Soccer style of Nigeria – Uzor Maxim Uzoatu

We played the game. It entailed any number of men or women running about kicking any roundish object. We had no special name for the game. Then the man from overseas came. He brought balls and boots and talked of…

The law is the last hope of a scam – Uzor Maxim Uzoatu

What a laugh when it is claimed on high that the law is the last hope of the common man! Law and the common man are very strange bedfellows. Law belongs with the highest bidder.   Justice and lawyers are…

Pay attention to this tale of Biafra, Nigeria and kleptocratic kakistocracy – Uzor Maxim Uzoatu

This year marks the 50th year of the end of the Biafra war, and I can’t stay quiet on the matter. If the powers-that-be like, let them enact a Hate Speech Decree in a democracy, I make bold to stress…

Boko Haram Gospel according to Bishop Kukah – Uzor Maxim Uzoatu

The only difference between the Federal Government of Nigeria and Boko Haram is that Boko Haram is holding a bomb. That is the gospel according to Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah. The fiery bishop spoke at a UK non-profit organisation, Aid…

Fascinating tale of Naija and Chan Dum, the Money Deity – Uzor Maxim Uzoatu

Naija was in a frenzy. This was her date with history, this Christmas one of her sons would fulfil his promise: to turn rustic Naija into a modern wonderland that would make Hollywood look like ancient Ndiorumbe! The maker of…

The Madman on the Rock – Uzor Maxim Uzoatu

One benighted afternoon we found a madman atop the rock in the centre of our land, and he was pointing a gun on us. “I tried to climb on this rock three times and now I am here!” screamed the…

Dear searching bachelor, this is how to get the lady of your choice – Uzor Maxim Uzoatu

A lot of searching bachelors out there cannot get correct babes of their choice. These dashing bachelors are too wrong-headedly romantic for their own good. The guys end up missing the essence and falling in love with an accident. Back…

Inside Theo Lawson’s prison anything can happen – Uzor Maxim Uzoatu

Please join me in thanksgiving as I have just escaped from prison. The place formerly known as Her Majesty’s Broad Street Prison has changed name to Freedom Park, but those in the know always sentence mere mortals to Theo Lawson’s…

Art explosion in Awka – Uzor Maxim Uzoatu

Awka, the Anambra State capital city, takes an esteemed pride of place in Igbo arts and culture. Blacksmithing in Awka, for instance, is the stuff of legend. It is in this light that Zimife Foundation in collaboration with the Awka…

The birth of a terrible beauty – Uzor Maxim Uzoatu

dispossessed by James Eze; Fasihi (Daraja Press); 2019; 121pp Ever since I got a signed copy of James Eze’s debut collection of poetry, dispossessed, I’ve been possessed! Poetry can be overwhelming at the best of times such that it becomes…

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