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.…

Pastoralists and Farmers Conflicts in Nigeria: Time for Fulani capitalism, not herdsmen terrorism – Magnus Onyibe

Nobel Laureate, Wole Soyinka’s country home in the forest area of Abeokuta, Ogun State capital, has reportedly been invaded allegedly by herdsmen. Although the police denied the invasion of Soyinka’s sanctuary, he has confirmed that the peace of his abode…

Sending off “Sendforth” – Uzor Maxim Uzoatu

The holler of “Happy New Year” is all over the place as the world is sending off the worst of years, that is, 2020, with all its baggage of COVID-19, #EndSARS and whatnot. The gilded invitation on my table came…

Nigeria as a forest of one million kidnappers – Uzor Maxim Uzoatu

Every Nigerian is now a kidnapper. When you do not see human beings to kidnap, you kidnap the truth. That is the Nigerian way of the here and now.    I can prove it by swearing at the dreaded Okija…

INFRADIG – A presidential comeuppance – Wole Soyinka

Once, the word featured prominently in the repertory of Nigerian shorthand diction. Indeed, I grew up thinking that it was only one word, not two, and assumed also that it was English, not Latin: infra dignitatem!  I joined others in…

Fake News: Wole Soyinka warns identity thieves are on rampage

Professor Wole Soyinka has called the attention of the general public to a fake news video he said is the work of sick, cowardly minds being circulated online. The Nobel Laureate made this known in a statement on Saturday titled…

Déjà Vu: In tragic vein – Wole Soyinka

I arrived home from external commitments just over a week ago to an extraordinary homecoming gift. It took the form of a movement — sometimes angry, sometimes entrancing, poignant, sometimes strident, certainly robust in expectations but always moving, visionary and…

How JP Clark led Achebe & Soyinka to IBB – Uzor Maxim Uzoatu

Writing is fighting. That is the dictum of the fiery African-American writer Ishmael Reed who wrote a book entitled Writing is Fighting. Whether taken literally or otherwise writers fire bullets with words, and in some instances actually take up guns…

World Exclusive: Wole Soyinka publishes new novel – Uzor Maxim Uzoatu

It is cool by me to let out this news item as a World Exclusive: Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka will publish his long-awaited third novel this year. Let’s not forget that Soyinka published his last novel, Season of Anomy, way…

Between ‘Dividers-in-chief’ and Dividers-in-law – Wole Soyinka

I am notoriously no fan of Olusegun Obasanjo, General, twice former president and co-architect with other past leaders of the crumbling edifice that is still generously called Nigeria. I have no reasons to change my stance on his record. Nonetheless,…

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