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Wana Udobang:Writer of the Week

Our writer of the week, Wana is many things. She is not only a writer and philantrophist but an inspiration to women and men all over the world. Wana, is a journalist, poet, activist and filmmaker.  Born in Lagos Nigeria, she graduated from the University for The Creative Arts in England with a first class degree in Journalism. She is creative director of WanaWana productions and hosts the television program Airtel Touching Lives. She has written,directed and produced numerous documentaries including 'warriors' a series created

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TEN CAINE FACTS. The Caine prize is an annual literature prize awarded to the writer of an African short story published in English. It is named after Sir Michael Harris Caine founder of the Manbooker prize who died in 1999. Earning it the nickname “African booker”. The prize was launched in 2000 and is worth 10000 pounds. It was first won by Sudanesewriter Leila Aboulela for her short story "The Museum". The four ( 4 ) African winners of the Nobel Prize for Literature have supported the Caine Prize as patrons: Wole

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Perceptions (Unabridged): Reviews by Toni Kan and Prof Ahmed Yerima

Title: Perceptions (Unabridged) Publisher: Larry Press Author: Dele Agrogundade Reviewers: Toni Kan and Professor Ahmed Yerima My old teacher, Professor Wole Soyinka, once told me in class that the ultimate aim of any writer is to be relevant to the society for whom he writes. This is the case of Dele Arogundade and his poems because they emerge from a poet’s determination to be relevant to his immediate society and whatever society he is privileged to visit. The poems can be described as a margin from a natural-realistic

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Overcoming Hate: The Role of Conscious Literature- Andrew Patience

‘‘Writers are shapers of life; they are the wheels piloting what directions our minds travel to and how far each journey goes. They are the gods that determine what creed or rituals are befitting enough for the shaping of and the extent of our realization of what is truth.’’  History serves as a palpable proof of man’s insatiable desire for wrong doings. This has been revealed in wars fought in folly, the divisiveness that characterized religion, the absence of social cohesion fueled by differences in tribes,

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Title: Brave (A Collection of Poems) Author: Joshua Omena Reviewer: Farida Adamu

From the opening pages of Brave, we are introduced to the poet and the basis for his brevity, scripture. We find fragments, verses from the Bible at different points in the work. In the first poem Writing on the Wall we see Omena's desire to find God in everything. "In the darkness found in the edges" We see his longing for the simple and ephemeral things. Ghost Town explores pain and the effects of the actions of

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I am a woman now: Jennifer Dafwat

Yesterday I played among the boys and girls I took off my wrapper and held out my chest I invited one of my mates to see the colour of my dirty panties. Today mother says I can't do the same Her and  me are under the same attack Today's stigma came with a flow A stench lingering long after the boys have gone to rest. Mama said I'm a woman now I must learn to cover my treasures She said she was sorry The used cloth is all she can afford To help me drain this blood Flowing incessantly from my opening As for father

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Spoken Word Artist: Andrew Patience (AP) Producer: Oluwadrumma Location: Jos, Nigeria, Year of Publication: 2016 No of Tracks: 14 Duration: 55 minutes. Reviewer: Bizuum Yadok(Jos, Nigeria)

It was Chinweizu and co. who said that “spoken word is heard and seen and felt; it is experienced as the narrator becomes a character with varying degrees of animation, body movement, facial expression, tone of voice and rhythm of speech, the narrator presents the character and his plight” in their famous

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Spoken word Album Review:Adebote Seyifunmi

Spoken Word Artist: Andrew Patience (AP) Producer: Oluwadrumma Location: Jos, Nigeria, Year of Publication: 2016 No of Tracks: 14 Duration: 55 minutes. Reviewer: Adebote Seyifunmi (Lagos, Nigeria)

The spoken word poetry album, I AM should be of great interest to mind curious about Africa, her culture and arts. Those interested in unravelling life’s mystery would also be caught in a similar web. Personally, little is known of Andrew Patience, I wasn’t even ‘fortunate’ to meet her at the Abuja

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