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Minister celebrates conferment of National Order of Merit on Onobrakpeya, calls award boost for creative industry

Minister celebrates conferment of National Order of Merit on Onobrakpeya, calls award boost for creative industry  The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has congratulated Mr. Bruce Onobrakpeya over his conferment with the Nigerian National Order of Merit (NNOM), saying the award to the octogenarian artist is a great boost for the creative industry. In a statement issued in Abuja on Thursday, the Minister said...... more

Medical student emerges winner of NIMASA Maritime Essay Competition

Medical student emerges winner of NIMASA Maritime Essay Competition Miss Elizabeth Ezekiel, a second year Medical student of the Ambrose Alli University Ekpoma, Edo State, has emerged the winner of the Essay Competition organised by the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) to commemorate the 2017 World Maritime Day Celebration. Miss Ezekiel’s essay was adjudged the best out of...... more

‘Ladies Calling The Shots’ launched in Lagos

‘Ladies Calling The Shots’ launched in Lagos The book, Ladies Calling The Shots, written by Niran Adedokun, a Lagos-based public relations practitioner, columnist and lawyer has been launched at the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs (NIIA), Lagos. The event, chaired by former Ogun State Governor, Chief Olusegun Osoba, who was represented by Mr Lanre Idowu had dignitaries that...... more

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie featured in New York Times “GREATS” issue

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie featured in New York Times “GREATS” issue Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is a cover star of the 2017 “Greats” issue of T: The New York Times Style Magazine. This special issue, which is released annually, celebrates individuals who are masters in their respective fields and whose work and vision have transformed modern culture. The 2017 “Greats” issue appeared online...... more

Ikeogu Oke emerges winner of Nigeria LNG Literature Prize 2017

Ikeogu Oke emerges winner of Nigeria LNG Literature Prize 2017 Ikeogu Oke has emerged the winner of the 2017 edition of the prestigious Nigeria LNG Literature Prize. The Nigeria LNG Limited (NLNG) made the announcement in a press conference in Lagos on Monday, even as it exhibited its concern as no winner emerged in the critical work category. Oke’s Heresia poetry...... more

Minister restates commitment to lifting creative industry

Minister restates commitment to lifting creative industry The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, on Friday visited the ongoing African Arts and Craft Expo in Abuja, during which he inspected all the pavilions of the Exhibitors from across the country and many African nations. The Minister, who was with the Head of Civil Service of the...... more

UNN medical student wins star prize at Etisalat-DigitalSENSE students’ essay contest

UNN medical student wins star prize at Etisalat-DigitalSENSE students’ essay contest The management of DigitalSENSE Africa (DSA) Media Group, the organisers of Etisalat-DigitalSENSE students essay contest on Internet Governance for Development (IG4D), has named Odonoekuma Onyebuchi Ekuma as the star prize winner for the 2016 edition, which is on Season 2. The Executive Director, Operations at DigitalSENSE Africa (DSA) Media Group, Nkemdilim...... more

Legendary author Buchi Emecheta dies at 72

Legendary author Buchi Emecheta dies at 72 Nigerian author Buchi Emecheta, whose works included The Joys of Motherhood, Second-Class Citizen and The Bride Price, has died at her home in London at the age of 72. Emecheta’s books were on the national curricula of several African countries. She was known for championing women and girls in her writing,...... more

Etisalat Prize for Literature announces 2016 Shortlist

Etisalat Prize for Literature announces 2016 Shortlist Etisalat Nigeria on Monday announced the names of the three shortlisted authors for the 2016 edition of its pan-African literary prize, the Etisalat Prize for Literature. According to this year’s Chair of Judges, Helon Habila, “In addition to originality of voice and literary excellence, our purpose was to also select a...... more

9 authors make Etisalat Prize for Literature 2016 Longlist

9 authors make Etisalat Prize for Literature 2016 Longlist   Helon Habila, chair of the judging panel of the 2016 Etisalat Prize for Literature, on Wednesday in Lagos announced the 2016 longlist of nine books. The longlist is made up of entries from first-time authors whose books were published in the past 24 months.   The longlisted books are Mr. and Mrs....... more

