POPE PEN’S LETTERS AND THE INCONVENIENCE OF TRUTH: AN OMNIBUS REVIEW OF NENGI JOSEF OWEI-ILAGHA’S ‘EPISTLES TO THE PRESIDENT’ AND ‘SERMONS FROM THE OXBOW LAKE’ – By Bernard Otonye Stephen

NENGI JOSEF Owei-Ilagha a.k.a. Pope Pen is a well-known journalist, poet and public intellectual who has attracted both friendly and adversarial readership to his writings in print and electronic formats. Those who have read his works, especially the prose narratives, know that there is no subject matter he is shy to take on. He has written critically and passionately about public and private issues, from … Continue reading POPE PEN’S LETTERS AND THE INCONVENIENCE OF TRUTH: AN OMNIBUS REVIEW OF NENGI JOSEF OWEI-ILAGHA’S ‘EPISTLES TO THE PRESIDENT’ AND ‘SERMONS FROM THE OXBOW LAKE’ – By Bernard Otonye Stephen

Odia Ofeimun at 70: LET’S TOAST TO THE HEALTH OF THE MASTER POET – By Uzor Maxim Uzoatu

There is no better way of introducing Odia Ofeimun than pointedly stressing that “Odia Ofeimun is Odia Ofeimun!” Enough said. Poet, publisher, editor, activist, polemicist, mentor, politician, columnist, factory worker, writer, dance-drama exponent, public intellectual, critic etc, Odia ofeimun has packed uncountable lifetimes into one tumultuous lifespan. Born on March 16, 1950, in Iruekpen, an Esan-speaking town in Ekpoma, in present-day Edo State, Odia missed … Continue reading Odia Ofeimun at 70: LET’S TOAST TO THE HEALTH OF THE MASTER POET – By Uzor Maxim Uzoatu

In Remembrance: PROFESSOR HARRY GARUBA

Dear colleagues and students It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of Professor Harry Garuba (61) on the evening of 28 February 2020 following a long illness. Professor Garuba served as acting dean of the Faculty of Humanities from February to December 2017. He was a scholar in the African Studies unit with a joint appointment in the English Department … Continue reading In Remembrance: PROFESSOR HARRY GARUBA

OGAGA IFOWODO IS GUEST POET FOR PORT HARCOURT LITERARY SOCIETY OPEC MIC EVENT, FEB 28 – Amunnadi

Port Harcourt Literary Society, PHLS, resident Poet, the multiple award winner, Chijioke Amu-Nnadi, has announced that the PHLS OPEN MIC event for the month of February, will be headlined by Dr. Ogaga IFOWODO, who will feature as the Guest Poet on a day of poetry, live music and drama, at the PHLS LIBRARY (BOOK CENTRE), located at G.U Ake/Eliozu Road, by Python Golf Course (Nigeria … Continue reading OGAGA IFOWODO IS GUEST POET FOR PORT HARCOURT LITERARY SOCIETY OPEC MIC EVENT, FEB 28 – Amunnadi

Nengi Ilagha Joins ANA Presidential Race

Bayelsa-born African poet, Prince Nengi Josef Owei-ilagha, fondly called Pope Pen Constantine The First, has indicated interest to run for the office of President, Association of Nigerian Authors, ANA, following revelations that the electoral committee of the Association may welcome new contestants at the rescheduled national convention of the Association. Recall that the last convention of the Association in Enugu ended in a fiasco. “I … Continue reading Nengi Ilagha Joins ANA Presidential Race

JAMES EZE’S FINAL POSSESSION OF HIS DISPOSSESSED POETRY A BIOCRITICAL REFLECTION – By Nduka Otiono

I have had a chequered relationship with journalism—not just in my active engagement with the profession for one and a half decades, but in the sheer number of media houses in which I worked. Some of you here today—the journalists in the house—may recall, or may not recall, where you and I worked. Indeed, a number of you here who worked as journalists (print I … Continue reading JAMES EZE’S FINAL POSSESSION OF HIS DISPOSSESSED POETRY A BIOCRITICAL REFLECTION – By Nduka Otiono

CARLETON UNIVERSITY DON, PROFESSOR OTIONO, CONDUCTS MASTER CLASS ON WRITING IN CHUKWUEMEKA ODUMEGWU OJUKWU UNIVERSITY – By Harrison Madubueze

“…Internationalization is the best option for universities…” – Prof. N. Otiono. “…We are excited to have you choose our University for this tutorial. There is nothing as good as students hearing from new voices aside their usual lecturers. We also look forward to more from your University…” – Prof. G.C Nwakaoby. IGBARIAM: A master class on Creative and Academic Writing which was organised to wrap-up … Continue reading CARLETON UNIVERSITY DON, PROFESSOR OTIONO, CONDUCTS MASTER CLASS ON WRITING IN CHUKWUEMEKA ODUMEGWU OJUKWU UNIVERSITY – By Harrison Madubueze