Our Featured Writer for the month of October is Marya Kudos. Her story, ‘Corporate Affairs series’ topped the Best of the Month board with the highest comments and views in the month of September. Let us not also forget the “Out of the Blue” series which has also been thrilling us for a while. To … Continue reading Marya Kudos – October
The Naija Stories Editors want to wish everyone a Happy Independence day on this Nigeria at 50. We hope that the golden jubilee brings freedom from the past struggles that have plagued the country. We have seen through the stories entered for our Independence day contest some of the sentiments most of us harbor towards Nigeria. From disappointment to … Continue reading Happy Independence Day – Nigeria @ 50
Nigerian literature predates Nigeria’s independence. As far back as 1789 Olaudah Equiano, a former Igbo slave published his account of his life in bondage and in freedom. There were many other literary offerings right into the twentieth century, including those inspired by competitions organized by the colonial government. Then in 1952 Amos Tutola’s fantastic magical … Continue reading Nigerian literature at fifty: A coat of many colours
The journey of a thousand miles, they say, begins with but one step, Nigeria took that one step Fifty years ago, with the lowering of British Union Jack and the hoisting of Nigeria’s Green white Green flag Nigerian gained her Independence on October 1 1960, it brought to an end an age long dependence and … Continue reading Independance day
As Nigerians witness another era of political transition in the country and celebration of yet another independent lets not forget in a haste were we’ve been and were will are coming from but at this junction what comes to mind is which way Nigeria, where are will going the road which we are heading towards … Continue reading Nigeria’s Defining Moment
A stream of celebrants stormed the parade ground of Aso Rock-Nigerian Presidential Villa. Gaily dressed representatives of different social and civil service groups coloured the occasion in uniforms and traditional attires. On-lookers who could make do with sneak previews of the procession, passers-by who were content at the glance of tit-bits, the audience on the … Continue reading Independence Day
My new born child
can I in you find a favour,
Would you fetch me some water
From where are you calling woman.
I am in the new house
pouring my bowel
into the ceramic seat.
Water? There is water now.
A big river cuts My hut from where The tree lives It had a blast of green That reached this brown ground When the grafts were rooted. A baobab it would Have been, before towering high And an allure for us here But aridity from the vertical war When trunk fought with root, Sucking up … Continue reading Sprouting
20th September, 2010. The flowers smiled at the pedestrians as vehicles moved at a high velocity. Hungry Lagosians conversed heavily amidst zoom-zoom sounds from exotic cars that breezed by. At the right-foot of the Ikeja bridge which is adjacent to the Emerald bank was a young hawker. Akin sat on a cement-slab as he ate … Continue reading Independence Dream
Like a woman who has lost her mind, my country sells her children…
The military coup had succeeded and the scales of justice were tilted in favor of the rich and connected. All the billions of dollars from the oil produced in the ruins of my backyard were siphoned to bank accounts in Switzerland, London, and other developed countries. I couldn’t return to my homeland in the east … Continue reading Fragile Nigeria, I hail thee