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With Love from Abuja

Exceptional article from emerging playwright and writer, Ifedolapo Akinola


Abuja, the Capital city of Nigeria, is known for many things. Aside the fact that it is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful cities that Nigeria boasts of, this ‘city of varieties’ remains the place to go when you’re NOT only interested in relieving stress but also in dire need of fine treats for body and soul. And not to also mention that just because you’ve decided to visit Abuja, you’re only a half ticket away from dining with the First Man in his very magnificent Aso Villa… (LOL!)

So, a while ago I visited this delightful city courtesy of the Association of Nigerian Authors’ 35th Anniversary International Convention – a four day event in celebration of Nigerian Authors, books and art. And you can guess that from the very moment I stepped into the city, all I wished was to stay for more than four days. If not…

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Introducing: The Crippled Eagle by Doris Malgwi


The Crippled Eagle

There is a dark plot among the cabals to eliminate the President of the country. Unknown to them, it was being recorded by the hotel’s CCTV camera.

Kaingchat, fresh graduate and a girlfriend of a journalist, Sunny, is approached by Kola a Colleague in the hotel. He has a Big Story for Sunny. Kola is killed. Sunny is killed. Kiangchat runs to the SSS for help. Then a terrorist group attacks the SSS headquarters and several cadets are killed.

Doris Malgwi’s The Crippled Eagle comes at a very important time when the country battles with corruption in the corridors of power, insecurity and other disasters in the world. It is a must read crime thriller for every one.

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In the year 2011, Emotion Press was established to project the future ones. Ever since her existence it has provided publishing solutions to young talented Nigerian authors. It will continue to provide effective solutions to Africa’s emerging publishing industry.

Over the few years of our existence, we have received numerous queries from Nigerian authors wishing to get published with our firm. Interestingly, some of these works are really worthy of publication but for some little touches which really matters to our Acquisitions editor.

The Reading Service promises to offer Nigerian authors who are sending in their works to a publisher for the first time, an insider perspective in the preparation of the final manuscript and query letter before final submission to a literary agent or publisher.

We are offering twenty Nigerian authors our reading service for this year 2016 for a one time fee of N30,000 only.

The Service Package covers;

  • Professional analysis of all of your works for the year 2016
  • Proofreading of the final manuscript
  • Corrections and Recommendations For Your Work-in-Progress
  • Guidance In The Final Pitching To A Literary Agent and Publisher

How To Subscribe

  • Send In The First Twenty Pages of Your Work-in-Progress, alongside a short bio and an active phone line to
  • Please make the subject line of the mail: The Reading Service. We will regard your mail as unsolicited if you do not follow this instruction.
  • Our in-house reader will send you a text message as soon as possible. If you do not receive any text message from our in-house reader after two weeks of query, please kindly send in complaints via


We will be waiting to read your work-in-progress.



At Emotion Press, we have over the years improved on our editorial unit and ensured that our editors respond to queries of prospective authors within two weeks of receipt.

Our publisher, Mr. Folarin Olaniyi, has also taken it upon himself to send in congratulatory and acceptance notes to authors whose works have been considered for publication under the Omojojolo imprint.

Before submitting your works for consideration, you must be aware that Omojojolo is the company’s Self publishing imprint and authors are expected to pay a certain amount to cover the cost of publishing the work. The cost of marketing and distributing these works are not to be paid for by the author. You are advised not to send in your works for consideration if you do not have a budget or sponsor for the publication for the work.

Meanwhile, the company has recently launched her traditional imprint, Omiye Books, and is presently considering Children’s Literature and Autobiographies from prospective authors. Kindly send in a mail to the editor, Omiye Books, Ibadan via


We consider all forms of work, in both the creative Fiction and creative Non-fiction forms of writing. The underlisted are the basic requirements before sending in your work for consideration:

  • Ensure all works are formatted in Calibri 12pt only.
  • For all Prose, Drama works and Creative Non Fiction, you are not expected to send in more than a forty page excerpt of the work.
  • For all forms of Poetry, you are not expected to send in more than twenty poems of the full work.
  • It is mandatory that you attach an introductory note to the entry, which must contain a short biography, your phone contact and physical address.
  • If you are not sure if the work is publishable, please kindly make use of our reading service.
  • It might take up to two weeks of receipt, before we send in a response to your publishing query. Please kindly bear with us.
  • All submissions are directed to the editor, Omojojolo books via
  • For further enquiries, always send in a query to only.


