Of Lagos gentlemen and Abuja patriots -Isidore Emeka Uzoatu

There is a sign that’ll confront an African hunter setting off for the night’s job in a distant forest and he’ll call off the hunt instanta. Like his left toe hitting an object as he saunters out, for instance; or,…

Poets return to Idoto in honour of Christopher Okigbo

African poets will make a return pilgrimage to the quiet and rustic Ojoto village in Anambra State between 19th and 21st August, 2021 for the triennial poetry festival in honour of one of Africa’s greatest poets, Christopher Okigbo.  The statement…

87 spells immortality in the Wole Soyinka canon – Uzor Maxim Uzoatu

He was so daring early in life that nobody thought he would live up to 87 years on this earth. But here we are: Professor Oluwole Akinwande Soyinka, that is, Wole Soyinka for short, is 87 today. On my small…

If you want to write a great book, go to prison -Uzor Maxim Uzoatu

I am allergic to dictators, even if they somehow manage to dress up in democratic robes. Nigerians cannot ever forget in a hurry how some time ago all the five political parties of a leprous hand manufactured by General Sani…

When BAP Productions staged Soyinka’s historical drama “Death and the King’s Horseman” – Anote Ajeluorou

Bolanle Austen-Peters is a strong advocate of the African storytelling as an important export to the outside world. She believes no other person can tell the African story better than the way Africans can tell it with authenticity. She also…

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…

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