ON THIS FATHERS’ DAY, A LETTER

Dear Father

drop those sickle and hammer a while

and call off your challenge against

the sun for a second and follow

me to the shade there to

revive your waning spirit with this

THANK YOU gourd I’ve brewed for you

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SEMBENE IN KADUNA

On the 10th of June, 2018, Open Arts organised the Sembene Documentary, a film on the life and work of Ousmane Sembene, the Senegalese writer and filmmaker. The event held at the Council Chamber of the Kaduna State Government House and was attended by the First Lady, Hadiza Isma El-Rufai, among other arts and literary enthusiasts.

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Adieu, Ras Kimono

Yesterday, I heard of the passing of the reggae star, Ras Kimono. May his soul rest in peace.

Ras Kimono had spent part of his life in Kaduna, where he worked in one of the back-breaking textile companies that the town could boast of. I’m not sure it was in the same factory that Adams Oshiomole, the former Governor of Edo State, worked

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(AUTO)BIOGRAPHIES AND I.

No other book grips me the way biographical works do, especially, those about writers. The art of compressing time and experience into a portable book fascinates me. Long after I have finished ingesting the book, my mouth remains drenched with the bitter sweetness of the subject’s life.

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HOW SHABBA RANKS HELPED LIBERATE WOMEN IN THE 1990s.

I am shocked each time I come across a lady, especially, one brought up in Kaduna or some other conservative town, who does not rever Shabba Ranks. I am sure that, if I were one of such ladies, I would break down in tears of gratitude at the mere thought —or hearing— of the word ‘Shabba’. Before the early 1990s, ladies used to be pelted with stones or jeered at or even sang at for walking down the streets in trousers. The first line of one of such songs inn Hausa sings: ‘Biri da wando (Monkey in trousers)’.

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