I: A reason for flying
If you have an account in any of Nigeria's numerous banks and you do not yet have a story of frustration or disappointment to tell, you have not started being served.
If, like me, you have enlisted in any one of the internet banking systems of these financial corporations, you must now be familiar with the various kinds of disservice that have become the staple experience of many customers or clients already conscripted into the industry.
Mila. Rijeka. Leukaemia. Croatia.
Four words that end in the exclamatory sound “a”.
Four words that bring attention to the human acts of love, kindness and heroism.
This is the story of uncommon solidarity displayed by common people in southeastern Europe, the region once, and still, described as the Balkan Peninsula. It is the story of kindness, fellow feeling and absolute love which is worth the value of a film script. It is the story of how a people chose to help the helpless and make a new meaning of patriotism in the Balkan.
To kill a fear…
I used to have a huge fear of flying.
In honour and trepidation of the airspace, I had cancelled some pre-scheduled flights after the plane crash that took away my mentee, friend, collaborator, brother and confidant, Pius Adesanmi. I had lost the energy to do any work, and now they pile up before me. What really is the worth of man, and what is the value of all our aspirations to be, to grow, to plan even for the next day, when there's a pre-ordained schedule for all our steps, a divine boarding pass in hand for us all...?
Mark Nwagwu’s Time Came Upon Me and Other Poems: How to Love a Woman Forever
Title of Book: Time Came Upon Me and Other Poems
Author: Mark Nwagwu
Publisher: Bookbuilders, Ibadan
Year of Publication: 2019
Price: Not stated
Reviewer: Aderemi Raji-Oyelade
when it hurts, that you do not feel the hurt
that you stoke in the hurt,
that you are the vigil of hurt.
It’s been a week now I have not heard from you.
DEPARTMENT OF ENGLISH, UNIVERSITY OF IBADAN, NIGERIA
in conjunction with
PACE RESEARCH NETWORK
Performing Postproverbials: Transformations and Modernities in African Studies
Date: June 19 – 22, 2019
Venue: University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria
A remarkable percentage of the Nigerian population has been reduced to helpless workers who depend on the goodwill of constituted authorities without who they will have little chance of getting their daily bread. There's another community, or communities, united by a commitment to greed and other flashes of corruption, a conclave of iniquities which cuts across generations, gender, ethnicity and orientations, the rumps of national and international embarrassments who are sworn to their own self-centeredness.
(OLU OBAFEMI) Spectator Literary Series
"For me, commited art is like a golden knife" Interview with Remi Raji
Q: You are one of the leading poetic voices of your generation. What is your source of creative imagination?
Dateline: Sunday, April 8, 2018, IBPF celebrates Harry Garuba at 60.
Poets and critics will gather to honor the scholar-poet, Harry Garuba of UCT, Cape Town, South Africa. It is happening on the campus of the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. Two events, two themes, two venues, all for one great intellectual and creative mind.
First event: "Shadows, Dreams and the Eruptions of Poetry"
Venue: Faculty of Arts Quadrangle
Time: 4.30 - 6.00pm
Second event: "Of poetry, peppersoup, palmwine and other intimations"