June 25, 2017

Review Category : AUTHORS

Watch the anticipated trailer of “Half of a Yellow Sun” film… think EPIC

The anticipated trailer for the film adaptation of Chimamanda Adichie’s award-winning work, “Half of a Yellow Sun” has been released. It looks epic. The movie film stars Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years A Slave, Children of Men) and Thandie Newton (Crash, The Pursuit of Happyness). Nollywood actress Genevieve Nnaji, as well as legendary singer and actress Onyeka Owenu appear in the beautifully shot movie, which chronicles family ties in post-Independence Nigeria, on the brink of a civil war. Other Nigerians you can expect to see in the epic movie, include Zach Orji. The movie is set to hit theaters later this ...

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Soyinka’s candid interview; why he says Achebe is not the “father of African literature”

In a very candid interview with Sahara Reporters, Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka opens up about his relationship with late iconic author Chinua Achebe, a man celebrated in the press as the “Father of African Literature“. Soyinka sets the record straight on rumours of a rift between himself and Achebe, but also explains why Achebe, while brilliant, can not be called the “Father of African Literature,” a title Achebe himself never embraced. “It’s as ridiculous as calling WS father of contemporary African drama! Or Mazisi Kunene father of African epic poetry. Or Kofi Awoonor father of African poetry. Education is lacking ...

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PHOTOS: Chimamanda Adichie rounds up Lagos book tour for “Americanah”

Avid fans of Orange Prize-winning Nigerian author Chimamanda Adichie, on Saturday, crammed into a bookstore in Lagos where the authour was signing copies of her latest work, “Americanah”. The book signing in Glendora at Ikeja City Mall marks the end of the Lagos book tour for “Americanah”, Adichie’s third novel. The little store was filled to overflowing with book lovers eager to have copies of their book signed. “Americanah” is already being hailed in the UK and the United States as an enthralling success. A critic for the Guardian UK described it as “an extremely thoughtful, subtly provocative exploration of ...

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Chimamanda Adichie talks about new book “Americanah” (video)

Award-winning author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has been making press rounds recently ahead of the release of her third novel, titled Americanah, and in this interview with Channel 4 news, the “Half of a Yellow Sun” writer talks about love, race and hair all of which she writes about in her new book. Americanah will be released in the United States on May 14, 2013, published by Knopf, according to Indie Wire. It has already been released in other parts of the world, including the UK. Adichie describes Americanah as a love story, the classic girl meets boy… in this case ...

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Reps want national library renamed after late literary icon Chinua Achebe

Nigeria’s House of Representative has asked that the Federal Government name the national library after the late literary icon, Chinua Achebe, who died at age 82 last Thursday. Lawmaker, Mr. Charles Odedo, representing the Idemili-North/South federal constituency of Anambra state, Achebe’s home state, pushed for the library renaming Odedo said Achebe’s debut work, “Things Fall Apart” brought Nigeria literary fame and urged the FG to rename the national library after the icon. Kano state representative, Mr. Ali Madaki, described the author as the best Nigeria has produced. The motion was unanimously endorsed by lawmakers. ...

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Family says Achebe died after “brief illness”; Brown University mourns the late professor

The family of “Things Fall Apart” authour, Chinua Achebe, confirmed in an official statement that their late patriarch died “following a brief illness”. It is not clear what illness befell the renowned author and professor. In the statement, the family described Achebe as an “inspiration to all who knew him.” They asked for privacy to mourn Achebe, the literary icon whose life and death drew worldwide attention. Achebe, until his death, was a professor of Africana Studies at Brown University in Boston, Massachusetts, and today the institution mourns the great loss. In a statement to the Premium Times, Brown University ...

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Prof. Wole Soyinka “devastated” by Achebe’s death

Fellow literary icon, Professor Wole Soyinka, has said he is “devastated” by the death of Chinua Achebe. Achebe’s passing was announced today by his agent. The 82-year-old who gave literary birth to the popular “Things Fall Apart” died after a brief illness. Speaking to Cool FM in an interview, Soyinka said of Achebe’s death: “I’m just devastated. I only heard about half an hour ago and I don’t want to say anything yet. I’m just devastated” Achebe died in a hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, last night. ...

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Chinua Achebe dies at 82

Celebrated Nigerian authour, Chinua Achebe, died following a brief illness, his agent Andrew Wylie said. The “Things Fall Apart” writer was 82. “He was also a beloved husband, father, uncle and grandfather, whose wisdom and courage are an inspiration to all who knew him,” Wylie said, according to the AP. Spokesman for the Anambra State government, Mike Udah, told the BBC that the state was mourning its “illustrious son”. In 2007, South African writer and Nobel laureate Nadine Gordimer called Achebe the “father of modern African literature”. His literary works gained worldwide attention, especially his debut novel “Things Fall Apart”, ...

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Finance Minister and authour; Okonjo-Iweala set to launch her book in Abuja

A book “Reforming The Unreformable: Lessons From Nigeria”, written by the Coordinating Minister for the Economy and Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala is to be launched in Abuja, Tuesday. Various issues, including “Setting the Stage for Reforms”, “Advancing Macro-economic Reforms”, Promoting Privatisation and Deregulation”, among others, are issues incorporated in the 198-page book . The book, which has recieved accolades from many important personalities, including Nobel Laureate in Economics, Prof. Joseph Stiglitz and Liberian President, Mrs. Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf for its rich insights and prescriptions, is based on her experiences while working with the Economic Team of the Obasanjo administration. ...

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Nigerian-born writer, Rotimi Babatunde, wins prestigious Caine Prize

NAN – Nigerian writer Rotimi Babatunde has won this year’s prestigious Caine Prize for African Writing. The £10,000 ($15,700) prize was given for his story, Bombay’s Republic. It is about Nigerian soldiers who fought in the Burma campaign during World War II. “It is about liberation and how a character can have his world widened,” Babatunde told the BBC. He was among five writers short-listed for the prize, regarded as Africa’s leading literary award. The chair of judges, Bernardine Evaristo, presented the award at a dinner held at the Bodleian Library in Oxford on Monday evening. “It is ambitious, darkly ...

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