Dami Ajayi’s Clinical Blues shortlisted for the Wole Soyinka’s prize for literature

Dami Ajayi’s collection of poems, Clinical Blues has been shortlisted for the Wole Soyinka prize for literature. The poet Dami Ajayi took to his facebook page to share his surprise.

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Writer’s Bio


Dami Ajayi is a Nigerian poet. He studied medicine at Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife. He is also the author of A Woman’s Body is a Country

In a Confrontational Tone, Writer Calls for Translation of Season of Crimson Blossoms

In a confrontational tone, Femi Morgan challenged Abubakar Adam Ibrahim whose book won the 2016 Nigerian Prize for Literature to produce an Hausa translation of his Season of Crimson Blossoms.

Your book will be like a distant legend sought after by its owners with the owners who will keep struggling to have a glimpse of its narrative and thematic glory”

These are parts of comments made by a Femi Morgan through his Facebook platform on a review of Abubakar Adam Ibrahim’s Season of Crimson Blossoms
In a confrontational tone, he challenged Abubakar Adam Ibrahim whose book won the 2016 Nigerian Prize for Literature to produce an Hausa translation of his Season of Crimson Blossoms. Femi Morgan urged him to translate his book to Hausa language noting that failure to produce a translation would be to the exclusion of the people the book is about.
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10 REASONS High-Water Mark School is the right place to enrol your child next term

A visit to Highwatermark school relieves your worries. The state of art educational facilities are the best you can find in the Ondo state metropolis.

Do you live in Ondo state and its environs?
Looking for where to begin or continue your child’s education? Look no further. In this post, I give 10 reasons High-Water Mark school is the right place to enrol your child.

As parents, we naturally bother about what happens to our children at school:

what kind of friends they mingle with?;
what kind of teachers do they talk to?;
what are the teachers teaching them?;

are they taught the right way?;

can they compete effectively with children from other parts of the world?

It is natural for caring parents to hold these kind of thoughts.

A visit to High-Water Mark school relieves your worries. The state of art educational facilities are the best you can find in the Ondo state metropolis.

I share with you just 10 reasons you want your child to resume at High-Water Mark school

1.Affordable fees

2. Well equipped speech laboratory

3. Audio visual mode of learning.

4. Specious and conducive environment: in a classroom, there are two sections. One section for theoretical and the other for practical activities.

5. Security.

6. Competent and qualified teachers

7. Blend of British and Nigerian curriculums

8. Emphasis on learning of digital skills

9. Emphasis on artistic skills through Creative Art

10. Home for creativity: learn piano, drums and computer programming

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WHERE IS YOUR AFRO?: the image of the Nigerian poet- J.N. IFESINACHI

The Nigerian poet is easy to spot in a congress of world poets. If he’s not spotting an afro or a bushy and unkempt hair, he is on dreadlocks with Osama-like beards and Herbert Macaulay-like moustache. His dressing is a thing of wonder. If his bongo trouser is not weather-beaten, the polo will be torn somewhere.

It happened that my fiancé comes all the way from the East, to pay me a visit in Ibadan where I’m rounding off my postgraduate studies in African literature in Nigeria premier university.  In my busy-body bid to show her off and around, we run into a friend of mine who is a poet. We exchange pleasantries, and as it is often the case, we make small mouths about literature; the good writers we have just read; the bad ones we shouldn’t have read, etc. I and my fiancé move on.  Before long we run into another poet-friend of mine. He didn’t even wait for me to finish introducing my fine girlfriend before he produced his phone and starts reading to me the “classic” lines he had just written. ‘Sorry bro, we are in haste,’ I tell him and makes off with my “pissed” lady.

‘You don’t have to be pissed off, he was only showing me his new poem,’ I try to calm her down.

‘Is that how you guys do all the time?’

‘You know the muse could be jealous like a woman, if we don’t show her off.’

‘Meaning?’

‘Nothing.’

‘Ehe, Shuga, did you actually say you’re a poet?’

The question from a girl I’ve dated for many years, who has even read my poems before we began to date, shocked me.

‘What do you mean by that rhetorical question?’

‘See na, you don’t look like any of these poet-friends of yours and the many that I’ve seen.’

‘How do you mean?’

‘You don’t wear poetry.’

‘Talk to me and stop dribbling like an Igbo-induced philosopher’

Ok, where’s your afro? Your hair is not bushy and unkempt like most poets I’ve seen before and the ones I saw today. You’re not even carrying a big book on your chest. You don’t also read your work to the nearest ear, or, is your own muse not jealous?

‘Are you for real? Is that your notion of poets?’

‘No. That’s my notion of Nigerian poets, like your friends.’

Aah, finally!  I exclaimed in my heart. My girlfriend, like myself, has also noticed that most Nigerian poets carry the tag around like a military rank.

