growing up fearful in nigeria


I walked past the old mosque in Kano (northern Nigeria), many moons ago. The emir was a powerful man in those days. I remember the days of the revolt led by Maitatsine in the center of that very same old Kano. The Nigerian novelist Ukamaka Olisakwe writes about those days of old (but still very … Continue reading growing up fearful in nigeria

caine’s legitimacy comes from its work


There has been some dicussion on the value of the Caine Prize. Is it a foreign intrusion? Should more attention be paid to African rooted prizes for literary works?  The Nigerian writer Chika Unigwe received a nice Nigerian prize with $100,000 to go with it. It is a Nigerian Prize, but the prize-money is mentioned … Continue reading caine’s legitimacy comes from its work