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By ZODML on Wed, 12/07/2017 - 15:43

When the Flood Storms By Morayo Oshodi

It all started with a drizzling

Some others considered it a trickling

Until the buckets got filled from leaking

Pregnant and swollen the ceiling

So the waters broke,

toh toh toh

Was the sound of a leaking ceiling.

A rhythm worth freestyling.


They say make hay while the sun shines.

Of Animal Rights and Independent Minds: My ZODML Reading Programme Experience

By ZODML on Thu, 27/11/2014 - 01:58

ZODML Senior Secondary Reading Programme session November 2014

When my colleague Chiagozi handed me the book I was to discuss with senior secondary school students at the final ZODML reading programme session of the year, I was confused.

"I thought the students were reading Excuse Me?"

"That was the original plan, but we weren't able to find enough copies to buy. So we're reading this instead."

I stared at the image of a young red-headed girl wearing a long dress and a bonnet, and realised I had my work cut out for me. How was I going to get a group of Nigerian teenagers to enthusiastically discuss life in colonial America from the perspective of an 9 year-old?

Mabati-Cornell Kiswahili Prize for African Literature Announced at Ake Arts and Book Festival

By ZODML on Mon, 24/11/2014 - 20:33


The second edition of the Ake Arts and Book Festival (held last week in Abeokuta, Ogun State) saw the announcement of a major new award for African writers. The Mabati-Cornell Kiswahili Prize for African Literature will be given to the best unpublished fiction, poetry and memoir, and graphic novels written in Kiswahili (spoken by approximately 140 million people in Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Mozambique and the Democratic Republic of Congo). The Prize was co-founded by Mukoma wa Ngugi (professor and son of Kenyan writer Ngugi wa Thiong'o who has famously advocated for literature written in indigenous African languages) and Lizzy Attree (director of the Caine Prize for African Literature).

Jehovah Sharp Sharp – A Short Story

By ZODML on Wed, 19/11/2014 - 20:39

We are pleased to feature a hilarious story from Adewunmi Adekanmbi's Kool Story blog. Are you a writer? Send your short fiction, poetry, opinion pieces and book reviews to editorial@zodml.org for a chance to be featured on the ZODML blog.

2nd Etisalat Prize for Literature Longlist Announced

By ZODML on Sun, 16/11/2014 - 16:10

Etisalat Nigeria has revealed the longlist for the 2014 Etisalat Prize for African Literature. Nine writers made it to the list: five of the nine finalists are women, one is a Nigerian citizen, and two are of part-Nigerian descent (Nigerian-American and Nigerian-Ghanaian).

Comfort Olukogbon Exposes Students to Morality Lessons

By ZODML on Thu, 13/11/2014 - 23:54

The final session of Junior Secondary Reading Programme for this year took place on Wednesday the 12th of November, 2014. It was a reading session among 26 students, aged 10-17 of Government Junior College Ikoyi and Wahab Folawiyo Junior High School in Ikoyi. The selected book for this session was Felicity Learns a Lesson by Valerie Tripp – a renowned historical fiction writer and one of the authors of The American Girl Collection Series.

The Worshippers Ode - A Poem by Pen Piper

By ZODML on Thu, 30/10/2014 - 00:44

Today on the ZODML Poetry Corner: a poem shared by a fan of the ZODML Facebook page for your reading pleasure. Are you a writer or poet? Want to see your work on our blog and promoted on our social media channels? Send an email to editorial@zodml.org.

Port Harcourt Book Festival Kicks Off Today

By ZODML on Mon, 20/10/2014 - 18:00

The Port Harcourt Book Festival (formerly known as the Garden City Literary Festival) is kicking off today! One of African's largest literary festivals, it is organised by the Rainbow Book Club and was first held in 2008. Over the years it has gone from strength to strength, and the 2014 event is particularly special as it takes place while Port Harcourt is the UNESCO World Book Capital.



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