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By David Betancourt Roye Okupe didn’t read comic books growing up in Lagos, Nigeria. Comic book shops weren’t around. Instead, Okupe was introduced to superheroes through Saturday morning cartoons such as “Transformers” and “X-Men.” So when he set out to create his own Nigerian superhero, he thought animation was the way to go. That idea led Okupe on a journey…
Aaron Seidel, a 30-year-old student at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, was compelled to act when he learned about the extent of the group’s atrocities in Nigeria. Specifically, he has honed in on the persecution of teachers and the education system there. In response, he has now collected nearly 50,000 books to send to Nigeria to give back some of the knowledge taken from the people.
By CLAUDIA RANKINE KNOWN AND STRANGE THINGS Essays By Teju Cole Illustrated. 393 pp. Random House. Paper, $17. Teju Cole’s captivating and lauded novels, “Open City” and “Every Day Is for the Thief,” reflect his identity as a writer with a global perspective — born in the United States and raised in Nigeria. His international…
While Chimananda Adichie and Teju Cole are the more recognised names of this new wave of novelists, authors such as Chigozie Obioma, Lola Shoneyin and Elnathan John have exploded onto the international literary scene with stunning debuts in recent years.
Others on the list include another past contender for The Nigeria Prize for Literature, Elnathan John with his novel, Born On A Tuesday; Aramide Segun, winner of an Association of Nigerian Authors Prose Prize for her debut book The Third Dimple with her novel Eniitan Daughter of Destiny; Maryam Awaisu, radio presenter with her first novel Burning Bright and Mansim Chumah Okafor, author of two previous books of fiction with The Parable of the Lost Shepherds.
“Born on a Tuesday” begins in 2003, during the uneasy truce that followed. Dantala, the novel’s narrator, is one of a gang of street boys who sleep under a kuka tree in Bayan Layi, a small northwestern Nigerian town. They steal sweet potatoes, smoke Nigerian grass (called “wee-wee”), brag about their exploits and get into fights. Dantala used to go to Quranic school, sent there by his father, until he drifted away. He’s the smallest boy in the gang and the swiftest runner. He doesn’t know how old he is, but says he has fasted for Ramadan “nearly 10 times.”
The present administration has renewed the commitment of the state Government to tackle the scourge of Malaria using a multi-pronged approach including: Environmental management and integrated Vector control for the prevention of Malaria; Effective diagnosis and appropriate treatment of Malaria cases.
When we meet Obioma as a child in 1983, he is threading his way through the centre of rush hour Owerri, South East of Nigeria, with its cacophony of traffic, people, market traders and amplified music, in search of 5.00 Naira. This is the price of entry to the school’s effort at winning a French song competition, instigated by the charismatic Mr Success.