Emulate Obasanjo by changing what is wrong – Sheikh Gumi

Sheikh Ahmed Gumi in a chat with Francis Damina talks about the reconciliatory visit to former President Olusegun Obasanjo, security, the President Buhari-led administration...

The Face: Cartography of the Void by Chris Abani

Part of a wonderfully eccentric series from Restless Books, Chris Abani’s exploration of his own face is a kind of mini-memoir, unpacking the histories, stories, and genealogies contained (and fetishized) inside this window to the soul. It’s a quick and easy read, a minor work by a major writer, though it will give you a good sense of why you should continue on and sample his poetry—Sanctificum, for example, is magnificent.

Yvonne Vera

Born in 1964 in Bulawayo in what was then Southern Rhodesia, Vera’s life was cut tragically short when, in 2005, she died of meningitis aged just 40. She has come to be regarded as one of the most important sub-Saharan female novelists to have emerged in recent decades.

The Famished Road (a book review)

Okri's novel – the first part of a trilogy – brought forward his distinctive brand of magical realism, but it also raised questions about some of the conventions of Anglo-African postcolonial writing.

A Bitter Pill to Swallow by Tiffany Gholar (a book review)

he Harrison School is not your average therapeutic boarding school. It is an ideal environment for anyone – not just students who battle with mental illness. Tiffany Gholar’s palpable descriptions of various rooms decorated in tones like amethyst purples, sapphire blues and emerald greens as well as descriptions of students having their own comfy bedrooms with medical staff always on call, made me wish this sanctuary actually existed

I may head to court if my appeal fails – DG VON

The News Chronicle had an exclusive interview with the Director General of the Voice of Nigeria (VON), Osita Okechukwu, in which he spoke about...

Exposing the Giants: The Global Power Elite

Developing the tradition charted by C. Wright Mills in his 1956 classic The Power Elite, in his latest book, Professor Peter Phillips starts by reviewing...

A Window on Europe

When Raskolnikov, the antihero of Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment,meditates on the brutal murders he has committed, he wonders whether the city in which he lives, St. Petersburg, was somehow responsible...

BOOK REVIEW: Africa’s Industrialization & Prosperity

In a new book titled “Africa’s Industrialization & Prosperity: From Esau Syndrome to Structural Adjustment Strategy,” renowned Ugandan journalist and editor David Ssepuuya combines personal anecdotes from several African countries with research and data from institutions like the World Bank, to show his concern that the occasional bubbles of growth on the continent never morph into prosperity.

Pepperpot: Best New Stories from the Caribbean (Review by Darkowaa)

Consisting entirely of brand-new stories by authors living in the region (not simply authors from the region), this collection gathers the very best entries to the Commonwealth Short Story Prize, including a mix of established and up-and-coming writers from islands throughout the Caribbean.

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