Musings

When They Gather

I don’t know if you know this. Authors from a particular tribe are often proud of their culture when they gather. They often sing only of their own existence, as if every other tribe in the gathering matter less. I was at the recent African Writes, and that’s what really happened. A group of “African”…

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Where is literature?

Strip literature of its “seriousness”, its pomposity and snobbery and you would almost find it everywhere. There’s poetry in the way a woman breastfeeds her man and nurture her child; there’s a story in the way a woman protects, provides and perfect her home; there’s a play in the way children seek meaning in life….

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One Book Every Student Researcher MUST Read

A supervisor’s feedback about a student researcher’s essay/thesis is important. It guides and informs the researcher’s work. When they fall on these lines “your argument is weak” or “your claims and evidences don’t match” (which is often the case),  they can crush any student’s moral. It’s more devastating when these remarks become consistent. However, this can be…

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How to be a good racist

The topic of racism is often frowned upon. It’s usually followed with remarks like, “Not again.” “Have we not gone past this?” Actually, we haven’t. Avoiding the topic makes it more dangerous. To move forward,  we have to talk about the existence of our differences, understand them and look for ways to work amicably. Let’s…

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Of Fake news, Alternative facts, and Chibok Girls

News about the Chibok girls, which normally aroused widespread emotional responses, now seems like a confession of mad theories and ideological hocus-pocus. When fresh reports revealed that another eighty-two girls were released by their captors, Nigerians—both sympathisers and conspiracy theorists — welcomed the news with ambivalence. Nigerians believe they’ve been served an assortment of lies about…