In Search of Yambo Ouologuem is a fascinating book written by Christopher Wise about Yambo Ouologuem, the writer and author of Le Devoir de Violence. It was a controversial novel which, after publication, resulted in him leaving the African literary stage prematurely and abruptly because of allegations of plagiarism; and Ouloguem’s assertion that he was … Continue reading In Search of Yambo Ouloguem
Most urban Nigerians, wherever they find themselves in the country, the city is rarely ever considered home; even those who have lived nowhere else but one of the country’s large cities, will sheepishly admit to considering a town or village elsewhere in the country their real home. From the colonial era, when the large scale … Continue reading Is the city not home?
When I heard that the BBC was launching a service in Pidgin, I sat down and had a really good laugh. Like many, I still have memories of dire warnings from my Ghanaian teachers that Pidgin ruins one’s English. To hear that the British Broadcasting Corporation (of all the world’s English-exporting corporations) is launching a service in Pidgin…Okay: … Continue reading Pidgin Won’t Die – Get Over It
Five years ago, sparked by allegations of police injustice, first London, then urban centres all over the United Kingdom exploded with riots. They were some of the biggest mass disturbances in the country since the turbulence of the 1980s when first Brixton rose up in rebellion, and later the wider country rebelled against Margaret Thatcher’s … Continue reading London Riots, Masculinity and speaking of nothing
A praise song and dirge composed for Obafemi Awolowo, first premier of Nigeria’s western region, and one of the founders of the independent state. (We do not own the copyright to this content, and no ownership is implied by sharing it on here.) Continue reading Awolowo