It is three days left to the close of registration for the maiden edition of The Writers’ Laboratory, established to create a platform for writers to meet the professionals in Nigeria’s book industry. If you have missed our press release on this ground breaking conference here:
We only have few seats left. Top publishers will be around to listen to our participants as they pitch their new works to them.




We are inviting you to participate in the maiden edition of The Writers’ Laboratory, a three day seminar for budding writers and book illustrators, interested in networking with top publishers, editors and other captains of the book industry.

The seminar, which is the first of her kind in Nigeria, also offers writers the opportunity to pitch their new works to mainstream publishers.

Coming up on the 10th of May to the 13th of May at Ibadan, the seminar will be facilitated by top publishers, book promoters, distributors and editors in the Nigerian book industry

Organized by BookRepublic, an online literary magazine published every Sunday on, The Writers’ Laboratory will set a pace for the necessary preparation needed by Nigerian writers, who are new to publishing, to face her uncertain storm.

We are offering our participants an hour everyday to network with stakeholders in the industry. Representatives of certain publishing houses will be around to discuss probable publishing contract with writers and illustrators.

-          Writing a ‘Yes, I will Publish It Manuscript!’

-          Self Marketing and Public Acceptance

-          The Magic of e-distribution

-          The challenges of publishing in the 21st century

-          Where to apply for publishing grants

-          Importance of self management

-          Finding a serious publisher



How To Participate



May 10 – 13, 2014


University of Ibadan Hotel Board Room, Ibadan


8am – 4pm [everyday]

Interested participants are to pay a fee of N10, 500 to;


Bank Name:  Stanbic IBTC Bank

Bank Account : 0005158185

Account Name: Emotion Press


Participation fee covers breakfast, lunch and certificate of participation for the three days. Interested participants are to forward a scanned copy of the bank teller , full name and mobile phone number to for reservation of seat. Forty seats available.


DEADLINE – April 25, 2014

For further enquiries, you can call 08131139894, 08064927622


You can also visit for updates on the seminar.




happy anniversary bookrepublic!


today our primary blog clocked four years. we will like to thank every of our fans and followers who took particular interest us, most especially whitman myne, adura ojo, alex olomo, wole adedoyin ayodele olofintuade. thank you.
it is books and things that matter! happy anniversary.



We all blame the Nigerian government for its failures, most especially the payment of lip service to our educational system by the latter, frustrating the best of our brains into exiles abroad and allowing the potentates to languish in mediocrity. The truth is that we too have contributed immensely to our woes.

A while ago, the Academic staff union of universities went on a six months strike to protest against government’s lackadaisical attitude to the tertiary education of its citizens. They were justified to have raised their voices against mediocrity and shown us the path to liberation.

     The University of Ibadan’s Faculty of Arts was established fifty-six years ago at Eleiyele and would later on give birth to the present Faculty of Arts now led by Prof. Remi Raji Oyelade, who emerged the Dean of Arts after the demise of Prof. Owolabi. The Faculty, popularly known as the faculty of letters, is known to be the oldest faculty in University of Ibadan. It has produced writers and scholars such as Wole Soyinka, Chinua Achebe, Isidore Okpewho, Femi Osofisan, Bode Sowande and Niyi Osundare. Talking about literature, the aforementioned writers are giants, one of them now late while others retired but their works still thunder after them.

    The Harvard Review now read all the world was established by Poetry room curator, Stratis Haviaras in 1986 who named it Erato because of his irredeemable passion for poetry. Harvard Review is now funded and published by the Harvard University library system.

The Idoto magazine, a literary magazine established by students of the Department of English, University of Ibadan, which had featured Niyi Osundare and Odia Ofeimun, had it been preserved as a faculty of arts culture would have now risen to global consciousness like its Harvard Review counterpart. But unfortunately, Idoto has been allowed to run into non existence, the likes of Rasaq Malik and Odugbemi Ibrahim now struggling to resuscitate Idoto from this sudden death with little or no help.

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Over the years, poetry, as one of the genres of literature, has gained
little or no attention from the public. This, without accrediting the
unrealistic side of history, has affected the rate at which people
write and read (Poetry). It appears to be negating the rise of
Literature in African.
         With this incessant bane of low readership plus a few and
fidgety writers, Poetry Corner, a branchild of BookRepublic, aims to
revive and revitalize the dying spirit of Poetry in Africa. We are strongly bent towards
setting the pace for young African poets, whose crafts are not only good,
but also challenging and inspiring.

Rules for submission:

* Any writer who wishes to submit must be from any country in Africa.

*He/She must be between the ages of 18 to 30.

*Every submitter should consider one poem each.

* Poem should not be less than 40lines.

Submissions should be directed to

NP: Only the best THREE poems will be selected and published on At the
end of every month, compensation will go to the BEST POEM out of the
published poems.


Peppered Rice Take Away (PRTA) is a fast growing food delivery service network with four outlets in Ibadan. We are presently recruiting into the following positions:
1. Marketing and Customer care representatives
2. Delivery personnel
3. Outlet managers
4. Kitchen staff

Basic qualification required is the SSCE. Additional qualifications will be of advantage.
Applicants must also be able to efficiently use the English language.
Integrity, good people relations, drive, and a positive attitude are also required.

All applications should be handwritten and submitted with CV to Peppered Rice, Preboye’s world, Agbowo, Ibadan. For enquiries 08066326529  .


