Arts/Books

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 […]

Why Wole Soyinka hates me — Adewale Maja-Pearce

The exchange of brickbats between Nobel Laureate, Wole Soyinka, and writer, Adewale Maja-Pearce, has taken a new turn with Mr Maja-Pearce claiming Mr. Soyinka was fighting him because of a critical review he once published about one of the Nobel Laureate’s books, You Must Set Forth at Dawn. In an article published online, Mr. Maja-Pearce said Mr. […]

Bauchi Town agog as Atiku’s son, Mua’zu’s daughter wed

Atiku’s son paid N1million and a flashy car as bride price.

Raoul da Silva’s ‘Inner Worlds, Outer Space,’

The carpenter will hold his exhibition at Wheatbaker on June 8.

3-year-old photographer to stage exhibition in Lagos

The three year old will show case a collection of street photographs he has captured in his brief life time.

Great News: Four of five finalists in 2013 Caine Prize for African Writing are Nigerians

The shortlist for the 2013 Caine Prize for African Writing was announced today – and among the five stories chosen are an unprecedented four Nigerian entries. The Chair of judges, art historian and broadcaster, Gus Casely-Hayford said, “The shortlist was selected from 96 entries from 16 African countries. They are all outstanding African stories that […]

205 authors vie for Nigeria Prize for Literature

This year’s prize focuses on poetry.

GNEXT plans home makeover for Nigerian flag designer, Akinkunmi

Taiwo Akinkunmi designed the Nigerian flag at the age of 25.

Edinburgh World Writers’ Conference calls for creatives

“The Conference is looking for “an artist, in the widest sense of the word”.

Ehikhamenor’s ‘Amusing the Muse’ opens April 29

The exhibition includes ‘Adam and Eve Waiting for a Flight out of Eden,’ a151 inch wide painted wall hanging of the entire book of Genesis.