Alhaji Abdulaziz Ude (1940-2021): A Tribute -Uzor Maxim Uzoatu

Fate was at work to ensure that my last meeting with Alhaji Abdulaziz Chivuzor Ude happened after he had been to an art exhibition.   The devoted art patron was walking alone, without attendants or courtiers or whatever in the open…

First in class of education and leadership -Uzor Maxim Uzoatu

Unhappy is the country whose leader is not properly educated. Going to school is a matter of urgent national importance unless Nigerians want to submit to the thesis of Boko Haram that “Western education is unwanted.”  Incidentally, coming first in…

Poets return to Idoto in honour of Christopher Okigbo

African poets will make a return pilgrimage to the quiet and rustic Ojoto village in Anambra State between 19th and 21st August, 2021 for the triennial poetry festival in honour of one of Africa’s greatest poets, Christopher Okigbo.  The statement…

We can fix the trouble with Nigeria -Ehi Braimah

Famous novelist, poet and critic, Chinua Achebe (1930 – 2013) was widely regarded for his magnum opus, Things Fall Apart, his first novel, which has been translated into several languages. Even in death, Achebe is still standing tall and he…

A letter to Chinua Achebe in the grave -Uzor Maxim Uzoatu

Nna-anyi, this will definitely not be a long letter, especially now that I am writing to you inside the earth of the ancestors.  I like my things short and sharp like Things Fall Apart, not long and heavy for I’m…

Mbaka’s timely stitch in history and fiction – Isidore Emeka Uzoatu

While historical comparisons can come off the cuff, it’s never easy to compare the living with the fictional. And there is a simple explanation to this. First is the truism that whereas the one has God’s blood flowing through their…

Does Nigeria need a film city? – Onyeka Nwelue

I wrapped up shoot for my new film, Other Side of History, recently. It is set between 1954 and 1960. It is a biopic of Emeka Ojukwu, son of Sir Louis Ojukwu, who was the richest man in Igbo land.…

The trouble with Nigeria is a house – Uzor Maxim Uzoatu

Chinua Achebe has stolen my thunder by stating that the trouble with Nigeria is leadership. In my own book, the trouble with Nigeria is a house. Yes, the source of the plenteous troubles of Nigeria is a house that is…

DNA tests: Who is the real father of the child?

I followed with keen interest, the conversation on paternity issues  and the necessity of DNA tests after the news broke of Tunde Thomas, a man who allegedly died of a broken heart following his discovery that the children of the…

Religious insurgency & failing leadership of Nigeria: A time for dialogue – Magnus Onyibe

In desperate search for how to get rid of the demon strafing our country, Nigeria, I recently reread the epic novel by the renowned author, Chinua Achebe, The Trouble With Nigeria. Reading through the book the first time, l saw…

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