Top 15 recently published books by writers and poets from Sub-Saharan Africa

by Samira Sawlani As the festive season begins, so does the enjoyable and/or stressful task of choosing Christmas presents for loved ones. Fret not; be it for the book and poetry lovers in your life or a reward for yourself after all that shopping, here is a list of recently published fiction and poetry by… Read More

Still Waiting For The Chibok Girls

by Ugochukwu Ezeh In his well-received memoirs, Dreams From my Father, Barak Obama depicts an evocative search for cultural affirmation in his ancestral Kenya. In one moving passage from the book, he sits underneath a mango tree watching his grandmother braid his sister’s hair and listening to her recite the genealogy of the Obama clan.… Read More

Nigerian Election Diary – A Historic Moment

by Emmanuel Akinwotu General Muhammadu Buhari has won the Nigerian Presidential Elections, in a truly historic moment. For the first time since the end of military rule, an opposition party has won an election in a country where power never changes hands. President Goodluck Jonathan, in swiftly calling General Buhari to congratulate him, adds a final… Read More

Nigeria Elections Diary – Defining, Regardless of the Outcome #NigeriaDecides

by Emmanuel Akinwotu Nigeria’s elections are now only 5 days away. That the wait has been markedly anxious is an understatement. When they were postponed just a week before they were initially scheduled, the narrative offered by the government seemed farfetched. President Goodluck Jonathan’s PDP party, under its first credible electoral threat since multi-party politics… Read More

Foreign Gods Inc – A Review

by Sabo Kpade The friction between white colonists and indigenous Africans has been covered extensively, not least in the works of masters like Ngugi and, much more relatable here, Achebe. So there is a great deal of familiarity with such preoccupations in Foreign Gods Inc. That a modern day gallery in New York specialises in… Read More

Nigerian Elections Diary — Buhari’s Pitch for Power in Chatham House

by Emmanuel Akinwotu There was a striking significance to what General Muhammadu Buhari, the APC opposition presidential candidate, did not say in his speech in Chatham House yesterday morning. Not once did Buhari mention the current president Goodluck Jonathan by name. He did not mention the PDP, whose 16-year grip on power is for the… Read More

Nigerian Elections Diary – An Anxious Wait

by Emmanuel Akinwotu It is inherently speculative, but also entirely true, to say that there are few places in the world where people’s expectations of their politicians are as utterly diminished as in Nigeria. Outrage in relatively prosperous countries can ensue from frivolous things. In Britain, the Labour party has recently been criticised for the… Read More

Nigerian Elections Diary – ‘When or If?’

by Emmanuel Akinwotu  Nigerian politics, a pseudo, modern  equivalent of Thomas Hobbes’ imagined state of nature, is a sometimes sand-like entity where everything built can capsize at will. The presidential elections, previously planned to be held on Valentine’s day, were dramatically re-scheduled to March the 28th, and the Governorship elections to follow on April 11th. Or so we are… Read More

Is there a role for the Diaspora in tackling Boko Haram?

by Yemisi Adegoke There are a million ways to define the term Diaspora. I like Jennifer Brickerhoff’s definition best. She describes it as ‘the psychological belonging to a collective culture, homeland or hostland. It holds true to me. Whenever  the ‘what are you?’ question popped up, the answer was always ‘Nigerian.’ That’s how I felt.… Read More

Boko Haram have capitalised on Nigeria’s north/south divide

by Florence Okoye  Reports are trickling through that indicate Boko Haram have struck yet again with impunity. Over the weekend another bomb was detonated, killing 2 and injuring 48. Next, news came that between 60-80 people had been kidnapped in neighbouring Cameroon. Radio 4’s Mishal Husain, speaking to one of Cameroon’s ministers, reported that he… Read More