‘Attack on Young Alhaji’s residence barbaric, inhuman’

August 5, 2022 Blueprint 0

The governorship candidate of the Action Alliance (AA) in Benue state, Pastor Matthew Dabu, has described the attack on the Otukpo residence of the leader of Benue South All Progressive Congress (APC), Alhaji Usman Abubakar, popularly known as young Alahj, as “barbaric, inhuman and unwarranted.” Blueprint reports that hoodlums suspected to be agents sponsored by political opponents of the APC Read More

Ebedi hosts 3 female writers

July 8, 2022 Blueprint 0

Three female writers have arrived the Ebedi International Writers Residency located in Iseyin, Oyo state, for the July/August cohort of the residency programme. The three writers are Naseeba Babale (Nigeria), Ursula Abanga (Ghana) and Misturah Shittu (Nigeria). They are expected to be there for four weeks. Babale is a poet, literary administrator, and medical laboratory scientist with the Department of Read More

Adimora-Ezeigbo set to headline James Currey Literary Festival at Oxford

July 8, 2022 Blueprint 0

Adimora-Ezeigbo set to headline James Currey Literary Festival at Oxford A frontline author and professor of African Literature, Akachi Adimora-Ezeigbo, is among the literary czars expected to headline the inaugural James Currey Literary Festival coming up in September at the University of Oxford. Others are Bloomsbury publisher, Alexandra Pringle; Britain’s first ‘black’ female book publisher, Margaret Busby; and the eminent Read More

Okparanta set to release new novel

July 8, 2022 Blueprint 0

Chinelo Okparanta’s hotly-anticipated new novel, her first in more than half a decade, will be published by Mariner Books on July 12. The novel, titled “Harry Sylvester Bird”, follows “a young white man’s education and miseducation in contemporary America” as he journeys across cities, confronting notions of race and racism and coming to terms with his own privilege. The exciting Read More

As political fireworks begin in Bauchi

June 6, 2022 Blueprint 0

Until last weekend, the political atmosphere in Bauchi state has been relatively calm. Since inception in office, Governor Bala Mohammed has had virtually a smooth ride with the opposition not putting any clogs in the wheel of his political vehicle. The APC, which lost power to him in 2019, has been very politically kind to the former FCT minister. But Read More

Davido, Dominating Africa With the Afrobeat Music

December 15, 2021 Editorial II 0

David Adedeji Adeleke, popularly known as “Davido” is one of the finest musicians that the African continent has ever produced.  Davido who is known for his hit songs, collaborations, and awards is a full-fledged Afrobeat superstar.  Before he became the superstar musician he is today, he was once an aspiring artist with dreams to conquer the world with his music. Read More

Biyi Bandele to direct movie adaptation of Soyinka’s play

November 5, 2021 Editorial III 0

Principal photography has kicked off for Netflix and EbonyLife studios’ latest production, the film adaptation of Wole Soyinka’s “Death and the King’s Horseman”. Adapted for the screen by award-winning novelist and “Half of a Yellow Sun” director, Biyi Bandele who doubles as director, the film will be set as a period piece and will follow the plotline of Soyinka’s play. Confirming the production, EbonyLife Read More

Shortlist announced for inaugural Chinua Achebe Prize

November 5, 2021 Editorial III 0

In a consecutive occurrence, Cheluchi Onyemelukwe, who won NLNG Fiction Prize barely six days ago, would be going up against Obinna Udenwe for another literary prize. The duos were recently announced finalists for the inaugural Chinua Achebe Prize for Literature for their novels “The Son of the House” and “Colours of Hatred” respectively. They are joined by Chukwudi Eze for “The Return Read More

TheCable launches book division with Waziri Adio’s memoir

October 15, 2021 Editorial III 0

A popular online newspaper, TheCable, has announced the establishment of its book division with the publication of the memoir of a former executive secretary of the Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative, Waziri Adio. The memoir will be published by Cable Books, the newly launched imprint of Cable Newspaper Ltd, publishers of TheCable online newspaper, the medium says. The memoir, which Read More

Book on prominent Kwara people set to be launched

October 1, 2021 Blueprint 0

A book about prominent people from Kwara state is going to be presented to the public on October 27, 2021. Entitled “Kwara Icons: Compendious Profiles of Prominent Kwarans,” it is authored by Abdulwaheed Musa, a senior lecturer at the Kwara State University, Malete. Among the personalities profiled in the book are chief of staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, Prof Ibrahim Read More

When wreaths are laid on a wayfarer

October 1, 2021 Editorial III 0

ByIfésinàchiNwádiké It is hard, even for the most gifted psychic, to accuratelypredict how they would react to the passing of someonedear to them either physically or virtually.”—NdukaOtiono, Introduction to Wreaths (xxv) Wreaths for a Wayfarer: An Anthology of Poems in Honour of Pius Adesanmi is a literary tribute to “the poster personage of the 157 passengers, all victims, aboard Ethiopian Airline Read More

Accra named UNESCO World Book Capital 2023

September 24, 2021 Editorial III 0

    The Director-General of UNESCO, Audrey Azoulay, has named Accra, Ghana, as UNESCO World Book Capital for 2023.  The development follows the evaluation of the World Book Capital Advisory Committee. After Guadalajara, Mexico, in 2022, the city of Accra was selected for its strong focus on young people and their potential to contribute to the culture and wealth of Ghana, the Read More

