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Four virgins in search of suitors

Several centuries ago, in a remote village somewhere in Africa, a strict but handsome widower, a hunter by occupation, was said to have four daughters who were adjudged to be the most beautiful virgins in the entire land.

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Quintessential literary icon, Ben Obumselu bows out

Professor Benedict Ebele Obumselu, a distinguished leader, scholar and one of the highly respected literary icon is dead. Obumselu who was widely regarded by his contemporaries as one of the most cerebral literary critics in the African continent of 20th Century, whose rare outputs attained global circulation because of their philosophical, intellectual and oracular powers died at the age of 86.

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How the West consumes the earth

I reviewed a book once, starting by commending the excellent printing quality, binding, and finishing of the book. I was proud that the book was made in my own country, at the book making town of Ibadan. Let me start the review of this book, How Much is Enough?:The Consumer Society and the Future of the Earth, written by Alan Durning, by discussing the cover illustration, of which, after reading the book’s content, you will agree with me that it effectively summarises the whole work.

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Ndiche Umunakara: The music and dance of warriors

Deep down the remote past, Nkaramoche inherited the eight slit drums (called ekwe), the music, and dance of warriors which his father, Oche, and his kinsmen danced once in a year to honour their ancestors. It was (and is still) a fiery music and dance beaten out of eight slit drums, playing eight hot, varied, and complicated rhythms. Why no other tribe in the world ever succeeded in copying this music and dance is quite understandable – it was associated with the Orieamafor deity. Thus, the ndiche music and dance became the only one of its kind in the world.

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Book unlocks vital lessons of experience

The great philosopher, Socrates, once said, “an unexamined life is not worth living” and the Bible in Hosea 4:6 also said that “my people perish for lack of knowledge”. And events in and around the world reveals that it is real, and that is why developed nations do not play with the study of history as a subject. History is just the record of past experiences and it is good because without the past, many cannot make it in the future.

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