Monthly Archives: February 2014

happy anniversary bookrepublic!

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today our primary blog progresspublishing.wordpress.com 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.

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OUR FACULTIES OF ARTS HAS CONTRIBUTED IMMENSELY TO THE DEATH OF NIGERIA’S READING CULTURE

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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.

Read Full article http://bukrepublik.com/frontend/s/p.php?id=pst_5etsliop17

INTRODUCING POETRY CORNER ON BOOKREPUBLIC

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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 rasaqmalik@gmail.com

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

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