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  [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="312"] Tolu Ogunlesi[/caption] “The point of this collection of satirical pieces, covering a handful of years from Nigeria's recent history, is that the country repeats itself endlessly as farce. In piece after satirical piece we're given a privileged glimpse of Africa's largest circus stage, filled with a cast of clowns whose genius lies in make biting satire feel like breaking news. And yet with all their talent, none can overshadow the biggest star of the production: Déjà Vu. Naija No Dey Carry Last is an immensely...

  [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="350"] Chude Jideonwo[/caption] “For several years, Pius Adesanmi has been one of Nigeria’s most prolific satirists. ‘Naija No Dey Carry Last’ is a collection of writings, written mostly between 2008 and 2010, which takes aim at various public figures, from the late Umaru Yar’Adua to Goodluck Jonathan, Ikedi Ohakim, Farida Waziri, and many others. Adesanmi employs satire and Biblical metaphors to deliver scathing criticism of Nigerian politics and society. Nigeria is one country where events are often so unbelievable, that they defy satirical treatment. Still, he manages...

 [caption width="350" align="alignnone"] Full cover: Naija No Dey Carry Last [/caption]   [caption width="350" align="alignnone"] Naija No Dey Carry Last [/caption]    It’s been several months of excitement working with Premium Times Books on Professor Pius Adesanmi's new book. It’s a charm of a book, every single page of it. The cover was designed by the amazing visual artist Victor Ehikhamenor (VEE Global Ltd, Lagos). Naija No Dey Carry Last by Professor Pius Adesanmi gathers his most important reflections on Nigeria over the last decade, mostly published in his Premium Times, Sahara Reporters and...

  [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="350"] #Parrésia2015[/caption]   #Parresia2015  Parresia is pleased to announce our 2015 List for the Parresia Books Imprint. Well over a hundred manuscripts were submitted from within Nigeria and from outside the country. Of these, four manuscripts were chosen. Of these four, three are debut novelists, two are new writers, one is an old Parresia author with a new book out and one is an already established, immensely distinguished writer. All four will be joining Helon Habila, Emmanuel Iduma, Victor Ehikhamenor, Chika Unigwe and Molara Wood at the Parrésia...

Our partner, Kampala-based Babishai Niwe Poetry Foundation, has just released the programme for the 2015 Babishai Festival [August 26th to 28th] at which the $1000 BN Poetry Award will be awarded. Parresia COO Richard Ali sits on the Board and is a Judge for 2015. The BN Poetry Award is the only African poetry prize open to all Africans. amu nnadi's through the window of a castle was published by Origami Books in 2013 and won both the 2014 Association of Nigerian Authors Prize for Poetry and the Glenna...

 Our partners, the Babishai Niwe Poetry Foundation, which runs Africa's only poetry prize, the BN Poetry Award, has just released the schedule for the 2015 Babishai Festival HERE. The 2015 Award will be announced in the course of the festival, holding from August 26th to 28th 2015 in Kampala. Parresia COO Richard Ali and Association of Nigerian Authors president, Professor Remi Raji, are on the board of the Foundation. PROGRAMME FOR THE 2015 BABISHAI POETRY FESTIVAL AUGUST 26 TO 28, KAMPALA AT THE UGANDA MUSEUM Wednesday 26th August: 9:00am -11:00am Visiting vulnerable...

Parresia author, Chika Unigwe. Reparations: Should We Allow Big Oil to Invest in Arts and Culture? By Chika Unigwe  Keynote Address at the Writivism Festival 2015 [Delivered on the 19th of June 2015 by Richard Ali at Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda.]   Good evening ladies and gentlemen. It is an immense pleasure and honor for me to be here tonight, in one of my favorite cities – goat meat does not taste better anywhere else- and at an occasion celebrating literature.  Thank you to all who have made this possible. It has been wonderful to observe...

Maryam Bobi, author of the novella #Bongel In as much as the proponents of the pure school of art will pontificate art for art’s sake, literature cannot be wholesomely divorced from commitment. Achebe could not have put it more aptly when he stated that ‘The whole pattern of life demanded that one should protest, that you should put in a word for your history, your traditions, your religion, and so on.’ Consequently, it is nearly impossible for a woman writer who has had a firsthand experience of sexual inequalities...

  [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="123"] Jerry Alagbaoso[/caption]     8 Questions for Jerry Alagbaoso   “Satire does not hurt openly but it can hurt psychologically, if deep thinking is applied to its substance.”      Jerry Alagbaoso holds a B. Ed (Hons) History/Drama (subsidiary) and a Master’s in Adult Education, specializing in Industrial Relations, from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. He is a teacher, founding parent of a renowned secondary school, philanthropist and author. He has written over seven plays, namely Honourable Chairman, The First Lady, The Armchair Parents, His Excellency and the Siren, Signs and Wonders, Sorters and...

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