This is where a scatterbrain arts and culture worker, activist and communicator exposes his private thoughts on diverse issues of interest to the collective of humanity. All opinions strictly personal unless otherwise stated.
Professor Wole Soyinka Unveils New Novel After Four Decades
👆Presentation of Soyinka's CHRONICLES on TVC on Monday, Dec 7
Wednesday, July 18, 2007 The Prize and The Truth (Odia) THE NLNG LITERATURE PRIZE CONTROVERSYBefore The Nigerian Prize BY ODIA OFEIMUN Unlike Professor Olu Obafemi, President of the Association of Nigerian Authors, I do not take the Word as an egg which cannot be reassembled once it is broken. The truth is that the word, if it is an egg, was already broken. All that we do as writers is to train it in support of life, scooping it, beating it, refining and spicing it, to educate taste, thus making and adding meaning, nutritious meaning, to existence. How well we do this is dependent on how we use imagination — the heart, mind and will, that is part of our being homo sapiens. Those who do not care about the meaning that they make, who therefore think of deconstructing before they have learnt to construct, are the ones who tend to put the world in trouble. They tell the rest of us that we can always leap before we think. They seek to, and because they fail to assemble the egg that is
Preemptive Essay Writing Competition: Another Dimension to Reality Show By Natasha Bassey Wednesday June 16 started out on a mild note. Not sunny and with a hint of slight showers that was to come. The rain, however, allowed for the arrival of the five finalists and the crew to The Place Hotels, Ajao Estate, Lagos, where the final of the essay competition was held. The event was set up in the context of a pseudo-reality television show. The technical crew from Zmirage Multimedia Limited arrived to set up lights, sound and the stage set; they got to work around 8am, creating the ambience for the show. The producer, Lillian Amah Aluko was on hand at that time as well to ensure that preparations were made adequately to ensure a smooth running of the show. The narrator, Tina Mba, who would act as the voice of the competition was also ready. The five finalists — Mr. Lawrence Wakdet, who had come in the previous night all the way from Jos, Plateau State; Mr. Emmanuel Ugokwe traveled a
LNG Literary Prize: The Return Of Truth Unfortunately, none of the entries received met the high standard set by the panel of judges for the Nigeria Prize for Literature 2004. None was adjudged free of numerous faults observed because grave damage was done to these submissions through Self-publication with its attendant disabilities emanating from poor packaging. The panel of judges observed that recourse to self-publication short circuits the traditional publishing processes and this gives rise to the numerous stylistic and grammatical flaws just observed. It is further observed that many writers have not acquired the necessary education or undergone proper apprenticeship and training required for the high-level performance expected from winning entries at this level. Future competitors are thus urged to take note of these observations. So, what are the new things that the jury of the LNG prize was saying in their damning reports on the state of Nigerian literature, especially in ter