They took the moonlit night with them I (A Poem) by Hyginus Ekwuazi

It was the night of the full moon and we were at supper: that was when they came for my grandmother. The birth, they said, was not going too well—and was it everything the eye saw that the head car…

Source: They took the moonlit night with them I (A Poem) by Hyginus Ekwuazi


This is a touching reply from an understanding editor.


Dear Rasaq,

I just finished reading your concise and lamentable letter. I would like to say I am quite sorry for everything you are passing through. However, it is necessary that I remind you of my own life, my dreams and aspirations, my hope and my failures in the course of reading and selecting poems for this journal. Most times I find it difficult to say “no” to some poems. It is crazy it always happens like that. One recurring fact is that every poem is beautiful. I haven’t read a meaningless poem since I started my career as an editor. It is always fun to read every poem. Also, I always have more than a thousand poems to read and sieve. Now, the best thing to do is to read with a truthful heart, a heart tied to the originality and the powerful language of a poem. Another pivotal…

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Emotion Press Launches Africa’s First Literary and Educational Television Channel



Emotion Press, Nigeria has launched a fresh literary and educational online television channel, the first of her kind in sub saharan Africa.
According to the Executive Producer, Folarin Olaniyi, ‘Booktv Africa focuses its beam light on African authors of all kinds of books, Fiction and Non Fiction, and their publishers, editors, bookshop owners and the primary consumers of books, which are the schools. We are open to partnerships and sponsorships’

Booktv Africa launched out on Christmas day with an interview with the family of acclaimed poet and writer, Remi Raji, who most interestingly just handed over the mantle of leadership of the Association of Nigerian Authors.
Many months ago, the crew traveled to Ede, Redeemer’s University, owned by the Pastor Enoch Adeboye’s Redeemed Christian Church of God, to interview the award winning playwright, Ahmed Yerima, who is now the Head of Department of the Theatre Arts unit of the Christian based school. The full length interview has been published on the online television’s website.




There have been so many complaints from different quarters about the poor reading culture in Africa, most especially among the youths who are always stuck to the internet; it is our hope that Booktv Africa will be able to re-ignite the fire of reading books in the hearts of the educated African populace.
Booktv Africa will in the subsequent weeks feature award winning authors such as Soji Cole, Toyin Abiodun, Yinka Egbokhare, Akin Bello, Femi Osofisan, JP Clark and established schools and publishers in its different segments.
The online television channel can only be accessed on


Interview Done by Lucius Ndimele In Naija Languej


Naija pipul go laik sabi hu Eriata Oribhabor bi?

Eriata Oribhabor na puet and raita wen stat to rait puem fo Naija languej. Na im rait di buk; Abuja Na Kpangba An Oda Puem-Dem (2011), edito; If Yu Hie Se A De Prizin (Antoloji of puem-dem fo Naija languej – 2012) and edito; Amebo Yad (Antoloji of ple-dem fo Naija languej). Som buk wen Eriata don rait fo Inglish languej na; ‘‘Beautiful Poisons’’, “CrossRoads & The Rubicon” and Who Shall I Make My Wife? (anthology of food – related poems). Bot som of im buk wen neva kom aut fo Inglish languej na; “That Beautiful Picture” and anoda won wen neva get nem. Anoda of im buk wen im bi edito na; Join Me Write a Poem (Anthology). Won of im pawaful buk wen go kom aut next ye na; Gud Old Naija (Collection of Essays written in English and spiced with Naija).

Mista Eriata na pesin wen gada akshon fo hau to tek puem and enitin wen konsain puem to eni levul, im de promot hau to ‘‘read’and rait puem fo difren-difren puem program wen im de du fo Lagos, im de giv hand of sopot to difren-difren pipul to si se plenti pipul go de laik puem. Fo Lagos, im de among di pipul wen stat ARTHUB; big program wia evritin abaut ‘‘ÁRT” de get big promoshon. Na Mista Eriata and oda pipul na im stat won websait wen dem de kol ‘’’. Na on di 24 of Oktoba, 2015 fo Lagos, na im dem sho di websait to di hol wold.

Mista Eriata don bi Chiaman, “Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA) Abuja branch’’ from 2012-2014. Im taim as Chiaman no get raival til tode. Im du plenti-plenti tins wen put di “association” fo op-op wen big pas wetin enibodi do si.

Fo Fesbuk, Mista Eriata get beta stand wen mek am fit de tok to difren pipul fo ol ova di wold laik;, OL FO NAIJA, Eriata Oribhabor (author), Poets in Nigeria (PIN), Naija Promoter and Rait fo Naija languej.

Wetin bi Naija languej, and wai yu kom de yus am de rait puem and tori?

