In Bushra al-Fadil's story unabashed metaphors flirt across the page in a dance so vivid and sensuous, it is difficult to ignore.
Listening to Festival Bar made me reflect on the art of the short story and especially how the song works with acute observation, colorful characterization and witty dialogue
The unnamed but highly opinionated narrator addresses the reader in a beautiful blend of English and Afrikaans which could demand the use of a dictionary by a non-native reader (to aid comprehension). This is not a flaw, rather it strengthens the narrator’s voice...
Before its last few clichéd scenes, Isoken is so well written and acted that for the most part, it escapes the genre's restrictions and instead becomes a drama of the single life. The emphasis isn't so much on the societal pressure of finding a husband but on what a soulmate, a companion, a friend might mean to a successful single woman living in a city.
Last year Nneka Arimah gave us 'What It Means When A Man Falls From The Sky'. This year, she comes with another sci-fi story that reimagines humanity’s core. This second coming is stronger. But will it win the prize?
Okey Ndibe strikes a mesmerising figure in his memoir - he goes through the grime, grit and shocking phases of life and emerges whole. In this book we also see other lives through his life...
With this five-track mixtape supported by Tey Chaplin who appears as executive producer, Ozone digs into his fears, insecurities and hopes for musical gems.
And After Many Days marks different eras of Nigeria’s history, through the pulse of the events that the Utu family encounters, the serenity of village life from over a decade ago, descriptions of post military era Port Harcourt, and more
Okafor’s Law as a story and socio-cultural experience is one that has a huge potential for success as a movie. However, I am not sure that movie is Omoni Oboli's Okafor's Law because it fails to hit a home run; let's forget about the hype for a minute.
Truth be told, I would have been nonplussed if this book did not make the Etisalat Prize Shortlist of three mainly due to its superb narrative technique and uniqueness of themes.
In the first few minutes of the play 'The Audition' a believable kiss is shared between two women on stage without the benefit of backstory. This is not the only thing that is unusual about this masterful and repartee-filled play.
I have come to appreciate the craftsmanship and precise genius of stylists and costumiers who work to interpret the script and the producer's vision.
The revolution will rise to the very top. The first phase of the plan is to start from the ground up. From councillors to governors and demand, by force if necessary, all their records and dealings.
There I was, rallying my thoughts for the most appropriate response to an act that hurt me, nursing the grief, but only long enough to avenge it, to make some visible mark on the violator with my own words, something to show that I did not just take it, that it was not okay that she did what she did, that I would have the final say because silence was surrendering myself to a death of abuse.
I have a lot of admiration for Shaydee. He has been in the game for a bit. Beginning his ascent into stardom after his chance encounter with Banky W after opening for him in Ilorin, Shaydee has not only waited a whooping four years to put this album out, he has also endured some measure of neglect.
I think of Opa William’s Three Wise Men and I cannot help but ask myself, how much really is new in the “new Nollywood”? Is it enough that they feature the famed Lekki-Ikoyi bridge or have fancier advertorials or show at cinemas? If one says it is the storyline, I will be forced to ask again; “what makes a great movie; a great storyline or a great plot structure?
Interestingly, the most important song of his career on this album is not ‘Oluwa Loni Glory’, rather it is ‘Symbol of Hope’ on which he announces his current status in the game
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.
Even if Small Doctor’s albums are not popularly branded and marketed, one thing is clear to a discerning ear: Temitope is only interested in his streets.
Introspective lyrics with philosophical depth. Tongue-in-cheek humour. A subliminal promotion of Yoruba culture amongst other things. But what they don’t expect is the new dimension and terrain that Beautiful Nubia's new music will explore.
If one word recurs in an appraisal of Lynxxx, that word would be 'Easy', perhaps because there is certain level of insouciance (not effortlessness) that he brings to the table, utunu!
The art of the music album, though on a decline, seem to have flowered in 2016. That said, many albums fell short of expectations this year. Here are some of them
There were not so many new songs performed at OLIC 3, probably Olamide and other artistes played for safety with the audience or it may have been do for some other reason
Generally, I prefer when Aramide sings by herself; her voice carries the day each time she does. Suitcase is clearly the first of many great things in the discography of this hardworking singer-songwriter who just gave 2016 its best album by a female Afrosoul vocalist.
Nine years after releasing his first album, he is back again with his seventh album which he names for his friend and producer, Id Cabasa. An dthis is 9ice at his best in recent times
Izu Ojukwu kept us waiting so long for this movie that it almost started feeling like the second coming. 76, the movie, is a deeply affecting study of the human condition and well realised piece of art.