over the country. It is arguable that only in the years of the civil war has Nigeria been besieged with more security challenges. The threats are from many […]

Chimamanda Adichie: The Price of Genius By James Eze

Adichie seems to be always drawn to “stabbing at something new.”

Iconic photographer, Peter Obe, passes on at 81

Iconic photographer, Peter Oyeyemi Obe, who brought the swampy gloom of the Nigerian civil war horror to public reality via his troubling and tense images, has passed on. He was 81, born 28 December 1932. News of Mr. Obe’s passage came mid-day Sunday when his nephew, Taiwo Obe, the renowned editor and promoter of the […]

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Neo Africanus: In Teju Cole’s World, By Akin Adesokan

Of the many encounters in which Julius, the protagonist of Open City, Teju Cole’s elegantly disarming novel, finds himself, two strike me as constituting the pulse of the subtle cultural politics animating the novel. In the first, the young psychiatrist is about to post a letter when the post office clerk, Terry, struck by his choice […]

Reinvention of Fagunwa from CHAMS to CBAAC, By Uzor Maxim Uzoatu

I was greatly thrilled by the recent 3-Day International Conference in Akure, capital of Ondo State, in memory of a distinguished pioneer of African literature in indigenous languages, the inimitable Chief Daniel Olorunfemi Fagunwa. What was not particularly thrilling to me was that there was hardly any mention of the past theatrical performances sponsored by CHAMS […]

Book Review: To Negotiate Nigeria

Book Title: Nigeria is Negotiable – Essays on Nigeria’s Tortuous Road to Democracy and Nationhood Author: Chido Onumah Publishers: African Centre for Media & Information Literacy, Abuja Pages: 460 Date of Publication: July 2013 Reviewer: Nnimmo Bassey Chido Onumah warns of the truth of this saying a few times in his book, Nigeria is Negotiable: […]

Governors Fayemi, Aregbesola to unveil Onumah’s new book, “Nigeria is Negotiable”

Mr. Onumah is an author and an activist. Governors Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State and Rauf Aregbesola of the State of Osun are billed to unveil a new book, ‘Nigeria is Negotiable’ written by journalist and author, Chido Onumah. The public presentation of the book takes place in Abuja on Tuesday, August 20, 2013. Nigeria […]

Chimamanda leads other writers to 2013 Literary Evening in Lagos

KCEE is set to thrill guests at the event Chimamanda Adichie, Nigeria’s celebrated writer and Creative Director of Farafina Trust, is scheduled to lead a team of international literary writers to the 2013 Literary Evening; as this year’s Creative Writers Workshop ends in style on August 16. The event, slated for the Lagos Oriental Hotel, […]

A Mirror Unto a Depraved Bohemian Class, By Jibrin Ibrahim

Title: A Quiet Revolutionary Author: Ibrahim Buhari Publisher: Kraft Books Date of Publication: 2012 Pages: 173    For this holiday season, my recommendation is to read this short and interesting novel by Ibrahim Buhari. It is a didactic and prescriptive book which is a formula that often produces a boring narrative but the author is able to retain the […]

Spectacle, Words, and Performance, are the Essence of Creativity, says Professor Sekoni at 70

Dr Ropo Sekoni, a retired Professor of Comparative literature, and chair, Wole Soyinka Centre for Investigative Reporting, turns 70 saturday, August 10.  One of the finest literary theorists, and  semioticians, Sekoni,  an academic, culture and political activist, and researcher,  has mentored dozens of students, top academics, and researchers. In this anniversary interview he sat with […]

MTV searches for talented Nigerian artists to create Shuga comic book

The Shuga Comic Book will be published by Kachifo in January 2014.

Encomium’s ‘White Gig’ party returns

The party will be held in August.

Chimamanda Adichie’s AMERICANAH wins American prize

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s third novel, AMERICANAH, has been awarded the2013 Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize for fiction. The Heartland Prize is a literary prize created in 1988 by the Chicago Tribune Newspaper. According to Elizabeth Taylor, the literary editor of the Chicago Tribune, the prize is awarded yearly in two categories, fiction and non-fiction, to books that are […]

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 18. Of course that date […]

Nigeria’s Tope Folarin wins 2013 Caine Prize for African Writing

Tope Folarin is the fifth Nigerian to win the Caine Prize, now in its fourteenth year. Nigeria’s Tope Folarin has won the 2013 Caine Prize for African Writing, described as Africa’s leading literary award, for his short story entitled ‘Miracle’ from Transition, Issue 109 (Bloomington, 2012). The Chair of Judges, Gus Casely-Hayford, announced Tope Folarin […]

Nigeria launches new tourism identity

Nigeria has a lot to showcase to the world. Elizabeth Embu

“Soldiers Of Fortune: From Buhari to Babangida”– A Review By Femi Fani-Kayode

One of the most important foundations of any civilised society is a good knowledge of its own history. I therefore believe that the regular contributions and accounts of Nigeria’s modern history which have been served in various books and essays by Max Siollun are not only vital but are also a credible and authoritative source […]

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 books in Nigeria is largely […]