Naija languej na languej wen de kom aut from awa pidgin. Di difrens bi se, awa pidgin no get standad bot Naija languej get standad. Di standad wen Naija languej get bi se, i get wetin oyibo de kol “Autography” wen de sho pipul hau to spel am. Na dis standad na im mek os de sepret am from pidgin odawaiz na di sem tin. Bot as yu and mi nou, wen somtin difren, di tim go get levul. Naija levul don pas pidgin levul. Naija go tek os op fo plenty-plenti tins.

Yu fo laik mek govament tok se Naija languej go bi ofishal languej sins se na wetin evribodi de yus yan?

Di rizin wai wi de du dis promoshon na to put standad wen go mek govanment si am se, beta wen de fo Naija okro sup na wota. If yu se mek a ansa yu dairekt, YES. A go hapi wel-wel if govanment wek op won de wit beta maid to du di korkt tin abaut awa Naija languej; mek am ofichal languej fo Naija laik Igbo, Hausa and Yoruba.

Naija languej na awa oun tin bot fo nau, no skul de tich am. No bi wahala bi dat?

No skul de tich Naija languej bikos govanment kari fes komot fo wia di languej de. Bot won de bi won de, tori go chenj bikos chenj fo dis eria most kom won de. Na big problem se govanment de du laik se dem de slip. Plenti pipul de wen go skul len wit inglish bot na we dem tok oo yan fo Naija na im de de setul ondastand wetin de len. Tich pesin fo inglish and tich pesin fo Naija, na pesin wen dem tich fo Naija go grab di mjesej wela.

Na yu bon OL FO NAIJA, NAIJA PROMOTER, RAIT FO NAIJA, na yu stat Eriata Oribhabor puem praiz, i get plenti-plenti tins we yu de du fo litrecho fo naija, yu shuoo se yu no de kolo so fo litrecho? And di tin bi se i bi laik se na yong naija pipul we yu kari fo maind pas. Wai yu de du ol dis tins?

If yu se a don kolo fo literesho, yu korekt. Bot na beta kolo. And bikos a de kari yon-yong pipul fo maid de du evritin wen a de du, na propa beta kolo wen God laik. Evride, wi de pre mek Naija beta, mek Naija beta, if awa yong pipul hed no korekt, beta no go eva kom awa kontri sam-sam.

Wich oda tins yu de du and wich wons yu de plan du?

A don tok ol wetin a de du wen a tok abaut maisef fo di statin of di tok-tok. Fo wetin a de plan to du, a go onli se bai God pawa, wi go du wetin oyibo de kol “Spoken Word” next ye fo ol of Naija. Na fo evribodi to si se, wetin wi de tok min somtin and hau dis somtin go rich Govanment na im wi go laik to si. Afta som taim, dem no go de tek os de ple futbol enihau fo Naija languej mata. Wi go tok plenti wit awa puem-dem and ivun send som to govanment and tel dem mek dem de du beta fo awa kontri.

I get taim we yu komot puem buk fo Naija languej. Abeg tok smol fo di buk hed.

A don tok abaut am fo di statin. Na Abuja na Kpangba an Oda Puem-Dem bi di very fest buk wen a rait. Wen dis buk komot fo 2011, wi du big sho fo Abuja to promot am and di oda buk wen a kol pipul to send puem na im bi If Yu Hia Se A de Prizin. Wi de du tins to tek evri tin go op-op.
Wetin and wetin de giv yu wahala so fo dis gud wok we yu de du so fo naija languej?
Pat of wetin de giv wahala bi se, som pipul maid de had to chenj. Dem tink se pidgin no sopoz get standad and pipul wen sopoz nou wetin de, espechali fo Ministry of Education, na demo un wos pas. Meni don foget se languej laik French stat as pidgin. Na wen “Autography”de to tich standad stail to spel eni languej, na dat taim di languej go get respect

I go gud mek dem get awod fo naija languej litrecho?
YES. Korekt. Wi go rich dat levul next ye.
Oga dem tok se ‘ilitiret na pipul we no sabi tok, no sabi rid, and we no sabi rait inglish, if to se govament kom alau mek naija languej kom bi ofishal languej fo kontri so, dat no min se wi go don yus stail poshu ilitiresi komot awa kontri, as plenti pipul sabi tok fo naija languej so, as i rimen tu rait and rid so?

If govanment mek Naija languej ofishal languej and tek am tich fo skul fo Naija, pipul go ondastand pas as dem de ondastand nau. Yu no de si plenti pipul finish Yunivasiti no fit rait komon leta?

Oga I de salut yu as yu don komot taim se mek yu kom yan wit os tude.
Na God win.


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