Guest Columns

Bard of the River Nun, By Niyi Osundare

(Remembering Gabriel Imomotimi Okara, 1929–2019) . . . .my river’s calling too ……………………..…… And each dying year brings near the sea-bird call the final call that stills the crested waves ……. As is almost invariably the case with every visionary poet/artist, Gabriel Okara has his epitaph secreted somewhere in the…
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Still, In Defence of Lasting Values, By Niyi Osundare

Let us begin by deliberating on the choice and import of the word “still” in the above title. A temporal, somewhat contrastive adverb, the word carries connotations of the relationship between time past and time present, with possible implications for time future. It purveys significations of an idea, an act,…
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Opinion

Calling Life by Its Rightful Name (for Isidore Okpweho 1941- 2016), By Niyi Osundare

Yes, thank you, Isidore, for giving us somebody to treasure. Generous, inspiring teacher, perceptive writer, scholar of no mean repute, you enrich us all with your combination of intellect and integrity, acute seriousness and lightness of being, seamless sense of humour and sizzling vivacity, a consistently compassionate temperament and humane…
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Guest Columns

Adekunle Fajuyi and the Politics of Remembrance, By Niyi Osundare

Talking Points ----- Show me your hero and I will tell you who you are. ----- You know a country by the kind of people it remembers. ----- Nigeria’s unity is not negotiable because you cannot negotiate what does not (yet) exist. ----- Nigeria: Political re-structuring is not enough. -----…
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