Friday, September 16, 2011

Sentinel Nigeria

For those of you who do not know about the existence of the literary journal, Sentinel Nigeria, I wish to use this opportunity to draw your attention to it.
Here are the words of the eagle-eyed editor, Richard Ugbede Ali:
"Without further ceremony, with the utmost humility and the most responsible sense of pride, I welcome each and every one of you to the seventh berthing of the Sentinel Nigeria ship. This issue is but a glimpse of greater destinations to come the fruits of voyages to be weathered even better than we have done in the year months—for the double assurance of our readership’s faith in us and of our confidence in our contributors’ abilities remains the most fateful wind in our sails."

There are great stories and poems and interviews and much more.


Wednesday, September 14, 2011


Hello friends, I am organizing a panel on the present generation of African women writers at the upcoming African Literature Conference, in April 2012.
Here is the official announcement. Please help me to get this info to those who might be interested in discussing any of the recent works by our great writers.
Here is the announcement.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

How Publishing is Rigged

If your stories have been rejected and rejected and rejected, the problem might not be with you or them; it might have to do with the enormous rigging going on in the publishing world. Interesting observations?

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

You don't have four kids without having a lot of sex.

Well, you can accuse me of borrowing a leaf from the Boulevard press in regard to the title above, but you have got to like the mindset that produced the saying. One thing I have observed about my dear Nigerian people is that most of them claim to worship God and hate sex. None of this is true.
In a Q&A session during a reading by some Nigerian women writers, a man from the audience asked these women why/how they felt comfortable writing about sex in their stories. One of the women shot the answer above.


Thursday, September 1, 2011

Try, Try Again: Rejection and Persistance - by Andrew Scott

"Two months before I moved to New Mexico to study fiction writing with four writers I deeply admired, I submitted a short story to magazines for the first time. Knowing a response would take a while, I listed my future address on the SASE. I had only written one story good enough to send out. A shocking coincidence: It was the only story I had ever seriously revised."
A good read.