BOOK REVIEW: Now that you’ve been excused….Victor Ehikhamenor’s Excuse Me!

Anyone who knows anything about third generation Nigerian writers would know that Victor Ehikhamenor is a big fish. You only need to have followed his column in the now defunct Next newspaper to agree. Excuse Me! is a timely collection of his writings. I recall now the first time I came across Victor’s column online, I marvelled at … More BOOK REVIEW: Now that you’ve been excused….Victor Ehikhamenor’s Excuse Me!

The Unfinished Funeral: A Review of Sylva Nze Ifedigbo’s The Funeral Did Not End

Title: The Funeral Did Not End Author: Sylva Nze Ifedigbo Publisher: DADA Books (299pp) Year of Publication: 2012 Reviewer: Femi Morgan Stories are meant to play a role in the cultural and socio-political evolution of any society. This is the stand of many African writers, Soyinka, Achebe and Ngugi Wa Thiongo. For them, stories will … More The Unfinished Funeral: A Review of Sylva Nze Ifedigbo’s The Funeral Did Not End

AfroSF: Science Fiction by African Writers A review by Nerine Dorman

Title: AfroSF: Science Fiction by African Writers Edited by: Ivor W Hartmann Publisher: StoryTime, December 2012 Reviewer: Nerine Dorman It’s always gratifying to see literary offerings that give genre fiction’s upcoming talents more exposure; of all the continents, Africa presents us with a very different lens with which to view the world—especially refreshing for those of us who’ve … More AfroSF: Science Fiction by African Writers A review by Nerine Dorman

Abami Eda Uncovered

Book: Fela: This Bitch of a Life Author: Carlos Moore Publisher: Cassava Republic Perhaps Carlos Moore wrote Fela Anikulap-Kuti’s biography in the first person to show how close they were; whatever the reason, that decision made the book. “Fela: This Bitch of a Life” couldn’t have been written any other way. Reading this narrative, I … More Abami Eda Uncovered

African Delights: Delightfully African

  Book: African Delights Author: Siphiwo Mahala Paperback: 200 pages Publisher: Jacana Media (January 1, 2012) Aslak Myre, who taught us creative non-fiction at the Farafina Trust creative writing workshop I was opportune to attend this year, stressed that literature is the peephole through which societies can be viewed and accessed. Only he did not say it … More African Delights: Delightfully African

The Funeral Did Not End: social commentary at its best

Book: The Funeral Did Not End Author: Sylva Nze Ifedigbo Publisher: Dada Books Pages: 296 Reading Sylva Nze Ifedigbo’s long awaited short story collection, the first thing that struck me was the way story after story mirrored the society perfectly. Knowing the writer and his interest in social commentary, I was not surprised. What surprised … More The Funeral Did Not End: social commentary at its best

…and there was a current. They called it Farad! A review

Book Title: Farad Author: Emmanuel Iduma Publisher: Parresia Pages: 207 Immediately I finished reading Emmanuel Iduma’s novel “Farad, I felt the need to tell others about it. Not as a professional reviewer, which I am not, but as a reader pleased with a book bought with hard-earned Naira. I write with a thought gnawing at … More …and there was a current. They called it Farad! A review

Richard Ali’s “City of Memories”: A Review

With City of Memories, Richard Ali attempts to give traction to the largely inexplicable ethnic and religious violence in the North of Nigeria. He traces histories and traditions, and succeeds largely in showing the existing mistrust. However, if one would attempt to seek solutions from the novel, one would find little of practicable value, at … More Richard Ali’s “City of Memories”: A Review