THE CHANGING NARRATIVE OF TOUCH: A REVIEW OF DONNA OGUNNAIKE’S SPOKEN WORD PIECE ‘TOUCH’

“Touch” is a word, and in a larger sense of it – it is a language portraying relationship. Various cultures speak this language, it mirrors the relationship between the virus and human interactions. In Nigeria, amidst our diverse cultural beliefs and traditions, every ethnic group understands the underlying power of touch; from pouring libations to the gods, to exchange of greetings and other realities captured in this performance piece by Donna Ogunnaike called “Touch”

REVIEW: IN ‘REBIRTH’ JULIANA BARES ALL HER TRUTHS FOR OTHERS TO LEARN

TITLE: REBIRTH AUTHOR: JULIANA OLAYODE GENRE: FICTION (AUTOBIOGRAPHY) NUMBER OF PAGES: 150 PUBLISHERS: THE LOVE FACTORY YEAR OF PUBLICATION: 2017 ISBN: NIL REVIEWER: OYINDAMOLA SHOOLA “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” ― Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings Rebirth, Juliana Olayode’s truth-filled biography, validates Maya Angelou’s… Continue reading REVIEW: IN ‘REBIRTH’ JULIANA BARES ALL HER TRUTHS FOR OTHERS TO LEARN

REVIEW: BRIGHT IGBINIGUN DISTINGUISHES HIMSELF IN ‘I MUST RETURN HOME’

TITLE: I MUST RETURN HOME AUTHOR: BRIGHT IGBINIGUN GENRE: POETRY NUMBER OF PAGES: 51 PUBLISHERS: CREATESPACE YEAR OF PUBLICATION: 2017 ISBN: NIL REVIEWER: OYINDAMOLA SHOOLA Writers bear a great responsibility to document our history and our predictions of the future. We even bear greater responsibility in penning solutions to society’s many. It is expected that, just… Continue reading REVIEW: BRIGHT IGBINIGUN DISTINGUISHES HIMSELF IN ‘I MUST RETURN HOME’

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: 978-978-963-999-1 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, loneliness as well as depression… Continue reading REVIEW: ‘THROUGH THE HORIZON’ BY FADEMI IS AN APPLAUDABLE COLLECTION WITH HEART TOUCHING POEMS

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 so the reader can relate… Continue reading REVIEW: AGU’S ‘WE ALL NEED HEALING’ IS A GENIAL COLLECTION OF WARM AND EMOTIONAL POEMS

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 from his wisdom, commitment, and… Continue reading REVIEW: CONVERSATIONS, CONTEMPLATIONS AND PONDERATIONS REVEALS GOD IN MANY PARTS

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 that his poems hold are… Continue reading REVIEW: POPOOLA’S ‘THIN LINE BETWEEN LOVE & HATE’ HOLDS SUBTLE BUT MAJESTIC MEANINGS

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 argus who diligently walked his… Continue reading FOR FATHERS WENT LIKE THIS: A REVIEW OF ADEDAYO ADEYEMI AGARAU’S ‘FOR BOYS WHO WENT’

DAMI SKILLFULLY CONVEYS MEANINGS IN “A WOMAN’S BODY IS A COUNTRY”

TITLE: A WOMAN’S BODY IS A COUNTRY AUTHOR: Dami Ajayi GENRE: Poetry NUMBER OF PAGES: 69 PUBLISHER: Ouida Books DATE OF PUBLICATION: 2017 ISBN: 978-97896283919 PREVIEWER: Shoola Oyindamola  Prior to reading A Woman’s Body is a Country, I had the opportunity to spend few hours with Dami Ajayi, who was at New York for a visit. I was excited to… Continue reading DAMI SKILLFULLY CONVEYS MEANINGS IN “A WOMAN’S BODY IS A COUNTRY”

THE POET AS A VOICE OF CONSCIENCE: A THEMATIC ANALYSIS OF AGARAU’S FOR BOYS WHO WENT by Ayoola Goodness

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: AYOOLA GOODNESS Often times, I do pause to ask myself, in the reality of it and if I should say, on the humour side, somewhere in my… Continue reading THE POET AS A VOICE OF CONSCIENCE: A THEMATIC ANALYSIS OF AGARAU’S FOR BOYS WHO WENT by Ayoola Goodness