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African Literature: Ekwensi & John Tafida’s Jiki Magayi

Could This Be Literary Fraud? Dissecting Cyprian Ekwensi’s An African Night Entertainment And John Tafida’s Jiki Magayi By Ibrahim Musa In the literary world, Cyprian Ekwensi is a household name. This holds true particularly for the volume of work he churned out within the corpus of African literature. He was a very good story teller, especially of the urban tale, that many people see him as a better story teller than the Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka or even the more famous novelist, Chinua Achebe. In stark contrast, John Tafida can…

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Game A Poem

GAME by ralph geeplay —ooo— we had no time to waste, because the bees had come The Buds are ripe of taste, the morning spring is fresh dew sprinkled, good mist… Mine Mine, burnt against flesh pressed against thee, the wait over, eternal, just when love was lost Like The hidden treasures buried beneath the sea beds— the cost sealed still, yet Gold All over, the steady deck, a blossom flower bed the rain, the rain, nectars Beating The heat, hectares Locked Lips, sunrise, bees! 60 SHARES Share on Facebook…

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New Year’s Prayer for all Liberians/Africans

By Joseph Gbaba The Lord is my light and my salvation, whom shall I fear The Lord is the strength of my life of whom shall I be afraid When the wicked and even my enemies come upon me to eat up my flesh They shall stumble and fall! Love the Lord and do good to all you meet So that his name will be eternally praised Share your love, wisdom, knowledge with all you meet And comfort the broken hearted, the poor, and rich alike And do not segregate…

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Prize for Literature 2015 Shortlist Announced For Africa

allAfrica—Fiston Mwanza Mujila, Penny Busetto and Rehana Rossouw have been announced as the three shortlisted authors for the 2015 Etisalat Prize for Literature. The Etisalat Prize for Literature is a pan-African Prize that is open solely to debut fiction writers from African countries. Now in its third year, it is acknowledged as one of the most prestigious literary prize for African fiction. The three books, selected from the longlist of nine, are: Fiston Mwanza Mujila (Democratic Republic of Congo) – Tram 83 (Deep Vellum) Penny Busetto (South Africa) – The…

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Liberia Unscrabbled: Ophelia S. Lewis

B O O K R E V I E W By ralph geeplay In this 200 page published riddles book dedicated to Liberia, Africa’s oldest and first republic, author and publisher, Ophelia Lewis brings to life a unique perspective—the history of her native country. LIBERIA UNSCRABBLED, is a book of Puzzles & Trivia and Word Search. It presents amazing brainteasers and outlook on Liberia— a first, and tangs up the reading horizons for those interested in Liberia and its history and culture via the trivia flicks that are presented. For…

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Dehkontee Artists Theatre Breaks the Norm with a Green Carpet Event

Universally, the norm is a “Red Carpet Event”, when celebrities meet to blissfully grace an event with their presence. Well, the upcoming 42nd Anniversary of “Liberia’s Shakespeare” Dr. Joe Gbaba’s calling as a playwright, theatre director, actor, and producer, is going to be very different. His Dehkontee Artists Theatre is breaking the norm! They are having a “Green Carpet Event” at the Bowie Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday, January 9, 2016 @ 7:30 p.m. and Liberians in the diaspora are taking this occasion as a national pride and…

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Chibundu Onuzo: what I read growing up in Lagos

The author of The Spider King’s Daughter tells us how she grew up reading European classics in Nigeria, consuming her African literature orally until discovering Chinua Achebe when she was 14 years old Growing up in Lagos, the closest library to my house was an hour’s drive away. It was a private library, moderately well stocked and tidily catalogued but you could only borrow one book at a time. If you have to drive an hour each time you want to borrow a book, you’re going to borrow the biggest…

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Arts and culture, an alternative to grow African economies

By Dasmani Laary Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) governments have been urged to shift their focus from timber, cocoa and minerals exports, and introduce relevant polices and funding into arts and culture to rapidly expand their economies. “Giving meaning to the role of arts and culture manifested in traditional music, dance, clothing and drama can earn countries billions of dollars to spur growth and create jobs,” culture experts meeting in Ghana’s capital, Accra said. Culture is a powerful tool for poverty eradication, helping to meet the ambitious goal…

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Off Broadway Review: Lupita Nyong’o in ‘Eclipsed,’ From ‘Walking Dead’s’ Danai Gurira

Marilyn Stasio Playwright Danai Gurira — also the actress best known as Michonne on “The Walking Dead” — delivers politics with a passion in “Eclipsed,” a searing drama about the decisive roles women played in the second Liberian civil war — during which warlords conscripted child soldiers, ate each other’s hearts and performed human sacrifice. Superbly directed by Liesl Tommy and powerfully acted by a strong ensemble led by the Oscar-winning star of “12 Years a Slave,” Lupita Nyong’o, the play gives voice to women ranging from the wives of…

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“Books That Once Saved Me.”

By Wayétu Moore One year ago I visited Liberia, 24 years after immigrating to the US with my family. I was inspired by many things during my visit, but felt led to open a space where Liberians could buy and read the novels and poetry that rehabilitated me. Shortly after acquiring a space & returning to New York, Liberia was hit by Ebola in a huge and devastating way. I canceled my August trip to open the store and the space just sat there. I got lectures on how unstable…

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