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Michael Jackson’s glove for auction

The glittery glove that Michael Jackson wore when he unveiled his moonwalk on TV in 1983 is hitting the auction block. This one isn’t like his other glittery gloves, which were made for the right hand and adorned with hand-sewn crystals.

Kowry Kreation presents Poetry Potter

KOWRY KREATIONS MEDIA unveiled on August 29th, its 29th edition of Poetry Potter in Lagos.
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Saro-Wiwa Jr wants Shakespeare in pidgin

Son of the slain writer and environmental Ken Saro-Wiwa, Ken Saro-Wiwa Jr. wants William Shakespeare translated into pidgin. He even tried some: “ To dey na to dey. Is a play on Today na Today but is also a translation of “to be or not to be”. Existentialism in Pidgin. Imagine. I think Shakespeare would benefit from a translation into pidgin. Would make good films too. Just a thought.”

Is Africa Ready for Science Fiction?, asks Nnedi Okorafor-Mbachu

At a recent workshop in the Nnedi explained that from two creative opinions, Africa is not ready for Science Fiction. Nnedi discussed with award-winning Nollywood director Tchidi Chikere about science fiction who asked, ‘Is Africa ready for science fiction?’ ‘ Naturally, I believed Africa was ready…ready enough, at least. Notwithstanding my own contentions, Chikere had other ideas.’

Africa not ready yet

“I don t think we’re ready in the primary sense of the word,” Chikere said. “We can hide it in other categories like magic realism, allegory, etc, but we’re not ready for pure science fiction. “Science fiction films from the West are failures here. Even Star Wars!” he said. Africans, he said, are bothered about current realities. He was supported by Prof. Naunihal Singh. “The foundation of what great literature is in Africa is too often defined by the West and the West still has trouble viewing genre fiction as true literature.

This is why I felt it my duty to raise such a stink about the criteria for submitting to The Penguin Prize for African Literature (from Penguin South Africa). In the criteria, they wrote that they sought “novels of freshness and originality that represent the finest examples of contemporary fiction out of Africa.”

Then on the same page, they wrote: “Submissions in the children’s literature, science fiction or fantasy genres will not be considered.”

I can sort of understand the “children’s” literature bit. Sort of. There is plenty of children’s literature that is great literature.

But the “no fantasy or science fiction” part? For a prize in AFRICAN literature? All kinds of problems with that. After expressing my unhappiness to the folks at Penguin SA, I received a response from the publisher,” she wrote.

Season of honour for Gimba, Otiono

As the summer holidays ends, Nigerian writers can look back at recent activities and say they did not fare badly. apart Abuja which hosted ex president of the Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA), Alhaji Abubakar Gimba, last July 25, 2009 edition as Guest Writer Session of the Abuja Writers’ Forum (AWF) at the Pen and Pages Bookstore, Wuse 2, Abuja, it also hosted the former national scribe of ANA, Nduka Otiono. Gimba is regarded as a major writer from Northern Nigeria.

The session was preceded by the newly introduced Creative Writing Workshop.

It’s August 2009 edition features Gabriel Okara.

Anthills for poetry

Held on the last Sunday of every other month, every edition possesses a special feature aimed at ultimately producing the best in poetry and music, Anthill will be exploring two forms of poetry – the Sonnet and the Villanelle.

The next edition of Anthill is on the 23rd of August, 2009, at Red Restaurant and Lounge, Saka Jojo Street, off Idejo Street, off Adeola Odeku, Victoria Island. Time is 4pm. Send entries to anthill@nosurprisesevents.com on or before Wednesday 19 August, 2009. An entry fee of N3000 flat will be requested at the entrance.


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