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Dangerous Love of Woman To Woman

          Embracing My Shadow: Growing up Lesbian in Nigeria by Unoma Azuah; Beaten Track Publishing; 2020; 218pp It takes tremendous courage for a Nigerian woman to engage in an open love affair with another woman. The act of damning all consequences to write about lesbian love, even in fiction, is almost […]

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ALHAJI: A cracking comedy about serious issues ****

                  Aside from being a theatre maker myself, it is never an easy task to review a production of a play, written and directed by a good friend, which also features as actors the same friend as well as other friends that I have known for years. […]

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The true story behind the whimsical film Goodbye Christopher Robin

One of the first books I recall owning was a red cloth-bound copy of Winnie-the-Pooh, with a map of the Hundred Acre Wood where all the stories happened, marked: “Drawn by me and Mr Shepard helped”…..Click here to read full article

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Let’s toast to the health of the master poet – Uzor Maxim Uzoatu

There is no better way of introducing Odia Ofeimun than pointedly stressing that “Odia Ofeimun is Odia Ofeimun!” Enough said. Poet, publisher, editor, activist, polemicist, mentor, politician, columnist, factory worker, writer, dance-drama exponent, public intellectual, critic, etc, Odia ofeimun has packed uncountable lifetimes into one tumultuous lifespan. Click here to read more

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A SONG FOR ODIA AT 70: THE POET AGES

A Tribute by Toyin Falola To you whose name rattles the tongues of looters and whose verses wrench their hearts, I bring a song of the season. Odia, who among us does not know that before the arrival of thunder there is rain? You are the flood of poetry that erodes their madness and wipes […]

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Jeyifo, Agbakoba, Aregbesola for the Odia Festival

The Odia Ofeimun at 70 Committee has announced a series of activities to mark the 70th Birthday Celebrations of Odia Ofeimun, a most distinguished and remarkable Nigerian, which will occur on Monday, March 16. In this regard, the Committee is hosting the Taking Nigeria Seriously: A Conference in Honour of Odia Ofeimun, which would hold at the […]

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‘The Literature Prize Will Outlast Any MD of NLNG’,

By Toyin Akinosho Tony Attah, Managing Director of the Nigerian Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG) Ltd, dismisses the misgivings that the company is hurt by criticism of the Nigerian Prize for Literature, which it sponsors.  “I don’t know where that perception comes from (that the company has considered dropping the sponsorship)”, Attah told bookartville.com in the […]

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No, We Can’t All Be Feminists-Mabel Segun at 90

By Toyin Akinosho “Do you still write?” The silver haired matriarch turns and shoots a questioning glance at the direction from which the question came. “If I am not writing what would I be doing?” “Indeed”, Mabel Segun continues, her eyes scanning the arc of her sitting room, this late Tuesday afternoon. “I have been […]

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Murder and White Privilege on a Family Holiday in the Caribbean

In 1995, on a nameless Caribbean island, an American family is on holiday. The Thomases are no better or worse than any of the other upper-middle-class white tourists who are also vacationing in sultry Indigo Bay, with its “everywhere weeping pink blooms and … brazen teal water.” But the night before….Click here to read full […]

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HerStory -Oyinkan Abayomi’s Nigerian Women’s Political Party

By Omotayo Agunbiade So Mrs. Oyinkan Abayomi MBE, daughter of Sir Kitoyi Ajasa, had had enough. She was raised and schooled to be independent-minded and belonged to the category of women referred to in that era as “western-educated.”   But the colonial government was having none of the likes of Abayomi, and what more, the electoral […]

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