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Mountain of Yesterday

Although he had given Udoka a year within which to settle down and repay the two thousand naira he had loaned him, occasionally, Isioma, his first wife, would come asking for repayment of the money. Udoka would absorb the embarrassment, apologize and plead for more time.

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Piano and Drums for Gabriel Okara at 96

I had set out to title this tribute as The Long Life of Poetry: Gabriel Okara at 96. But, just as soon, a second overwhelming nudge rebuked me with the recollection that, the celebrator himself, in the path-finding iconoclasm that has characterised his poetic craftsmanship for more than six decades, had long provided a caption in the fitting title to one of the most enduring masterpieces to have come out of African literature: Piano and Drums.

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Art and Sexuality

Artists have always been fascinated with female sexuality. In primordial times, people went about naked. So, some of the surviving African arts of that period, like sculptured images on mbari, were nude. In other climes, a creative interest in female nudity is also strong. For instance, Leonardo Da Vinci spent several years in search of what he called the “great mystery” of life. This led him to produce in 1509, his well-known close-up of drawing of a woman’s vulva.

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I like to seduce people with my stories and language — Okey Ndibe

Novelist, political columnist and      essayist, Professor Okey Ndibe, is a US-based author of critically acclaimed novels; Arrows of Rain, published in 2000, Foreign gods, Never Look An American In The Eye, etc. In this interview with Prisca Sam-Duru , Ndibe talks about his new book,  problems with SSS and  sundry issues. Excerpt: What inspires
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