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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

It is often said that journalism is the first rough draft of history. Perhaps this statement is true, in the sense that journalism records events while they are yet happening. It is a draft because drafts are often subjected to revisions, distortions, additions and subtractions. That, most people would agree, is the basis of alternative truth. But this little essay is not about alternative truth. Audacious Journalism is Anietie Usen’s testament to a rich, long and varied career as a journalist. Anietie Usen’s career spans decades and locales that...

THE inability of some writers especially journalists, to document their write ups has been described as one of the major reasons hindering the development of journalism in the country. Cases abound where people will search for stories written by some seasoned journalists who made waves during their days but could not find it after they have left the industry. And as a way of correcting this anomaly, many journalists have gone into the business of documenting their write ups in book forms so that such mistakes of old...

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...

By Sam Akpe The book is big – a little over 700 pages. But it’s in no way scary. If you love excellent, descriptive, and thrilling prose, you will definitely love this book. Every page and every chapter is filled with daring, investigative reportage – the type with the capacity to generate envious applause or deadly repercussions; or both. Surely, this is a book of reading. The size notwithstanding, it is a piece of appetising literary cake. Audacious Journalism, a compilation of timeless writings by Anietie Usen, has been long time coming. It...

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