Nollywood or Shakespeare, can you tell them apart?

If you like Shakespearian drama with its witchcraft and verbose smouldering insults, you’ll love Nigerian cinema says Yomi Adegoke  Read More

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Writing Africa in America, living between two worlds

by Samira Sawlani  Over the years I have observed the many ways in which we diaspora folk stay connected to ‘back home.’ For some it is through cooking, for others it is music and dance. There are the hours spent trawling through the websites of local newspapers and days filled with the deliciousness of Skype… Read More

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

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