Monthly Archives: October 2015

THE AMAZON EIGHT (A (Partial) Review of The Sky is our Earth)

Title: The Sky is our Earth (An Anthology of 50 Young Nigerian Poets) Editors: Abasi Torty Tortivie, Senator Ihenyen & Emmanuel Dairo Genre: Poetry Format: Paperback Extent: 185 pages ISBN: 978-978-52838-6-0 Publisher: WriteHouse Collective “… I hear a tongue shriller … Continue reading

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NOSTALGIA, HOMESICKNESS AND HOPE (A Review of Su’eddie Vershima Agema’s HOME EQUALS HOLES)

But Su’eddie Vershima Agema’s HOME EQUALS HOLES is not all gloom and gnashing of teeth. There is also hope for blue skies and sunshine. There is no certainty, though. There is only hope. Besides, what makes one to even bother to wake up from sleep if not the hope that the new day would be better than the previous one? Continue reading

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A SORTIE INTO OKPOSI, EBONYI STATE

It was strange that Pastor Kingsley had no signs of leprosy or tuberculosis because the way he talked about the ‘glorious’ past of the Leper Colony, you would think that he used to be a beneficiary. You would think that back then, it was enviable to be leprous. Continue reading

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THE THEORY OF LEARNED HELPLESSNESS IN HELON HABILA’S MEASURING TIME

The problem with most people is not that they don’t have principles but that they cannot afford the luxury of living principled lives. They may try to swim against the waves but without support from family and friends they either learn to play along or sink. The man in Ayi Kwei Armah’s The Beautiful Ones Are Not Yet Born readily comes to mind. His mother-in-law calls him the Chichidodo, a bird which hates excrement with all its soul and only feeds on maggots which grow best inside the lavatory. Continue reading

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BEARDS: THE HAVES AND THE HAVE-NOT.

The beardless small-statured man, who is easily mistaken for a ‘small boy’, is the most miserable among men. He is derided by the bearded twenty-one year old. He is pushed about and even knocked on the head from behind and then apologized to after his old face shows he is an adult ‘man’. To minimize these mistakes, the beardless small-statured man adopts certain techniques. For instance he must dress in a way that distinguishes him from the teenager and then, he must almost always appear in public with his woman who is usually bosomy. Continue reading

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