Dangerous love: Growing up Lesbian in Nigeria – Uzor Maxim Uzoatu

Embracing My Shadow: Growing up Lesbian in Nigeria by Unoma Azuah; Beaten Track Publishing; 2020; 218pp It takes tremendous courage for a Nigerian woman to engage in an open love affair with another woman. The act of damning all consequences…

Nollywood as handshake across the Niger – Uzor Maxim Uzoatu

Nigerian politicians always talk of the need for a handshake across the Niger. The politicos have from the First Republic been talking of forging an alliance between East and West toward the greater growth of Nigeria. Thus far it has…

How not to steal from the Chimamanda brand – Uzor Maxim Uzoatu

At the drop of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s name a very unfortunate writer can get quite far in recognition. Many literary wannabes want her blurb on their books. She has helped quite a number of aspiring writers to get literary agents…

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…

Calm down, Coronavirus will soon be “Technically Defeated” like Boko Haram – Uzor Maxim Uzoatu

Coronavirus is the new rage in town. All over Lagos people are covering their faces like masquerades in fear of the projected pandemic. Me, I have no fear whatsoever for this menace called Coronavirus. After all, before the advent of…

Jumpology as canonisation of political prostitution – Uzor Maxim Uzoatu

Back in those days, students of Physical and Health Education (PHE) were said to be studying “Jumpology”. Today Jumpology applies to politicians who jump from one party to party anyhow.     The word is a combination of “jump” – as…

Nigerian politicians: A very important revelation for your ears only – Uzor Maxim Uzoatu

The politicians of Nigeria have gone completely mad. They are now totally beyond control. They have replaced the Nigerian Constitution with just one word: Impunity. Of course, in this matter of impunity there is no difference between the parties. The…

Come in and see the calendar on my Valentine wall – Uzor Maxim Uzoatu

It’s the season of love – Valentine’s Day beckons. There is this Valentine yarn in which a husband asked the wife to name the gift she would want. “I want something that will last for the whole of the year,”…

The passing on of the rare icon Chief Olayinka Simoyan – Uzor Maxim Uzoatu

It is quite common to celebrate Nigerians who are loud on noise but very shallow in sublime achievement. The Nigerians who did groundbreaking work without advertising themselves are hardly ever given pride of place after they are gone. It is…

Dear friend, let me tell you how I oppressed Soludo – Uzor Maxim Uzoatu

Now that the erudite former Central Bank of Nigeria Governor, Professor Chukwuma Charles Soludo, is the odds-on favourite to become the next governor of Anambra State, I am in deep fear over a sin I committed against him in the…

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