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

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Why libraries are major partners in sustainable devt – Expert

November 20, 2019 Editorial III 0

Head of library of the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University (ATBU) Bauchi, Mrs Hajara Pisagih, has advised Nigerian government to make libraries major partners in Nigeria’s sustainable development. The librarian gave the advice Tuesday during the opening ceremony of the 2019 Library Week organised by Bauchi state chapter of the Nigerian Library Association held at the state library hall. According to Read More

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Combining schooling with writing herculean –KK Awesome

June 1, 2019 Editorial III 0

Koyum Kolade Afolabi, famously called KK Awesome, is the author of a book of poetry and prose titled, Kul Tu Chaviva. In this interview with ABDULHAFEEZ T. OYEWOLE, he speaks about himself, his book, and his views on writers and writing. Can you give a brief about yourself? My name is Koyum Kolade Afolabi. I’m a student of Chemical Engineering, Read More

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Build more libraries for improved reading culture –Prof Obafemi

February 28, 2019 Editorial IV 0

Professor Olu Obafemi of the Department of English Language at the University of Ilorin (Unilorin) has advised the federal government to establish more library across the federation to improve reading culture among the youth. Obafemi told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos Tuesday that such libraries when completed should be equipped with enough books. “Most students are unable to Read More

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1,292 Nigerians die in road crashes in 3 months’

May 23, 2018 Editorial IV 0

No fewer than 1,292 Nigerians have been killed in road accidents in the last three months across the nation, data from the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) has revealed. According to the NBS, 1,292 Nigerians got killed in the road traffic crashes recorded in the first quarter of 2018, saying that 1,186 of the 1,292 Nigerians, who got killed, representing Read More

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BMO appoints new media publicity director

May 18, 2018 Editorial IV 0

  The Muhammadu Buhari Osinbajo Dynamic Support Group, (MBO) has appointed development journalist and anti-corruption activist, Mr. Meshack Idehen, as its new Director of Media and Publicity. The National Coordinator, Hon Usman Ibrahim, said the appointment of Mr. Idehen will provide the group the professionalism, objectivity and strategy, needed to project the President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice president, Prof. Yemi Read More

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Kebbi House member distributes 700,000 books to pupils

April 21, 2018 Editorial IV 0

A member of the House of Representatives, Abdullahi Muslim, has donated over 700,000 exercise books to 17 primary schools in Birnin Kebbi Local Government Area of Kebbi state. Muslim, who represents Birnin Kebbi/Kalgo/Bunza Federal Constituency, said while distributing the books Tuesday in Birnin Kebbi, that the gesture was to assist parents and encourage enrollment. “The effort is made to encourage Read More

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Dr Bode Ayorinde, Mr. Rotim Akeredolu, VP President Yemi Osinbajo, Hon.  Yakubu Dogara, Prof Tunji Ibiyemi and Mr. Godwin Emefiele during the public presentation of the books, Banking Reform in Nigeria

March 13, 2018 Blueprint 0

From left: Author the books titled ‘Banking Reform in Nigeria’ and ‘The Law, Prospects and the Challenges in Nigeria’, Dr Bode Ayorinde, Ondo state Governor, Mr. Rotim Akeredolu, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Speaker, House of Representatives, Hon.  Yakubu Dogara, Vice Chancellor, Achievers University, Professor Tunji Ibiyemi and CBN Governor, Mr. Godwin Emefi ele, during the public presentation of the books, Read More

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How to self-publish a book in Nigeria

December 30, 2017 Blueprint 0

  This is a story I had wanted to tell a long while ago, but events after my first book publication since 2010 had hindered it. I even tried to tell it at my 2012 book launch, but the book review had usurped the time for that. I have been able to tell it to a handful of friends though. Read More

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Onoja and The Living Seed

December 2, 2017 Blueprint 0

2017 graduate of Benue State University, Comrade Odeh Edache Benedict, in his first major literary work, chronicles the humble beginning of former Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Defence, Chief Mike Okibe Onoja, and his love for business, philanthropy and politics, captured by AGI ONDA in this postscript. Preamble A biography or memoir is an exciting sub-genre of non-fiction prose, which focuses Read More

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Denja led ANA neglects writers, published 3 books in 2 years – Dzukogi

October 21, 2017 Editorial IV 0

Denja led ANA neglects writers, published 3books in 2 years – Dzukogi BM Dzukogi is a former Association of Nigerian Authors’ General Secretary. He is also the founder of the Hill-Tops Art Centre based in Minna and a facilitator of numerous literary initiatives including the annual MBA Colloquium and the Nigerian Writers Series. Dzukogi, who is presently vying to lead Read More

