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BOOK REVIEW: THE ENDEMIC ‘OGA AT THE TOP’ SYNDROME

Book: A Month and a Day: A Detention Diary Author: Ken Saro-Wiwa Year of Publication: 1995 Publisher: Spectrum Books Limited Reviewer: Olutayo Irantiola The ‘Oga at the Top’ phrase largely attributed to the former Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) Commandant in Lagos State, Shem Obafaiye had been silently …

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THE PEOPLE’S COURT, THE PEOPLE’S WILL

Playwright: Lanre Quadri Published: 2013 Page: 40 pages Title: The Indictment Publisher: iGod Books Reviewer: Olutayo Irantiola The opening of this book is with a poem by the poet-playwright, Lanre Quadri, who defined stealing and governance according to the happenings within Nigeria and Africa at large. According to the playwright, …

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An Excerpt from the novel: Tram 83 by Fiston Mwanza Mujila

This is an excerpt from Tram 83 by Fiston Mwanza Mujila, which is shortlisted for the soon-to-be-announced Etisalat Prize for Literature and was recently longlisted for the Man Booker International Prize Mujila, who hails from the Democratic Republic of Congo, will be in Durban next week for the Time of the Writer Festival, along with his …

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A Review of “Season of Crimson Blossoms” written by Abubakar Adam Ibrahim

Reviewed by Joseph Omotayo Season of Crimson Blossoms grippingly depicts the vagaries of life. It bares realities and its intricacies. It examines the moral rules we live by. Humanity could be confusing; the same rigid laws that guide us, snuff us out. In the manner characteristic of Victorian literature, Abubakar Adam …

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Being the Best Through Positive Efforts!

Author: Ezekiel Dayo Adetunji Title: Power in the Spoken Word! Reviewer: Rowland Olonishuwa Every sane human wants the good things of life; a fat bank account, a good job, a peaceful and beautiful home and of course, the best spouse in the world. However, not everyone is ready to make the …

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Exploring The Burden of Secrecy

Author: Patrick NwosuTitle: Theory and Practice of Secrecy: Focus on Okonko and Ogboni Societies in AfricaReviewer: Rowland Olonishuwa In his epic work, Kurunmi, Prof. Ola Rotimi questioned that: “what is man without knowledge of himself? We have tradition, the scared laws of the people left by our fathers to guide our lives.” …

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GAINING INSIGHT ABOUT THE FUTURE

Title: Securing The Future Author: Sam Akinteye Year of Publication: 2015 ‘The fear of an average man at whatever age is the fear of the future. The future, for many, is a monster they don’t know how to confront”. These are the words of Sam Akinteye in his bid to …

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BARON OF BROAD STREET: A NEW BOOK DEBUTS

The critically acclaimed author of the best selling ‘Nine Lives’ and winner of Ana-Jacarranda Prize for prose, El Nukoya, has penned a new book titled ‘Baron of Broad Street’ to launched on the 2nd of August, 2015. The book chronicles the polarized worlds of the Lagos impoverished and the affluent, living …

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Oracle of Identity, Recreant love, African Foliage

The poet is the ‘oracle’ inspired by the gods. This collection is the temple of prophesy. The poetic fountains are from the house of muse. This collection of poems by Dayo Ibitayo Arogbokun has seven movements namely: African Foliage, Religion apology, Welcome to Nigeria, Cosmopolitan, Sublime, Emotional Fraternity/regrets and Normal …

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