Where Were the Writers at the Nigerian Writers’ Awards Ceremony?

Dear organisers of Nigerian Writers’ Awards, you do an awesome job for seeking to promote Nigerian writing through these awards. But I have a few questions.

Book Review: Technology and Government in Shadreck Chikoti’s ‘Azotus the Kingdom’

This story shows the evolution of a man’s mind. The first timid steps towards enlightenment when he starts questioning himself, his ideals, his environment and every other thing he has hitherto taken for granted.

Shonda Rhimes Comes to Nigeria: The TV Goddess is Making Luvvie Ajayi’s Book into a...

Shonda Rhimes is helping Luvvie Ajayi build her empire.

Book Review: ‘Shadows’ by Novuyo Rosa Tshuma

With many underlying meanings and stories touching on characters so real, Novuyo has written nothing short of a beautiful book.

Award-Winning Writer, Buchi Emecheta, Dies at 72

The widely travelled author and mother of five won numerous international awards including Best Black British Writer (1978), Jock Campbell Award for the New Statesman (1979), One of Granta’s Best of the Young British Novelists (1983) and an Order of the British Empire (1985).

Book Review: The Carnivorous City by Toni Kan – Crime Fiction or Guided Tour of...

Toni Kan touches on everything possible in Lagos, from corrupt policemen to fraudsters and so on, and then you realise that what you are reading in The Carnivorous City can as well be a brief history of Lagos.

Dear Genevieve, Your Mediocrity is Encouraged – By Anonymous

Genevieve, the world cares. Even Etisalat with its popularity contest turned Prize for Flash Fiction is seeking quality and creativity. Plus, the great Pa for all of his “write, just write” is not yet a Linda Ikeji.

This Day in History: Google Celebrates Pioneer Nigerian Writer Flora Nwapa with Doodle Logo

Nwapa is known for challenging the representation of women in fiction with her writing of complex female characters, her work in reconstructing post-war Nigeria, and for her work in publishing.

Olisa Blogazine Literary Supplement: The Year I Turned 23 – Ama Asantewa Diaka

In late April we are fighting too much. He kisses a black girl with a south London accent right in front of me and tells me the mere fact that he did it right in front of me should tell me it means nothing.

Etisalat Prize Cancels the 2016 Flash Fiction Award, Cites Low Quality and Creativity

The panel was meant to select the top three entries out of which a winner will be announced at the Etisalat Prize for Literature Award Ceremony which holds in March 2017.

Goethe Literary Exchange Project – Call for Applications

Applications not following the rules will automatically be disqualified. The working language of the workshop is English

Olisa Blogazine Special: 2017, Literature and African Writers to Look out for

2016 was quite the eventful year for literature, we take a glance at some highlights as well as a look at authors we look forward to in 2017

Two Nigerians Shine on 2016 Shortlist of Etisalat Prize for Literature

Jacqui L’Ange (The Seed Thief), Jowhor Ile (And After Many Days) ,Julie Iromuanya (Mr & Mrs Doctor) make the shortlist of the Etisalat literature prize 2016

Made in Nigeria: When Lagos Stood in Applause for Dike Chukwumerije

To remain untouched by the stories spun in this narrative of one score poems, was to be insensate. And there were no robots in the audience that night.

Nigerian Writer Luvvie Ajayi Finally Meets Oprah Winfrey 5 Yrs After Tweeting the Dream

And not only did she meet Oprah, the entertainment guru included her in the prestigious Super Soul 100 list of people from around the world.

Caine Prize for African Writing: 2017 Judging Panel Announced

The panel will be chaired by Nii Ayikwei Parkes, award winning author, poet and editor.

Lidudumalingani on Hats, Jazz and What it Means to Write About Place

'The kind of writing that, I really like, the kind that I want to do, is one that is both concerned with the character in the narrative and where (location) the character is, because I think that's important. Writing about a place gives you the politics of the place.'

Book Review: Route 234 – Travel Writing as We Would Like to Read it

Title: Route 234 Publisher: Homestead Media Year: 2016 Pages: 212 Reviewer: Socrates Mbamalu Travel writing is probably one of the most unexplored forms of writing in the Nigerian literary scene,...

Olisa Blogazine Literary Supplement: Her – Umar Turaki

'There is a striking integrity in Umar Turaki’s story-telling -- and in Umar himself, by the way.' - Chimamanda Adichie

Nigerians Top the Miles Morland Foundation Writing Scholarship Shortlist

Of the twenty-two names, eleven are from Nigeria, four from South Africa, two each from Somalia and Kenya, and one each from Gambia, Ghana, and Zimbabwe


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