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"Tolerating abuse of any sort is a sin to yourself and the stark opposite of self-love. No one has the right to do this to anyone, Human beings are complex and sometimes abuse might be pardoned for different interesting reasons. I heard the story of a lady who stayed in an abusive relationship even after many life-threatening episodes because she always remembered the good times and was stuck on how perfect he was when he wasn't being abusive. She didn't live to complete the story. Being in both physical and emotional...

1. Tell us a bit about yourself and what you do for a living. Amara is a lawyer, artist and designer, but mostly a writer these days. By day I work as a communications/media specialist and sometimes a lawyer and editor, and by night I work at my desk, writing my novel. When I’m not writing or doing any artsy stuff, I spend time reading, answering questions on Quora, watching French, German and Spanish movies with subtitles (a clever way to learn new languages), and restaurant-hunting with my friends....

Jude Idada, a Playwright and Director of the psycho-thriller biopic play SANKARA being interviewed by Rochelle Ferguson on the Focus on Africa show on France24, which gave him a chance to shine more the light on the great African patriot and revolutionary hero. [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U2pvYKxoKLQ&feature=youtu.be[/embed]...

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...

Dasience Reading Challenge Prompt: A book by a Nigerian Author. Wow! This book here! Have you ever read a book that the author talks about everybody and everything in details? I am sure it does not beat this. When Parresia Publishers contacted me to review their books, I did not expect seven books (which I am grateful for), so when I got seven books, I decided to start with the biggest in alignment with my reading challenge. I started with Hang No Clothes Here because it was either going to...

Reading through the pages of the novel was like responding to a summon by a kindred spirit. A true pleasure. The alluring beacons of a dreamland, urged me on, as I effortlessly journeyed along with the author. Through the scorching hardship of the slum dwellers; to the city, taking in, with pleasure, the seductive rhythmic wiggles of the Allen night nurses; to horrendous death beds; dreadful shrines and evil alters; ostentation. Treachery. Deceit. Tears. Laughter. Dingy cells. Suspense! The inscription: “To Eddy, the first copy taster. Thanks for the suggestions....

For those who are not writers, lovers of literature or those who are not inclined to read novels beyond the surface, the debutant work of excellent journalist and Associate Editor with The Nation newspaper, Olukorede Yishau, titled in the Name of Our Father may be mistaken in its entity for the story of a fake prophet, a diabolical man and murderer who sees the calling into the vineyard of God as meal ticket and a means to end his poverty problem once and for all. But Yishau is a...

Genre Nonfiction: Essays Blurb “Excuse Me! is a compilation of Victor Ehikhamenor’s thoughts, experiences and keen observation while he was the pioneer creative director of NEXT newspaper. Most of these beautifully strung together collection of creative non-fiction were first birthed on the pages of the Lagos-based newspaper, Next daily, Next on Sunday and 234next.com between 2009 and 2011. Majority of the content were informed by actual socio-political events that took place within that period of time plus more. Also interesting are Ehikhamenor’s illustrations and drawings presented throughout the book, especially...

What comes to mind and centre when thinking of Sam Omatseye latest book, Obito, is "THE KING IS DEAD" but is he? This story examines the traditional politics and cover up that attend the rumoured death of a Benin King. 'Obito' is short for Obituary in the story, but what it truly means is a funeral feast. A party like no other. The story mostly follows the actions of Chief Nikoro, his son Toritse, and a Reporter. Chief Nikoro, like many Nigerian men of his generation, has broken his marital...

1.What is your name and what do you do? My name is Jude Idada. I am a writer, dramatist and filmmaker. 2. What compelled you to write Sankara? I wrote Sankara to show Africans what true leadership looks like. To disabuse their minds from the notion that we have to always choose between thieves and people without vision; the one who has stolen the less is our man, irrespective of his capacity for leadership, his vision or his ability to motivate the citizenry to do more and participate in nation building....

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