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Uncategorized / 11.12.2018

Samia by Sylva Nze Ifedigbo I died trying, but there was nobody there to applaud me. I am glad, though, that on that final stretch of my journey, I had company, fellow travelers - five men and a woman - who together with me, formed the statistic that was splashed on the evening news. The real shame would have been dying alone, being in that dark hole, not quite four feet in depth, all by myself and not having anyone to share the moment. Our march to the crossover point...

Uncategorized / 23.11.2018

Written By: Ozolua Uhakheme for The Nation Newspaper In response to increasing demands from the public, Prof Adebayo Williams’ book The Remains of the Last Emperor, which was first published 24 years ago, has been reprinted. The 336-page book published by Parresia Publishers Limited, is available at affordable price at the following outlets; Cassava Bookstore, Lagos, Booksellers, Ibadan, Unilag Bookshop, Patabah at Shoprite on Adeniran Ogunsanya Drive, Surulere, Lagos, Ake Festival, 3C Oba Dosumu Street, Off Isaac John Street, GRA, Ikeja, Lagos, PageBook, mummy B Road, Off Stadium Road, Port Harcourt...

Uncategorized / 21.11.2018

Title: In the Name of Our Father Author: Olukorede S Yishau Publisher: Parrésia Publishers Ltd Number of pages: 228 Year of publication: 2018 Category: Fiction In the Name of Our Father, Olurokede S Yishau’s debut novel, illuminates the multidimensional issue of religious and political cynicism in Nigerian society, using the story-within-a-story technique. The first strand follows the travails of the protagonist, Prophet Jeremiah – formerly known as Alani – who sacrifices his spiritual and religious beliefs on the altar of materialism. The second strand centres on the brutalisation of the society during the...

Uncategorized / 21.11.2018

Title: Hang No Clothes Here  Author: Bolaji Olatunde Publisher: Parrésia Publishers Ltd Number of pages: 505 Year of publication: 2017 Category: Fiction ‘Out, out, brief candle! Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player That struts and frets his hour upon the stage, And then is heard no more. It is a tale Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, Signifying nothing’. – Macbeth, Act V, Scene V Hang No Clothes Here centres on the life and experiences of an assistant superintendent in the Nigeria Police Force, John Braimoh, and how he ends up. His quest to return to...

Uncategorized / 21.11.2018

Title: Viral Load Author: Kayode Oguntebi Publisher: Parrésia Publishers Ltd Number of pages: 369 Year of publication: 2014 Category: Fiction Viral Load is a thoughtful story of redemption and the limitless capacity of humanity for good. Although it examines various issues, every subplot features the triumph of good over evil. The story shows that flawed, though, humanity is, redemption can be absolute and altruism is good in itself. It is the story of many young Africans and one with a good ending. When a reckless past causes the protagonist, Tunde Lewu, to be infected with HIV,...

Uncategorized / 08.11.2018

By Japhet Alakam NIGERIA is blessed with all the human and natural resources that if well managed will be among the best in the world. But, one unfortunate thing is that instead of utilising the resources, she is rated as a poverty capital. The major reason being the failure of leadership as Late Chinua Achebe wrote in his book, The trouble with Nigeria. The leaders have failed to manage the abundant human and natural endowments and the masses are paying dearly for it. The big question on the lips...

Uncategorized / 24.10.2018

Title: From the Crevices of Corps Hearts Author: Chinyere Chukwudi-Okeh Publisher: Parrésia Publishers Ltd Number of pages: 148 Year of publication: 2017 Category: Fiction There is nothing quite as refreshing as when a writer creates a new path for fiction to travel, nothing as scintillating as when a writer overcomes the temptation to follow conventional paths and instead has the courage to give fiction a new, sublime stretch of asphalt to ride on. In this exciting collection, Chinyere Chukwudi-Okeh weaves ten short stories around the National Youth Service, a mandatory one-year scheme for Nigerian...

Uncategorized / 06.10.2018

Caveat: I feel this review won’t do adequate justice to this book. It’s herculean to describe such art. Favourite Quote: ‘When he tumbled down past tree branches to them, he was already dead. They wondered why a man falling to his death would smile and close his eyes. But he need not open them for he knew the jaguar would win’. When I read the first page, it wasn’t close to anything I was expecting so I put the book down and went to gather the artistic and cerebral part...

Uncategorized / 06.10.2018

When Alan Paton penned down his novel – Cry, My Beloved Country, in 1948, he was one of the first sets of people that pioneered the anti-Apartheid movement in South Africa. That narrative, among other things, demonstrated the devastation and privation that assaulted the African psyche and personhood at the hands of ruthless colonialism and in clustered space. It was a dour narrative; it detailed the reason why the country – and indeed Africa needed to cry. When it ended, the narrative ended with a death – the...

Uncategorized / 27.09.2018

TJ Benson is a chronicler of speculative universes, and yet, his writing pulsates with the urgency of a present moment. His promise as a writer is immense. His stories are written in prose rinsed in empathy, and with an ambition that makes me shudder in expectation for his future work. — Emmanuel Iduma, author of Farad and A Stranger’s Pose, and editor of Saraba Magazine. An abusive father is forced out of safety to find his runaway son in a world where males are going extinct and female monarchs have...

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