AND AFTER MANY WORDS

I do not have any grand reason for tirelessly canvassing for Jowhor Ile’s AND AFTER MANY DAYS. In fact, I am yet to read the prize-winning debut novel. Sometimes, I have discovered, maybe some things should not be bothered by the overrated burden of ‘reason’, whether logical or irrational. Last year, I was all out for TRAM 83. Again, no reason whatsoever, other than its weirdly unconventional title, its cover design, and the ‘sweet’ name of the author (Fiston Mwanza Mujila)—that became music to my ears. There are many others like me who, at times, buy books for their titles, cover designs and blurbs, especially if the author is unknown and somewhat obscure. Someone—a writer I know—once said that people who b...

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Walking in the Den of Thieves

Tales of a Lagos neighborhood Strolling in the gritty interiors of Shomolu, a rather puerile suburb of Lagos is not the same as walking in other parts of the city. For a state like Lagos that houses beautiful and picturesque communities on the Island and some parts of the mainland, the Shomolu town is a boisterous case study for a comprehensive discussion on where not to live in Lagos. For instance, when you, as a stranger, are unfortunate to be moving in the repulsive enclaves and conclaves of Bajulaye, the notorious headquarters of hoodlums in Shomolu, one of two things is bound to happen; you either discover that your phone and wallet have gone missing, or you are physically 'obtained' by the job...

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BITTERNESS: THE NEW FEMINISM

With the recalcitrant popularity that has, this year, graced the women folk's courageous and impressive clamor for equality via the Feminism agenda, one would have expected that in an intellectual convergence as prestigious as the Lagos International Poetry Festival, some enlightened female writers, who are fearlessly vocal about the degradation meted out on them by the society-supported men community, would allow for an objective, sensible and interesting intellectual exchange between the women panelists (Titilope Sonuga, Poetry Asantewa, Ladan Osman, Mandi Vundla, Wana Udobang and Shailjia Patel) and the audience, which evidently comprised of a handful of popular male poets and other enthusiasts of the l...

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