Teaching??? No way! Why have I been posted to a school for God’s sake? I mean, I should have been posted to a radio or television station where I could be relevant. What will a Mass Communications graduate like me do in a school? These were my thoughts as I collected my NYSC posting letter.
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?
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 The Mabati-Cornell Kiswahili Prize for African Literature will be given to the best unpublished fiction, poetry and memoir, and graphic novels written in Kiswahili (spoken by approximately 140 million people in Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi,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).
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 email@example.com for a chance to be featured on the ZODML blog.
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).
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.
This week's ZODML Poetry corner features another poem by Pen Piper, Do you write? Send your poems, short stories, book reviews and NYSC experience to firstname.lastname@example.org for a chance to be featured on our blog.
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 email@example.com.
Check out this week’s selection of great books chosen by our librarians! You can find all of these awesome titles and more at our Community Library at 196 Awolowo Road, Ikoyi, Lagos. Looking for your next great read? Search our catalogue and e-library or browse previous picks for inspiration.