DELSU @ 30: Abraka And The Furthering Of The Nigerian Literary Tradition (Part 2)

By Sunny Awhefeada,     The endeavors at creative writing in the first decade of the founding of DELSU, promising as it turned out, can be said to be a mere foreshadowing of that which was to come in the next two decades. The first decade of her founding terminated in 1999 and drew the curtain on the last century. That was quite symbolic in view of what was to follow. The next decade which unfurled in 2000 and which the world dubbed “the new millennium” not only offered DELSU…

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Analysis & Opinion: Government Without Ears

By Sunny Awhefeada,   Those familiar with modern Nigerian Literature would observe that the title of today’s intervention reminisces Ifeoma Okoye’s, 1984 novel, Men without Ears. Okoye’s powerful novel focuses on the social malaise buffeting Nigeria at the time it was set. The story would have been grim were Okoye to rewrite the novel today. Our present ordeal has surpassed that which was unleashed by “men without ears”. Our nation’s predicament today is the product of a “government without ears”. And I must duly acknowledge an older friend who used…

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Analysis &Opinion: The Nigeria Police And The Dog’s Nose

By Sunny Awhefeada   African lore is rich with anecdotes which speak to life as it is lived. Part of the African continent’s claim to culture and civilization inheres in her variegated verbal practices which have become codified as orality or folklore depending on choice of usage. Lighthearted or simple as many of these verbal practices might appear, they are endowed with profundity of meaning as they abut on philosophy. Protean and pragmatic, lucid and alluring, these verbal practices continue to expand their oeuvre and cohere with contemporaneity. Even the…

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General David Ejoor’s Final Salute

By Sunny Awhefeada Major General David Akpode Ejoor (rtd), one of Nigeria’s finest military officers, took his final salute on February 10, 2019, when he breathed his last. The General whose courage and patriotism approximated that of the Biblical David was a grand old man of eighty-six when he answered the final call. General Ejoor was born of Ovwor-Olomu and Ebor-Orogun parentage. A paragon of Urhobo intelligence, industry and foresight, Ejoor braved odds to go to Primary School which eventually led him to the portals of Government College Ughelli, (GCU)…

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