Another prize for African writers debuts

September 24, 2021 Editorial III 0

A South African author, Karen Jennings, has launched a new manuscript prize for writers of African origin.  The prize is named after her Booker-longlisted novel, “An Island” The Prize is co-administered with Holland House Books and Karavan Press, the British and South African publishers of the novel. It was set up with the objective of giving debut African novelists a Read More

Zulum, Buni to grace launch of Baba-Ari’s book

September 24, 2021 Editorial III 0

The governor of Borno state, Babagana Zulum and his Yobe state counterpart, Mai Mala Buni, are expected to grace the public presentation of a novel written by a young aerospace engineer, Aliyu Baba-Ari. The event is expected to hold at Shehu Musa Yar’Adua Centre, Abuja, on Saturday, September 25.  Titled “The Paths That Take Us,” the 315-page novel renders insights into Read More

7 questions for the Author of The Buhari In Us

September 17, 2021 Blueprint 0

AWAAL GATA hurls seven questions at Abdullahi Ojoanyonu Haruna, the author of one of the most popular (political) books in Nigeria in 2021, “The Buhari In Us,” about the book and his literary life in general. What inspired you to write “The Buhari In Us”? The desire to write the book, The Buhari In Us stemmed from an innate burning Read More

Best of contemporary writing from Nigeria released

September 10, 2021 Editorial III 0

Books Associates Limited, Lagos, in conjunction with Treasure Books Limited, Yenagoa, has released the revised edition of Camouflage: Best of Contemporary Writing from Nigeria, edited by Nduka Otiono and Odoh Diego Okenyodo.  The book has been described as an agenda-setting collection and a major milestone in the history of Nigerian literature only comparable to what Wole Soyinka’s Poems of Black Read More

Hymn of Praise

September 3, 2021 Ismaila Bala Garba 0

Book: Songs of Silence Author:  Abdullahi Ismaila Publishers:  Kraft Books Year: 2021 Pages: 74 Reviewer: Ismaila Bala Garba Like many of his previous books, Songs of Silence has a longer poem at the centre skillfully interspersed with shorter lyric forms, except for the book length poem, Our Country Holds a Whip Against Us (2017). But the truth is that the Read More

A dissection of Gbagyi’s ethnic nation

August 27, 2021 Joseph Nyawosa Time 0

The book, “Gbagyi and the Question of Leadership” offers to the readera tremendous view on the earliest history of ancestries and sociopolitical transition of the Gbagyi people of Nigeria; it offers answers to the question of leadership confronting the Gbagyi race since time immemorial; it nullifies the fable referring to leadership as the sole problem confronting the Gbagyi race; it Read More

The Garbage School set to hit cinema

August 21, 2021 Awaal Gaata 0

“The Garbage School”, an adaptation of a novel written by Abdullahi Ismaila, an acclaimed writer, academic and the spokesperson of the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), would be hitting the cinema nationwide from September 24.  Co-produced by Jessica Agu and Ismaila, the lead character of the movie is the multiple award-winning actor and comedian, Nkem Owoh. The movie also features Sani Read More

Imo killing spreads, hoodlums behead 2, raze ex-AG’s home

The Imo State Police Command Wednesday confirmed an attack on the country home of a lawmaker representing Orsu constituency in the state House of Assembly, Mr Ekene Nnodimele. The state Commissioner of Police, Mr Abutu Yaro, confirmed this to journalists in Owerri, the state capital. Yaro said during the attack which took place at about 1.00 am Wednesday, the hoodlums also beheaded a Read More

Premier League fixtures set to be released

June 15, 2021 Editorial IV 0

The 2021/22 Premier League fixtures will be released at 9am on Wednesday ahead of what promises to be another captivating campaign in England’s top flight football. Champions Manchester City will be looking to win the title for the sixth time but could face fierce competition from runners-up Manchester United and 2019/20 winners Liverpool. Chelsea’s resurgence under Thomas Tuchel is also Read More

Will Arapaja team reconcile South West PDP before 2023 elections?

June 10, 2021 Editorial IV 0

BAYO AGBOOLA in Ibadan writes on the various steps to restore peace in the Peoples Democratic Party in the South West zone, especially Oyo state as 2023 general elections draw near The peace moveRecently, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) raised a reconciliation committee led by the newly elected PDP National Vice Chairman, Ambassador Taofeek Arapaja to appease aggrieved leaders and Read More

Constitution review: Multiple demands, challenging task

June 8, 2021 Editorial IV 0

Since inauguration of the House of Representatives’ special committee for a further review of the 1999 constitution, there have been inflow of demands by stakeholders on what should be added, altered or removed from the extant document. JOSHUA EGBODO writes on the issues, and the challenging task before the deputy speaker, Idris Wase-led panel Key issuesOn Monday March, 22, 2021, Read More

Kano: Your phone or your life, who is to blame?

June 3, 2021 Alhassan A. Bala 0

It is a well-known fact that cities all over the globe experience one kind of criminality or the other, this may not be unconnected with the cosmopolitan nature of those urban cities.Kano remains the centre of commerce, with its population ever on the increase due to the viability of of the environment and business activities going on.Kano right now is Read More