Win @ Lantern Books 24.03.2016 new post.pngMarch 24th to April 15th 2016 (Entry closes at 12:00 pm)

As part of its core objectives of revitalizing and stimulating reading culture in Nigeria and Africa, Literamed Publications Ltd, publishers of Lantern books, is delighted to announce a book reading/summary competition tagged “WIN@LANTERN” Reading Contest. Continue reading


The death sentence on Palestinian poet 2

By Saheed Ahmad Rufai



The exercise of academic freedom among Muslim scholars is traceable to their expression of the Oneness of God over which there is no disagreement among them. Ibn Sina was later to take the lead in offering a philosophical definition of God as the necessary existent Wajib al-wajub which, according to Henry Calder is a concept that suffered a rejection among Sunni theologians, for sometime. Consequently, this notion of God was comprehended, appreciated and embraced in Sunni theological circles “through the influence of those scholars who admired the philosophers, and especially through the influence of Fakhr-al-Din al-Razi (d.1209) who fell in love with Ibn Sina’s scholarly articulation of right belief. This later culminated in the conception of God among Sunni scholars as not only one but also the necessary existent. The outcome of such conception was the emergence of patterns, perspectives and dimensions in the articulation of right belief. Expectedly, there were areas of disputes in addressing which theologians and jurists exercised freedom of thought and expression.


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Ghanaian writer Kwei Armah refreshes an old debate

An angry Ayi Kwei Armah seems to be delighting in rubbing in his disdain for the acknowledged father of the African novel, Chinua Achebe, in a new collection of essays titled Remembering the Dismembered Continent .

Best known for his 1968 debut novel The Beautyful Ones Are Not Yet Born, Armah reproduces in the collection two sarcastic letters he wrote Achebe in response to Achebe’s critique of Armah in one of the essays in Achebe’sMorning Yet on Creation Day (published in 1975). Continue reading

Congolese Novelist Fiston Mujila Wins 2015 Etisalat Prize for African Literature


Fiston Mwanza Mujila has been announced as the 2015 winner of the Etisalat Prize for African Literature for his novel Tram 83.

The 34-year-old novelist was awarded the £15,000 prize minutes ago at the Intecontinental Hotel in Victoria Island, Lagos (19 March). Continue reading


ANA Block


The Association of Nigerian Authors [ANA] hereby announces a range of prizes for its 2016 literary competitions. The prizes are:
1. ANA Prize for Poetry (published & unpublished) – N 100,000
2. ANA Prize for Prose Fiction (published & unpublished) – N 100,000
3. ANA Prize for Drama (published & unpublished) – N 100,000
4. ANA/NECO Teen Author Prize (prose) N 100,000.00 (published & unpublished)
5. ANA/Mazariyya Teen Authors Prize (poetry) N 50,000.00 (published & unpublished)
6. ANA/Maria Ajima Prize for Literary Criticism (Focus on criticism of emergent Nigerian Literature) – N100, 000
7. ANA/ Abubakar Gimba Prize for Fiction (Short Stories Collection-Published) – N200, 000.
8.  ANA/Ngozi Chuma-Udeh Prize for Children’s Writing (Published works only –for 7-13 years age range)- N50,000
Nigerian writers, at home and abroad, desirous of entering their works for the Annual Literary Prizes, may now do so. Works entered should have been published between March 2015 and March 2016.
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All is Set for Etisalat Prize for Literature Grand Finale


On Saturday, March 19 2016 a winner will emerge in the third edition of the Etisalat Prize for Literature. It is a three-way literary battle on who will win Africa’s most prestigious literature Prize. The shortlisted books are The Story of Anna P, as Told by Herself by South Africa’s Penny Busetto, Tram 83 by Democratic Republic of Congo’s Fiston Mwanza Mujila and What Will People Say? by another South African, Rehana Rossouw. Continue reading

The death sentence on Palestinian Poet Part 1

By Saheed Rufai


One is getting increasingly worried about the possible injurious nature of views and declarations recently associated with a revered country and an esteemed scholar over the literary creativity and, by extension, academic freedom of a Palestinian poet, Ashraf Fayyad. The country involved is the sacred seat of the two Holy Mosques, Saudi Arabia while the scholar concerned is the esteemed Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka. 

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Reflecting on Nigeria’s Oil: a Critique of Niyi Osundare’s ‘Oily Blues’



What will Nigeria do when oil has passed

out of favour? What shall we hold as lasting

gains from many decades of oil wealth?

…very soon, the world will tell Nigeria to

drink its crude oil

            Oil was discovered in Nigeria in 1956 at Oloibiri in the Niger Delta after half a century exploration. The discovery was made by Shell-BP, at the time the soil concessionaire. Nigeria joined the ranks of oil producers in 1958 when its first oil field came on stream producing 5,100 Pd. The discovery, in due course, revolutionised the Nigerian economy. Today, Nigeria has risen to become Africa’s biggest oil producer. However, what the Nigerian government has done with the gains accrued from many decades of oil wealth is a question on the lips of the Nigerian masses. The oil boom, thanks to the insensitivity of the government, has become a curse, rather than a blessing, to the masses. The oil wealth is only concentrated in the hands of few cabals. Rather than enjoying the natural gift, the Nigerian masses have only been victims of oil spillage, gas flaring, and so on. Continue reading