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
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!
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
Having earned my living from stringing words together for the last four years, I can say without fear of contradiction that living off writing in Nigeria is no easy task. The challenge is not only about struggling with what to write about, it is also about finding what angle to approach a chosen topic from. … More Opinion: Plagiarism and the Nigerian writer
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
Reading the first chapters of Myne Whitman’s second novel “A Love Rekindled” was tedious for me. And for the life of me, I couldn’t fathom why. Myne’s sentences were beautiful in their simplicity and the characters few enough for me to remember without flipping pages to catch my bearing. The back-stories that appeared in every … More A Love Rekindled: A review
Writing a review is not as easy as people think. It is not just about reading, viewing or listening to a work of art and writing glowingly about it, or dismissing it with a few strokes of the pen, or key strokes, as it is these days. True, you approach some reviews with care, especially … More Klorofyl Magazine’s City Issue and the Modern Reader
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