64 toasts to “Things Fall Apart” -Uzor Maxim Uzoatu

This year marks the 64th birthday anniversary of the iconic novel Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe.  Things Fall Apart was first published on June 17, 1958 by William Heinemann, London, and contains only 50,380 words, but it has packed…

Exploring the rudiments of Borojah’s law – Uzor Maxim Uzoatu

“Shock your wife!” I am only reiterating the law handed down to me by Borojah, a rambunctious neighbour of mine, who claims to be a poet though I’ve never come across a verse written by him.  I do not know…

“A Literary Life”: Poet Sage Hassan’s film on Odia Ofeimun to premiere at LIPFEST2021

Odia Ofeimun: A Literary Life, a film directed by poet and filmmaker Sage Hassan will screen Saturday 23 October from 3 pm – 5 pm WAT during this year’s edition of the Lagos International Poetry Festival (LIPFEST2021) at Freedom Park,…

Towering testaments to a worthy wayfarer – Uzor Maxim Uzoatu

Wreaths for a Wayfarer, Nduka Otiono and Uchechukwu Umezurike, Daraja Press, 2020, 299 pages Professor Pius Adebola Adesanmi belongs to the class of people larger than life and death. When news filtered out that he was one of the 159…

There was a poet called Idzia Ahmad – Uzor Maxim Uzoatu

Many critics across the globe scoff at contemporary poetry. In an April 2, 2000 London Sunday Times review of Jonathan Bate’s The Song of the Earth, critic Bryan Appleyard wrote: “Nobody cares about poetry anymore. It is marginalised, trivial, the…

Odia Ofeimun at 70: Let’s toast to the health of the master poet – Uzor Maxim Uzoatu

There is no better way of introducing Odia Ofeimun than pointedly stressing that “Odia Ofeimun is Odia Ofeimun!” Enough said. Poet, publisher, editor, activist, polemicist, mentor, politician, columnist, factory worker, writer, dance-drama exponent, public intellectual, critic, etc, Odia Ofeimun has…

Conference, special dinner to honour Odia Ofeimun at 70

The Odia Ofeimun at 70 Committee has announced activities to mark the 70th birthday celebrations of Odia Ofeimun, saying the two-day event will begin on Monday, March 16, 2020. According to a statement by a spokesperson for the committee, a…

Odia Ofeimun: The Poet Laureate of Lagos – Uzor Maxim Uzoatu

The phone call was straight to the point: “I want you at my house this evening.” Odia Ofeimun is of course “he who must be obeyed.” When I got to the poet’s home I was handed an impossible task. Odia,…

The day I lost all my books – Uzor Maxim Uzoatu

It was a windy Tuesday evening, and the traffic jam in Ikeja GRA was choking. I decided to get out of the car of filmmaker Mahmood Ali-Balogun in which I had been for the past hour or so. Rain clouds…

Friday at the 20th Lagos Book & Art Festival -Gabriella Opara

The Lagos Book and Art Festival (LABAF) goes on today with even more activities lined up to delight guests at Freedom Park, Lagos. With the weekend here, activities at LABAF get more engaging. Beginning with a mentorship session at 11am,…

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