Minister denies plan to convert National Theatre to hotel
The Minister, Arts, Culture and Tourism, Edem Duke, on Sunday denied that the government planned to convert the National Theatre, Lagos, to a five-star hotel. Mr. Duke told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that there was no way an edifice, such as the National Theatre, could be converted to a hotel because it was not designed […]
Without Abacha, There Would Have Been No Ovation Magazine — Dele Momodu
By Sam Umukoro At different points in his life’s journey, Dele Momodu, publisher of Ovation International magazine, has trod different path; from being a scholar, administrator, teacher, reporter, columnist, photographer, political activist, detainee, actor, hotel manager, and even marketer for the late Chief MKO Abiola’s wonderloaf. However, one major thing has largely defined every stage […]
National museum proposes Oyo relics as national monuments
The relics are scattered across the state particularly in Ogunmola Alakia, Ibadan, Oke-Ogun and Ogbomoso.
Achebe is Not Dead, Says Nonagenarian Poet, Gabriel Okara, By Julius Bokoru
Born in 1921 in Boumandi, present day Bayelsa state of Nigeria Gabriel Okara was part of that golden set of pioneer African writers. He is the first renowned English language black poet and also the first modernist writer in the African continent. The Nigerian negritudist, as he is fondly called, began his writing career in […]
Popular columnist, Sam Omatseye, under fire over column on Achebe
The Nation newspaper’s well-known columnist, Sam Omatseye, has drawn criticisms after he wrote an article considered by some as belittling the amazing literary works of foremost novelist, Chinua Achebe. Some have also faulted the columnist for delivering a verdict suggesting Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka is greater than Mr. Achebe. In his Monday column, Mr. Omatseye, […]
Nigeria to establish cultural centre in South Africa–Minister
Nigeria already has cultural centres in Brazil and China.
NET Newspaper to organise Nigerian Entertainment Conference
The conference is aimed at steering the different sectors of the Nigerian entertainment industry in the right direction.
[INTERVIEW] BBC’s Peter Okwoche: My Most Embarrassing Moment in Journalism
By Sam Umukoro It is said that the journey of a thousand miles begin with one step. Definitely, Peter Okwoche has come a long way. Spurred early in his career when he received the Best Presenter Award while working as a DJ/presenter with Radio Benue (Nigeria) in the early 90s, Okwoche has gone on to […]
INTERVIEW: Being Married to a Soyinka is Great, But I Have My Own Identity–Lola Shoneyin
By Sam Umukoro I always say that if there is one gift that Providence has bestowed on me, it’s the gift of empathy. If you ring me up and tell me your story, from that moment, I am living in your shoes Lola Shoneyin carries different titles; wife, mother, poet, teacher and author. But it […]
Association of Nigerian Authors, ANA, mourns Achebe
Achebe was one of the founders of ANA. The Association of Nigeria Authors, ANA, has described the death of Chinua Achebe as a blow to the literary world. Denja Abdullahi, ANA National Vice President, made this known in an interview in Abuja on Friday. He described Mr. Achebe’s death as a loss to Nigeria and […]
DAARSAT to dedicate channel to Nigerian tourism
DAARSAT intends to partner with the Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation. DAAR Communications’ pay television, DAARSAT, will dedicate one channel to the broadcast of tourism-related programmes in Nigeria, Raymond Dokpesi, the Chairman of DAAR Communications, has said. This is contained in a statement signed by Wilfred Orhue, the Press Officer at the Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation, […]
Badagry Heritage Museum experiences high patronage
The curator urged parents to bring their children to the museum during public holidays.
In Defence of Public Service: A Review of The Accidental Public Servant, By Chidi Anselm Odinkalu
Government in Nigeria is a dark art into which only a select few ever get initiated. Passage through the rites and rituals of initiation impose obligations. One such obligation is a deliberate loss of memory, which induces a silence not much unlike the Mafia’s Omerta. Fidelity to these obligations attracts benefits. The doors of government revolve and the […]
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.”
The transition of Onitsha market literature to home movies, By Uzor Maxim Uzoatu
The market town of Onitsha earned worldwide renown when market literature was all the rage. Now that home movies have taken over, Onitsha has shot ahead as the centre of the booming trade. The remarkable transition from the scribal to the audio-visual model demands considerable attention. According to a study published by the British Library […]
Making Nigeria Work: A review of “The Way We Are”, By Akachi Adimora-Ezeigbo
THE WAY WE ARE: Ideas for a Better Nigeria by Jonas Odocha; Eagleman Books; 2012; 265pp One has lost count of the number of books published in recent times on the subject of Nigeria and the challenge of building a strong, united and prosperous nation. So when I was asked to review a new book, […]
Book Presentation: The Way We Are: Ideas for A Better Nigeria
The public presentation of the book, The Way We Are: Ideas for A Better Nigeria
Chinua Achebe at 82: “We Remember Differently”, By Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
I have met Chinua Achebe only three times. The first, at the National Arts Club in Manhattan, I joined the admiring circle around him. A gentle-faced man in a wheelchair. “Good evening, sir. I’m Chimamanda Adichie,” I said, and he replied, mildly, “I thought you were running away from me.” I mumbled, nervous, grateful for […]
From Wole Soyinka: A Manifesto for Africa, By Barbara Crossette
The Nigerian playwright Wole Soyinka, winner of Africa’s first Nobel Prize for Literature in 1986, has published a new book calling for urgent action by Africans to save themselves from the threat of Islamic extremism, against which corrupt regimes seem unable protect the tolerance and spiritual strength of traditional cultures. “If Africa falls to the will of the […]
Chika Unigwe emerges 2012 winner of NLNG prize for literature
Nov.1 (PREMIUM TIMES) Chika Unigwe get $100 thousand for her book titled Black Sisters Street.