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Sumaila Umaisha, who blogs at everythinliterature.blogspot.co.uk, has an interview with Abubakar Idris Ibrahim What does it take to write magical realism?  "A dramatic sense of imagination, I think, and the ability to be convincing, even about the most absurd of things. If you write about two headed spirits, as Okri does, you should be able to make the readers actually see them. One of the greatest proponents of magical realism, and one of my favourite writers, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the Colombian Nobel Laureate, said he learnt from his grandmother who...

INTERVIEW: First published in DailyTrust Newspaper, Nigeria.  Author Emmanuel Iduma was born in Akure and obtained his LLB from Obafemi Awololwo University in Ife and has just written his first novel, Farad, published by Parresia Publisers. He is co-founder of Saraba Magazine, a popular literature webzine and has been the host of the Gambit series on Mantle Thoughts, which featured a dozen writers from all over Africa. In this interview, he talks about writing, his new novel, and his influences.   So Emmanuel, your first novel is out and so far Farad...

WPulpfaction Book Club will this Saturday, 25th  August, 2012, host Parresia authors, Richard Ali and Abubakar Adam Ibrahim, at Debonair Bookstore, 294 Herbert Macaulay Way, Sabo, Yaba, Lagos. Hannah Chima, the enchanting dramatic poet, will also be trilling the audience with words that capture the heart, and supernova music act, Femi Leye, will provide the musical treat. Richard Ali Richard Ali is a lawyer with every sense of a philosopher’s disposition. Born in Kano but spent some of his formative years in Jos, Ali became the youngest magazine Editor in Nigeria when he...

[caption id="attachment_129" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Ikhide with City of Memories at Victor Ekpuk's Washington Art Exhibition[/caption] "With City of Memories, Richard Ali has established himself as perhaps the most important Nigerian writer at home or in the Diaspora writing about Nigeria from a Northern perspective, bar none. We have not had a Nigerian write about the North with such passion and intellect as Ali. Not since Cyprian Ekwensi.  Ali demonstrates a good mastery of prose, employing nuanced turns of phrases." - Ikhide Ikheloa. Read the review here http://xokigbo.wordpress.com/2012/08/07/tales-from-the-city-of-memories/...

http://criticalliteraturereview.blogspot.com/2012/07/the-whispering-trees-by-abubakar-adam.html   Just when you feel not to go along reading some stories, Abubakar remedies the pain with enchanting aftertastes. Abubakar is that good at giving any story a creative end. He darns loopholes with stylish climaxes. The Whispering Trees is a collection of 12 short stories; chic and thoughts ruffling. I love collections of short stories. In them, there are wittiness, delights and numerous escapes that prevent you from being stuck with drab stories. The Whispering Trees is like that; while there are a number of stories that only...

http://nationalmirroronline.net/opinion/46615.htmlThe first time I came in contact with the book, Whispering Trees by emerging author, Abubakar Adam Ibrahim, I was in a public reading where excerpts from the book were read. That first contact left me longing for more.They say a sweet soup is perceived by the aroma it leaves in the air.Few lines heard from Whispering Trees left me curious, yearning for a full reading.And when I did, I could not but say that I had seen something awesome, something new, something touchingly different from the usual.By...

http://blueprintng.com/2012/04/my-book-presents-nigerian-stories-from-another-angle-ibrahim/ Abubakar Adam Ibrahim is the entertainment editor of Sunday Trust. He was born in Jos, but hails from Kogi. He is substantially known in the literary orbit as a writer of lyrical and evocative short stories. In 2007, he won the BBC African Performance Prize, and in 2008 he won ANA Jos/AmatuBraide Prize for Prose. Ibrahim, whose collection of short stories is to be released by Parresia Publishers, a publishing outfit with a buckled passion to change the trend of publishing in Nigeria, in the end of the...

http://ucheumez.sentinelpoetry.org.uk/2011/05/writing-is-bit-harder-now-recalls.html?m=1 ABUBAKAR is one writer whose short stories I so much enjoy. His writing is so evocative and lyrical most of the time. You can find some of his short stories on African Writing, Africanwriters.com, and Sentinel Literary Quarterly. Abubakar, who holds a degree in Mass Communication from the University of Jos, Nigeria, has written for Vanguard newspaper, one of Nigeria’s foremost newspapers, and, at present, he is the Arts and Culture Editor, Sunday Trust, a popular newspaper in Nigeria.At a recent chat with him in his office, he recollects...

http://akumbuwrites.wordpress.com/2012/06/19/whispering-talent/Every so often, a journalist will try his hand at fiction. Daily Trust’s arts correspondent, Abubakar Adam Ibrahim is the latest to do so; prompting the question, do journalists make good fiction writers?Put out by Parresia, Ibrahim’s The Whispering Trees is a slim collection of 12 stories, some earlier published on literary sites such as Hack Writers, African Writing and Sentinel Nigeria. (Parresia co-founder, Richard Ali is also an editor at Sentinel)The Whispering Trees, makes easy, enlightening and occasionally, humorous reading and a subtly didactic prose style distilled...

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