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Literature Appreciation

How to deal with a writer’s block

A writer’s block is simply when a writer gets stuck while writing. everything goes on pause and you are blank on how to continue. Writer’s block happens with every writer at a particular time and the way to solve it is to know the reason for it.  The reasons for a writers block Environment; Your environment could affect your creativity. Noise is very distracting and a no no for a writer. A writer should try to have quiet moments most of the time, to help …

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How to write a good short story

In other to write a short story you must first understand what a short story is. A short story is simply a story that contains 300words to 7500 words. People often make the mistake of writing a short story with the same mindset as writing a novel. A novel and a short story does indeed have a lot in common since they both entail writing a story but there is still a big gap within them, bridge that gap and you would be writing the …

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The Slave Girl Who Tried To Kill Her Mistress! (folktale)

A man called Akpan, who was a native of Oku, a town in the Ibibio country, admired a girl called Emme very much, who lived at Ibibio, and wished to marry her, as she was the finest girl in her company. It was the custom in those days for the parents to demand such a large amount for their daughters as dowry, that if after they were married they failed to get on with their husbands, as they could not redeem themselves, they were sold …

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A great Iroko tree has fallen! (Buchi Emecheta)

Indeed the world is shaken because the ground must shiver at the thud of a Mighty fallen Iroko tree. Mummy I never got to meet you but I felt i knew you. You constructed your sentences uniquely, originally and most beautifully! Indeed nobody could do what you do the way you do it. You were gifted and the World literature was blessed to have you. You would forever remain in our hearts , You were an Icon, women’s hero, a leading figure and a mother …

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African and Insurgency. (A poem)

This shores I stand was once full of sunlight, Where many a eye lived who saw the sight, Today, night has come and refused to ebb, But to home of sun hope shall man steer, That home of sunlight I ever once lived.   Unawares, in the whisper of the night, On hearing a sound as of thunder, Many a soul are massacred in flames, Man and sweats wreck and shred beyond repair.   Who upon this plain such a virus bred, That has many …

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Africans can write for the Philosophy Through Fiction: Short Story Competition.

Deadline 1 February 2017 American Philosophical Association are inviting submissions for the short story competition “Philosophy Through Fiction”, organized by Helen De Cruz (Oxford Brookes University), with editorial board members Eric Schwitzgebel (UC Riverside), Meghan Sullivan (University of Notre Dame), and Mark Silcox (University of Central Oklahoma). The winner of the competition will receive a cash prize of US$500 (funded by the Berry Fund of the APA) and their story will be published in Sci Phi Journal. The competition is open to EVERYONE, regardless of geographic location, career …

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Writing opportunity open for Africans in 2017!! Commonwealth Youth Council Poetry competitions!!

Deadline: May 31,2017 To commemorate World Braille Day, the Commonwealth Youth Council invites entries for the 2017 poetry competition- “Unseen & Unspoken.” This is a segment of creative expression of the #iamABLE campaign through the art of poetry. The theme of the competition is “My disability does not define me.” The theme can be interpreted many ways – writers could focus on achievements and talents they have in spite of a disability, or positive traits they have or have developed as a result of their …

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How to write a winning short story in a short time!

Wow! I have just heard about this writing competition and damn! I am so interested! but the problem is that it is just few days away! No way I can compete with those who have prepared earlier! Do I give up? and betray that talent? Of course NOT! This is what i would do!  I would read their rules and regulation and their eligibility. You must read the eligibility of whatever short story competition you want to enter for. Some short story competitions require that …

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SURVEYING THE TROUBLE WITH AFRICA USING CHINUA ACHEBE’S BOOK ‘THE TROUBLE WITH NIGERIA’ AS A CASE STUDY

Nigeria is the giant of Africa because of its size and vastness. Nigeria has many things in common with other African countries. Other than a black skin, Nigeria is the largest country in Africa and one time largest economy in Africa. It is safe to assume that in every four African your meet, one is a Nigerian. Nigeria has one major thing in common with other Africa countries… being underdeveloped despite being blessed with mineral resources and little or no natural disasters. It is no …

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A detailed analysis of one of my favourite jamb recommended poem , ‘Vanity’ by Birago Diop

Allow me hold your hand and let’s enjoy this beautifully written poem together! Let us start by reading the poem aloud…   Vanity If we tell, gently, gently All that we shall one day have to tell, Who then will hear our voices without laughter, Sad complaining voices of beggars Who indeed will hear them without laughter?   If we cry roughly of our torments  Ever increasing from the start of things What eyes will watch our large mouths Shaped by the laughter of big …

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