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

CIIN releases new textbooks on insurance education

August 13, 2021 Blueprint 0

The Chartered Insurance Institute of Nigeria (CIIN) has initiated the second edition of its insurance textbooks for both secondary school and college students. The move, according to the institute, is to promote insurance education and sensitisation to the next generation. The second edition of the textbooks is an improvement on the first edition in terms of quality, design, and contents. Read More

UN Book Club begins in Africa

June 4, 2021 Blueprint 0

After several months of planning and building, the United Nations (UN) SDG Book Club, African Chapter has finally been inaugurated. The event held on April 23, 2021 via Facebook live in commemoration of UNESCO World Book and Copyright Day. Conceived as a very unique and multi-lateral project seeking first and foremost the coming together of key institutions of the African Read More

Banks expand loan books by N690bn in 3 months

May 26, 2021 Segun Odunewu 0

Access Bank, Zenith Bank, UBA, FBN and eight other commercial banks in the country have expanded their loan portfolio by N690bn in the first three months of 2021, according to their unaudited financial statements. The loans and advances to their customers grew to N17.75tn as of March 31, 2021 from N17.06tn at the end of December last year. Recall that Read More

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Sifax boss Afolabi donates 4,000 Obasanjo’s book to varsities, libraries

May 25, 2021 Hakeem Adegbenro 0

Foremost philanthropist and Executive Vice Chairman of  Sifax Group Limited, Barr (Dr) Taiwo Afolabi will donate 4,000 copies of the book “The Man, The General, The President (MGP) written on former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo on Thursday, June 3, to some universities and libraries across the country. The biography account of the former president, written by his former aide, Otunba Femmy Read More

Rich who cries for the poor

May 21, 2021 Chuks Nweze 0

Title:  Rich Who Cries For The PoorAuthor:  Tony Chibuzo AdibeReviewer:  Chuks NwezePages:  68Publisher:  JOMAP Press, 21 Edinburgh Road, Enugu Not many read poems because not many understand the rhymes, but the author of the poems, Rich Man Who Cries For The Poor, Mr. Tony Adibe, wrote them in a prose like manner that any reader can easily read and understand.  Read More

@50: Passion for healthy lifestyle spurs me to write books – Ibibo

May 8, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

To commemorate her 50th birthday anniversary, a healthy lifestyle enthusiast and a writer, Dr. Ebunoluwa Ibibo, has called on Nigerians, especially the young ones to always ensure they eat balanced diet and engage in regular exercise. Dr. Ibibo said regular exercise will promote healthy living and prevent underlying health issues. Speaking during the launch of her books titled “Fitness Toppers Read More

Publishers appeal to govt on copyright law

April 24, 2021 Blueprint 0

The Nigerian Publishers Association (NPA), Oyo state Chapter, has urged the federal government to accelerate efforts to make an amendment of the copyright law come into operation in the country. The executive secretary, NPA Oyo state, Mr. Emmanuel Abimbola, made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) to commemorate the World Book and Copyright Day. Read More

Wrestling: Agiomor books first ever Olympic ticket for Nigeria

April 5, 2021 Blueprint 0

Ekerekeme Agiomor will be the only Nigerian male wrestler at the delayed Tokyo 2020 Olympics, after securing qualification to the global multi-sport showpiece on the final day of the Africa/Oceania Olympic Qualifiers in Hammamet, Tunisia. Wrestling in the 86kg Freestyle event, the 2018 African champion produced three big wins to seal a first-ever Olympic berth. In his opening quarter-final bout, Read More

Nigerians, divided by religion, united by religion

April 2, 2021 Clem Oluwole 0

If you want to know how united or divided along religious lines Nigerians are, just hug the social media for a few moments. By the time you are done, you would prefer to be raised in the jungle. Back in the day when Tarzan movies were reigning, we used to marvel as kids how a human (or a prey) could Read More

Femi Osofisan speaks on ANA’s 40th anniversary

AWAAL GATA talks to Femi Osofisan, an internationally acclaimed playwright, scholar, poet, novelist, actor, director, songwriter and activist, on the 40th anniversary of the Association of Nigerian Authors  (ANA)  It is the 40th years of the Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA). Has creative arts relaxed their powers as tools for securing social justice and equity for the helpless? Are writers doing enough Read More

Banks’ stop acceptance of old cheque book

April 1, 2021 Segun Odunewu 0

Following expiration of the deadline issues by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) on acceptance of old cheque book, Deposit Money Banks (DMBs) in the country will today, Thursday April 1 no longer honour the cheque book. CBN had in January extended the full implementation of the newly revised cheque book. Sam Okojere, Director, Banking Services Department, in a circular Read More

