FROM A POEM TO ITS CREATOR

I move through pharmacy, journalism, editing, fine art and PR while writing poetry and stories for children. FROM A POEM TO ITS CREATOR, my debut collection of poetry, was written at a time when I had many questions about God and the creative process, as well as the CREATION. It was one of nine collections of poetry shortlisted for the US$50,000 The Nigeria Prize for Literature 2009, which was not awarded.
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Lineage: Fiction by Odoh Diego Okenyodo

Inalegwu felt for the reassuring lump on his trousers made by condoms in his pocket. He prayed to be allowed not to use them tonight. If only Agnes would give him a child, he could divorce his wife Ada. A car’s headlamp momentarily lit the muddy street. As far as Inalegwu’s eyes took him, the puddle was in control. But his scrutiny was pleasantly interrupted by a signpost: “Kusul Brothel.” Inalegwu leapt sideways when the car came splashing mud past him, its tyres making fizzing sound in the...
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Interview with D.M. Aderibigbe

JANUARY 16, 2016 Interview with D.M. Aderibigbe D.M. Aderibigbe was born in 1989 in Lagos, Nigeria. He holds a B.A in History and Strategic Studies from the University of Lagos. He’s the author of In Praise of Our Absent Father, selected by Kwame Dawes and Chris Abani for the APBF New Generation African Poets Chapbook Series and is a recipient of 2015 honours from The Dickinson House and the Entrekin Foundation. His poems appear in African American Review, Alaska Quarterly Review...
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Kenyans Criticize The New York Times’ Publication of Victims’ Photos from Dusit Hotel Terrorist Attack, Call for Editor’s Removal as Twitter Suspends Paper’s Handle

Victims of the Dusit Terrorist Attack in Nairobi are laid to rest. Photo credit: Daily Active Kenya. Kenyans are rightly criticizing The New York Times‘ publication of victims’ photos from the January 15 Al Shabaab terrorist attack on Dusit D2 Hotel and Secret Gardens restaurant, Riverside Complex, Nairobi, which claimed 21 lives, according to an updated report by The Star. The graphic photos were posted on Twitter and swiftly drew backlash. The American media house subsequently...
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No 4. Marina Street | Romeo Oriogun | Poetry

EVERY DAY I watch them walk back home wet with the smell of the market, trays balanced on their heads. It will rain. It will not. The truth is here: nothing prepared us for the moment when their bones shivered like lovers ready to part from each other. By the door they peel off their dirty skins and compare history and money. In another room in this house filled with rooms, another woman walks into the arms of ten child...
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Kabaka Magazine, Co-founded by Romeo Oriogun and Chibuihe Achimba, Is Set to Amplify Queer Voices in African Literature | Read Issue #1

In late 2016, the Nigerian poets Romeo Oriogun and Chibuihe Achimba began discussing the possibility of creating a platform for queer writers. Both writers had no clout then, no precedent to model their idea on, and were driven only by years of receiving rejection emails from African magazine editors who repeatedly emphasized that they did not publish “poetry promoting homosexuality.” This was months after Praxis magazine published Oriogun’s poetry chapbook Burnt Men, th...
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At 81, Ngugi wa Thiong’o Announces 34th Book, a Gikuyu Philosophical Epic Novel, 13 Years After His Last

Ngugi wa Thiong’o. Photo credit: Leonardo Cendamo, Leemage. Thirteen years after his last novel Wizard of the Crow, Ngugi wa Thiong’o, who turned 81 on 5 January, has a new one forthcoming. Kenda Muiyuru: Rugano Rwa Gikuyu na Mumbi, published in Gikuyu by East African Educational Publishers, is, according to Kenya’s The Standard, “a ground-breaking epic that subverts patriarchy and roots for social equity.” The book, the author’s 10th fiction book and 34th overall, will be trans...
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Review | Ebenezer Obadare Takes On Jiving Pastors and Thieving Politicians in Pentecostal Republic | Ikhide Ikheloa

Often when one thinks of African writing, it is often about fiction. African fiction is widely celebrated globally, with the traffic enabled by highly publicized Western prizes, forums, workshops, residencies, etc. One can then be forgiven for thinking that all Africans write is fiction and the occasional poem. The truth is that there is an equally impressive body of work in nonfiction, social discourse and history. In defense of the average reader, much of that work is buried inside near-impe...
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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Is Now on Twitter

Source: Brittle Paper Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, who began personally using her Facebook page in 2016 and who joined Instagram in 2017, is now on Twitter. The move was made by the author to forestall impersonators. In the past few years, she had stressed that she was not on Twitter. The account, which was opened in October 2018 and currently has 4,813 followers, made its first tweet on 10 January. This is Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s official Twitter handle. It was set ...
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