Category: The Akinosho Archives

An Encounter With the Centre of Europe

By Toyin Akinosho The first sight of Germany from the air appeared to me as a series of flat green carpets, laid adjoining themselves in very ordered polygons. Narrow meandering rivers bound the sharp comers of these greens. As you wondered about this arrangement, you suddenly noticed the outline of a city; Berlin is rushing […]

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An Evening at a PEN Conference, in Berlin

MEMOIRS By Toyin Akinosho A WRITERS CONFERENCE IS NOTHING if not about words. I have always fancied the international PEN as the United Nations at a literary reading session. At age 85, PEN is almost a quarter century older than the UN, which turned 60 the year before this event I am reporting. The body […]

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Repititions in a Gory History

By Adebiyi Olusolape Damaging and deeply painful, the historical and contemporary reality of communal violence in Nigeria has generated not only loss and then more loss but also discussions – critical debate over terms like ‘settlers’ and ‘indigenes’, over ‘animist’, ‘atheist’, ‘Christian’ as well as ‘muslim’. Every bout of violence warrants an historical excursion to […]

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Into The World of Terrorism

By Socrates Mbamalu In 273 pages of twelve essays filled I with scholarly articles on terrorism, Inside Terrorist Organizations ( edited by David C. Rapoport) tackles terrorism from a range of perspectives by different scholars. The book is divided into three sections that look at terrorist organizations from the Internal Structure and Conflict, the Motivations […]

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