Intolerance: +234Express launches initiative for Nigerian kids

March 24, 2021 Samson Benjamin 0

An Abuja-based organisation, +234Express, has launched an initiative aimed at exposing Nigerian children to inspirational stories from all parts of the country in order to inculcate in them a culture of tolerance right from their formative years. The organisation’s proprietor, Mr. John Adoga, told journalists in Abuja at the unveiling of the theme; tagged “Reading Against Intolerance” that his team Read More

Nwelue, Okeh unveil children book

March 19, 2021 Blueprint 0

Maverick author, producer and filmmaker, Onyeka Nwelue and prolific poet and writer, IkennaChinedu Okeh, teamed up to write a children’s book. Entitled “Saving Mungo Park” , the book subverts the axiomatic belief that Mungo Park, aColonial-era Scottish explorer of West Africa, discovered River Niger. It stirs up questions inthe minds of the young by teasing possibilities that it was Africans Read More

Nine questions for Salma Yakubu

January 8, 2021 Blueprint 0

AWAAL GATA poses nine question to a debut novelist, Salma Yakubu on her life and writing How did you start writing? I was a very good storyteller right from my childhood. I could forge stories, and children of my age or older would nod in interest. When it was time for stories, I was always the first to start. When 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

Millions of good writers die without publishing a book – Ekeocha

September 18, 2020 Editorial III 0

Mr. Franklin Ekeocha is the author of War Without Bloodshed, Father Church: A Living Sacrifice, among other books, who resigned from different jobs to take up writing as a profession. In this interview with PAUL OKAH, he speaks on declining reading culture in Nigeria, societal ills, attitude of publishers to authors, even as he hopes for a better Nigeria. What Read More

Reflections on Kabiru Jammaje’s “Crossing Borders:

August 7, 2020 Muazu Muazu 0

Critical reading of Abubakar Imam’s “Tafiya Mabudin Ilimi”, Daniel Defoe’s “Robinson Crusoe”, “John Bunyan’s “Pilgrim’s Progress”, Jonathan Swift’s “Gulliver’s Travels”, Veronique Tadjo’s “The Shadow of Imana”, Tim Butcher’s “Blood River” and “The Travels of Ibn Batuta” apparently inspired Kabiru Jammaje’s collection of 12 short travelogues. Colombian Nobel Laureate, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the father of magic realism, once said: “Ultimately, literature Read More

TAPP releases 2020 longlist

July 31, 2020 Awaal Gata 0

The Arojah Students Playwriting Prize (TAPP) has released its 2020’s longlist. A statement released by the administrator of the prize, Paul Liam, Friday said 12 works made it into the longlist out of the 58 received from various tertiary institutions. Among the plays longlisted are Adekeye Lukman’s “The War Within”,  Aina Anuoluwapo’s  “Clothes and Naked Bodies”, Anthony Echefunachukwu Ugwu’s “The Read More

My mother’s death spurred me into writing – Bokoru

April 10, 2020 AWAAL GATA 0

Julius Bokoru, a writer and Media Assistant to Minister of State for Petroleum Resources,  Timipre Sylva, tells AWAAL GATA how he started writing, among others  “The Angel That Was Always There” was selected for the Nigerian Writers Series; did the scheme give the novel the wings you wanted? Upon writing “The Angel That Was Always There”, I didn’t initially nurse Read More

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Public affairs analyst unveils book on corruption

January 17, 2020 Editorial III 0

Popular public affairs analyst and development consultant, Mr Jide Ojo, has unveiled a book on tackling the menace of corruption the country, entitled: Nigeria: Corruption and Opacity in Governance. The event held Thursday in Abuja, with the support of MacArthur Foundation, had in attendance representatives of different NGOs and government agencies, including the executive director Centre for Information Technology and Read More

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Publishing comes with huge responsibility, confers enormous powers

December 7, 2019 Editorial III 0

Mariam Mohammed Maktoub is the publisher of MAKTOUB Magazine. The Kano-born public relations strategist with specialty in political communications and branding is intelligent and witty. She is also committed to issues of education for the less privileged and youth development. In this interview to commemorate her birthday on Sunday, December 8, 2019, she speaks on a range of issues especially Read More

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‘Nigerian Prize for Leadership’ll be conferred on role models’

November 30, 2019 Editorial III 0

The chairman, Governing Board of the Nigerian Prize for Leadership (NPL), Prof. Anya O. Anya, said the award would be bestowed annually on role models that had distinguished themselves in service to humanity. Anya stated this recently in Abuja when the technical team mandated to design criteria for the selection of winners of Nigerian Prize for Leadership (NPL) submitted its Read More