Service chiefs: Better late than never

February 2, 2021 Blueprint 0

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the retirement of his service chiefs and appointed new ones. Although, their retirement was long over due, Mr President’s action has elicited applause from Nigerians and security experts who blame the rise of insecurity to the inability of the erstwhile service chiefs to change their tactics against the dreaded Boko Haram and armed bandits who Read More

200 Amotekun operatives deploy to Oke Ogun to end banditry, kidnapping – Commandant

January 31, 2021 Bayo Agboola, 0

Oyo state Commandant of the Western Nigeria Security Network (WNSN), Operation Amotekun, Col. Olayinka Olayanju (retd) on Saturday, said that 200 Amotekun operatives have been deployed to Oke Ogun area of the state. Col. Olayanju in a statement made available to journalists in Ibadan said the Amotekun operatives were deployed to bring an end to banditry, kidnappings and terrorism in Read More

Chinese translations of African writing rise to 63 percent – Report

January 22, 2021 Awaal Gata 0

The translation of works by African authors into Chinese has recorded a whopping 63 percent rise since 2018, a report published by an American linguist and Chinese literary translator, Bruce Humes, has said.According to Humes, there are currently 238 translations of works by African authors into Chinese, showing an increase of 63 percent since early 2018, when there were 146 Read More

After 9 years, Okri releases new poetry collection

January 22, 2021 Blueprint 0

Foremost internationally-acclaimed writer from Nigeria, Ben Okri, has released a collection of poetry, nine years after releasing his last one, “Wild”.Titled “Fire in My Head: Poems for theDawn”, it was in the second week of January by a UK-based independent publishing outfit, Head of Zeus. The collection addresses some topics of the day, such as the refugee crisis, racism, Obama, Read More

Onuobia wins inaugural SprinNG Women Authors prize

January 22, 2021 Blueprint 0

The 2020 SprinNG Women Authors Prize has been awarded to Cheluchi Onyemelukwe-Onuobia for her debut novel, “The Son of the House.”The award, an initiative of literary organization SprinNG, invests up to N200 thousand in purchasing, distributing, and marketing of a winning book. She was announced winner from a shortlist that included Azizah Idris M’s “A Sackful of Wishes” and Olaoluwa Read More

Running against time, a time to rethink

January 22, 2021 Yusuf Abubakar Mamud 0

Dr Yusuf Abubakar Mamud is the author of In God’s Name we Fight and Turning Forty. He works on studies related to countering violent extremism (CVE), de-radicalisation and counter-terrorism, as well as critical thinking studies as the solution to the huge ignorance that continually beclouds reason and civil conversation in Nigeria. Running Against Time, a time to rethink is serialized Read More

How I got selected for Iowa writers’ workshop – Nebeolisa

January 15, 2021 AWAAL GATA 0

Okwudili Nebeolisa’s  works have appeared in Threepenny Review and anthologies from Commonwealth Writers, and have been nominated for a Pushcart Prize by The _Cincinnati Review, Salamander Magazine, and Beloit Poetry Journal. His works have been shortlisted for the Gerald Kraak Award, The Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poetry, and the Tom Howard/John H Reid Fiction and Essay Contest Award. Read More

NYSC orientation: DG charges states on COVID-19 protocols

January 13, 2021 John Oba 0

The Director-General, National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Brigadier General Shuaibu Ibrahim has directed all NYSC state and FCT coordinators to ensure strict compliance with COVID-19 prevention and safety protocols in all camps of the scheme nationwide. The DG gave this directive while interacting with management of the Scheme and officials of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) during a Read More

Seven African writers longlisted for 2021 PEN America Literary Award

January 8, 2021 Awaal Gata 0

PEN America has announced its 2021 longlist for its annual literary awards, and it features seven African writers in three categories. The categories include: the PEN/Jean Stein Book Award, the PEN Open Book Award, and the PEN Translation Prize. Akwaeke Emezi’s most recent novel, “The Death of Vivek Oji”, has been longlisted for PEN/Jean Stein Book Award, which goes with Read More

Running Against Time, a time to rethink

January 8, 2021 Dr Yusuf Abubakar Mamud 0

Dr Yusuf Abubakar Mamud is the author of In God’s Name with Fight and Turning Forty. He works on studies related to Countering Violent Extremism (CVE), De-radicalization and Counterterrorism, as well as critical thinking studies as the solution to the huge ignorance that continually beclouds reason and civil conversation in Nigeria. Running Against Time, a time to rethink is serialized Read More

Yusuf Ali’s ‘Two Decades Of Forensic Advocacy At The Inner Bar’

December 25, 2020 Editorial III 0

When I received the invitation to review the 2-Volume book, Two Decades Of Forensic Advocacy At The Inner Bar, A Festschrift In Honour Of Yusuf Ali, SAN,” published by Bookcraft (2020) and edited by Prof. Wahab Egbewole et al, I instinctively and enthusiastically responded ‘yes.’ I saw the opportunity to write about the very considerable professional accomplishments of this remarkable Read More