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England-based expert donates 1, 400 books to Lagos school

October 20, 2017 Editorial IV 0

By Tope Musowo   Lagos   An occupational therapist based in England, Adedolapo Adewole, yesterday donated 1, 400 books to the Federal School of Occupational Th erapy, Oshodi Lagos, as a show of her support for the profession in Nigeria Adelapo said during the official book presentation yesterday that: “I was here for over a year, during which I lectured Read More

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Read books you will hate, it’s good for you

October 14, 2017 Editorial IV 0

By Booker Talk Are there some genres you will never ever read because you know you’ll hate them? Or maybe some specific titles that will never find room in your bookcases for the same reason (yes Moby Dick, I’m looking at you!) . If the answer to either – or both – of these questions is a YES, then an Read More

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NGO donates books to improve reading culture in North-east

October 13, 2017 Editorial IV 0

By Musa M. Buba   Damaturu In an effort to restore the dignity of education and reading culture in the North-east, Children, Youth and Women Empowerment Initiatives (ChiYoWo), in collaboration with Hope Interactive, Damaturu, has donated over 100 text and exercise books to ECWA Beckett Memorial College, Kukar-Gadu, in Yobe state. Chief Executive officer of the ChiYoWo, Tokumbo Iyaturoti, said Read More

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Reluctant to let your books go?’

August 1, 2017 Blueprint 0

A columnist in one of the UK national newspapers confessed recently that she feels unable to give any of her books away. About to move house she is faced with the prospect of finding space for her collection of roughly 10,000 books in a property half the size of her current abode. Such is her reluctance to part with any Read More

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AMAC donates uniforms, books to Kunyai school

July 25, 2017 Blueprint 0

By Baba Yusuf As part of eff orts to make education attractive to children in the rural areas, the Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC) has donated school uniforms and exercise books to pupils of Kunyai Primary School in Gui ward of the Council. Presenting the uniforms to the Principal of the school, the AMAC chairman, Hon. Abdullahi Adamu Candido, said Read More

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‘Read books you hate, it’s good for you’

June 13, 2017 Blueprint 0

Are there some genres you will never ever read because you know you’ll hate them, or maybe some specific titles that will never find room in your book cases for the same reason? If the answer to either – or both – of these questions is a YES, then an opinion piece published recently in the New York Times might Read More

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Benue translates science textbooks into local languages

May 25, 2017 Blueprint 0

Benue State Universal Basic Education Board has started translating science textbooks into Tiv dialect for easy learning and sustenance of indigenous languages. Executive Chairman of the board, Philip Tachin, disclosed this yesterday while declaring open a two-week teacher professional development workshop. The workshop had the theme: “Strengthening Mathematics and Science Education (SMASE)’’. Tachin said the board was also exploring ways Read More

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Lagos, Rivers record N387.42bn IGR in 2016 – NBS

May 16, 2017 Blueprint 0

By David Agba Abuja Lagos and Rivers states generated highest Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) of N387.42 billion in 2016 out of N801.95 billion generated by 35 states, according to National Bureau of Statistics (NBS). Th e NBS stated this in its publication on “IGR at State level for January to December 2016’’ posted on its website on Monday in Abuja. Read More

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Abubakar, Anyaoku task journalists to write books on Chibok girls, Boko Haram

May 2, 2017 Blueprint 0

Stories by Ibrahim Ramalan With agency report The former Head of State, General Abdulsalami Abubakar and former Secretary General of the Commonwealth, Chief Emeka Anyaoku, have asked journalists to write more books on burning national issues especially the Boko Haram insurgency and abduction of the Chibok schoolgirls, to help Nigerians know what happened and fashion solutions on the way forward. Read More

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World copyright day: NCC seizes N600m pirated books

May 2, 2017 Blueprint 0

The Lagos State operatives of the Nigerian Copyright Council (NCC) recently impounded pirated books valued at about N600m. National President of the Nigerian Publishers Association (NPA), Mr. Adedayo Gbadega, disclosed this at a conference organised by the association in Ibadan, Oyo State, to commemorate the World Books, and Copyright Day. With theme, “Collaborative Efforts At Curbing The Menace Of Book Read More

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National Library, Norway partner to digitise Nigerian books

April 18, 2017 Blueprint 0

By Ibrahim Ramalan The Chief Executive Officer of the National Library of Nigeria, Lanre Aina said that Norway and Nigeria had signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to digitise Nigerian books. Aina told  the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja recently that the digitisation would be done for the first three years in Norway and thereafter the books and Read More