Ani Kayode Somtochukwu wins the 2021 James Currey Prize for African Literature

Nigerian writer, Ani Kayode Somtochukwu has won the £1,000 inaugural James Currey Prize for African Literature with his manuscript, “And Then He Sang a Lullaby”.  The winner was announced in a virtual event, by the Chair of the Jury, Sarah…

Tkinzy releases “Stranger of Braamfontein”

Anthony Felix, popularly known as Tkinzy, has released “Stranger of Braamfontein”, a song which shines light on how the foreign nationals are being treated in South Africa through the means of Xenophobia and racial injustice.  Inspired by Onyeka Nwelue’s crime…

Oxford appoints Onyeka Nwelue Fellow

Nigerian writer and filmmaker, Onyeka Nwelue, has been appointed a Visiting Fellow at the African Studies Centre, at the University of Oxford. His non-fictional work, Hip-Hop is Only for Children won the Creative Non-Fiction Book of the Year at the…

An open letter to Reno Omokri -Onyeka Nwelue

Dear Reno Omokri,  It is with a sense of mortification that I write this open letter to you considering that I had reached out to you on Instagram with a book proposal but then deleted the messages a few hours…

James Currey Prize announces shortlist of 5

The James Currey Prize for African Literature has announced the shortlist for the 2021 edition.  The Chair of the jury of the inaugural edition, Sarah Inyal-Lawal, made this known July 1st, 2021.  The winner of the £1,000 prize will be…

What Hope Uzodinma must do – Onyeka Nwelue

It’s no news that Imo State is the most divided place in Nigeria, politically. This is more so, because there are only two lucrative businesses in there: politics and hotel. Every energy is expended on who goes into the corridors…

Time to enthusiastically celebrate Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o‘s legacy – Onyeka Nwelue

Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o. The name itself is magical. Peculiar tone markers, an apostrophe in an unusual place, distinct from where you’d find it in those Irish names that users and observers of the English language worldwide are accustomed to –…

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.…

Nigerians only rise up when it affects them – Onyeka Nwelue

Last week, the LGBTQIA+ community in Nigeria, joined the #EndSARS protests, carrying placards and demanding that police not assault them. Predictably, Nigerians rose up quickly and voiced their disdain. Nigerians said: “This is not the right time to bring this…

When army men attacked me in Abuja – Onyeka Nwelue

This is a rehash of a column I published on OlisaTV in 2017, when I was the punching bag of the Nigerian military men. I have declined to comment on #EndSARS trend because when I was brutalised, young Nigerians said…

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