How I received my appointment as Dan Buram of Gobir Kingdom

December 18, 2020 Blueprint 0

Recently, when a University in Benin Republic CEGT decided to honour Kano famous Hausa singer, Aminu Ladan Abubakar alias Alan Waka, he confided privately in some of his close friends including his immediate family that the recent successes he is recording in life is beginning to frighten him because it is either his end is near or the sky is Read More

Bloomsbury, Pantheon to Publish Soyinka’s new novel

December 18, 2020 Blueprint 0

Bloomsbury and Pantheon will be publishing Prof Wole Soyinka’s newest novel, “Chronicles of the Happiest People on Earth.” Bloomsbury acquired United Kingdom and Commonwealth rights (excluding Canada and Africa, but including South Africa) as well as audio rights from Melanie Jackson Agency. The novel will be published and released simultaneously in the United States by Pantheon Books in September 2021. Read More

Ilorin 2020: A convention like no other

December 11, 2020 Blueprint 0

AWAAL GATA and Umar Yogiza report on the National Convention held last week in Ilorin, Kwara state, by one of the factions of the Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA). Despite the fact that COVID-19, EndSARS and recession affected the normality of things and life in Nigeria in 2020, the Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA) made its 39th International Convention one Read More

FAME foundation launches book for IDP Girls

December 2, 2020 Editorial IV 0

FAME Foundation, a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) has launched the first-ever sports books for Internally Displaced Girls, IDPs in Nigeria, titled, the Success Tips for Internally Displaced Girls in Sports, a Play it Dream it Initiative. The book launched on December 1, 2020 and compiled by Ms Anna Mambula, Programme Manager of FAME Foundation, is a manual compilation of success nuggets Read More

Nigeria ranks low in world reading culture statistics

November 27, 2020 Awaal Gata 0

Nigeria ranks as one of the lowest reading culture countries of the world according to World Culture Statistics, the National Librarian and Chief Executive Officer of the National Library of Nigeria, (NLN) Prof Lenrie Aina, has said.   Aina made this known in Abuja when he led top officials of NLN to the headquarters of the Nigeria Correctional Service to Read More

Verissimo wins Aidoo-Snyder Prize

November 27, 2020 Awaal Gata 0

A Nigerian writer, Jumoke Verrisimo, has been awarded the 2020 edition of  Aidoo-Snyder Prize for Best Creative Work for her debut novel, “A Small Silence”. Runner-ups for the prize include Peace Adzo Medie for “His Only Wife” and Gabeba Baderoon for “The History of Intimacy”. Named in honour of celebrated Ghanaian author, Ama Ata Aidoo and Margaret Snyder who is Read More

PEN Nigeria celebrates girl child

November 27, 2020 Awaal Gata 0

Nigeria has joined the rest of the world to celebrate the International Day of The Girl Child with the theme, “My Voice, Our Equal Future”. The celebration was significant being the 25th anniversary of the adoption of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action. In commemoration of the day, a web-based creative writing workshop was organised by Nigerian Centre of Read More

Northern writers elect maiden EXCO

November 20, 2020 Blueprint 0

The Northern Nigeria Writers’ Summit (NNWS) has elected its maiden members of executive council. A statement by Odoh Diego Okeyondo, who chaired the committee that conducted the elections, said the official are to lead the association for the period of two years. Those elected include, chairman, Dr. Bashir Abusabe, chairman; vice-chairman, Omale Allen Abdujabbar, and Safiya Ismail Yero emerged as Read More

African writers fail to shine at Booker Prize finale

November 20, 2020 Blueprint 0

With two African writers on the shortlist of this year’s Booker prize, commentators on the continent anticipated the prize to swing to one of them, but it has been awarded to a Scot, Douglas Stuart, for his debut novel, Shuggie Bain. The two African writers on the shortlist were Tsitsi Dangarembga and Maaza Mengiste. While Dangarembga, a Zimbabwean, was nominated Read More

Book Tour: Ministers endorse Akerele’s Sage of Growth

November 13, 2020 Awaal Gata 0

The the Minister of Youth and Sports, Sunday Dare and Ministers of State for Budget and National Planning, Clem Agba; Labour and Productivity, Festus Keyamo have endorsed the ‘Sage of Growth’, a book written by a trained banker, Taiwo Francis Akerele. The ministers made the endorsement during a national book tour embarked recently by the author to create a positive Read More

Photography contest begins in Niger

November 6, 2020 Editorial III 0

The second edition of Niger State Photography Contest has begun in Minna, the state capital. Organised by Hilltop Arts Centre, it is opened for senior secondary school students in the state. The contest is being sponsored by the state’s director general for Information Communication Technology, Abdulberqy Ebbo. While the winner is expected to go home with a camera and N50 Read More

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Poet of the Week

October 30, 2020 Fatima Usman 0

The Only One  Fatima Usman You are the only one For whom I can lose sleep The only one For whom I can talk without a pause The only one Who crosses my mind constantly The only one Who often authors my smile Brings down my mood I can’t explain with only words How much to me is your worth Read More

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#EndSARS or End-Time?

October 23, 2020 Abubakar D. Sani 0

Like most movements (Including life itself) It started innocently enough With a call, or more But which – because of the message – Rapidly spread and became a cascade A docile, long-suffering populace Dared to challenge the State For being at the receiving end Of the worst excesses Of those sworn to protect them And kitted at their expense Our Read More