Category Archives: Book Reviews


Book Review: Under Bridge, Two sides of a coin

Under bridge, a strikingly beautiful narrative of life in 21st century Nigeria, is an exciting addition to contemporary Nigerian literature by an author, whose mastery of narrative is reminiscent of the German writer, W G Sebald. Immanuel James has succeeded in weaving a rich blend of history, fiction, meditation and myth with Under Bridge – […]

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Lamentations of an Ugly Girl (Episode One)

With my bag and baggage, I bundled myself into a bus going out of Ibadan to school. Buried in my novel, I heard the driver call out “last bus stop” I packed my things off the bus and boarded the bus-shuttle into campus. As soon as I got to my hostel room and unpacked, I […]


Please Support ‘Dressed Like A Prince’ in The Etisalat Flash Fiction Prize

Dear family,friends,and well wishers, Compliments of the season. I trust that you have been fine, and from a glance at our timeline, I can see that we are still doing what we do best– telling Naija’s stories. I am glad and honoured to be one of you, and I want you to know that. I […]


Revisiting The Caine Prize

Very recently, I stumbled on Tope Folarin’s ‘Miracle’, the award-winning Caine prize story for African writing for 2013. He happens to be the fourteenth winner of this prize. His story clinched the award among fine authors like Elnathan John, Abubakar Ibrahim and Chinelo Okparanta. This work of his is a fast-paced literary narrative that is exquisitely […]

Sacrificing theme for style: A review of Ben Okri’s Starbook

Sacrificing theme for style: A review of Ben Okri’s Starbook

Reading Ben Okri’s Starbook (2007), one is refreshed and excited not just because of the plot but the courageous plunge into the unconventional, a style that confounds lay readers. A postmodernist writer par distinction, Ben Okri breeds and nurtures an approach to fiction writing that only those who seek what is beyond just the story, […]

Olusegun Obasanjo: The Presidential Legacy 1999 – 2007

Olusegun Obasanjo: The Presidential Legacy 1999 – 2007

EDITORS: LADIPO AKINKUGBE & AHMED JODA YEAR OF PUBLICATION: 2013 PAGE EXTENT: VOLUME I – 402, VOLUME II – 290 PUBLISHER: BOOKCRAFT AFRICA A rich critique with a foreword by Nelson Mandela, the book(s) tells  of Olusegun Obasanjo (the man) and his administration as the president of Nigeria (1999 – 2007). The text is an indepth and neutral analysis […]