Day: October 24, 2020

This Could Be Enemy Action, By Wole Soyinka

          Badetona was genuinely possessed of a retiring temperament. Left to him, he would even have discarded his princely title but, that was now part of his existence, and it also had its advantages. Jaiyesola however saw it differently. The position lacked public recognition. A prince without a throne – it […]

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Soyinka Releases a New Novel

After decades of jousting with the powers that be and living to tell the tale, Wole Soyinka has returned to his roots: story-telling. And though it’s been nearly 40 years after his last work of prose fiction, Wole Soyinka proves with this novel that he has lost none of his story-telling chops! A narrative tour […]

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You don’t need isiZulu when making a Zulu movie – but it helps

Starlite Memories – Misadventures in moviemaking, by Dov Fedler (Tafelberg) What is the Zulu word for “furtive”? This is one of the first challenges Dov Fedler confronts when he begins to direct a shoestring budget movie for black audiences called Timer Joe Part 3. Fedler speaks no Zulu, but on the first day of filming in […]

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How JP Clark led Achebe & Soyinka to IBB – Uzor Maxim Uzoatu

Writing is fighting. That is the dictum of the fiery African-American writer Ishmael Reed who wrote a book entitled Writing is Fighting. Whether taken literally or otherwise writers fire bullets with words, and in some instances actually take up guns to go shooting. A landmark example was Nigeria’s most influential poet, Christopher Okigbo, who died young […]

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He Will Not Get My Children, She Swore

                SOME NIGHTS AFTERWARDS, a furtive hand knocked on the door of Professor Belejayan.       The Professor woke up his wife. “Go and open the door, dear.”       “What is it?” she inquired drowsily      “Someone at the door.”      “I am asleep.” […]

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WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE?

          “…For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow, which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams…For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday…” – Khalil Gibran I have watched as my beloved Lagos – a city by the sea known for its tolerant and welcoming attitude to […]

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