Book Review: DMO DG deploys drama in discussing recession, other critical issues, By Simon Ibe

Book Review: DMO DG deploys drama in discussing recession, other critical issues, By Simon Ibe It is not often that we find a work of literary art being used to dispassionately dissect contemporary economic and social issues the way Dr Abraham Nwankwo, Director-General of the Debt Management Office (DMO), did in his booklet, Through The Storm. An accomplished economist, Nwankwo found a way to use this well-crafted...... more

3 shortlisted for US$100,000 NLNG Literature Prize

3 shortlisted for US$100,000 NLNG Literature Prize The shortlist of three entries has been approved by the Advisory Board for The Nigeria Prize for Literature sponsored by Nigeria LNG Limited. This announcement follows an initial shortlist of eleven which was released in July. The three shortlisted entries, in alphabetic order, are Born on a Tuesday (Elnathan John), Night...... more

Biafrans and Onumah’s ‘prophecies’

Biafrans and Onumah’s ‘prophecies’    Title: We Are All Biafrans Author: Chido Onumah Publisher: Origami Year: 2016 Pages: 214 Along the line of my quest for knowledge, I have always come across this cliché that Nigeria is a land of milk and honey: Arable land, mineral resources, and a large and enterprising population; variables that...... more

Enyimba Reading Festival holds June 16; facilitator speaks on objective

Enyimba Reading Festival holds June 16; facilitator speaks on objective The Enyimba Reading Festival instituted by concerned intellectuals including lecturers in the commercial city of Aba, Abia State last year is aimed at making the youths and students to do more reading of books than talking. One of the facilitators, Dr Ugochi Ikonne, said in an interview in Aba that the...... more

‘We Are All Biafrans’ set for release on May 31

‘We Are All Biafrans’ set for release on May 31 Parresia Publishers Ltd and African Centre for Media and Information Literacy in partnership with Shehu Musa Yar’Adua Foundation will on Tuesday, May 31, 2016, present to the public a new book, We Are All Biafrans, written by Chido Onumah. Designed as a platform to reinforce the debate about federalism and national...... more

Welcoming ‘The Media Imagination in Nigerian Foreign Policy’, By Chido Onumah

Welcoming ‘The Media Imagination in Nigerian Foreign Policy’, By Chido Onumah The recent visit of President Jacob Zuma of South Africa to Nigeria presented an opportunity to rehash the view that Nigeria has not been given its due recognition in Africa. Of course, as expected, Mr. Zuma in his speech to the joint session of Nigeria’s National Assembly did touch on Nigeria’s...... more

Fiston Mwanza Mujila wins the 2015 Etisalat Prize for Literature

Fiston Mwanza Mujila wins the 2015 Etisalat Prize for Literature Poet and novelist Fiston Mwanza Mujila has won the 2015 Etisalat Prize for Literature. He was on Saturday, March 19, 2016 announced winner for his first novel, Tram 83. Originally written in French, Tram 83 was translated into English by Roland Glasser and published by Deep Vellum. Mujila, 35, is the first Francophone...... more

Awka Literary Society holds Valentine Eve Open Mic Session

Awka Literary Society holds Valentine Eve Open Mic Session Awka Literary Society has concluded plans to mark this year’s St Valentine Season with an Open Microphone session that will fling the doors of artistic and musical expression open in the South East of Nigeria. The event, which holds on February 13 in Havila Suites, Awka, Anambra State capital, is the...... more

Three authors shortlisted for 2015 Etisalat Prize for Literature

Three authors shortlisted for 2015 Etisalat Prize for Literature Three authors have finally emerged for the 2015 Etisalat Prize for Literature. The authors were pruned from a total of nine selected earlier. They are Fiston Mwanza Mujila, Penny Busetto and Rehana Rossouw. The Etisalat Prize for Literature is the first pan-African Prize that is open solely to debut fiction writers...... more

