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Prisoners of Jebs: Satire and the Clichés of History

Ken Saro-Wiwa’s Prisoners of Jebs does not spare anybody or anything. In the finest tradition of satire, Saro-Wiwa does not spare himself. His dramatis personae make up a bewildering gallery. Figures of world-historical stature share a platform with puny potentates. Stock characters taken straight from Nigerian life jostle for a place alongside sheer monsters conjured […]

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It’s an All Female Season in Mid Year at Ebedi Residency

Four Female Writers from Gambia, Ghana and Nigeria, have arrived Iseyin, in Oyo State of Nigeria, for the June/July 2019 Ebedi Writers Residency Session. Bintou Sanneh is youth activist and budding novelist from The Gambia; Josephine Odura Attafuah, from  Ghana, is a published novelist working on her second book of fiction;  Oyindamola Rabiat Muhammed and […]

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André Brink biography may contain just a touch too much information

Reviewer: Vivien Horler The Love Song of André P Brink, by Leon de Kock (Jonathan Ball Publishers) LOVE SONG BRINK A three-and-a-half-year undertaking to produce a significant work on groundbreaking South African author André Brink has turned into a marketing nightmare for publishers Jonathan Ball.. Click here to read full article

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Nduka Obaigbena and the miracle called ThisDay | Uzor Maxim Uzoatu

I have seen many miracles happen before my very eyes. Back in 1986, the guru who brought me into journalism, Sonala Olumhense, resigned from his job as the Editorial Page Editor of The Guardian to take up the almost unfathomable challenge of becoming the founding Editor of THISWEEK magazine promoted by youthful Nduka Obaigbena… Click here to read full […]

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Fela and Guevara  

Fela’s choice Souls that were ‘lagosed’ to hunger, unfulfilled by work or play, reclined on wind-oars, abject. Their animal cries, their starved-dream catcalls trailed over the miasma of failure till, plunged into the all-gobbling lagoon, they joined forgotten humanity at silt bed. Lagosed to a fault, they waited not knowing for what they waited in […]

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Penguin Random House pledges £15,000 to diverse children’s bookshop

Publisher says it hopes to help the #ReadtheOnePercent pop-up store in south London ‘smash its target’ of £30,000, which it is crowdfunding in order to become permanent… Click here to read full article. ______________________________________ Please Share Our Article On Social Media

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‘That should shut you up!’ – How Barack Obama proposed to Michelle

BOOK REVIEW Becoming, by Michelle Obama (Viking/ Penguin) There’s a joke that has Barack Obama telling his wife: “I may not be the perfect husband, but you did get to be the wife of the president of the United States.” Click here to read full article ______________________________________ Please Share Our Article On Social Media

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‘That should shut you up!’ – How Barack Obama proposed to Michelle

Becoming, by Michelle Obama (Viking/ Penguin) There’s a joke that has Barack Obama telling his wife: “I may not be the perfect husband, but you did get to be the wife of the president of the United States.” Click here to read full article ______________________________________ Please Share Our Article On Social Media

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THE POWER OF STORYTELLING

The legend of the used car salesman is the greatest example of how marketing and storytelling met, courted vigorously, married each other and have been inseparable for ages. The used car salesman discovered that with a well-told story the prickly details of a dilapidated car might not matter to a customer as much as how […]

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Three lessons I took away from the Ake Festival 2018 -Uzoma Ihejirika

When it was announced that this year’s Ake Arts and Book Festival (AABF) would be held in Lagos, two emotions gripped me: surprise and joy. Surprise, because well…why would anyone want to hold Ake Festival anywhere but in Abeokuta? On the other hand, I was joyous because it seemed the founder Lola Shoneyin had heard […]

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