HELON HABILA’S ‘THE CHIBOK GIRLS’ IS A CREATIVE HISTORICITY a review by Eugene Yakubu

Helon Habila’s daring narrative ‘The Chibok Girls’ cannot be strictly placed within the novel tradition in African literature because of its overly journalistic and subjective narration. Memoir it might be, though not certainly. However, this is a creative historicity of the physical and political rubble that has turned out to...

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WITH DEFT HONESTLY, MARGARET SAMMY’S AMARYLLIS USES FREE VERSE TO EDUCATE AND ENTERTAIN – a review by Joseph Omotayo

TITLE: AMARYLLIS: HOW CAN I GO ON? AUTHOR: MARGARET SAMMY GENRE: Poetry NUMBER OF PAGES: 60 PUBLISHER: WORDS RHYMES & RHYTHM PUBLISHERS DATE OF PUBLICATION: 2017 ISBN: 978-978-54741-3-8 REVIEWER: JOSEPH OMOTAYO This poetry collection touches various issues of life. With fifty one poems, Margaret Sammy isn’t short of thoughts on...

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JIDE BADMUS’ THERE IS A STORM IN MY HEAD EVALUATES THE PLACE OF THOUGHTS IN THE GRAND SCHEME OF EVERYTHING – a review by Joseph Omotayo

TITLE: THERE IS A STORM IN MY HEAD AUTHOR: JIDE BADMUS GENRE: Poetry NUMBER OF PAGES: 88 PUBLISHER: WORDS RHYMES & RHYTHM PUBLISHERS DATE OF PUBLICATION: 2017 ISBN: 978-978-54741-7-6 REVIEWER: JOSEPH OMOTAYO This poetry collection is divided into 5 chapters and an epilogue. Jide Badmus’ THERE IS A STORM IN...

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IN DAVE CHUKWUJI’S CITY OF GOLD AND RUST, LOVE IS A MEASURE OF LIFE’S CONTRADICTIONS – a review by Joseph Omotayo

TITLE: CITY OF GOLD AND RUST AUTHOR: dave chukwuji GENRE: Prose/Fiction NUMBER OF PAGES: 121 PUBLISHER: WORDS RHYMES & RHYTHM PUBLISHERS DATE OF PUBLICATION: 2017 ISBN: 978-978-54741-8-3 REVIEWER: JOSEPH OMOTAYO In CITY OF GOLD AND RUST, modernity and traditions clash and the rustic marries the exotic. Dave Chukwuji writes a...

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LUVVIE’S ‘I’M JUDGING YOU’ IS A HUMOROUS GUIDE AGAINST IGNORANCE — a review by Shoola Oyindamola

TITLE: I’M JUDGING YOU AUTHOR: LUVVIE AJAYI GENRE: Op-Ed NUMBER OF PAGES: 256 PUBLISHER: Holt Paperbacks DATE OF PUBLICATION: September 13, 2016 ISBN: 978-1627796064 REVIEWER: Shoola Oyindamola If more books like Luvvie Ajayi’s ‘I’M JUDGING YOU’ are written and if more platforms are open to criticize certain behaviors in society,...

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‘FUNNY MEN CANNOT BE TRUSTED’ IS ANOTHER GAME CHANGER FROM TOLU AKINYEMI — a review by Shoola Oyindamola

TITLE: FUNNY MEN CANNOT BE TRUSTED AUTHOR: TOLU AKINYEMI GENRE: Poetry NUMBER OF PAGES: 159 PUBLISHER: Heart of Words UK DATE OF PUBLICATION: February 9, 2017 ISBN: 978-9785359763 REVIEWER: Shoola Oyindamola From experience, I have come to believe that a writer, after a first success, must work at least twice...

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PYROKARDIA’S ‘BROKEN WISHBONES & EMPTY SPACES’ UNRAVELS THE MELANCHOLY IN LOVE — a review by Shoola Oyindamola

TITLE: BROKEN WISHBONES & EMPTY SPACES AUTHOR: PYROKARDIA (OGUNFOWODU OLUFEMI) GENRE: Poetry NUMBER OF PAGES: PUBLISHER: CreateSpace DATE OF PUBLICATION: January 22, 2017 ISBN: 978-1539668152 REVIEWER: Shoola Oyindamola It is just so heartrending how love cannot heal within a lifetime what it beaks within seconds. Pyrokardia is most certainly a...

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IN ‘QUESTIONS FOR ADA’, UMEBINYUO RECLAIMS WOMANHOOD WITH PRIDE — a review by Shoola Oyindamola

TITLE: QUESTIONS FOR ADA AUTHOR: IJEOMA UMEBINYUO GENRE: Poetry NUMBER OF PAGES: 248 PUBLISHER: CreateSpace DATE OF PUBLICATION: August 7, 2015 ISBN: 978-1505984347 REVIEWER: Shoola Oyindamola In QUESTIONS FOR ADA, Ijeoma Umebinyuo reclaims womanhood with pride, strength, and compassion. Umebinyuo wrote healing to loss and brokenness, honesty and love for...

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KELVIN OBARETI’S ‘EMOTIONS AND BELIEF’ IS DOWN TO EARTH, REALISTIC — a review by Shoola Oyindamola

TITLE: EMOTIONS AND BELIEF AUTHOR: KELVIN OBARETI GENRE: Poetry NUMBER OF PAGES: 140 PUBLISHER: Lulu DATE OF PUBLICATION: June 18, 2016 ISBN: 978-1-4477-9872-9 REVIEWER: Shoola Oyindamola KELVIN OBARETI’s EMOTIONS AND BELIEF is a journal, very realistic about how we communicate to (and with) ourselves and the unseen but real beings...

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