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Writing a book can be both interesting and tricky. Here are some tips to make your task easier. ONE: The first ten pages of any work are crucial. They are what busy editors see when they access your manuscript. Editors must decide in minutes, perhaps moments, whether you deserve closer attention than all the other aspiring authors in the day's slush pile. If your first few pages sing out professionalism and skill — grabbing the reader with a vivid story right away — the editor may get excited. Alas, she...

Tribe and Prejudice is a new poetry collection by Sam Omatseye under the origami imprint. It will be released in the early moments of 2018. Sam Omatseye is a columnist, poet, essayist and the author of Crocodile Girl.    "Sam Omatseye's Tribe and Prejudice is passionate, honest, descriptive, lyrical and reflective. The arguments here are empowered with measured rhetorical flourishes. We are aroused to rage, shame and pity as the poet confronts us with stupidities, madness and calamities. We are aroused to joy as he celebrates with us moments of...

Major Emmanuel IFEAJUNA, the first ever black African  to win gold medal at a major international sports event and Nigeria's first ever gold medalist was more famous for his lead role in the January 15th 1966 violent coup in Nigeria, than for his track and field acclamation of the 1956 commonwealth in Vacouver. In 1967, he wrote a controversial account of January 15th 1966 coup in an unpublished manuscript popularly called The Ifeajuna Manuscript; which mysteriously went missing in the hamds of some of Nigeria's best literary minds. About the...

John Braimoh, an assistant Superintendent of the Nigerian police, becomes involved in a seemingly noble cause corruption case - the killing of five apparently deviant youths in Abuja, a situation in which his closest friend and colleague, and four other officers are deeply embroiled. The killings attract the attention of Nigeria's human rights and civil society organizations. John is summoned to testify before the police's investigation panel, the force disciplinary committee (FDC). As the date of his testimony approaches, unknown elements issue death threats to John and his family,...

So, while we await a review on Onyeka Nwelue's The Beginning of Everything Colourful, here is a brief synopsis and the reason why you should read this amazing  and brilliant book. Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko are welcoming Spain's King Felipe VI Queen Letizia, who are visiting Japan as state guests, at the Imperial Palace, with Crown Prince Naruhito and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe also attending a related event there. But there are two nameless people who are not happy with this visit- a Mexican Musician, who hates the...

Only few African novels succeed in using strong, well woven plots to link contemporary situation to epic, historic events relevant to human history and development. Novels like Jenifer Makumbi’s Kintu are celebrated for its success in achieving this, and now Sam Omatseye’s Crocodile Girl is evocative of the mid centuries when the Catholic Church created The Inquisition to convert apostates and prevent people from deviating from the faith. Lovers of history would recall that in the year 1326, Pope John XXII authorized that witchcraft was a form of heresy and in 1484,...

The art of fictional storytelling is absolute torture in itself, and when it culminates into a full-length novel, you cannot help but sympathise with the writer for the arduous and painful nature of the creative process. Again, it is one thing to weave a narrative around one or two persons, but it is an entirely different kettle of fish when several characters and perspectives have to be tied together, and accurately too. Emmanuel Iduma, born in 1989, is a lawyer born and raised in Nigeria. He is a co-founder...

Life happens to us in phases, each phase playing out with its own unique experiences. Some experiences are more memorable than others; there are the ones we revel in and want to relive if we had our way, and there are the moments for which we crave selective memory and wish to forget. Most of us are, more often than not, too caught up in the process of living to try capturing these experiences in a definite medium, but there are a few who care enough to save...

Much is made about preconceived notions, socio-economic realities and ethno-religious assumptions. For many, it’s simply black and white; all southerners are Christians, and all Northerners are Muslims. Scratch that; all Northerners are probably Hausa/Fulani. Ethnic profiling is alarmingly easy, with few willing to consider significant differences, never mind the existence of the NYSC scheme. It’s easy to forget that some parts of the North have an entirely different religious approach from the usual, that some places are classified as part of the North out of political convenience than...

Maik Nwosu, born at Onitsha in 1965, is an award-winning poet and journalist, who teaches English as a Professor at the University of Denver, Colorado, U. S. A. He is also the author of the books “Invisible Chapter” and “Alpha Songs”. “A Gecko’s Farewell” is a novel set in the mid and late 1990s, with a few trips back in time. It dwells on the story of three people from different parts of the world whose lives find a way to connect. There is Etiaba, the teacher from Sa’ra (Sapara),...

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