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Much is made about preconceived notions, socio-economic realities and ethno-religious assumptions. For many, it’s simply black and white; all southerners are Christians, and all Northerners are Muslims. Scratch that; all Northerners are probably Hausa/Fulani. Ethnic profiling is alarmingly easy, with few willing to consider significant differences, never mind the existence of the NYSC scheme. It’s easy to forget that some parts of the North have an entirely different religious approach from the usual, that some places are classified as part of the North out of political convenience than...

Maik Nwosu, born at Onitsha in 1965, is an award-winning poet and journalist, who teaches English as a Professor at the University of Denver, Colorado, U. S. A. He is also the author of the books “Invisible Chapter” and “Alpha Songs”. “A Gecko’s Farewell” is a novel set in the mid and late 1990s, with a few trips back in time. It dwells on the story of three people from different parts of the world whose lives find a way to connect. There is Etiaba, the teacher from Sa’ra (Sapara),...

Writing, and creative writing, in particular, is hardly ever done in isolation. More often than not, people write to make reference to history, explore imagination, or address socio-cultural themes of the day. Where the issues been espoused are still relevant, they hit home in a corner of the reader’s chest, and where those issues have been phased out or are no longer a major concern, at least they remind us of what obtained in times past. Ifesinachi Okoli Okpagu is a marketing communications executive with over seven years’ experience, an...

  [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="312"] Tolu Ogunlesi[/caption] “The point of this collection of satirical pieces, covering a handful of years from Nigeria's recent history, is that the country repeats itself endlessly as farce. In piece after satirical piece we're given a privileged glimpse of Africa's largest circus stage, filled with a cast of clowns whose genius lies in make biting satire feel like breaking news. And yet with all their talent, none can overshadow the biggest star of the production: Déjà Vu. Naija No Dey Carry Last is an immensely...

  [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="350"] Chude Jideonwo[/caption] “For several years, Pius Adesanmi has been one of Nigeria’s most prolific satirists. ‘Naija No Dey Carry Last’ is a collection of writings, written mostly between 2008 and 2010, which takes aim at various public figures, from the late Umaru Yar’Adua to Goodluck Jonathan, Ikedi Ohakim, Farida Waziri, and many others. Adesanmi employs satire and Biblical metaphors to deliver scathing criticism of Nigerian politics and society. Nigeria is one country where events are often so unbelievable, that they defy satirical treatment. Still, he manages...

 [caption width="350" align="alignnone"] Full cover: Naija No Dey Carry Last [/caption]   [caption width="350" align="alignnone"] Naija No Dey Carry Last [/caption]    It’s been several months of excitement working with Premium Times Books on Professor Pius Adesanmi's new book. It’s a charm of a book, every single page of it. The cover was designed by the amazing visual artist Victor Ehikhamenor (VEE Global Ltd, Lagos). Naija No Dey Carry Last by Professor Pius Adesanmi gathers his most important reflections on Nigeria over the last decade, mostly published in his Premium Times, Sahara Reporters and...

  [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="350"] #Parrésia2015[/caption]   #Parresia2015  Parresia is pleased to announce our 2015 List for the Parresia Books Imprint. Well over a hundred manuscripts were submitted from within Nigeria and from outside the country. Of these, four manuscripts were chosen. Of these four, three are debut novelists, two are new writers, one is an old Parresia author with a new book out and one is an already established, immensely distinguished writer. All four will be joining Helon Habila, Emmanuel Iduma, Victor Ehikhamenor, Chika Unigwe and Molara Wood at the Parrésia...

Our partner, Kampala-based Babishai Niwe Poetry Foundation, has just released the programme for the 2015 Babishai Festival [August 26th to 28th] at which the $1000 BN Poetry Award will be awarded. Parresia COO Richard Ali sits on the Board and is a Judge for 2015. The BN Poetry Award is the only African poetry prize open to all Africans. amu nnadi's through the window of a castle was published by Origami Books in 2013 and won both the 2014 Association of Nigerian Authors Prize for Poetry and the Glenna...

 Our partners, the Babishai Niwe Poetry Foundation, which runs Africa's only poetry prize, the BN Poetry Award, has just released the schedule for the 2015 Babishai Festival HERE. The 2015 Award will be announced in the course of the festival, holding from August 26th to 28th 2015 in Kampala. Parresia COO Richard Ali and Association of Nigerian Authors president, Professor Remi Raji, are on the board of the Foundation. PROGRAMME FOR THE 2015 BABISHAI POETRY FESTIVAL AUGUST 26 TO 28, KAMPALA AT THE UGANDA MUSEUM Wednesday 26th August: 9:00am -11:00am Visiting vulnerable...

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