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Celebrating African Writers: the Etisalat Prize for Literature

By Comfort Olukogbon on Tue, 11/03/2014 - 18:16

 Etisalat Prize for Literature, Nigeria

Etisalat Nigeria, one of the country’s major telecommunications service providers and leading corporate citizens, recently launched the Etisalat Prize for Literature. Along with education and health, Nigeria’s publishing industry has been added to Etisalat’s list of sustainable social investments. The Prize is the first ever pan-African prize celebrating debut fiction writers.

The Prize’s award ceremony, which took place on Sunday February 23, 2014 at Federal Palace Hotel, Lagos, demonstrated the company’s commitment to the literary arts and created an avenue for bridging gaps across communities, cultures and continents. Present at the award ceremony were literary giants and enthusiasts from different cultural backgrounds.

2013 and Nigerian Literature: The Year in Review - by Kenechi Uzochukwu

By ZODML on Thu, 16/01/2014 - 01:00

Our first blog post this year looks back at 2013 and Nigerian literature. It was year in which Nigerians won notable literary awards and competitions, great authors died and new voices emerged.

The year began on a bright and promising note when in January, the Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA) established the Nigerian Writers Series for “the encouragement of the emergence of new talents, the reactivation of quality publishing and the provision of literary materials for a healthy national reading culture.




The first great literary loss of the year happened in March. Soon after his publication of the famed There was a Country, Chinua Achebe, one of Africa’s most revered authors died on the 21st of March in Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America. Achebe was best known for his 1959 classic Things Fall Apart.



"There's More To Africa Than Animals" - Challenging Stereotypes in Children's Books

By ZODML on Tue, 03/12/2013 - 00:30

Children's Books, Africa, stereotypes

Despite the spread of the internet and increasing global interconnectedness, there is still a struggle to present Africa in the media - whether in newspapers, film, or books - as life truly is on the continent today.

One organisation working to promote an accurate and balanced image of Africa is Africa Access which established the Children's Africana Book Awards in 1991. The US-based awards "are designed to encourage the publication of accurate, balanced children’s materials on Africa, to recognize literary excellence and to acknowledge the research achievements of outstanding authors and illustrators."

November Birthdays: Happy Birthday to our Favourite Nigerian Writers!

By ZODML on Thu, 14/11/2013 - 00:34

Join us in celebrating the talented Nigerian writers born in November! Click through the slideshow to see their pictures and notable works. Clickable slides show you a list of the author's works available to borrow from the ZODML Community Library.

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Discover more fun facts about your favourite writers on the ZODML Blog.

New Novel by Nnedi Okorafor Set for April 2014 Release

By morayooshodi on Tue, 12/11/2013 - 00:31

Nnedi Okorafor, Lagoon, Nigerian writers, new books

Lagoon, the long-awaited novel by award-winning Nigerian-American author Nnedi Okorafor has been given an official release date of April 10, 2014. Set in Lagos during an alien invasion, the novel follows three strangers, each isolated by his or her own problems: Adaora, the marine biologist; Anthony, the rapper famous throughout Africa; and Agu, the troubled soldier (visit the author’s blog to learn more). The stunning cover art was created by South African illustrator Joey Hi-Fi.

Happy Birthday Kazuo Ishiguro!

By ZODML on Fri, 08/11/2013 - 21:18

Kazuo Ishiguro

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Kazuo Ishiguro is a British novelist. Born in Japan on November 8, 1954, he moved with his family to the UK when he was 5 years old. After gaining degrees in English and Philosophy and Creative Writing, his literary career began with three short stories published by Faber and Faber in a collection entitled Introduction 7: Stories by New Writers. 

Airports, Cuba and Books: An Interview with Kaine Agary

By morayooshodi on Wed, 06/11/2013 - 20:05

Kaine Agary at the ZODML Community Library
After her SSRP session with students from Government Senior College Maroko and Ilado Community Senior Secondary School at the ZODML Community Library, Kaine Agary spoke to us about her early life, her favourite books, and the Nigerian general she would like to have dinner with.

During the SSRP session you said that you were sent to Nigeria at 10 months old to stay with your grandma. How did that come about?

I was born in America − my mum was doing her doctorate at the time. My parents were both very busy; it was so bad that I was taken to daycare at nine weeks old. When my grandmother heard this, she asked that I be brought to Nigeria.  So I was parcelled off to Nigeria by my dad, and all my relatives came to the airport all dressed up to welcome me.

Happy Birthday Oscar Wilde! + Thoughts on Reading

By ZODML on Wed, 16/10/2013 - 18:30

 [Tweet ""What you read when you don't have to determines what you'll be when you can't help it" - Oscar Wilde #birthdayquote"] Happy birthday to Oscar Wilde! The Irish writer and poet was born on this day in 1854.


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