Arts/Books

The People Voted Their Stomach – Blues For An Arrested Renaissance, By Niyi Osundare

A-RICE, oh compatriots Your stomach’s call obey Say, A-RICE, oh compatriots Your stomach’s call obey Hold out your bowls for the golden grains Pawn your pride without delay Grab your bribe and dance in the street To the Riceman’s drum and venal command Yes, grab your bribe and dance in the streets To the Riceman’s […]

Literary scholar, Abiola Irele, to speak at Wole Soyinka 80th birthday commemoration

This year’s event is themed: Wole Soyinka and the Moral Burden of Literature.

Quick ways to clear acne, By Chinenye Ugonna

A healthy diet and rest is also a major way of clearing acne.

Rejected novel wins top literary prize, beats Americanah

A Girl Is A Half Formed Thing is Ms. McBride’s first novel.

Soyinka recalls Maya Angelou’s work for Nigeria’s democracy

Nobel laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka, Sunday, paid tribute to the departed African American poet, Maya Angelou, describing her as a “philosopher queen” and showering praises on her life of commitment, community, and solidarity. “Maya was the down-to-earth kind who felt her subjects keenly, a philosopher queen without the aloofness,” Mr Soyinka wrote, warmly situating her […]

‘Unfurling,’ a mother-daughter artistic journey, begins in Lagos

The poetry, a social commentary on life in an African mega-city, touches on everyday challenges and the desire to find the truth.

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 that makes us different from […]

Book Review: Are We The Turning Point Generation? By Idiare Atimomo

“His dexterity in building this case (the inevitability of government) set the right tone for this collection of essays.”

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 the politicos, and he happened […]

iRep Film Festival opens in Lagos

The festival hopes to promote awareness on the power of documentary films

Four Nigerian Poets Make World Poetry Anthology

Soyinka and the three other poets will contribute a total of nine poems to the anthology. The works of four Nigerian poets have been chosen for inclusion in a forthcoming publication titled: The Second Genesis: An Anthology of Contemporary World Poetry. The poets are Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka, Uzor Maxim Uzoatu, Obari Gomba and Ikeogu […]

Sunset At Noon, By Adekoya Boladale

Sunset At Noon–  By Adekoya Boladale   Sorrow feels the heart when hopes are lost, Bitterness consumes the soul when dreams die In wake of the day they came Before cock crows they were by their bedside Waking the beautiful Angels with guns and Matchet Oh how tender their skins were Oh how soft were […]

Shadowed lady used to illustrate the story.

Raped By A Monster Father, By Soyombo Ayomikun

“I have tasted the grapes of rape…Terribly sour, burning like acid”

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 acclaimed to be the first […]

Okey Ndibe’s Foreign Gods, Inc.: Of moral absolutism and fallen gods, By Ikhide R. Ikheloa

If I had words, I would tell you stories that would make the wind weep.                                                                                  […]

Nigeria: I Pray Be Reborn, By Hannatu Musawa

Two thousand thirteen was a year of surprise, Comprised of some highs, few sighs and goodbyes. It commenced when Obama was again called to arise As the head of his nation, for the world to sanitize. He tries to be wise, applies much advice. But the size of his duty is too much to surmise. […]

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, published by The Stone Press […]

Nigerian author releases new book, ‘Everything Good About Corruption’

The book is an irony of its title.

Book Review: Primitivism as Black Redemption

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

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 very obvious that the khaki […]

The Nobel Prize “was a nuisance at the beginning but I learnt to manage it” says Wole Soyinka

Professor Wole Soyinka was his vintage self responding to questions about his life, activism, and muse amongst others during an interaction with four undergraduates at the just concluded Ake Arts and Book Festival in Abeokuta, Ogun State.   The story is reproduced with permission from the City Voice newspaper based in Lagos. You can access […]

TRAVELOGUE: The Miracle In Ondo, By Femi Fani-Kayode

Former Aviation Minister, Femi Fani-Kayode, is currently touring Ondo state. He writes on part of his trip, saying the state government is performing wonders and delivering on its promises to the people of the Sunshine state  It is not often that I am left speechless and at a loss for words. Yet this is how […]

Nigeria’s Bruce Onobrakpeya to hold solo art exhibition in Lagos

The exhibition will hold for two weeks and ends on December 14.

Lagos 2060: The Ghost of Lagos’ Future

Short science fiction stories about Lagos are to be published.

Book Review: History of the Okoroma People, By Julius Bokoru

There hardly can be a more authentic history than that told by a king, than that told by the first king of a people. HRH Charles Onoye Amiebi, first king of the Okoroma Kingdom, comes up with a fascinating title with an attempt to rewrite history, or rather disengage from an earlier history as false […]