In 1958, the African writer had to be coaxed into publication. They were so self-effacing they would rarely recommend their own stories for inclusion in anthologies, claiming “There are others who write better”. But, as Oris Aigbokhaevbolo writes, the African writer today seeks respect and the reputation conferred by publishing.
Culture journalism in Nigeria is bogged down in a lack of skill, professionalism and basic appreciation for the quality of the craft, writes TIA culture critic Oris Aigbokhaevbolo
Black Hollywood has reacted strongly to the absence of black nominees at the 2016 Academy Awards. As happened last year, the hashtag OscarsSoWhite has again trended on social media. A boycott of the event has been proposed in some quarters.
An exhibition in Lagos highlights the importance of aso-oke, the premier fabric in Yoruba land. Artist Tunde Owolabi spoke to Oris Aigbokhaevbolo about the importance of preserving culture and associated skills before the Chinese get involved.
With Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s storytelling prowess, a big budget, tremendous goodwill and a talented director, Half of a Yellow Sun should have been great. So why was it just OK? And where were the Nigerians?