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LABAF 2018: CORA Unveils the First Set of Books of The Festival

  LABAF 2018: CORA Unveils the First Set of Books of The Festival By Toyin Akinosho The Committee for Relevant Art (CORA) has unveiled the first 10 of the 15 books it has selected for discussion at the 20th  Lagos Book and Art Festival next November. The books are largely those whose concerns tie to […]

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A Frantic Letter, A Desperate Message

By Mukhasat   A father passing by his teenage daughter’s room was astonished to see the bed was well made and everything was neat. Then, he saw an envelope addressed to him, propped up prominently on top of the pillow. It was addressed “Dad”. With the worst premonition, he opened the envelope and read the […]

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Some Vikings Were Muslims

The archeological identification of stylized Arabic text for God (Allah) and Ali (the prophet Muhammad’s cousin and son-in-law) in burial garments of the Vikings in Sweden has thrown white supremacists into a tizzy. While the garments could just be the result of trade with the Middle East, it can’t be ruled out that there were some converts […]

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Why Is V.S. Naipaul So Hated?

By Uzor Maxim Uzoatu   Hate is such a strong word, but the writer known all over the world as V.S. Naipaul was an unrepentant purveyor of hate in his chequered life. Born as Vidiadhar Surajprasad Naipaul on August 17, 1932 in Chaguanas in the then British Trinidad and Tobago, Naipaul had nothing but abject […]

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A Poet’s Poet Named Afam Akeh

Uzor Maxim Uzoatu   Letter Home & Biafran Nights by Afam Akeh; SPM Publications, London; 2012; pp80   Respect is the word that sits on the head of Afam Akeh in the convocation of Nigerian poets. It is well-nigh impossible to see any contemporary gatherer of metaphors who does not have a high opinion of […]

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The Life of A Grandee In Historical Context

Reuben Ibekwe Uzoma was a Member of the Eastern Regional Assembly- under the Self-Government MacPherson Constitution of 1951 -who served as the first Minister of Education in the Eastern Regional Government from 1951 to 1953. His colleagues in the education portfolio at the time, across the nascent Nigerian Federation, included Shettima Kashim, (Central government, under […]

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I Am the Proof of a Crime

By Trevor Noah My mom’s secret flat was in a neighborhood called Hillbrow. She lived in number 203. Down the corridor was a tall, brown-haired, brown-eyed Swiss/German expat named Robert. He lived in 206. As a former trading colony, South Africa has always had a large expatriate community. People find their way here. Tons of […]

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The Tears Shed For Love

Uzor Maxim Uzoatu Stay With Me by Ayobami Adebayo; Ouida Books, Ikeja, Lagos; 2017; 306pp   “I must leave this city today and come to you.” These are the arresting first words of a novel of singular tenderness. Stay With Me by Ayobami Adebayo stays with one in several strange ways. The voice is that […]

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CORA Hosts The Book Party at TerraKulture

The Committee for Relevant Art (CORA) and the Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG) Limited will hold this year’s edition of its annual Book Party at TerraKulture Arena on Victoria Island. The party date is August 25, 2018. The event is to feature readings and discussions around the 11 books longlisted for the N35.7Million Nigerian Prize for Literature, […]

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We’re lucky Mark Zuckerberg is in charge

Yesterday, Facebook lost around $120 billion, and the internet cheered. That might sound like a nothing-burger like many of Facebook’s losses have been, but it wasn’t: It was nearly 20% of their total value (about as much as the entire worth of Mcdonald’s) and it disappeared in an afternoon, marking one of the biggest single-day […]

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