Monthly Archives: October 2013

Lucius Ndimele Of BookRepublic Interviews Onyeka Nwelue


Last Sunday on Nigeria’s most consistent literary review – – Lucius Ndimele had the great opportunity of interviewing the highly acclaimed author of The Abyssinian Boy, Onyeka Nwelue.

I dreamed of standing tall on the world stage some day like Wole Soyinka. He is a man that I admire a lot. He is my god. I started admiring him from childhood. I thought he survived on writing alone, until I grew up and realized that no writer in Nigeria could and can survive on writing alone. Many of our writers can not even afford to buy new slippers to wear or new clothes. And these are the very foolish ones who want to get their reward from I don’t know where. Since I’m primarily an artist, I started exploring other terrains and ended up in film making and music business. However, I also figured filmmakers are poor and that in music business, you need to use your sixth sense, I started doing other things outside of the arts. So, my survival has never been arts. You will die poor if you leave everything to arts.

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FANIYAN, GABRIEL OLUWASEGUN was born on January 29, 1986 in Lagos. He attended Peju Kiddies College, Oke Aro, Agbado, Ogun State. He had his secondary school education at Iganmode Grammar School, Ota and Total Child Secondary School, Sapele, Delta State. He obtained his first degree from the Department of English University of Ibadan and he is currently running his maters programme in the same university.


Some Positions and Offices

He was President, NYSC-Millennium Development Goals Awareness Creation, Oredo Local Government Area, Edo State. October 2012 to February 2013.

Gabriel Faniyan was Public Relations Officer, NYSC-Millennium Development Goals Awareness Creation, Oredo Local Government Area, Edo State. May 2012 to October 2012.

He was Director of Literary Development/Editor in Chief; National Association of Student of English and Literary Studies 2010 – 2011.

He was President, Arts Literary and Debating Society 2009/2010 and 2010/2011 Sessions.

He was Deputy-Editor-in-Chief: Renaissance: A publication of the Redeemed Christian Fellowship, University of Ibadan, Ibadan.


He was Participant, International Conference of Students of English and Literary Studies (ICOSELS) at Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria from February 14 – February 19, 2010.

Gabriel Faniyan was also Participant, International Conference of Students of English and Literary Studies, which held at Ahmadu-Bello University, A.B.U Zaria, Kaduna State from January 30, 2011 – February 5, 2011.


As Editor in Chief and Director for Literary Development, he was also among the planning committee.


Some Distinction and Awards


He featured on Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) am express on Thursday 26th of August 2010 to talk about issues on  global warming and his latest Science fiction Sunrise at Night 7:00am.

He was Student Role Model; was interviewed on UI Radio, Diamond FM 101.1 as student role model on the 5th of October 2010.

Gabriel Faniyan was Orator of the year; Association of Faculty of Arts Students Association (AFAS), University of Ibadan, 2011.

He also was the Student Author of the Year; National Association of Students of English and Literary Studies, University of Ibadan.  2011.

He was Convener; THE DAYS AFTER TOMORROW. A global warming awareness initiative and an NYSC community development service project that gathered more than two hundred students from sixteen secondary schools in Benin City. January 25, 2013.


He received Certificate of Commendation; National Youth Service Corps Edo State. February 14, 2013.

He Featured on Independent Television Benin (This morning on ITV) on Monday 22nd of July, 2013 to talk about science fiction in Nigeria, the reading and writing culture and issues on global warming as represented in The Days After Tomorrow 8:10am.

He is a published author of three books Empty Barrels; August 2007, Sunrise at Night; August 2010 and The Days After Tomorrow January 2013. His hobbies include Writing, Debating, Traveling and Playing Chess.


Gabriel Faniyan is Columnist, Use of English for Book Republic, A weekly magazine published online. Read Gabriel’s thought on Use of English in Nigeria



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Please kindly be informed that our ratings of these firms are not influenced in any way by our personal relationship with them, but instead spurred by their contribution towards the development of the Nigerian book industry and literacy in the country.

5. First Veritas Educational Content Delivery Ltd
Established by the immediate former Managing Director of Evans Publishers Limited, Gbenro Adegbola, First Veritas Educational Content Delivery is an organization whose focus is strongly bent towards the provision of high quality and cost effective educational services and solutions through innovation to students and other stakeholders in the educational industry.
First Veritas as a firm stands for two things: innovation and top quality publishing. We believe in the years to come, First Veritas will bank on their publishing platform to sell our running comatose cultural identity. Welcome on board, First Veritas.

4 Evans Publishers Limited
Evans’ top quality, educative and affordable books has not  only attracted us, but it has ensured its placement on our prestigious Top Five.
Evans Brothers Nigeria Publishers Limited has continued to thrive in the development of high quality educational and curriculum based books as well as leisure books. The company has a subsidiary company called Nelson Publishers which it acquired in 2004.
Evans Publishers initiated the ‘Inspire Campaign’ in 2004. This campaign is a platform adopted to positively impact and add value to all Evans stakeholders namely; students, teachers, booksellers, parents.
We salute you, Evans Publishers.

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PS. Our editor, Folarin Olaniyi, has entered for The Etisalat Prize For Flash Fiction. Please – kindly follow this link and read the story. We will appreciate if you can vote for Folarin and share his story on your social media platforms. Voting ends on October 29.



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