The Nigerian poet is easy to spot in a congress of world poets. If he’s not spotting an afro or a bushy and unkempt hair, he is on dreadlocks with Osama-like beards and Herbert Macaulay-like moustache. His dressing is a thing of wonder. If his bongo trouser is not weather-beaten, the polo will be torn somewhere. When that is not the case, then he is tucking in with a funny rope-like belt. His stomach must have fallen into his back because Nigerian poets don’t eat, (they fast for muses?).

He must appear like a refugee in order to paint that Okigbo-like picture, to claim to be his disciple, (by the way, who told him that Okigbo did not eat? And why must poets who appear this way always adopt Okigbo as a model?)

Sometimes, he may put on an over-worn African print top- Ankara for instance.  He dons an African bangle, wear scholar-like eyeglass and then carry one dog-eared collection of poems of his or an anthology where his “masterpiece” appeared. Listen to him talk for five minutes, he will surely be caught condemning those whose writings are not in tandem with his thematic visions.  He is always better than any other poet on earth; he is in the pantheon of the forebears.

Every now and then, he is seen carrying his collection around in a bag, coercing those he can to buy them off. He self-published them (traditional publishers are now only interested in prose fiction).

‘Ok, don’t worry,’ I told my fiancé, ‘I’ll try to start looking like one soon.’

‘Don’t try it o,’ she said.

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AUTHOR’S BIO:

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IFESINACHI, J.P.

IFESINACHI, Johnpaul Nwadike is a poet, writer, comedian and rapper. He obtained a B.A in Literature from Imo State University, Owerri and an M.A in Literature from University of Ibadan. When he’s not listening to 2face, Asa or Brymo, he’s reading an African author. He relaxes by looking for trouble.

TRACKING NEW GENERATION WRITERS: THE CASE OF GIMBA KAKANDA AND SADDIQ DZUKOGI- BM DZUKOGI

This post is about the recent feats reached by two young Nigerians . Their phenomenal rise as potent voices in Africa is what Nigeria as a nation should embrace through concrete support.

Each generation has its own stars who present the society with exceptionally powerful points to remember.

This short piece is about the recent feats reached by two young Nigerians who are literary artists of repute. Their phenomenal rise as potent voices in Africa is what Nigeria as a nation should embrace through concrete support.

Gimba Kakanda and Saddiq Dzukogi, both from Niger state, will soon jet out as writers of note and developing scholars whose potentials could be supported by their home governments including their Local governments for a greater impact on the state in the future. Saddiq is headed for the US while Kakanda goes to London as international students and writers who have already established a mark on Nigeria, to say it mildly.

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Kakanda is First Class as an undergraduate. His recent admissions for higher studies are two, so far: London School of Economics and King’s College London.

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Saddiq’s own is three: University of Nebraska-Lincoln; University of Mississippi; and McNeese State University, all with scholarships attached and teaching assistantship. Nebraska offered academic journey of six years to Ph.D with teaching assistantship. They even added a fellowship to it when he insisted on going with his wife and son. Of course, he chose Nebraska after a fourth admission.

Why am I posting this? I am advocating for financial support for the two from Niger state government. Also, Niger state government should create a special unit in the governor’s office that will keep track of Nigerlites (especially young ones) who are establishing excellence abroad, for future use. A critical support system should be developed for them as a form of scholarship and award or grant.

These two children of Niger have managed to walk their ways to straight lines of excellence with no support from governments of Niger state.

If we are not careful, if these new Nigerian authors make it to their new schools, you may as well say goodbye to them, forever.

This ought not to be the case.

Lastly, I say this because a new light has sprout on the Niger state literary community which hopefully, will be a platform for her accelerated growth. Many teen authors of our art centre are dusting their bags to surpass Kakanda and Saddiq’s feats. This year alone, five of our published teen authors got admissions into BUK (1), IBB University (3), FUT (1), and Federal Polytechnic Bida (1).

 

ABOUT CONTRIBUTOR

BM Dzukogi is the founder/mentor at Hill-Top Art Centre, Minna, Nigeria.

WHAT I THINK ABOUT CHINUA ACHEBE’S THERE WAS A COUNTRY: A PERSONAL HISTORY OF BIAFRA -George O. Victor

Dad refused to tell me about the Nigerian Civil war. Achebe writes about the pain and anguish of those three years

Decades ago, in our small apartment in Agbado area of Lagos where I grew up in a family of full-blown Yoruba people, adjacent my parent’s room, was a two feet shelf that contained memorabilia from Biafra. I remember the Biafra coins and currency notes, receipts and moth eaten photographs that lay in a black paper satchel on the shelf.

At a time when we eventually had to move down to Àkúré, into our very own bungalow, the shelf was burnt along with the satchel. Dad never told me anything about the war or the experiences at the time.

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7 things you don’t want missing in your CV

What is CV?

CV is the shortened form for Curriculum Vitae. The Americans prefer to call it ‘resume.’ They basically refer to the same document; a document that contains an employers’ first impression about a job applicant.

In this post, I will be sharing with you 7 things recruiters look out for in C.V’s that you don’t want to miss out while writing your C.V.

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