Nigerian universities: Echoes from the underground

November 16, 2022 Review by: Dr. Paul Chike OON 0

This book is undoubtedly one of the most significant publications on academic and social life ever written about Nigeria’s Ivory Towers. It focuses on administrative, academic, security and cultural challenges from the arrival on 18 January, 1948 of the first students of the University College Ibadan to the present day; how Nigeria’s higher institutions, particularly the universities developed in their Read More

Pictures can renew hope in Nigeria -Creative Director

November 5, 2022 Adeola Tukuru 0

The Creative Director of Precious Moment Photography , Precious Anslem, has said pictures can be used to renew hope for change and a better Nigeria. Anslem during his first solo photography exhibition in Abuja, themed; “Dreams and Echoes,” said pictures are also used to showcase the realities on ground through and to advocate for a new Nigeria where we can Read More

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Challenges bedeviling creative industry will cripple sector if… – NGA DG

October 26, 2022 Adeola Tukuru, 0

The Director General, National Gallery of Art (NGA), Mr Ebetan William Ivara, says challenges bedeviling the NGA and the creative industry if left unchecked will puncture confidence, reduce opportunities and put many visual art practitioners on unemployment and further undermine governments policy plan of building a creative and imaginative nation. Mr Ivara noted this on Tuesday in Abuja during the Read More

Deploying skills for survival: A Review of Between Survival and Annihilation

September 10, 2022 Prof. E. E. Sule 0

Book:              Between Survival and Annihilation Author:            Clement Oluwole Publisher:        n/a Year:               2021 Pages:              128 Clement Oluwole’s 128-page novel is a story of misfortune and mishap. It is driven by a sustained suspense marked by intrigues that can make a reader sit at the edge of their seat. The story’s capacity to arrest a reader, in Read More

2 African writers gunning for US First Book Prize

September 10, 2022 Blueprint 0

Two writers of African origin are on the longlist of 2022 Center for Fiction First Novel Prize. The writers are Noor Naga from Egypt and Eloghosa Osunde from Nigeria. While Naga was longlisted for his “If an Egyptian Cannot Speak English”, Osunde is on the longlist for “Vagabonds!”. The prize, first awarded in 2006, honours the best debut fiction of Read More

Bulawayo’s Novel shortlisted for 2022 Booker Prize

September 10, 2022 Blueprint 0

Zimbabwean author NoViolet Bulawayo’s second novel “Glory” is one of six novels on the 2022 Booker Prize for Fiction shortlist. Although the shortlist is diverse in terms of nationality and gender, Bulawayo is the only Black woman on the list. Through her vivid storytelling and playful language, Bulawayo took out many strong competitors present in the longlist including Hernan Diaz, Read More

KADAFEST 2022 begins next week

September 10, 2022 Blueprint 0

The 2022 edition of Kaduna Book and Arts Festival is billed to begin in the third week of September. The festival is a brainchild of the Book Buzz Foundation, which also organizes the Ake festival, in collaboration with the Kaduna State Government and Sterling Bank. It is the largest art and literary event in Northern Nigeria, and annually converges art Read More

Tares Oburum on winning the Sillerman Prize

September 2, 2022 Blueprint 0

AWAAL GATA interviews Tares Oburumu on his winning of this year’s Sillerman Prize for poetry. How did you feel when it was announced that you were the winner of the Sillerman Prize? I felt happy, but not in the sense of the ordinary; not that common expression of joy. I bestride, now, two worlds: the droopy and that of fulfillment. Read More

An encounter with a technical writing whiz kid

August 20, 2022 AWAAL GATA 0

Technical writing is a type of writing where the author writes about a particular subject that requires direction, instruction, or explanation. It involves straightforward, easy-to-understand explanations of and instructions for a particular subject. Leveraging the internet, the industry is growing fast in Nigeria and downsizing the country’s rate of unemployment. AWAAL GATA had an encounter with Daud Sulaimon Abiola, one of Read More

‘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