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Reviews / 29.11.2018

According to Victor Hugo a French poet, ‘’There is nothing like a dream to create a future’’. This inspiring quote clearly depicts the plot in Emeka Onwusorom’s compelling read, Smile My Beloved Country. In this book, the author tries to foresee a better future for Nigeria especially as it concerns her democratic process. Indeed, this book arouses the imagination of the reader and fills it with the portrait of a Country, mainly composed of conscience-driven individuals that are willing to put their selfish interests aside to contribute their quota...

Reviews / 29.11.2018

We Won’t Fade Into Darkness is collection of speculative short stories, mostly on a poisonous gas, Nigerium (a name I particularly love), and the struggles to survive in a world without balance. Nigerium may stand as our choices, as our political leaders, as anything that makes us barely alive, that makes us strive too hard to survive. As I read the first story, Pretty Bird, what I thought was ‘Tj, I adore your imagination’ I loved The Killing Mountain. I don’t know how TJ imagined all of that, but it...

Reviews / 29.11.2018

Nigeria as currently constituted, is a narrative filled with a lot of negativity so much so that the positivity gets drowned in the cacophonous woes besetting the better side of waking consciousness. For the idealist, this narrative is nihilistic and contrary to everything he or she aspires. And so from political shenanigans, terrorism, kidnappings, ritual murders, armed robbery, an unpatriotic zeal and spirit to undo and rip the country to shreds, corruption, woeful infrastructure system and poorly funded education; just about everything that signals the hallmark of a failed...

Reviews / 29.10.2018

Author: Emeka Onwusorom Publisher: Parresia, Lagos Year: 2018 Pagination: 215 Reviewer: Henry Akubuiro The ending of Emeka Onwusorom’s Smile, My Beloved Country, betokens the ideal Nigerian and political messiah we merely fantasise about –better still, a grand persona in a compelling guerilla soap. A Daniel has come to justice here, and the Augean stables have got a makeover. The rest is hunky-dory. The name of the protagonist –Ayo Musa Okeke –in the novel lends itself to a normative discourse. This is an enigmatic archetype. Ayo is Yoruba, Musa is Islamic and a common name...

Reviews / 25.10.2018

HENRY AKUBUIRO In the universe of an ambitious journalist, getting to the peak of a mountain or the labyrinth of a cave is something done for a dare. Hunting for news isn’t a job for the fainthearted. It doesn’t matter what it takes; what matters is unfurling the unknown or the vague to beat the deadline and make the headline. Anietie Usen comes across as an audacious journalist –that news hunter who never dreads to dare, be it wangling a chat on a scary, desolate mountaintop or braving the flapping wings...

Reviews / 24.10.2018

Shock was the first feeling I had when I read ‘Abundance of Yellow Paper’ the story from which JT Benson’s collection of short stories ‘We won’t fade into darkness’ got its title. I only began reading the book from the beginning after reading the last story. I have not read anything like it before. The story was my introduction to speculative fiction. The closest I have been to speculative fiction is magical realism. Unlike anything I had read, almost everything in the collection is set in the future. The...

Reviews / 18.09.2018

Book: My Mind Is No Longer Here Author: Ifedigbo Nze Sylva Number of Pages: 312 Publisher: Paressia Publishers Reviewer: Femi Ayodele   “Suddenly, his medical school certificate seemed worthless and his life seemed like a shipwreck. Two thoughts came to his mind; he discarded the first because he knew he was nor brave enough to take his own life, but the second seemed more probable. He would start afresh – a new beginning, far away.”   The excerpt above details Haruna’s moment of truth – the location in time when he has an epiphany. He expresses his...

Reviews / 07.09.2018

Book: My Mind Is No Longer Here Author: Ifedigbo Nze Sylva Number of Pages: 312 Publisher: Paressia Publishers Reviewer: Ayo Ladipo “Have you not heard the saying that the happiest place to be in this country is at the departure lounge of the International Airport?” The above statement, made by Osahon in the book shows how desperate the average Nigerian youth is to leave the country. The book is centred on the lives of five young men;  Chidi, Haruna, Donatus, Osahon and Yinka who is the herd of the pack. Chidi, an undergraduate meets an old classmate...

Reviews / 04.07.2018

Bernardine Evaristo is moved by the drama of a young Nigerian woman's life [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="690"] Chika Unigwe: superb portrayals of complex female characters. Photograph: Sarah Lee for the Guardian[/caption] It is the 1970s and a young, university-educated woman called Ezi tries for years to conceive a child with her husband. In her traditional Nigerian Igbo culture, it is the wife's duty to produce children, most importantly a son. When she fails, Ezi's mother-in-law turns against her. Her husband still loves her but is desperate for a male heir....

Reviews / 28.05.2018

A New York Times’ writer some days back said “drama is about people behaving badly”. Sam Omatseye’s latest drama Obito has its dose of people behaving badly. They call white black and want us to see white as black.  And they blame it on tradition and culture. In this offering, Omatseye resurrects a number of ill-behaved people from his imaginative graveyard. They hide under the king’s son’s supposed graduation ceremony to cover their lies. Ordinarily, the bone of contention looks simple: a king dies. But for these guys, it becomes complicated and confusing. Chiefs...

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