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Burial of Professor Tejumola Olaniyan: Tributes by Friends, Colleagues

Tejumola Olaniyan, the Louis Durham Mead Professor in English and the Wole Soyinka Humanities Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, who died on Saturday 30  November, 2019 was buried today in Madison, the United States. TheNEWS magazine  celebrates Professor Olaniyan with this special online edition in which his teacher, professional colleagues, friends and well-wishers pay glowing […]

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No More Tears For Teju

            No tears can be enough, so I have decided to stop shedding tears for my classmate, friend and brother, Professor Tejumola Olaniyan (April 3, 1959 – November 30, 2019). It is cool by me reverting to the smiles and laughter I shared with Teju in his lionized life. My […]

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Far From A Wasteland

          dispossessed by James Eze; Fasihi (Daraja Press); 2019; 121pp Ever since I got a signed copy of James Eze’s debut collection of poetry, dispossessed, I’ve been possessed! Poetry can be overwhelming at the best of times such that it becomes a benumbing challenge getting the aesthetic distance to engage in […]

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Le Carré cashes in rivetingly on resumption of Cold War

Reviewer: Archie Henderson Agent Running in the Field, by John le Carré (Penguin Random House UK) Moscow Centre is up and running again, its tentacles stronger and more malicious than ever. Its agent are all over London. It has a US president in its boss’s pocket, has begun to break up a European market alliance […]

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A Restaurant Critic Crashes the White House Turkey Pardon

By Adam Platt “The Turkeys stayed at the Willard hotel last night,” I overheard someone say. “They always do that.” I was among the rabble of scribes, hacks, and weathered, vaguely recognizable TV faces beginning our slow, unruly procession from the famously cramped, airless White House press quarters out into the bright fall sunshine toward […]

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The Power’s Out in Malawi and I Feel Fine

By Alex Korchinski When I asked travelers about their favorite country in Africa, their eyes would glisten and they’d coo, “Malawi,” as if recalling a former flame. I knew that Malawi was a country in Africa. That’s it. But since I was in adjacent Tanzania, I decided to visit this land of the breathless recommendations. […]

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What Every Artist Can Learn From the Latest Scandal in Young Adult Literature

By Shaunta Grimes If the Sarah Dessen Twitter debacle has taught us anything, it’s that reviews are not for you If you’re a writer, you probably went down the rabbit hole that was the Sarah Dessen Twitter debacle, just like I did this week. If you’re not sure what I’m talking about, you can read […]

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The Largest Culture Picnic Holds From Monday

The Lagos Book and Art Festival holds from Monday to Sunday November 4-10, 2019, at the Freedom Park in Lagos. The 20 year old feast, inaugurated on the National Creativity Day in 1999, has grown from a weekend affair to a full week. LABAF is a comprehensive, carnivalesque ‘feast of Life and Ideas’, featuring a […]

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Adrift in the Neo-Colonial Post-Colony

(A review of Namwali Serpell’s ‘The Old Drift’; published by Hogarth; 2019. Hardcover, 566 pages) LABAF BOOKS OF THE FESTIVAL REVIEW           It begins where it ends or it ends where it begins. Namwali Serpell’s 566-page debut novel, ‘The Old Drift’ bubbles with waves of Zambian history; past, present, and future […]

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Mark Zuckerberg, Have You Considered Retirement?

You’re everyone’s favorite political punching bag, for good reason. Why not take the decade off? By Farhad Manjoo If I were Mark Zuckerberg — newfound defender-to-the-death of liberal free expression even if it includes outright lying except if there are female nipples, a would-be curer of all the world’s disease, side-gig education reformer, immigration crusader, […]

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