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A BIG literary week in Accra!

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51hg9fpz0gL._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_AA300_SH20_OU01_This is definitely going to be a heavy literary week in Accra, and when I first realized what the schedule would be, I wondered, on Twitter, whether I should clone myself!

This is definitely going to require a bit of juggling.

It started off with Writers Project of Ghana‘s Sunday evening radio show on CitiFM… with Chibundu Onuzu and Elizabeth-Irene Baitie.

Tuesday 16 July:  Taiye Selasi is doing a reading of her book, Ghana must go, at Taverna Tropicana in Nima.  There will also be music, DJ Kobby Graham.  Time:  from 8pm.  I would have liked to go but I think I might give this one a miss, as I do have to go to work the next morning.  Plus I have another commitment that evening…

Wednesday 17 July:  two events on the same day!   Chibundu Onuzu and Emmanuel Iduma will be reading at the WEB…

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Introducing The Use OF English with Gabriel Faniyan and Social Etiquette with Lizzy Winniran


We are elated to inform you that the BookRepublic team has kick started two weekly columns on our larger platform –

By popular demand, we have invited Gabriel Faniyan, an English Language scholar to expose Nigerians who are having trouble with the mastery of the language, to the rudiments of the borrowed tongue.

Lizzy Winniran, a Public speaker and role model, will be taking us on a long ride to the land of manners. Our society, quite saddening, lacks etiquette. From the ordinary Nigerian to the elite, we lack the basic ways of reacting to a natural environment.

This is what Lizzy has to say:

The surroundings which is the immediate environment of an individual, plays a consequential role in molding his or her person. Surroundings in this sense hints on the condition of that space right beside you. Yes, that little space beside you or even that large space you are occupying. The way you take care of that place you inhabit that belongs to you alone, would determine the way you would cater for that public environment. You might have a clue about what I am driving at and you might just shove it off. Funny enough, you might just say to yourself ‘as long as I have got no creases on my cloth, I have had my bath, brushed my teeth, styled my hair, used my cologne. Nothing else matters!’

Definitely you have missed two power-packed Sundays on Kindly join us this Sunday, as Gabriel Faniyan and the Etiquette lady, Lizzy Winniran,  fires on. it is books and things that matter!

Two Hundred Billions of Nairas – The CBN’s New MSME Fund of A Thing


Dear friends, I have read the CBN’s guidelines for the new N200bn fund to kickstart MSMEs in Nigeria (N220bn actually but I will come to the extra N20bn shortly). I read it so that you don’t have to as I know how busy you all are.

I think this will work better with bullet points so here are the highlights I managed to extract from the document.

1.  In total the fund is N220bn but N20bn of that is not for lending per se. N11bn will be for grants; think of it like a mini YouWin. As part of the whole infrastructure of disbursing the funds, CBN will appoint ‘managing agents’ to stand like a bridge between CBN (the money) and the banks. Presumably this is to ensure it doesn’t go the way of former SME funds. So the managing agents will get N4.4bn out of this money to…

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Ajimobi sues Ladoja’s aide for N1billion

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Ajimobi sues Ladoja’s aide for N1bn over publication on Mokola Flyover


It has happened oo, Ladoja Baba don enter am

Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi has sued a national newspaper and an aide to former governor Rashidi Ladoja, one Lanre Ogundipe, to court, demanding N1 billion damages over a publication on the newly-commissioned flyover at the Mokola area of Ibadan, the state capital.

The two other persons sued by the governor for the publication were Alhaji Lukman Akinpelu and A. O. Adepoju.


The former governor had launched attacks on the Ajimobi administration, on the flyover, which is the flagship project of the governor and the first to be constructed by any civilian administration in the last 35 years in the state in a newspaper publiction of recent

Gov Ajimobi described this publication in a newspaper by Ladoja and his group as Libelous and has slammed a 1billlion Naira suit on Ladoja

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Remi Raji, Ogochukwu Promise, Femi Osofisan and Eight Other Poets Shorlisted For NLNG Prize


The Advisory Board of Nigerian Liquefied Natural Gas, NLNG, sponsor of the Nigeria Prize for Literature, Monday, announced an initial shortlist of 11 books, out of 201 books submitted, for the 2013 edition of the prize.

This year’s edition focuses on poetry.

The list, according to the General Manager, External Relations, NLNG, Kudo Eresia-Eke, was arrived at after three months of intensive scrutiny by the panel of judges led by a renowned poet and literary critic, Prof. Romanus Egudu of Godfrey Okoye University, Enugu.


Books that made the list include Letter Home and Biafran Nights, by Akeh Afam; Eke Iquo’s Symphony of Becoming; Birthcry, Nwakanma Obi; Wild Letters, Ogochukwu Promise and Ede Amatoritsero’s Globetrotter and Hitler’s Children.

Others on the list are Marsh Boy and Other Poems by Egbewo G’ebinyo; Gomba Obari’s Length of Eyes; The Sahara Testaments, Ipadeola Tade; Launko Kinba (pen name for Femi Osofisan), Seven Stations Up the Stairways; Through the Window of a Sandcastle, Nnadi Amu and Sea of My Mind, Raji Remi.

Chairman of the Advisory Board, Emeritus Professor, Ayo Banjo, disclosed that the final shortlist of three and subsequently the winner of the $100,000 worth cash prize will be announced in October.

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Proposed Book Discussion “Tales of My Skin” by Biodun Abudu

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Brief Summary of “Tales of My Skin“- From a new and talented writer comes a novel based on a true life story about sex, lust, lies and the pursuit of love. The journey from Africa to America is filled with hopes, dreams and clouds of promise. When the desires of a heart conflict with familial and cultural tradition, choices will be made. Tunde’s story begins with innocence, travels through heartbreak and despair to land in rebirth. What doesn’t kill him, in the end may just save his life.
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Biodun Abudu
Author of “Tales of My Skin” (Out on
Number : 773 558 0895

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BookRepublic was established in January 2013 because we were worried very little platform was available for our dear books, compared to developed societies where online and print magazines were founded to deliver news about authors, publishers, literary agents, Graphic artistes, Editors and other stakeholders in the book and creative industry, in general.

Ever since its inception in January 2013, we have covered news story as look-not-important as a gifted writer receiving a gift from another, to the popular Chimamanda Adichie and Elnathan John saga.

Of recent, we published the controversial confession of Hassan Oredeji about the Nigerian book industry, generating thousands of views.


Of the few months of our Sunday publications  on our website – – readers have complained that very few had been given the chance to contribute to the historical book magazine.

Premised upon this, we have met with our editorial board and have decided to extend our platform to writers and readers altogether interested in contributing articles and news stories to BookRepublic.

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We are also keen on discovering the next writing talent through the BookRepublic platform, and this has caused us to feature short stories and poems of Ezechonachukwu Nduka, Rasaq Malik, Ifeoluwa Watson, Solomon Igaunre and Lucius Ndimele.
BookRepublic is happy to extend this platform to more storytellers and poets who are bent on telling the African story.

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Drama – [One act] Not more than 15 pages.
Creative Essays – [2,000 – 4,000 words]

Interviews are also accepted, but it will be published under our interview section. All entries must be sent to Kindly make the subject : Creative Palace.
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