Nigeria’s politics and restructuring debate

Book title: Nigeria: The Restructuring Controversy Author: Sir Mike Mbama Okiro Publisher: Year of publication: 2017 Number of pages: 352 Reviewer: Sonnie Nwosu   Through this 352 page book divided into nine chapters, Sir (Dr.) Mike Mbama Okiro, a retired Inspector General of Police and current Chairman of Police Service Commission, buttresses the differences in views and feelings of Nigeria’s federating units, that have hindered the emergence of Nigeria, widely acclaimed as world’s largest black nation, as truly great in all ramifications, and as a country with the capacity to…

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How curiosity helps quest for knowledge

Book Title: In the Curious City Author: Stephen Erutor-Pat Pagination: 72 Publisher: CoachInFocus Resource Planet Year of publication: 2016 Reviewer: Tony Okuyeme   “The greatest invention in the world”, notes American inventor and businessman, Thomas Edison, “is the mind of a child and every mind is born with the instinct of curiosity.” Also, renowned German-born theoretical physicist, Albert Einstein, notes that “Curiosity has its own reason for existing. The important thing is not to stop questioning.” This is the focus of book written by Stephen Erutor-Pat and curiously titled In…

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Overcoming failure in examinations

Tunde Ogunsola’s new book, Secret Behind Examination Success, is a commendable effort by the author in a situation where students no longer want to read but make good grades in both internal and external school examinations over the years, with the connivance of some shameless teachers and unprincipled parents on one hand and the students personal laziness on the other. Divided into 12 chapters with topical headings such as The Concept of Examination Success; Understanding and Application of Examination Techniques; Concentration and Curbing Distractions; Overcoming Comprehension Difficulties and Sustaining Growth…

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This Lovesong for my wasteland

This offering Lovesong for My Wasteland is where poetry intersect drama. The Poet uses action with purgation of emotion in the prologue. The thematic preoccupation of the poet literary motif hinges on the concept of land and its symbolic and metaphoric importance to the people. There is a story in our history. The Poet has been to the market place of thought. It is pertinent we borrow a leaf from his poetic messages. “The land is for us to Plough; not to Plunder”, a poem by Niyi Osundare and “This…

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Evening of tributes for Okpewho

The Delta Literary Forum, DLF, is set to hold a special literary program to commemorate the one year anniversary of the passing of the literary Icon, award winning author, globally acclaimed and revered international scholar, Prof. Isidore Okpewho, who joined his ancestors on September 4, 2016. Highlights of the literary evening include eulogies on the life, works, scholarly stature, literary relevance, exemplary dedication and commitment to his chosen career; special of readings from two of his award winning books, The Victims and The Last Duty amongst others, short critiques, eulogies,…

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Hypocrisy, monetisation, bastardisation of religion in contemporary Nigeria

There is a common perception in this part of the world that the white people in their countries hardly go to church or seek miracles as we do in Africa. The impression is that their developed societies function in such a way that everything needed for the good life is provided by the government. Food, water, housing, clothing, electricity, good roads, healthcare, transportation, jobs, education and leisure are said to be there for the taking. So, people ask: what else is the white man looking for in a church that…

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If not for woman, who would become human?

Book Title: Crest of Humanity Author: Dr. Chukwunyere Chukwu Publisher: Noblediv Limited Year of publication: 2015 Number of pages: 206 Reviewer: Adeniyi Taiwo Kunnu   The initiation into the circle of humanity has always been by words. From giving a child a name and nurturing same in the course of growth, words have always been useful in the realisation of self and identity. At the outset of creation, ‘man’ experience life through words, ordering his/her entry into the world. This is the reason why Crest of Humanity comes handy as…

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CORA/NLNG book party in Lagos

All is set for the CORA/NLNG Book Party, which is in respect of the 2017 the Nigeria Prize for Literature short-list of 11 writers.   Since 2010, the Committee for Relevant Art (CORA) has been a critical partner in the projection to the attention of the public the literary works shortlisted for the prestigious Nigeria Prize for Literature. This is through the annual Book Party, which is facilitated by the Nigeria LNG Limited, promoters of the Prize.   CORA stated that the objective of the Book Party, as manifested in…

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Socio-cultural, political developments of Nigerian film industry

Barclays Ayakoroma’s “Trends in Nollywood: A Study of Selected Genres” has provided respite to researchers on Nigerian cinema, film history, theory, criticism and the culture of film scholarship in Nigeria. The 365-page book achieves this by virtually dwelling on diverse aspects of theoretical tradition, taxonomy and critical establishment of film, with focus Nigerian film industry, Nollywood. In his Forward to the book Femi Shaka, a Professor of film studies in the Department of Theatre and Film Studies, University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria, validates this point when he writes that: “the…

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For Park Theatre, season of plays by Wole Soyinka

Tony Okuyeme Ahead of Prof. Wole Soyinka’s birthday, which holds tomorrow July 13, Park Theatre, the resident theatre platform for Freedom Park, Lagos, penultimate Saturday, a month-long season plays, in his honour. Three of Soyinka’s plays will be performed every weekend in July through August 27. The plays include King Baabu’s which will have a command performance on July 26 at the same venue by Oxygen Koncepts. Other Soyinka’s plays scheduled for performance are Swamp Dwellers (which will be staged by Crown Troupe of Africa) and Strong Breed (by Renegade…

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