Nigerian writers mourn Prof. Pius Adesanmi

The community of Nigerian writers, scholars and journalists announces with great shock and sadness the sudden and painful passing of our friend, colleague and brother, Professor Pius Adesanmi who was aboard the Ethiopia Airlines Boeing 737 MAX 8 that crashed…

I have a question for Oyinkan Braithwaite – Dami Ajayi

The longlist for 2019 Women’s Prize for Fiction was released earlier this week, and, as you know, Naija no dey carry last. Three Nigerian women writers were selected. Sorry, make that two female Nigerian writers and a non-binary transgender person,…

Three lessons I took away from the Ake Festival 2018 -Uzoma Ihejirika

When it was announced that this year’s Ake Arts and Book Festival (AABF) would be held in Lagos, two emotions gripped me: surprise and joy. Surprise, because well…why would anyone want to hold Ake Festival anywhere but in Abeokuta? On…

Ake festival 2018 opens to “fantastical futures”

Ake festival the annual book and arts festival opened today in Lagos. The festival, which is holding for the first time in Lagos, has renowned Somalian author, Nurudin Farrah as headliner. In her welcome address Lola Shoneyin, Founder and Director…

For the Love of Flight: The makings of a sensitive and accomplished poet –Toni Kan

For the Love of Flight is Lola Shoneyin’s third collection of poems and it goes a long way in cementing what is, already, a well deserved reputation. The collection extends what is a trademark confident sure footedness, underlined by and…

Laughter and tears as friends remember Pierre Cherruau – Toni Kan

Writer and multi-hyphenate, Lola Shoneyin organised an intimate evening of tributes and reminiscences in honour of the recently departed Pierre Cherruau who died in a freak drowning accident in his beloved Bordeaux on August 19, 2018. Pierre was trying to…

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