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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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BRIEF REVIEW: NIGERIA FREEDOM SOUNDS! ALBUM

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BRIEF REVIEW: NIGERIA FREEDOM SOUNDS! ALBUM

By Jim Carroll In the case of the Nigerian musicians captured on this compilation, freedom sounds infectious and irresistible. Focusing on the first years after the country won its independence from Britain, Nigeria Freedom Sounds! is a big, bold and vibrant collection of highlife, jùjú, apala and other traditional styles from musicians alive to the…

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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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GROWING UP IN RADICALIZED NIGERIA: A NEW NOVEL TITLED “BORN ON A TUESDAY” SHOWS THE GRITTY REALITY

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GROWING UP IN RADICALIZED NIGERIA: A NEW NOVEL TITLED “BORN ON A TUESDAY” SHOWS THE GRITTY REALITY

“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.”

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Of Broken Men & Other Breakable Things: A review of Efe Paul Azino’s ‘For Broken Men who Cross often’ | By Tochi Eze

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Of Broken Men & Other Breakable Things: A review of Efe Paul Azino’s ‘For Broken Men who Cross often’ | By Tochi Eze

I have always approached poetry with a bit of hesitation. For one, I spent my time in secondary school thinking about boys and completely disregarding the recommended literature texts. I am therefore one of the late bloomers, having only recently re-discovered my interest in the arts. Secondly, I often find the task of navigating the…

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