REVIEW: OKPARANTA’S ‘UNDER THE UDALA TREES’ IS A TIMELY GIFT TO THE WHOLE WORLD

TITLE: UNDER THE UDALA TREES AUTHOR: CHINELO OKPARANTA GENRE: PROSE FICTION NO. OF PAGES: 328 PUBLISHERS: HOUGHTON MIFFLIN HARCOURT YEAR OF PUBLICATION: 2015 ISBN: 978-0-544-00344-6 REVIEWER: EUGENE YAKUBU [W]ithdraw emotional and sexual energies from men, and work out various alternatives  for those energies in their own lives… disengaging from male-...

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MAKERI’S ‘LITERARY SAFARI’ ‘RISING AFRICAN PATRIOTS’ STIMULATES PRIDE AND DIGNITY OF AFRICAN IDENTITY

TITLE: RISING AFRICAN PATRIOTS AUTHOR: GABRIEL S. MAKERI GENRE: FICTION NO. OF PAGES: 184 PUBLISHERS: WORDS RHYMES AND RHYTHM YEAR OF PUBLICATION: 2018 ISBN: 978-978-55613-3-3 REVIEWER: EUGENE YAKUBU ‘Rising African Patriots’ is a hallucinatory narrative that reorients the African society in the face of deplorable squalor. Makeri is a writer...

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REVIEW: ‘THROUGH THE HORIZON’ BY FADEMI IS AN APPLAUDABLE COLLECTION WITH HEART TOUCHING POEMS

TITLE: THROUGH THE HORIZON AUTHOR: OLUWASANMI FADEMI GENRE: POETRY PUBLISHER: WORDS RHYMES AND RHYTHMS LTD YEAR OF PUBLICATION: 2018 ISBN: 978-963-999-1 NO. OF PAGES: 60 REVIEWER: EUGENE YAKUBU Through the Horizon houses 40 poems each speaking for itself in unique tones and peculiar style about delusion, obsession, mortality and immortality,...

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REVIEW: AGU’S ‘WE ALL NEED HEALING’ IS A GENIAL COLLECTION OF WARM AND EMOTIONAL POEMS

TITLE: WE ALL NEED HEALING AUTHOR: EBUBE AGU GENRE: POETRY PUBLISHER: WORDS RHYMES AND RHYTHMS LTD YEAR OF PUBLICATION: 2018 ISBN: 978-978-55613-8-8 NO. OF PAGES: 95 REVIEWER: EUGENE YAKUBU Agu made his debut with a genial collection of warm and emotional poems which are written in clear and unambiguous language...

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REVIEW: PAMILERIN’S MEMOIR OF CRUSHED PETALS IS A CHARGED, AMBITIOUS DEBUT

TITLE: MEMOIR OF CRUSHED PETALS AUTHOR: PAMILERIN JACOB GENRE: POETRY NUMBER OF PAGES: 100 PUBLISHERS: WORDS RHYMES AND RHYTHM YEAR OF PUBLICATION: 2018 ISBN: 978-978-963-998-4 REVIEWER: EUGENE YAKUBU Behind this collection adorned with turgid language and scintillating artistry is the musings of a genuine poet whose poetry will definitely reverberate...

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REVIEW: CONVERSATIONS, CONTEMPLATIONS AND PONDERATIONS REVEALS GOD IN MANY PARTS

TITLE: CONVERSATIONS, CONTEMPLATIONS AND PONDERATIONS AUTHOR: JESUDAMILARE GENRE: RELIGIOUS NUMBER OF PAGES: 72 PUBLISHER: WORDSMART, OKADABOOKS DATE OF PUBLICATION: NOVEMBER 22, 2017 ISBN-13: 978-1979108065 REVIEWER: SHOOLA OYINDAMOLA Prior to reading Conversations, Contemplations and Ponderations, I have been fortunate to have several conversations with the author, Jesudamilare and to benefit, personally...

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REVIEW: UGBOMA’S ECHOES OF MERCY IS ‘TOLERANT, SURE TO ENCHANT ANY READER’

TITLE: ECHOES OF MERCY AUTHOR: IFEOMA IRENE UGBOMA GENRE: PROSE FICTION NUMBER OF PAGES: 132 PUBLISHERS: WORDS RHYMES & RHYTHM DATE OF PUBLICATION: 2017 ISBN: 978-978-963-712-6 REVIEWER: EUGENE YAKUBU Echoes of Mercy is a moral and a didactic narrative which captures the war between man and his conscience, man and...

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GARRI FOR BREAKFAST: SEUN LARI-WILLIAMS IS ENTIRELY “A NIGERIAN” IN HIS POETRY

TITLE: GARRI FOR BREAKFAST AUTHOR: SEUN LARI-WILLIAMS GENRE: POETRY NUMBER OF PAGES: 147 PUBLISHERS: WORDS RHYMES & RHYTHM YEAR OF PUBLICATION: 2017 ISBN: NIL REVIEWER: OYINDAMOLA SHOOLA Seun Lari-Williams is entirely “a Nigerian” in his poetry. By this, I mean that, just like Tolu Akinyemi, he is very skilled in...

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REVIEW: POPOOLA’S ‘THIN LINE BETWEEN LOVE & HATE’ HOLDS SUBTLE BUT MAJESTIC MEANINGS

TITLE: THIN LINE BETWEEN LOVE & HATE AUTHOR: DAMILOLA POPOOLA GENRE: POETRY PAGES: 186 PAGES PUBLISHER: CREATESPACE DATE OF PUBLICATION: NOVEMBER 22, 2017 ISBN-13: 978-1979108065 REVIEWER: SHOOLA OYINDAMOLA Damilola Popoola is a testimony to the revival of poetry, particularly in Nigeria and among Nigerian writers. The subtle but majestic meanings...

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FOR FATHERS WENT LIKE THIS: A REVIEW OF ADEDAYO ADEYEMI AGARAU’S ‘FOR BOYS WHO WENT’

TITLE: FOR BOYS WHO WENT AUTHOR: ADEDAYO ADEYEMI AGARAU GENRE: Poetry NUMBER OF PAGES: 42 PUBLISHER: WORDS RHYMES & RHYTHM PUBLISHERS DATE OF PUBLICATION: 2015 ISBN: 978-978-547-414-5 REVIEWER: TOLA IJALUSI Adedayo Adeyemi Agarau recounts a curious phenomenon of poetry, imaging a kind of reality in promise of classic. He is an...

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