Last year came to an end with me getting a mail from the Nigerian Writers Award group that I had been listed on their 100 Influential Nigerian Writers Under 40. Not a bad way to end the year, right?
My second year on the list and I smiled at the group of names there too: friends like the phenomenal Abubakar Adam Ibrahim, my brothers, Kukogho Iruesiri Samson, T. J. Benson and Romeo Oriogun, the poetic maestros Basiru Bash Amuneni, Dike Chukwumerije, Efe Paul Azino and Graciano Enwerem, the graceful Amara Nicole Okolo, Dami Ajayi, Kenechi Uzor, Eketi Edima Ette, Elnathan John, Emmanuel Iduma, Olulu Holloway, Jumoke Verissimo… to mention a few of my people on the list.
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Are you in Abuja or Makurdi this weekend? Then you are in luck! Here are details of four great events happening in these towns. If you are in Makurdi today, please join us for a SEVHAGE & OYALEWA Book Club Special Reading session – spoken word and other performances at Venue: The Basement, Twin Theatre … Continue reading LITERARY HAPPENINGS IN ABUJA AND MAKURDI FOR WEEKEND 9th FEBRUARY 2018
I once learnt that the title to a piece of work is like an abstract, letting the consumer in on what the work is about. My head is still dancing around how the idea was begat that the title of this documentary should have anything to do with ‘dancing mask.’ Whoever thought up the idea … Continue reading Documentary Review: Dancing Mask: The ANA Story by Carl Terver
You know you have become an ajebo when you find one dead Daddy Longlegs in your bathing water and, after scooping it out, you hesitate, grab a towel, run to the kitchen, break open a fresh bottle of Dettol and empty two caps in the bucket before proceeding. This is a sure sign. When you … Continue reading PROUDLY AJEBO by Dike Chukwumerije
It is not confidence. This thing I have is not faith at all. Yes. I began to write only to comfort myself, those afternoons in boarding school with no one else to turn to. Till, one day, someone said to me, ‘Come read to us’, and I went in jeans and faded jumper. With poems … Continue reading I WALK THIS WAY WITH QUIVERING LEGS (Amazing Words) by Ace Spoken Word Poet, Dike Chukwumerije
‘Simply Poetry’ in collaboration with The Abuja Literary Society presents the 4th edition of NIGHT OF THE SPOKEN WORD Nigeria’s number one Performance Poetry and Literary show! Hosted by award-winning Performance Poet, Dike Chukwumerije …featuring Reward Enakerakpor (aka The Storyteller) – ALS Poetry Grandslam Champion (Abuja) Paul Word – 2014 winner of the War of Words (Lagos) … Continue reading PREPARE FOR ABUJA’S ‘NIGHT OF THE SPOKEN WORD’ JANUARY 30TH 2015
INTRODUCTION THE BOOKJAM ADDENDUM Here’s the tale before Silverbird. Please indulge me so you feel my mood. I was at a hotel, and had ordered my meal. Don’t ask what it was and I wouldn’t tell you it was noodles. I needed a meal that wouldn’t take long to prepare as this hotel’s restaurant was … Continue reading SILVERBIRD BOOK JAM SEPTEMBER 2013: IQUO EKE, OLU-GBEMIGA OJO AND NNAMDI EBO
Introduction The Main Event Afterword Pictures 1 ‘You are going to be the MC!’ We had had a full meeting in the day and now… That was Samson’s good night call on Friday. Say what? Why hadn’t I seen this coming? It had been some time since I had worn that garb and coming … Continue reading THE OFFICIAL UNVEILING OF KUKOGHO SAMSON IRUESIRI’S WHAT CAN WORDS DO? (FULL DOSE)
Silverbird Lifestyle Store, 2013 10th May It was the Open Mic session of the Abuja Literary Society and yup, I had to be there. First people I noticed coming in were ElNathan John and Dike Chukwumerije. Okay, this was going to be fun. Usual hi’s to friends and acquaintances and I got to my seat. … Continue reading OPEN MIC – LITERARY FUN (AT THE ABUJA LITERARY SOCIETY)