Literary prizes and the future of literature in Nigeria

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Ogunniyi Abayomi

Joy and celebration are the tone of my emotions towards Nigerian writers and poets clinching major literary prizes such as the Etisalat Prize for Literature, Brunel University African Poetry prize and Commonwealth Short Story competition in spite of the social, economic and political challenges that have crippled our national identity, our creative art effective and efficient.

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Fela: The departed voice of consciousness who died in the siege of controversy

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Ogunniyi Abayomi

Olufela Olusegun Oludotun Ransome-Kuti, popularly known as Fela Kuti, in his lifetime poked his fingers into the eyes of military personnel and politicians decrying the exploits and carnage orchestrated within the walls of our territory.

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The art of writing and the pursuit of survival across Africa in the 21st century

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Ogunniyi Abayomi

The struggle to find our feet in society against the unruly demeanor of individuals occupying certain positions unopposed has been a subject and theme of discourse among writers in Africa.

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The Tragic Conventions In African Plays

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Shola Balogun

The traditional Africa is undoubtedly communal. The passivity and conformity of the African under a compelling authority can be explained in accordance with his affirmation of self-will and perception of collective spirit. His penchant for honour is far more intricate and demonstrably cultural.

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Abegi, where does Patience live in Nigeria?

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Prince Charles Dickson

It takes patience to listen… It takes skill to pretend that you are actually listening.

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Poetry Is No Longer A Commercial Art

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Micheal Ace

If the total amount earned in a year by an experienced and acclaimed poet cannot commensurate with what an upcoming artist earns at a single musical show, then it should be unarguable that poetry is no more a commercial art.

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