Day: May 8, 2018

GOOD-BYE, RASHEED….

He still owes me a visit. After he spied a rug from his factory years ago, on which a lion had been emblazoned, it became even more pressing. He revealed that he had seen that design and decided that it belonged to me,  nowhere else, so he commandeered it and packaged it off to me. […]

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Unstable Is Unusual, But Quite Inspired

By Toyin Akinosho An angry mob of villagers charges to the palace of King Ido, the Oba of Ozolua, holding a middle aged lady they accuse of prostitution. They want her dead by hanging. “Esewi here bears the strings of lust”, laments one woman, “and every lusting eye she satisfies”.   There are challenges of […]

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‘Kalakuta Queens’ Swamped By Many Masters

By Amolu Rimidi   With that daunting headline out of the way, I feel the need to underscore that this ‘review’ is not an attempt to weigh in on the question of whether or not Bolanle Austen Peters’ latest production, ‘Fela and The Kalakuta Queens’ is worth seeing, Without a question, the answer to that […]

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Stylistics of The Line

By Ozioma Onuzulike A Review of Chika Okeke-Agulu’s Obiora Udechukwu: Line, Image, Text Obiora Udechukwu: Line, Image, text is a book about the drawings of Obiora Udechukwu by a pupil of his, Chika Okeke-Agulu, who is not only an intimate witness but also a disciple of the master’s dedication to studio, demonstrated commitment to scholarship […]

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It’s Too Sentimental, Nadine Gordimer

– By Toyin Akinosho I MET NADINE GORDIMER ON THE LAST day of the PEN Congress in Berlin, Germany, in the month of May. It was an unusual way for a worshipful admirer to meet the goddess. I was lounging on the airy, sunlit, first floor lobby of the Hilton Hotel in the centre of […]

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The Crippled Crook and Me

IN ABIDJAN, WHEN THE COPS SEE A bad guy with a gun in his hand, they don’t stop and chat, they shoot him quick like a deer or a rabbit and ask questions later. One day, the police shot three bad guys. Two of them died right away, but before the third guy died, he […]

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Between A Well-Received Novel And A Literary Phenomenon

It is probably Donald Trump’s fault that so few recent works of fiction have become events, in the way that “A Little Life,” by Hanya Yanagihara, did in 2015, or “The Underground Railroad,” by Colson Whitehead, did a year later (or “Cat Person”, by Kristen Roupenian, did in December 2017). By event I mean: lovingly […]

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