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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie awarded PEN Pinter Prize 2018

Author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is winner of the PEN Pinter Prize 2018. She will receive the award at a public ceremony at the British Library on the evening of Tuesday 9 October, where she will deliver an address. Click here to read the full story here

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THEY SAY I HAVE NO CERTIFICATE

By Akeem Lasisi They say I have no certificate As if you need the Cambridge magic To bamboozle your way to the hallowed space As if you need an Oxford’s ticket To bully your way to the national cake. I stayed in the varsity for so long I bagged an Elderstudentsmanship with a record break […]

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An Encounter With the Centre of Europe

By Toyin Akinosho The first sight of Germany from the air appeared to me as a series of flat green carpets, laid adjoining themselves in very ordered polygons. Narrow meandering rivers bound the sharp comers of these greens. As you wondered about this arrangement, you suddenly noticed the outline of a city; Berlin is rushing […]

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Abraham Oshoko

Well, I began to draw from the age of four or five having been inspired by a bubble gum with clippings of cowboys and red Indians in gunfights. I had my nursery and primary education in Lagos but my secondary education was in a boarding school in Ogun state. I proceeded to Yabatech to study […]

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Castellote: What’s Modern Art? What’s Contemporary?

In Jess Castellote’s Nigerian Art Market Report 2017, the value of art sold by “Modern artists” at African art auctions is indicated to be lower than that sold by “Contemporary artists” by a factor of 35 to 65. But who are Mr. Castellote’s Modernists? And who are his Contemporary artists? Ben Enwonwu, Yussuf Grillo, Abayomi […]

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The EVE And the Hollowing of Nollywood Content

Tosin Igho’s The Eve, which screened at the Cinemas in Lagos in early 2018, is a prime example of what critics say about the Neo Nollywood. It’s a far prettier picture than the average, pioneering Nollywood movie. It has a better feel for the glamorous, attention is paid to the music and it speaks with […]

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An Evening at a PEN Conference, in Berlin

MEMOIRS By Toyin Akinosho A WRITERS CONFERENCE IS NOTHING if not about words. I have always fancied the international PEN as the United Nations at a literary reading session. At age 85, PEN is almost a quarter century older than the UN, which turned 60 the year before this event I am reporting. The body […]

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Between Quilox and The Place
Poke Toholo On The Town

“Why are you not taking me to Quilox?”, Deola asked me the other night. She was the reason, I responded in my mind, but couldn’t say it out. She had brought someone else and that meant the budget was under strain. Going to Quilox meant going to Victoria Island; the dance floor was always lit […]

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My ‘Romance’ With ‘The Other’ Zuma

I remember my first one-on-one conversation with Jacob Zuma as though it was yesterday. It took place on 25 May 2009, at the height of our very public confrontation over the composition of my cabinet, during which I had used his sexual proclivities as an example of the way the ANC generally regarded the role […]

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A view from my corner

Yesterday, Olumide Onadipe opened at Temple Muse an exhibition of his recent works titled ¨Connecting the dots¨ and organized by SMO Contemporary. Please read the full text here….

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