All posts by Joseph Omotayo

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“Tropical Fish” by Doreen Baingana

“Tropical Fish” by Doreen Baingana

There was a time in the history of Uganda when a beast ruled, hunger triumphed, hospitality forsaken and economy brutalised; that some would die, many would become ordinary time-markers and mysteries would be archived for posterity. Tropical Fish is such book that registers haunting past with natural telling skill. Only a skilled writer could relay … Continue reading “Tropical Fish” by Doreen Baingana

“The Whispering Trees” by Abubakar Adam Ibrahim

“The Whispering Trees” by Abubakar Adam Ibrahim

Just when you feel not to go along reading some stories, Abubakar remedies the pain with enchanting aftertastes. Abubakar is that good at giving any story a creative end. He darns loopholes with stylish climaxes. The Whispering Trees is a collection of 12 short stories; chic and thoughts ruffling. I love collections of short stories. … Continue reading “The Whispering Trees” by Abubakar Adam Ibrahim

Reviewing Saraba 11 – The Sex Issue

Reviewing Saraba 11 – The Sex Issue

Download Saraba Sex Issue Just like sex, I have often been faced with the dire difficulty to properly place Saraba using brief sentences. Saraba is just like that – like sex, it communes with your intellectuality, romances your subjective analysis and feeds on your reasoning strength for deep appreciativeness. Saraba is more than a quarterly … Continue reading Reviewing Saraba 11 – The Sex Issue

“Say You’re One of Them” by Uwem Akpan

“Say You’re One of Them” by Uwem Akpan

As I went through the pages of Uwem’s offerings, I could feel Uwem has more experiences to share than what he has written on in those five stories that make up Say You’re One of Them. My premise is rooted in the manner Uwem drags on in some of the stories, which individually spans almost … Continue reading “Say You’re One of Them” by Uwem Akpan

”Voice Of America” by E.C. Osondu

”Voice Of America” by E.C. Osondu

In Voice of America, almost everybody has an international passport, while those without it only nurture escapes from different miseries. Give some of them visas and they are bound to become Americans or at least illegal immigrants. When their African affinity and culture pressurizes their new American life, they instantly are people battling with the … Continue reading ”Voice Of America” by E.C. Osondu

On Maroko, Writing and Blackbird: Jude Dibia Speaks

On Maroko, Writing and Blackbird: Jude Dibia Speaks

Jude Dibia has authored three novels. He wrote the well acclaimed and daring novel, Walking with Shadows in 2005. His second book, Unbridled (2007), was awarded the 2007 Ken Saro Wiwa Prize for Prose and was also a finalist in the 2008 Nigeria Prize for Literature (sponsored by NLNG). His recent work, Blackbird (2011), is … Continue reading On Maroko, Writing and Blackbird: Jude Dibia Speaks

Teju Cole’s ‘Open City’ is…Julius

Teju Cole’s ‘Open City’ is…Julius

• Reviewing Teju Cole’s Open City Open City is more than a book of one purpose streamlined plot and a contrived theme setting; it is further broader than that. With its loosed plot, there is really no story in the mainstream sense. The book is deep with intelligences meeting at different mental ports of the … Continue reading Teju Cole’s ‘Open City’ is…Julius

Reporting Book ‘n’ Gauge 6

Reporting Book ‘n’ Gauge 6

Theme: Many Worlds of Two Writers Location: Debonair Bookstores, 294, Herbert Macaulay Way, Sabo, Yaba Date held: November 26, 2011 *** It has become so trite to say African timing always plays the undertone in matter that should be held sacrosanct for proper effectiveness. Such utterance is exhaustible that one finds lateness a usual thing. … Continue reading Reporting Book ‘n’ Gauge 6

Reading Maroko in Jude Dibia’s Blackbird – A Review

Reading Maroko in Jude Dibia’s Blackbird – A Review

John Steinbeck would have to be opposed on this one. I am a firm follower of his analyses, but certainly not where Blackbird is concerned. When Steinbeck opined that only a big book fulfils its mental and emotional obligations to its readers; he surely didn’t realise there could ever be a Jude Dibia’s Blackbird. In … Continue reading Reading Maroko in Jude Dibia’s Blackbird – A Review

African Roar 2011 (An anthology of 14 short stories)

African Roar 2011 (An anthology of 14 short stories)

In a protean undulation of writing mastery, African Roar 2011 guides you through the labyrinth of issues its collective fourteen African writers are laden with. Africa is a complex geographic mass of confusing and diverse matters that cannot be relayed by the artistry of a single pen and African Roar 2011 draws on the unequaled … Continue reading African Roar 2011 (An anthology of 14 short stories)

“On Black Sisters’ Street” by Chika Unigwe

“On Black Sisters’ Street” by Chika Unigwe

Agreed, I haven’t read much on Nigerian-women-immigrant-prostitution. A fact, the multitudes of hearsays and valid stories that I have heard, ones which all culminated into the same story of women trafficking, could easily make banality of any fiction that hinges on that theme. In Nigeria, especially in Ubiaja, Edo state where I spent the early … Continue reading “On Black Sisters’ Street” by Chika Unigwe

Promoting Books the JALAA Way

Promoting Books the JALAA Way

I’m curably sick and put out with the cliché of poor reading culture that is constantly mouthed by everyone who has the slightest opportunity to air some ingenuous basis to a confused audience. I swallow short breathed disgusted air when people start going superficially lyrical about what the causes of subsisting Nigerian reading tradition are … Continue reading Promoting Books the JALAA Way