Caine Prize 2017 Reviews: ‘The Girl Whose Birds Flew Away’ by Bushra al-Fadil is a...

In Bushra al-Fadil's story unabashed metaphors flirt across the page in a dance so vivid and sensuous, it is difficult to ignore.

Music Review: Davolee’s ‘Festival Bar’ is More Than Just a Lagos Barman’s Tale

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

Caine Prize 2017 Reviews: Sarcastic Humour in ‘The Virus’ by Magogodi Makhene

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...

Movie Review: Jade Osiberu’s Isoken is Colour Blind Fun by Oris Aigbokhaevbolo

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.

Caine Prize 2017 Review: Lesley Nneka Arimah‘s ‘Who Will Greet You At Home’

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?

Book Review: Humour & Truth in Okey Ndibe’s ‘Never Look an American in the Eye’

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...

Music Review: Ozone Takes a Leap of Faith With Last Night in Lagos

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.

Book Review – Coming of Age in Jowhor Ile’s And After Many Days

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

Much Ado About so Little: A Review of Omoni Oboli’s ‘Okafor’s Law’

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.

Review: The Seed Thief by Jacqui L’Ange – A Green Journey Motif

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.

Lagos Theatre Festival 2017 Review – A Palatable Feast of Diverse Servings

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.

Review: How Fashion Fell Short in Kemi Adetiba’s ‘The Wedding Party’

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 Coming Revolution & the Curious Case of Mr Kwa Ropshun

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.

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.

Love and Relationships: On Waddling Through Life and Dealing With Anger

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.

Music Review: Rhythm & Life – The Beautification of Shaydee

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.

Movie Review: What Were They Trying to Achieve With the Movie, ‘Three Wise Men’?

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?

Music Review: Symbol of Hope – Review of Olamide’s ‘The Glory’

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

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.

Music Review: On Snobbery, Sobotone and Small Doctor

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.

Music Review: Táabákú – The 12th Studio Album by Beautiful Nubia

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.

Album Review: Lynxxx’s ‘The Album Before the Album’

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!

Movie Review: The Wedding Party

I do not think that the makers of Wedding Party intended it to be pedagogy in philosophy or some high sounding thesis on some important subject. So if you judge its profundity by that, you will clearly be missing the entire point of the story.

OTV Special: Disappointing Nigerian Music Albums (LP’s) of 2016

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

Album Review: On Solidstar’s Brand of W.E.E.D

In essence, Witness Everything Exceptionally Different (WEED) aspires mostly to lover’s dance. And if anyone is deserving of a pat on the back, it is the various featured artistes who grace the album

OLIC 3: Olamide is In a Class of His Own, But Needs to Do More

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

OTV Special: Best Nigerian Music Albums of 2016

There were more Nigerian music albums—LPs and EPs—in 2016 than in 2015 and it is quite interesting that in spite of the ascension of the single, the album hasn’t quite fallen by the wayside.

Album Review: Aramide’s ‘Suitcase’ – A Pastiche of Influences

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.

Album Review: Did 9ice Successfully Return in ‘Id Cabasa’?

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

76 the movie: Mining history for cinematic capital – Toni Kan

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.