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 […]
“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.
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 […]
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”.
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 […]