​After the Kids are Gone | by Rob O’Hara

A natural part of becoming an adult is pushing back against your parents and taking a stand for something you believe in.  I remember the first time my son stood up to me and took a stand for something he believed in.  He was twelve years old. “Come on!” I yelled from the living room…

​Hello, Dolly, Goodbye | by Pam Munter

Nearly everything about the musical comedy “Hello, Dolly” is legendary. It’s a nostalgic time capsule set to music, not only of the early 20th century but of Broadway’s golden era. And yet, it remains timeless to audiences. Bette Midler has been playing to sold-out houses in a recent revival and in January Bernadette Peters will…

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: DAPO OLORUNYOMI NATIONAL ESSAY COMPETITION (DONEC) 2017

The Dapo Olorunyomi National Essay Competition is an initiative flagged by the Department of Communication and Language Arts, University of Ibadan. Displaying exemplary hard work and integrity, Dapo Olorunyomi, a seasoned journalist, has been actively involved in the fight against the menace of questionable activities in governance and domineering leadership. Thus, in honor of his…

America Wasn’t So Bad Back Then | by Donal Mahoney

​We have something in common, a fellow I talk to now and then. We’re about the same age and perhaps the only ones in the diner who think our past lives are interesting. So when the two of us shoot the bunk over coffee, it’s amazing that two men who sometimes can’t remember much about yesterday remember a lot…

The Ideology of Higher Education in the African Dilemma | by Francis Egbokhare

We can be knowledgeable with other people’s knowledge; we can’t be wise with their wisdom (Michel de Montaigne 1533—1592)  The global agenda for Higher Education is defined in terms of the predominating human development issues and the strategies for resolving them. The challenges include poverty, gender equity, diversity, violence and conflicts,  the environment, access, literacy,…

Capitalism and Human Nature Must Be Regulated | by Donal Mahoney

“What can we do to make this right?” The speaker is Phil Burns, owner of the brokerage firm that Owen Mitchell has had money invested with for years. Owen’s not rich and not poor. He just prefers the action of the stock market to the passivity of fixed income. Owen says nothing, sits in his…

PIN QUARTERLY JOURNAL (ISSUE 7): CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

Building on the remarkable success of previous issues of the PIN Quarterly Journal, Poets in Nigeria (PIN) calls for entries aligning with various columns of the journal due for release in the fourth week of April, 2017. The columns listed below are opened to corresponding entries: CRISPY SATIRE: features poems with satirical attributes. POETIC INSIGHT:…

AMERICAN NOTES 2 | by Fred Russell

NEWSSPEAK Journalists talk and write in platitudes. This is not surprising. They are not, after all, writers. Their command of the language is limited. Their minds are commonplace. They are also not scholars or political scientists. I occasionally watch Fox News, but what is true of Fox is true of any other news organization. The…

AMERICAN NOTES | by Fred Russell

EDUCATION IN AMERICA  Bill O’Reilly has discovered that Americans are ignorant “about their own country.” He told us so not too long ago, quoting Newsweek for the numbers, though he could just as easily have quoted some of Jay Leno’s man-in-the-street interviews (it turns out that 29% of Americans don’t know who the vice president…

Eight Men Who Are Doing Quite Well | by Donal Mahoney

A notice appeared in the paper recently with the names and faces of eight men who have a combined wealth of $426 billion. According to Oxfam International, in 2015 this would have equaled the amount of wealth held by half the world’s population, the poorest half. Oxfam International is a confederation of charitable organizations in 90 countries…

The Trio That Should Have Reshaped Jazz | by Scott Archer Jones

On the seafloor of the Stockholm archipelago near Ingarö the tides swept a body not yet dead back and forth, in eddies of dust that tornadoed up into black, cold water. Jazz had missed its chance again. Each decade gifted people kick jazz down the road like a can, people like Joshua Redman, Nicholas Payton,…

​Passing It On | by Pam Munter 

The night club is dark and seedy, but I can easily identify the bones of what was once reputedly a hot spot for the Rat Pack in the 1960s here in Palm Springs.  An alleged quote from Frank Sinatra covers much of one wall, meant to evoke a different era: “Alcohol may be man’s worst…

YOU’RE YET TO BE CERTIFIED AS ‘MAD’ | by Akinlosose Ayomikun

Sometimes some people say our dressing is just an expression and that it doesn’t define who we really are. Some even quote that popular saying ‘don’t judge a book by its cover’, but when I watched ‘ Desperate Housewives’, I got an answer for that. Susan Mayer told her daughter, you will judge that book…

KEN SARO-WIWA PRIZE FOR BOOK REVIEW 2016 – call for entries

In continuation of a legacy project that the Committee for Relevant Art, CORA, promoters of the annual Lagos Book & Art Festival , LABAF, launched last year, we hereby call for submission of entries in respect of the annual KEN SARO-WIWA PRIZE FOR BOOK REVIEW 2016. The project is designed to further a key objective…

“Lingua Franca: From Nigerian Pidgin to Naija Languej” by Eriata Oribhabor

Nigerian pidgin is the most popular form of communication in use in Nigeria by Nigerians irrespective of tribal or religious affiliation. By reason of long stay in the country or sheer determination to learn it for ease of communication with Nigerians for business and pleasure, non-Nigerians either speak. Its origins lie in the Niger Delta…