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Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o Short Story Becomes the Single Most Translated Work in the History of African Writing

The Kenyan author’s story The Upright Revolution: Or Why Humans Walk Upright is ‘the single most transla ted short story in the history of African writing’ A fable by the major Kenyan author Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o has been translated into over 30 languages, making it “the single most translated short …

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HUMAN OPPOSITES IN THINGS MEN DO

Genre: Short Stories Author: Kudo Eresia-Eke Publisher: Odseme Publishers, Port Harcourt Year of Publication: 2000 Number of pages: 90 Reviewer: Olutayo IRANTIOLA The first time I heard the name, Kudo Eresia-Eke while I was a small boy on holidays to the Garden City. As time rolled by, I can across …

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THE KEN I NEVER MET!

That dark day, In which the news woke me up, That you will be facing the firing squad, On my first visit to Garden City! Everyone sought for hiding, Your Ogoni brothers at Mile 4 Were incarcerated too, Everyone watched his word and step! As I grew, I heard of …

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THE NURTURING TRAITS IN PROF SIMON ADEMOLA AJAYI

My heart skipped for joy on seeing the much anticipated news of the promotion of Simon Ademola Ajayi to the coveted rank of a Professor in the Department of History, University of Ibadan. It is a glorious addition to History department, Baptist Historians, Ogbomoso community, Ogbomoso-Ghanaian community and many more …

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GRAND MASTER

Jahman sent by Jah,Extending the work of JahAmong the children of Jah.Arts personified,Genre specialized,Musing amazingly,Assembling big wigs,Executing feats.You staged,You wrote,You edited,You won laurels,You championed,Still championing.Giving to generations,Identifying the greenhorn,Giving them a voice,Bringing them among the maestro.The gap you bridgedMade you the Grand-master! (c)Olutayo IRAN-TIOLA, Lagos, Nigeria

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THE GROUNDED ARTIST: CELEBRATING GEORGE OLUSESAN AJEWOLE AT 70

Prince George Olusesan Ajewole of the Asedo scion from Efon-Alaaye, Ekiti State has attained the golden age of 70. This calls for celebration considering the impact he has made in many lives. Baba Aje, as he is fondly called, is a teacher of teachers; a sculptor that has trained many …

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JP, MY JP

(for JP Clark-Bekeredemo at 80) You are the mouthpiece, Piercing with words, Piping your thoughts Through many collections. JP, My JP. From the Ijaw waters, He transversed to hook a Yoruba lady, Detribalizing his arts Through his visible life. JP, My JP Your pepper is pepperish, Peppering those with smeared …

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Don’t Underrate Me

DON’T UNDERRATE ME (translated from Lawuyi Ogunniran’s MA RO MI PIN) It is said, “what would okro do?” Nwon ni, “Kini ila o se?”Okro turned, it overmatured, Ila se bee, o ko,They said, “what would garden egg do?” Nwon ni, “Kini ikan o se?”Garden egg wore garment of blood, Ikan …

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TRADO-MODERN WAY OF TELLING TALES

It is almost becoming history talking about folklores amongst the Yorubas, South-Western part of Nigeria. This is a core of informal education amongst African generally. The folklore is usually to teach moral lessons to children. Rejuvenating this tradition, Parable Productions organized a show in the National Theatre, Lagos, Nigeria to …

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