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…

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…

Let Nigeria’s name be changed to Unoka – Uzor Maxim Uzoatu

There is need for an urgent name-change for our dear country Nigeria. Countries are known to do baptism, as in change of name, to bring good fortune to the long-suffering land. There used to be a country called Gold Coast…

Who Wrote Things Fall Apart? – Uzor Maxim Uzoatu

It all started at the local secondary school in Ndiorumbe when the literature teacher, Holy Nwankpi, asked his students: “Who wrote Things Fall Apart?” The first student pleaded his innocence thusly: “I didn’t write it-o!” Another student pointed an accusing…

#LABAF2019 -EXHIBITION OPENING @Museum Building

What does Nigeria and Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe have in common? Apparently, so much. For instance, they are both in the same age grade with Nigeria 59 years old, while the book is 60. But there is more,…

Day Chinua Achebe could not answer his name – Uzor Maxim Uzoatu
My phone could not stop ringing.It was the same message from far and near: “Please confirm if Chinua Achebe has truly died.”The news had been broken to me by a “strategic source”. There was a call from Channels TV on…
10 Nigerian books adapted to films of note – Chinyere Ifeka

The Nigerian film industry, otherwise known as Nollywood, has come a long way. From humble beginnings, the world is taking note. What with Lupita N’yongo currently working on adapting Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Americanah to the screen. But one wonders why…

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