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WHO Issues New Guidelines to Prevent Dementia

By Nkem Egenuka on Fri, 24/05/2019 - 14:25

The World Health Organization (WHO) recently disclosed new guidelines to deal with the increase in cognitive decline and dementia in the world today.


Dementia results from a variety of diseases and injuries that affect the brain, such as Alzheimer disease or stroke. Dementia is a rapidly growing public health problem affecting around 50 million people globally.


2 Nigerian Writers Make 2019 Caine Prize shortlist

By Nkem Egenuka on Thu, 23/05/2019 - 15:26

2019 Caine Prize shortlist announced

The shortlist for the 2019 Caine Prize for African Writing has been announced, featuring stories that celebrate the diversity of Africa.

It features writers from Nigeria, Kenya, Cameroun, and Ethiopia. They include

Analysis of Faceless by Amma Darko

By Nkem Egenuka on Mon, 21/01/2019 - 09:46

Faceless is a compelling story of children plunged into the streets by poverty and parental neglect. Amma Darko in very graphic details presents sociological issues of child-neglect, gender, child abuse, defilement of girls, child-trafficking, child-labour, and violence.

Amma Darko tells the world that every street child has a story, though rarely told. The common denominator in all of these stories is parental neglect.

Analysis of Frank Ogbeche's "Harvest of Corruption"

By Nkem Egenuka on Wed, 16/01/2019 - 15:35

Harvest of Corruption is centred on the venal acts of public servants in a country called Jacassa. The principal public servant in the play is Chief Haladu Ade Amaka, the minister of external relations. He is corrupt and unpatriotic.

Review of 'She stoops to Conquer' by Oliver Goldsmith

By Nkem Egenuka on Thu, 13/12/2018 - 04:45

The play She Stoops to Conquer is based on practical jokes, mistaken identities, and miscommunication interwoven into a comedy of manners.

Mrs. Hardcastle wants her ward, Constance to marry Tony Lumpkin who is a drinker and a prankster. Indeed, his pranks lead to confusions and false assumptions. However, there's another suitor, Hastings, who's coming down from London in hopes of winning Constance's hand in marriage.

Happy Democracy Day!

By Nkem Egenuka on Tue, 29/05/2018 - 10:50

Democracy Day is observed annually on May 29. This holiday commemorates the restoration of democracy, when the newly elected Olusegun Obasanjo took office as the President of Nigeria in May 1999 ending multiple decades of military rule that began in 1966.

Tackling Learning Disability - Coping with Dyslexia

By Nkem Egenuka on Thu, 19/04/2018 - 10:10

Dyslexia is a learning disability characterized by difficulties with reading and writing composition, as well as high levels of creativity and ‘big picture’ thinking. Coping with dyslexia can be challenging, but it is possible. With the right attitude, strategies, tools, and support you can not only cope with dyslexia, but have a successful and productive life.

The Blood of a Stranger By Dele Charley

By Nkem Egenuka on Wed, 14/06/2017 - 17:15

Background and Setting
The Blood of a stranger is an African drama written by a Sierra-Leonian playwright, Raymond Dele Charley. The play is set in Sierra Leone during the colonial period. It reveals the exploration and exploitation of Africa by the European.

The colonialists posed as tobacco farmers, but had their eyes fixed on the Diamond of the land; this led Seirra-leone civil war that lasted from 1991 to 2002.

Today in Nigeria History: June 12

By Nkem Egenuka on Mon, 12/06/2017 - 16:56

June 12, 1993, was the day Nigerians came together in agreement to vote, Chief M.K.O as the president of Nigeria. But on 21st June 1993 the former military president, retired General Ibrahim Babangida annulled the  election and set Nigeria on the path of crisis, which led to many deaths including the M.K.O and wife, Kudrirat Abiola.

The 12th of June is yearly celebrated in memory of Chief M.K.O. Abiola.


Below is a poem by David Agboola


The Dining Table By Gbanabam Hallowell

By Nkem Egenuka on Fri, 09/06/2017 - 16:47

Dinner tonight comes with

 gun wounds. Our desert

tongues lick the vegetable

blood—the pepper

strong enough to push scorpions

 up our heads. Guests

look into the oceans of bowls

 as vegetables die on their tongues.


The table

that gathers us is an island where guerillas

walk the land while crocodiles

 surf. Children from Alphabeta with empty palms dine



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