Ayodeji Rotinwa

About the Author Ayodeji Rotinwa

Ayodeji Rotinwa is a writer that comments on the arts, (pop) culture, technology and business within the continent for a number of international publications. He is currently a lead features writer at THISDAY Newspapers & contributor to Forbes Africa magazine.

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We Need New Critics – Observations from a panel at the Ake Festival

A literary festival panel can be a spectator sport. This was the case at the 2016 edition of the Ake Festival, Nigeria’s (and arguably Africa’s) most glamorous week-long arts and book gathering. ‘Glamorous’ because it attracts big names in literature, intellectuals, thinkers, not only from the continent but the world. Naturally, where stars are, admirers will follow.

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As we Felabrate, let us remember our music still has no conscience

From 10 to 16 October 2016, Nigeria will be celebrating Felabration Week, honouring the memory of the man and Afrobeat legend Fela Anikulapo-Kuti. This festival usually ends in a grand concert featuring artists, mostly Nigerian but also from across the world, who have been ‘inspired’ by his music. Why, then, does their music not share Fela’s ideals or protest, asks AYODEJI ROTINWA

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Government of the people, by the people, including – not versus – street hawkers

On the streets of Lagos, government regards hawkers and traders as an illegal presence. To make its point, government agents brutally assault and harass hawkers, recently resulting in the death of a hawker. The consequent reaction was violence. The government has now officially banned street trading and seeks to imprison not only hawkers but those who patronise them. AYODEJI ROTINWA makes the case for why this move is folly.