Art & Entertainment

THE GENERAL AND THE DOCTOR

Sep
26
John Otim, a novelist

Al Harun(Excerpts from a just published novel Strongman)

The military man that he was, his targets were carefully chosen. With him everything had a purpose. Once in what seemed like a random and stupid act, he had his men along with a bunch of journalists, proclaim and crown him King of Scotland. A carefully chosen tune played in the background, softly, very softly, but it was audible. As they placed the gold and crimson crown upon his head the police brass band struck up and played the tune out loud.

 

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Melodies of a new Africa

May
23
John Otim

There was about the evening something truly noblesse, as if the universe was about to blow up and break out in a colossal firework. The canopy ablaze. From the Mountains to the east came whispers of winds laden with fragrance, everything made for a fairyland. It was amazing just to be there and he was right in the middle of it

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The malaise at the Oxford of Africa

Jun
28
John Otim

Ali Mani the renowned African scholar arrived at the Ahmed Barak from a top American College where he was the head of the Institute of Global Culture. He came to give a series of public lectures all across Nigeria. Dr. Aziz arranged the show. Aziz had been a star student of Ali Mani when the latter taught at the Great Lakes University. At first Ali Mani was reluctant to come, but Aziz reassured him

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Huge blemish on the Oxford of Africa

Jun
27
Anonymous

Ali Mani the renowned African scholar arrived at the Ahmed Barak from a top American College where he was the head of the Institute of Global Culture. He came to give a series of public lectures all across Nigeria. Dr. Aziz had arranged the show. Aziz had been a star student of Ali Mani when the latter taught him at the Great Lakes University. At first Ali Mani was reluctant to come, but Aziz reassured him

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Why do dictators want to be writers?

Apr
23
Jonathan Power

Nearly all the big time twentieth century dictators had the writing bug:  Kemal Ataturk, Benito Mussolini, Francisco Franco, Idi Amin, Abdul Nasser, Mummer Gaddafi, Nicolai Ceausescu, Kim Il-sung, Leonard Brezhnev, Ayatollah Khomeini, Yuri Andropov, Fidel Castro, Saddam Hussein ... All convinced themselves, that no matter how busy they were with running the State, they had to take time to compose words.

 

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Africa and her Dirty Coups (part 2)

Mar
16
John Otim

On Thursday he picks his American degree. In a week or two he will be back in Africa. The excitement of seeing his parents, his sister, his two brothers, the anticipation was almost more than he could bear.Once in Africa, they will launch a new magazine of culture, politics, and the arts. Black Horizon, they decided to call it. Launch date was set for November 22nd, just months away

 

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mocked, laughed at, and now a model, while black

Feb
11
Oluwaseun Matiluko


Having a growth spurt at seven years old meant I was the tallest in my age group, taller than all the girls and all the boys who had to stand on chairs so they could be level with me in class photos. Starting puberty at age eight, meant the rest of my body soon looked different from those of the girls around me. 

 
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The day theater died at Ahmadu Bello University in Nigeria

May
23
John Otim

At a corner of the Ahmadu Bello University in northern Nigeria a mud structure crafted in the traditional style of the Hausas encloses a modest open air stage and auditorium. This is the home of theater and the performing arts that campus students playfully call the Mud Theater. Deceitfully simple the place has witnessed many thrilling moments of drama, dance, and music.

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