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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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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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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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Speech is an expression of mental acuity, used as a tool to build communal understanding; and so is poetry in many ways. While the former may be commonplace the vehicle of poetry as a thought-process elevates speech to an almost-divine status. This is the gift and uniqueness of spoken word as a genre of literary expression and it is this unique gift that has emerged from the temperate ambience of Jos city through the recently launched spoken word album of Andrew Patience (AP) entitled I AM. The album I AM, is an experimental

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If you have a Christian upbringing like me, you are likely to complete the phrase "I am" with '...that I am'. So when I saw "I am" as the album title my first response was with curiosity; 'I am what? I am who? What about I am?' and more I thought! These were some of the answers I gathered as I listened to the album:

I am the daughter of a strong woman who sacrificed much for me to be a symbol that defies societal norms and ideals; becoming the voice of reason. I am the guardian and custodian of

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Smithereens of Death: Review by TJ Benson

Title: Smithereens of Death Publishers: Write House Collective Author: Olubunmi Familoni Reviewer: TJ Benson Smithereens of Death is a classic example of the evolution of the African short story, told in 'flash-form' that suits this social media savvy generation who won't have the patience to read more lengthy short stories. The opening story 'flies to wanton boys' is a befitting welcome to the seasoned reader. The gruesome tale which seems half completed in the end is well written with spaced sections that leave room

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THE FISHERMEN IN A BROKEN NEST (A review of Chigozie Obioma’s The Fishermen)

“In a broken nest, there are no whole eggs” says a Chinese proverb I came across in a devotional I paused to read before finishing the last few pages of The Fishermen. The proverb seemed to supply an answer to a nagging question since I met Abulu, the madman and the conflict catalyst, in the novel. I must confess that I bought the novel in the third week of December 2015 and marked it for reading in 2016, but a tempting first chapter lured me and I found myself flipping its pages till my eyes hit the last word. Obioma darted

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