Posts Tagged “Literature”

ROMANCE NOVELS BY FEMALE AUTHORS IN NIGERIA CHALLENGE TRADITIONS

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ROMANCE NOVELS BY FEMALE AUTHORS IN NIGERIA CHALLENGE TRADITIONS

Nestled among vegetables, plastic kettles and hand-dyed fabric in market stalls are the signs of a feminist revolution: Piles of poorly printed books by women that advocate forcefully against conservative Muslim traditions such as child marriage and quick divorce. They are part of a flourishing literary movement centered in the ancient city of Kano, in…

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BOOK REVIEW: TEJU COLE’S ESSAYS BUILD CONNECTIONS BETWEEN AFRICAN AND WESTERN ART

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BOOK REVIEW: TEJU COLE’S ESSAYS BUILD CONNECTIONS BETWEEN AFRICAN AND WESTERN ART

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…

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Nigerian author Tope Folarin in running for second Caine prize

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Nigerian author Tope Folarin in running for second Caine prize

The 2013 Caine prize winner Tope Folarin has been shortlisted for the £10,000 award for a second time for his short story Genesis, about a boy coming to terms with his mother’s abuse.   The Nigerian author, who won the Caine prize for African writing in 2013 and was named as one of the most…

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DOWN THE LITERARY AISLE: REWRITING NIGERIA

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DOWN THE LITERARY AISLE: REWRITING NIGERIA

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.

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11 AUTHORS SHORTLISTED FOR $100,000 NLNG SPONSORED LITERATURE PRIZE

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11 AUTHORS SHORTLISTED FOR $100,000 NLNG SPONSORED LITERATURE PRIZE

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.

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NIGERIA’S CHIKA UNIGWE TO JUDGE MAN BOOKER INTERNATIONAL PRIZE

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NIGERIA’S CHIKA UNIGWE TO JUDGE MAN BOOKER INTERNATIONAL PRIZE

The ‘Man Booker Dozen’ of 12 or 13 books will be announced in March 2017 and the shortlist of six books in April 2017. The winner will be announced in May 2017.
Chika Unigwe was born in Enugu, Enugu State, Nigeria. She is the author of four novels, including ‘On Black Sisters Street’ (2009, 2011 Jonathan Cape, UK and Random House NY), which won the Nigerian Prize for Literature in 2012, and ‘Night Dancer’ (Jonathan Cape, 2012).

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WOLE SOYINKA INSPIRES FAITH47’S MURAL IN CLEVELAND

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WOLE SOYINKA INSPIRES FAITH47’S MURAL IN CLEVELAND

“The mural draws symbolic inspiration from his written work Language as a Boundary, which looks at language as a lived phenomenon, with its dualistic function of providing necessary cultural self affirmation on an individualistic and cultural level, yet simultaneously acting as one of the key factors in embedding the separatist definition in social consciousness, further…

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MY TOP TEN NIGERIAN BOOKS (Part 1)

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MY TOP TEN NIGERIAN BOOKS (Part 1)

By A. M. Bakalar I’ve always been a huge fan of Nigerian literature. A few years back I even went on a course to learn Igbo. I started seriously reading Nigerian literature during my PhD studies on Nigerian and Zimbabwean contemporary fiction—a course, incidentally, which I never finished, because I began writing my own novel…

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5 amazing Nigerian books to Read while Traveling

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5 amazing Nigerian books to Read while Traveling

There’s a new generation of Nigerian writers who are making waves around the world. To say the least, you will find a Nigerian name almost every prestigious literary prize from the Nobel prize for Literature to the Man Booker Prize, The Caine Prize for African writing, among others. For any traveler who wants something to…

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CHINELO OKPARANTA’S BOOK REVIEW: UNDER THE UDALA TREE

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CHINELO OKPARANTA’S BOOK REVIEW: UNDER THE UDALA TREE

Not long after that Ijeoma is abandoned by her grief-stricken mother — given to a school teacher and his wife as a skivvy. There she meets Amina, a Hausa girl who has been orphaned by the war. The Hausa are the Igbo’s enemies in the war, but the girls are matched in their loneliness, abandonment and servitude. Soon these bonds are firmed by the bond of love. Everything, however, is against the young lovers — tradition, patriarchy, tribalism, religion and violence.

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