Ife Solomon, BookRepublic columnist, is the C.E.O of Peppered Rice.


It has been a challenging and also interesting year for us here at Emotion Press. We appreciate you for patronizing us; for supporting us on our quest to promote the Nigerian book industry.

As 2013 draws close to an end, we want to assure you of our continue resolve to keep raising up your flags no matter the stress or difficulties. You will hear more from us on a larger platform. Seasons greetings from us here at Emotion Press. Merry Christmas in arrears and happy New Year!




Emotion Press is a Publishing/PR outfit established in the year 2011 to publish young writers. Ever since then, the Ibadan based firm has published Rasaq Malik, Lucius Ndimele, and of recent, Emmanuel Ohi and Oluwafemi Oloidi.
We strongly believe the future is the young but promising men and women seeking for genuine platforms to be projected.
The firm is presently seeking for young professionals between the ages of 22 to 30 willing to take up the following positions;

- Editorial Assistant
- Business Relations Officer
- Sales Officer

The Business Relations Officer will be responsible for the general business relations of the company as directed by the Chief Operating officer. Young professionals that have a history of exceeding performance goals, are determined, have high energy and most importantly, a team player are eligible for this position.

- Bachelor’s degree in any field with at least two years of sales experience
- Intermediate proficiency with Microsoft office
- Persistence
- Integrity
-Good communication skills

The Editorial Assistant will work hand in hand with The Senior editor in the editorial unit of the firm. Young professionals that have a history of exceeding performance goals, good language skills, are persistent, have high energy and most importantly, a team player are eligible for this position.

- Bachelor’s degree in the Arts field
- Excellent use of the English language
- Ability to critically analyze a creative work
- Intermediate proficiency with Microsoft office
- Persistence
- Integrity
-Good communication skills

The Sales Officer will responsible for the day to day sales and marketing of the company’s products. Young professionals that have a history of exceeding performance goals, are persistent, have high energy and most importantly, a team player are eligible for this position.

- Bachelor’s degree in any field with at least two years of sales experience
- Intermediate proficiency with Microsoft office
- Persistence
- Integrity

-Passionate about reading and selling books
-Good communication skills

Please kindly submit a cover letter and CV addressed to the Chief Operating Officer, Emotion Press: Please copy:
Endeavour to make the subject of the mail: Work with Emotion Press



The year 2013 has been an eventful and fruitful year for Nigeria‘s book Industry. From book festivals to literary competitions, the literature industry has had her fill of activities from January to November.
Writers, Nigerian writers, were all in action – are we to talk of the Caine Prize 2013 in which saw Nigerian-American Tope Folarin finally emerge as winner or  the Commonwealth Writers Prize in which E.E Sule’s Sterile Sky, a story set in the midst of killings in Northern Nigeria, ecame out as winner in the African region?
It is not a prophecy, but a fact based on our usual projections. We are hopeful that so many younger writers in Nigeria are going to emerge from their literary cubicle and take the baton from the older writers.
Some of the writers we are listing here are familiar names, though quite a number are fresh in the circle.




                                                                 Why is it necessary to say sorry?

Obviously, sorry is a monosyllabic word that wouldn’t cost you more than a breathe to say, the moment you feel the inclination to do so. The crux is-you wouldn’t! That is where the threat to mutual peace comes in because the moment you spill water on someone’s clothes mistakenly and you refuse to utter any word, the person might take offense (depending on that individual’s personality). The comportment principle could prevent the person from reacting in an aggressive manner, and impulse can prompt the person to yell at you or slap you which would cause a scene. The latter reaction could either be as a result of impatience or transfer of aggression. You can’t blame the person for yelling at you but you are to be blamed for refusing to listen to that faint voice within pressurizing you to say something. You really don’t have to go through the extensive apology approach of employing additives and creating a ‘speech’ if you don’t want to. Since you are in a hurry or you can’t stand the embarrassment you feel when you are about to apologize, just say ‘sorry’ and that clears it.

Further, if you do not cultivate the habit of saying sorry, you would have issues with interpersonal relationships. This is because when dealing with people, you have to understand the fact that your opinion would not be accepted in all cases and the moment you get engaged in a tussle of words and ideas, there could be a clash. This clash would be prolonged if someone does not step down for another. In the process of exchanging words, insults must have been exchanged too. If one party does not apologize to the other, the clash cannot be resolved. Thus, the moment one of the parties involved says sorry (even if he or she is not at fault), there would be an atmospheric change. This way, the adamant party gets trained with the right manners (though he or she might not exhibit it immediately).

As I said in one of our earlier discussions that saying hi to that next person does not hurt you in any way, saying sorry does not shed a pint of your blood either. Rather, it has a way of dissolving tension. Imagine a scenario whereby you have an appointment with someone for a scheduled time and you arrive at about fifteen minutes after. What are you supposed to do? It is absolutely inappropriate to start off a conversation as if you have the right to waste the person’s time. The right thing to do is to apologize immediately by saying ‘I’m sorry I arrived late’, not giving an excuse-filled sermon. This alleviates whatever penalty for lateness in a way, if not completely. The best form of respect you can ever accord a person is acknowledgement, regardless of status, age, gender or race. Even if the person involved is younger than you are, not as educated as you are, or not as influential as you are, courtesy demands that you apologize.


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