Tag Archive | African Writers

#Poetry4ChangeAfrica | Acclaimed Nigerian Poet Niyi Osundare’s Poem Shines a Spotlight on Corruption

“My Lord, Tell Me Where To Keep Your Bribe?” By Niyi Osundare

[Originally published on Sahara Reporters on Oct 26, 2016 and culled from saharareporters.com]

A poem by the renowned Nigerian poet Niyi Osundare.

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My Lord

   Please tell me where to keep your bribe?

Do I drop it in your venerable chambers

Or carry the heavy booty to your immaculate mansion

Shall I bury it in the capacious water tank

In your well laundered backyard

Or will it breathe better in the septic tank

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#CelebratingWomenWhoDare: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie – We Should All Be Feminists

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, the author of widely acclaimed novel, Half of a Yellow Sun, has recently been named as one the distinguished achievers to be awarded honorary degrees, this year, by the Johns Hopkins University in Maryland, United States. The honorary degrees will be conferred at the university’s commencement ceremony on the 18th of May, 2016.

Adichie will be awarded alongside seven other recognized individuals, visionaries who have made a mark in various fields. They include groundbreaking filmmaker Spike Lee, the founding director of the Bill and Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health, Laurie Zabin, Nobel Prize winner, Richard Axel, amongst others.

A huge congratulations to Ms. Adichie for inspiring a whole new generation of youths all across the globe, especially in Africa. Thank you for daring to challenge the status quo and expanding the conversations surrounding our humanity.

Enjoy her very popular TED Talk: We should all be feminists.

#WWNPoetry4Change – Modern Nigerian Poetry: No destination, New direction By Okoduwa Tanko

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Note: The following post, written by  (General Secretary, Association of Nigerian Authors, ANA), was culled from http://okoduwatanko.blogspot.ca; It was originally published on August 11, 2015.
As a poet, literary critic and writer, I have never stopped to wonder what might have bored William Wordsworth and his friend Samuel Taylor Coleridge, to demand change and a new direction in poetry in 1798, when he Wordsworth published the first edition of Lyrical Ballad and other poems.

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Postcards from Africa #3. Cannon Fodder by Author Yejide Kilanko

#RaisingANewGenerationofAfricanLeaders
#UniteAgainstTerrorismAndCorruptio

In the wake of the postponement of Nigeria’s general elections, we bring you this thought-provoking piece by Nigerian-born author Yejide Kilanko (Daughters Who Walk this Path). Collectively, we co-create the society of our dreams (or nightmares). The era of sitting on the fence is over.

Let’s begin to revisit our beliefs and value system, hold both ourselves and our leaders accountable and thus, change the narrative. Enjoy Yejide’s piece below and be social: Read | Comment | Share | 🙂

Cyber-hugs, Juliet

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