Long, traumatic road to getting PhD

Book title: What It Takes Author: Lola Akande Publisher: Krafts Books Limited, Ibadan Number of pages: 317 Year of publication: 2016 Reviewer: Tony Okuyeme Lola Akande’s new novel, What It Takes, is a sad, vivid expose of a typical Nigerian university doctorate programme that gleefully cannibalises the best of its own. It is a story of discouragement of excellent academic pursuit, depicting the prevalence of favouritism, ethnicity, nepotism, corruption, lust, needy culture and other negative tendencies currently ravaging the knowledge industry in Nigeria. It draws attention to the unfortunate entrenchment…

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Najee, Joss Stone for Runway Jazz 2017

Two Grammy award winners, American Saxophonist, Najee and UK Singer-songwriter, Joss Stone, will headline Runway Jazz 2017, with performances from some of Nigeria’s finest entertainers including Waje, Yinka Davies, Dede, Heavy Wind, Tosin Alao, Xerona Duke and the host band, Sweet Sound. Runway Jazz is a unique event that harmonises the classy worlds of jazz music and fashion, designed to showcase our proudly Nigerian (and African) culture and talents in celebration of the International Jazz Day. The International Jazz Day, celebrated on April 30 each year, is dedicated to bringing…

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Sundry reasons to live If You Remain Calm

Book Title: Words of Adventure Author: Dr. Chukwunyere Chukwu Year of Publication: 2014 Genre: Poetry Pagination: 258 Reviewer: Adeniyi Taiwo Kunnu Words of Adventure is a compilation of poems in which there is a message for every individual. Giving consideration to the little and also profound experiences of human life, the author in his conversational titles, communicates deep thoughts through words to every reader. In 258 pages with the same number of poems, Dr. Chukwunyere explains the sublime to the secular, the sincere to the simple; all in a bid…

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Historical documentation of Ubulu Kingdom

BOOK TITLE: The story of Ubulu Kingdom, A Historical Documentary of the People of Ubulu AUTHOR: Esther Nwogwonuwe Wright PUBLISHER: Opelsey Ventures Nigeria PAGE: 324 pages Tony Okuyeme   Inspired by the need to preserve her people’s cultural heritage, against the backdrop of the erosion of the country’s cultural heritage”, writer, theatre director and filmmaker, Esther Nwogwonuwe Wright, embarked the production of a film on the people of Ubulu. She therefore set out from Lagos to her hometown Ubulu-Uku in 2005. But as events unfolded, what she discovered and verified…

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‘Stop committing syntactic errors in Yoruba language

Yorubas have been urged to stop committing syntactic errors in Yoruba language, especially with proverbs and other clichés. Mr. Sunday Adeniyi stated this at the last edition of Yoruba Lakotun, a quarterly live audience participatory programme where different creative arts are done and an interview session with a Yoruba writer. Held at Ethnic Heritage Centre, Ikoyi, Lagos, the show was hosted by Olutayo Irantiola. Adeniyi, author of Esin Obinrin, Owu Iya gbon and other books, who was the Guest writer at the vent, noted that ‘Yoruba sayings have been bastardised…

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Noma, Oyelami seek promotion of reading culture

In fulfillment of one of its mandates to engender the resurgence of African arts and literature, Renaissance Africa held its maiden edition of Community Reading Program for children. The event, which is aimed at improving reading culture among children of school age, was held in Agege, Lagos. It had in attendance scores of children. The celebrity guest, Dupe Noma, read to the children two books that had impacted her life. The two books are Eddie Iroh’s ‘Without A Silver Spoon’ and Abayomi Oyelami’s ‘Finding Purpose for Kids’. Noma said she…

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Parable of democratic radicalism, extremism

Title: An Empty Kingdom Author: Ebi Robert Publisher: Bulkybon Books, Lagos, Nigeria. Year of Publication: 2015 Pages: 89 Reviewer: Ben Binebai, PhD “An Empty Kingdom” presents politics that surrounds succession to the throne of Egweama as its subject matter. It is a dramatic edifice structured into three Acts accommodating nine scenes, with front and back matters. The play is logically connected to a stream of narration which maintains the classical or Aristotelian cause- effect continuum tradition of dramatic creativity. Within these acts and scenes, the playwright constructs a linear plot…

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