iRead: The May Edition: The place of Non-Fiction Narratives in the literary cosmos

Last year, a young American scholar, Hefzibah Israel threw a challenge to Nigerian and African writers. It happened that Hefzibah connected with some Nigerian writers on Facebook and while acknowledging their dexterity with fiction, wondered why that skill was not being applied to the wide gap of knowledge about the continent. The challenge from Hefzibah … More iRead: The May Edition: The place of Non-Fiction Narratives in the literary cosmos

2013 Farafina Trust Workshop: Call For Applications

Farafina Trust will be holding a creative writing workshop in Lagos, organized by award winning writer and creative director of Farafina Trust, Chimamanda Adichie, from August 6 to August 16 2013. The Caine Prize winning Kenyan writer Binyavanga Wainaina, and others will co-teach the workshop alongside Adichie. The workshop will take the form of a class. Participants will be … More 2013 Farafina Trust Workshop: Call For Applications

Farafina Releases Nigerian Edition of Adichie’s Americanah

Farafina is proud to announce the Nigerian edition of AMERICANAH, the highly anticipated novel by award-winning author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Release date is April 21, 2013 in Lagos. In the months following the release, the author will go on a national book tour with stops in major cities across Nigeria. ABOUT THE BOOK AMERICANAH is … More Farafina Releases Nigerian Edition of Adichie’s Americanah

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!

In Nigeria, you don’t have to be ‘somebody’ to be treated with civility

By Chiagozie Fred Nwonwu Some of the most positive lessons of my growing up years were taught me by a lady we grew up calling Aunty Kathy. Stuffs such as the importance of eating with our mouths closed, saying a prayer before every meal, washing and ironing our own clothes, the alphabet and numerals, basic … More In Nigeria, you don’t have to be ‘somebody’ to be treated with civility

Lola Shoneyin and Samuel Tosin Kolawole for iRead this February

After a very successful run in 2012, iRead is back and better! iRead, is a platform that brings aspiring writers and book lovers together with established voices in an environment where books, writers and the writing process get highlighted. In pursuance of our thematically structured readings, this edition of iRead is themed: The Literary Affair. … More Lola Shoneyin and Samuel Tosin Kolawole for iRead this February

Splendid Literature & Culture Foundation to Announce Winner(s) at its Public Presentation

Splendid Literature and Culture Foundation (SL&CF), incorporated in January 2012 to produce quality literature that will not only entertain and enlighten children readers but also stimulate their imagination, will be publicly presented on February 21st, 2013. In July 2012, the Foundation made a call for submission of imaginative children’s literature from young Nigerian writers all … More Splendid Literature & Culture Foundation to Announce Winner(s) at its Public Presentation

British Council announces first edition of Lagos Theatre Festival

British Council Nigeria, in conjunction with three of Nigeria ‘s most exciting theatre companies, and award-winning British Nigerian actor, Inua Ellams, presents the Lagos Theatre Festival 2013. For 2 days, on the 16th and 17th of February, 2013, Renegade Theatre, Black Soul Performance Company, House of Tales andFuel Theatre will bring to life amazing performances across … More British Council announces first edition of Lagos Theatre Festival

Rape: Ending This Culture of Silence

By Kechi Nomu In 2009, angry militants lodged within walking distance from students in the University of Port Harcourt decided to protest against the Federal government for not paying the rehabilitation money it had promised it would pay them monthly. Their preferred means of protest was rape. They had the advantage of strength (they were after … More Rape: Ending This Culture of Silence

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