Etisalat Prize for Literature announces 2015 longlist

Etisalat Prize for Literature announces 2015 longlist Nigeria’s most innovative and fastest growing telecommunications services company, Etisalat, has announced the longlist for the 2015 Etisalat Prize for Literature. The announcement, made yesterday in a statement in Lagos, said that the nine books on this year’s longlist were chosen from a field of over 100 titles submitted from across...... more

Lagos Deputy Governor tasks school principals, teachers on ICT

Lagos Deputy Governor tasks school principals, teachers on ICT Lagos State Deputy Governor, Dr. Idiat Adebule, has tasked Principals and Teachers in the state’s public and private schools to imbibe the new Information Communication Technology (ICT) in their teaching career if they must remain relevant and meet the 21st Century teaching and learning requirements. The Deputy Governor, who stated this...... more

Osun to name new school after Soyinka •We’ll leave lasting legacy in education —Aregbesola

Osun to name new school after Soyinka •We’ll leave lasting legacy in education —Aregbesola The Governor of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, on Wednesday said his administration will leave no stone unturned in giving Osun a legacy of an enhanced environment of learning‎ obtainable in any advanced country of the world. This was even as the Association of Primary Schools Headteachers of Nigeria (AOPSHON) lauded the...... more

National Library urges FG to fund libraries at all levels

National Library urges FG to fund libraries at all levels Alhaji Habib Jato, the Chief Executive Officer, National Library of Nigeria (NLN), on Monday urged the Federal Government to ensure adequate funding of libraries at all levels. Jato made the call at a book exhibition organised to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the United Nations in Abuja. He also urged the...... more

Queen of romance novels loses battle to breast cancer

Queen of romance novels loses battle to breast cancer Best-selling romance novelist Jackie Collins, whose first book was so steamy it was banned in some countries, died of breast cancer in California Saturday, her family said. She was 77. “She lived a wonderfully full life and was adored by her family, friends and the millions of readers who she has...... more

Etisalat Prize for Literature calls for entries for 2015 awards

Etisalat Prize for Literature calls for entries for 2015 awards Etisalat Nigeria has announced the call for entries for the 2015 Etisalat Prize for Literature (http://prize.etisalat.com.ng) which is in its third year. The prize is the first ever Pan African prize celebrating debut African writers of published fiction. According to Matthew Willsher, Chief Executive Officer, Etisalat Nigeria, “Etisalat Prize for Literature...... more

Oyo poets beam searchlight on xenophobia

Oyo poets beam searchlight on xenophobia It was another day of book-reading when the recent assembly of the Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA), Oyo State Chapter, was held at Preboye’s Plaza. And, as usual, several poems, written by different poets, who are members of the association, were read to participants. Different topics of interest were treated: ranging...... more

Chimamanda Adichie’s AMERICANAH makes New York Times, BBC Best Book of the Year

Chimamanda Adichie’s AMERICANAH makes New York Times, BBC Best Book of the Year Internationally acclaimed Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s third novel AMERICANAH has been named one of the Top Ten Best Books of 2013 by The New York Times. The list of the ten best books is chosen by a team of editors at The New York Times, a newspaper widely regarded as...... more

FG hails Dangote for revitalising privatised firms

FG hails Dangote for revitalising privatised firms The Federal Government has commended the Chairman of Dangote Cement Plc, Aliko Dangote, for reviving privatised companies, despite huge challenges in Nigeria’s business climate. Minister of National Planning, Shamsudeen Usman, gave the commendation over the weekend during a visit to the Dangote Cement Plant in Gboko, Benue State, North-Central Nigeria. He...... more

Here comes ‘BOOK OF HOPE’ for youths

Here comes ‘BOOK OF HOPE’ for youths A book that reveals unique strategies on how to arrest challenges and fundamental problems besetting youth development in the country will soon be released. The author of the book and member of the National Youth Council of Nigeria, Carl Oshodi-Isibor, disclosed this in a chat with News Express Benin City. Oshodi...... more

Pop star overcomes madness, releases new album

Pop star overcomes madness, releases new album A man who became mad midway into his music career has returned to the studio to record a new album after 17 years’ absence from the scene. His story is one which makes the point that you can always bounce back no matter what you go through in life. “You should...... more

 

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