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AMINATTA FORNA ON GENDER,IDEAS AND LABELS

  By Tahirah A When I got the hardcover copy of Aminatta Forna’s most recent novel,The Memory of Love, it came highly recommended, not because it had just won one award and was shortlisted for another, but because I was promised that the story would move me. It did not disappoint. She has created a book […]

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TEJU COLE ON ART, WRITING AND SMALL FATES

  By Tahirah A I first heard of Teju Cole at the Farafina writers workshop held five months ago in Lagos. Oddly, his name came up when Binyavanga Wainaina was critiquing a story I had written and he asked me what I was trying to accomplish. I gave a garbled unsatisfactory answer and he listened […]

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NNENNA OKORE ; ON IDEAS,SPACE AND POLITICAL ART

  By Wana Udobang and Winnie Awa For many years I have been fascinated by Nnenna Okore’s art works; massive yet delicate installation pieces, at times fluid and floaty and at other times static and imposing. Watching the metaphors she conjures from woven and strewn together pages of paper making somewhat epic wall pieces have […]

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In Conversation With Zainabu Jallo

  A few weeks ago photographer and playwrite Zainabu Jallo exhibited her series of photographs as part of a commemoration of International Women’s Day. The exhibition titled ‘My Street Economics’ curated by Adenrele Sonariwo ran from the 8th-22nd of March at Rele gallery in Onikan. I got the opportunity to interview the artist. This interview was […]

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Nkiru’s Gift

  Just a year ago my dear friend Nkiru had her first child Didi who also happens to be visually impaired. Beyond Didi being the most gorgeous child ever, i have watched my friend grow into a phenomenal human being. Today is Nkiru’s birthday so i decided to post a recording of the interview we […]

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Bright Young Things Presents Ade Laoye

As a culture fiend, I often encounter some really incredible talent. Either watching some play, attending some of those small intimate gigs or watching a really cool short film on the internet. I also realised they barely ever get anything close to the attention they deserve. So in one of my many brain wave moments, […]

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In conversation with Ms Adichie

  By Wana Udobang While the world anticipates the release of the silver screen adaptation of the Orange prize winning novel ‘Half of a yellow sun’ , Its author Chimamanda Adichie is back on the road promoting her third novel titled ‘Americanah’.  Though Americanah has been described by critics as a novel about race and […]

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GOING SCHIZO

By Wana Udobang “I am going schizo,” he says, as he rubs his palm onto his forehead and shuts his eyes tight till they forge wrinkles on each side. “I know,” I respond in a light whisper. I don’t know if that was what I was supposed to say.  I did not know what the […]

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LOLA SHONEYIN ON FREEDOM, FEMINISM AND POLYGAMY

By Wana Udobang Lola Shoneyin is a poet and novelist. Her collections of poetry include All The Time I Was Sitting On An Egg and Song Of The Riverbird. Her novel, The Secret Lives Of Baba Segi’s Wives is a tragicomic tale of the four wives of a Nigerian patriarch. The critically acclaimed Baba Segi […]

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IN CONVERSATION WITH ADA OGUNKEYE

As part of the 1k4cancer campaign, i will still be sharing stories, conversations, letters and diaries  from people who have lost loved ones to the disease. Ada Ogunkeye is a colleague who has now become a dear friend. On friday nights we partake in a ritual situated at a shopping mall parking lot where we […]