All posts by Mazi Nwonwu

Creative writer, editor, culturally attuned African, father, lover, husband, man.
British Council Announces Largest Ever Theatre Festival in Lagos

British Council Announces Largest Ever Theatre Festival in Lagos

The British Council today announced details of the 2nd edition of the Lagos Theatre Festival, the largest ever outdoor theatre festival to take place in the city which will run from 28 February to 2 March 2014.  Part theatrical experience, part real life and part city journey, the festival will transform historic Freedom Park, a public … Continue reading British Council Announces Largest Ever Theatre Festival in Lagos

British Council Through My Eyes Project Online Exhibitions to Start Feb 14.

British Council Through My Eyes Project Online Exhibitions to Start Feb 14.

ONLINE PHOTO EXHIBITION EXPLORES THE HOPES AND DREAMS OF COMMUNITIES ACROSS NIGERIA ‘Youth not oil will be Nigeria’s most valuable resource by 2030’ British Council Nigeria Next Generation report The British Council today announced details of Through my eyes, an online exhibition that provides an opportunity for young people in Nigeria to stimulate debate in … Continue reading British Council Through My Eyes Project Online Exhibitions to Start Feb 14.

Verifiable Data and the Nigerian Creative Industry

Verifiable Data and the Nigerian Creative Industry

It would have been what some call a surefire deal. A movie producer, intrigued by the production rate of the Nigerian home movie industry and the potentials for returns inherent in a country with over 170 million people and perhaps triple that number across sub-Saharan Africa, decided to do an online search for film crews … Continue reading Verifiable Data and the Nigerian Creative Industry

Masquerade Stories (Excerpt)

Midmorning was already upon the hills when I woke up. At first, I could not understand why my body ached all over, but then it all came back to me, the dance, the hastily swallowed concoctions and the visions of talking spirits they brought. I stood up, groggy, and groped around the bed to shake … Continue reading Masquerade Stories (Excerpt)

Annihilation (excerpt)

Annihilation (excerpt)

Chapter 1   It took more than the sound of the alarm built into the detachable chrome and fibreglass bed to wake Boyo up from a dream-filled sleep. Though the continuous beep of the alarm played a part, it was the strong, bittersweet, whiff of marijuana, seeping in through the hairline crack where his bulletproof … Continue reading Annihilation (excerpt)

iRead: The May Edition: The place of Non-Fiction Narratives in the Literary Cosmos

iRead: The May Edition: The place of Non-Fiction Narratives in the Literary Cosmos

Last year, a young American scholar, Hefzibah Israel threw a challenge to Nigerian and African writers. It happened that Hefzibah connected with some Nigerian writers on Facebook and while acknowledging their dexterity with fiction, wondered why that skill was not being applied to the wide gap of knowledge about the continent. The challenge from Hefzibah … Continue reading iRead: The May Edition: The place of Non-Fiction Narratives in the Literary Cosmos

Lola Shoneyin and Samuel Tosin Kolawole for iRead this February

Lola Shoneyin and Samuel Tosin Kolawole for iRead this February

After a very successful run in 2012, iRead is back and better! iRead, is a platform that brings aspiring writers and book lovers together with established voices in an environment where books, writers and the writing process get highlighted. In pursuance of our thematically structured readings, this edition of iRead is themed: The Literary Affair. What … Continue reading Lola Shoneyin and Samuel Tosin Kolawole for iRead this February

The Funeral Did Not End: social commentary at its best

The Funeral Did Not End: social commentary at its best

Book: The Funeral Did Not End Author: Sylva Nze Ifedigbo Publisher: Dada Books Pages: 296 Reading Sylva Nze Ifedigbo’s long awaited short story collection, the first thing that struck me was the way story after story mirrored the society perfectly. Knowing the writer and his interest in social commentary, I was not surprised. What surprised … Continue reading The Funeral Did Not End: social commentary at its best

Fine Boys: telling a generation’s story in tricolour

    Every generation has a book that defines it, that lays its secrets bare and shines bright lights into its darkest corners. In Nigeria, for the generation who began university after the swinging 80s said goodbye and the ill-thought out economic policy that was SAP started showing its ill effects, the unpredictability of university … Continue reading Fine Boys: telling a generation’s story in tricolour

…and there was a current called Farad! A Book Review

…and there was a current called Farad! A Book Review

Book Title: Farad Author: Emmanuel Iduma Publisher: Parresia Pages: 207 Immediately I finished reading Emmanuel Iduma’s novel “Farad, I felt the need to tell others about it. Not as a professional reviewer, which I am not, but as a reader pleased with a book bought with hard-earned Naira. I write with a thought gnawing at … Continue reading …and there was a current called Farad! A Book Review

Of Heroes, Villains, and Dollar Baits (1)

Of Heroes, Villains, and Dollar Baits (1)

I grew up with comic books. I discovered comics in primary two or three. I can’t quite recall, but I think Voltron, Super Ted and other TV cartoon shows played a large part. Anyway, I discovered comics and life was never the same again. While my friends outgrew the habit I kept at it and still find it difficult … Continue reading Of Heroes, Villains, and Dollar Baits (1)

The City of Memories: A Review

The City of Memories: A Review

  With City of Memories, Richard Ali attempts to give traction to the largely inexplicable ethnic and religious violence in the North of Nigeria. He traces histories and traditions, and succeeds largely in showing the existing mistrust. However, if one would attempt to seek solutions from the novel, one would find little of practicable value, … Continue reading The City of Memories: A Review