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Camouflage: Best of Contemporary Writing in Nigeria

By Toyin Falola     Many critics have categorized the different periods of the Nigerian literary scene in different nodes from means, methods, and concerns. No matter the generation, worldviews are shaped by the problems facing them at that period. The literary and national consciousness of the first and second …

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A CONVERSATION WITH SEUN KUTI, PART 1

    PART 1 SEUN KUTI: MUSIC, POLITICS, AND FELA’S LEGACY Toyin Falola Many questions arise on the death of an influential and famous person, and diverse matters come to play. People ask, “Who will succeed the Great?” “Will their names live on?” “Should we not immortalize them?” “What will …

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Tunde Odunlade and the Evolution of Nigeria’s Contemporary Art Scene

BY Toyin Falola   Nigeria boasts of a considerably old and long history of art tradition–painting, sculpture, carving, weaving and poetry—with some, like the famous Nok culture (1500 BC), reaching back thousands of years. Other established antique art cultures from Nigeria include those of Igbo-Ukwu (900AD), Ife (1100-1450AD), Benin (1440AD), …

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Toyin Falola: A Gong and Drums to Honoured Merit

By Olu Obafemi When, not if, (to my mind’s eye, estimation and anticipation,) you win the Nobel Prize, there will be a cascade of post-Award controversies. To be sure, I do not for once equate merit with prizes. The best is not always the one who takes the prize, even …

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Is Nigeria on the Brink?

By Toyin Falola Is Nigeria on the brink? This is one of such questions that open up the doors for a comprehensive dialogue on the state of the Nigerian nation and issues of great concern. What brink, many people will ask? Considering the recent happenings in the country and how …

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Pathways to Nigeria’s Future: A Review of Toyin Falola’s Understanding Modern Nigeria

By Raheem Oluwafunminiyi Nigeria has often been of keen interest to the international community. It is the most populous black nation in the world, has a vast deposit of oil and mineral resources, a sizeable youthful population, and despite its constant flip-flops remains one of the largest economies in Africa. …

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A CONVERSATION WITH OBA LAMIDI ADEYEMI III, PART 2

  Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi III: On History, his Kingdom, and the Yoruba By Toyin Falola This is the interview report with the Alaafin of Oyo, His Imperial Majesty, Oba Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi III, on October 24, 2021. For the transcripts, see: Facebook: https://fb.watch/8RtsH8UVn8/ and YouTube: https://youtube.com/watch?v=S-MEj8qr0ls   …

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Beyond the cover-up

  By Olayinka Oyegbile The rules are simple: they lie to us, we know they’re lying, they know we know they’re lying, but they keep lying to us, and we keep pretending to believe them – Elena Gorokhova (Lies and the Hail of Bullets #ENDSARS The Story of Lekki Shootings …

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A CONVERSATION WITH TUNDE KELANI ON CORDELIA PART 1

PART 1   Femi Osofisan’s Cordelia: A Short Fiction of Fused Literary Genres   By Toyin Falola       On November 5th, 2021, at 8 pm, Tunde Kelani will premiere his latest movie. This is a rare world premiere to be integrated with a live symphony by the University …

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A CONVERSATION WITH ALAO ADEDAYO, PART 2

Musa Adedayo and Alaroye: The Future of Yoruba Language (This is the report on the interview with Mr Alao Adedayo on October 17, 2021.    For the transcript, see: Facebook:  https://fb.watch/8I5ow-akVZ/ YouTube: https://youtu.be/egEclMgd3fY/)   By Toyin Falola   Different cultural traditions are threatened as stronger states of the world compete for …

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