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The Successors provides a panoramic sweep of two family generations: The Atsens’ and the Amehs’. It explores the lives of Terkura Atsen, the short-lived patriarch, and Okoh Ameh and moves to the next generation and the challenges of succession in society, business and politics. David Atsen who inherits a multibillion naira business empire and Ifenne Ameh who struggles to build up his worth from the scratch.
The drowning of twins is the beginning of problems for the Kye tribe. The preceding events are unprecedented and the society will not be the same again. This is a tragic story which leaves the reader wondering what anybody stands to gain when humans begin to visit wickedness on fellow humans.
Yuadoo, the maiden of Ikyobo village is a young graceful, attractive and shy girl vested with the dignified role of bearing sacrifices to the Tiv deity, and so long as she does this she must remain chaste. Who then, in his right senses, has dared the Igbianjov, the powerful charm that protects the maiden by violating her? Why has Ikyobo’s fortune suddenly taken a bad turn? Is it a curse? What is its course and what is its cause? This novel is on a vast scale and deals with Tivland in a fast changing world. There is everything in it, youth, age, sorrow, battles described with extraordinary vividness and sympathy. The appalling reference to the Army invasion of Tivland is scarcely exaggerated.
The assertion by some writers of African origin that African literature is an autonomous entity – separate and apart from all other literatures and therefore necessarily requiring its own literary traditions, models and norms, suggesting that its constituency is separate and radically different from that of European or other literatures, and this as rationale for an African poetics, is at best misleading. This is for the simple reason that literary critical criteria such as plot, setting, symbols, imagery, time and space, point of view and other aesthetic features on the one hand, and literary theoretical concepts such as Romanticism, Realism, Modernism, Structuralism, Semiotics, Feminism and other theories on the other hand, cannot be used in reference to any one geographical region of the world. In other words, these critical and theoretical concepts are universal. However, it is valid to refer to a European, American or African literature where the content of the region dominates a given literature. It is to this robust debate that Ferdinand Asoo contributes in The African Novel and the Realist Tradition by subjecting the theory of Realism to the African novel.
Sunrise at Night by H.O.C Kochis won the 2003 Patrick Ityohegh/ANA-Benue Drama Prize. It is a play that was described by the judges as treating the universal struggle between tradition and change. In addition to this, the play has treated creditably the eternal struggle of individuals who challenge outdated systems. Sometimes, their struggles are frontal attacks on the existing order; or they take more subtle forms as demonstrated by Ocho in this intellectually stimulating play.
There is an immensurable wealth of untapped indigenous creativity and cultural artistry in the heartland of Tiv which, if adequately uncovered would add to our understanding of the cultural profile, disposition, life, conduct and mind of the Tiv people (which many construe as being warlike, aggressive and recalcitrant). Semiotic of Tiv Oral Poetry provides a lucid background for the understanding of Tiv cultural aesthetics. This is indeed timely as the expressive culture of Tiv people has received little or extremely sparse scholarly publications, despite a rich cultural heritage. The book unearths the largely unexplored wealth of the Tiv poetic tradition which is the repository of themes drawn from Tiv customs, cosmology, beliefs and practices. The semiotic approach which emphasizes the communicational character of all cultural artifacts, probes into the recesses of Tiv oral poetry, measures its real and symbolic depths and ultimately judges its social significance as an aesthetic artifact and as a cultural mosle of the Indigenous Communication System (ICS).
Sunday begins the quest for reasons behind James’ mysterious ways, he least expects the shocking revelation that James is the reincarnation of Anthony, who died leaving an unborn child and a mentally deranged wife. Therefore, the reality that stares in the face is quite overwhelming. Reincarnated is a beautifully written novella that explores the most puzzling side of human life. The story of Anthony and Joy is inspired by a passionate belief in the spiritual value of even the lowliest of human being.
Poetry can reveal to us not only the struggles of other people but also our own. In this collection of reflections and reminiscences, the poet reveals an inner world of loneliness, fear and despair known to priests who take vows that require giving up everything in exchange for service to God. But in between these inner struggles, there is an undercurrent of optimism provided by the poet’s conviction about trust in God who always listens and understands.
This story is a simple one that shows the destructive power of greed and envy. It shows the evil of cultic oppression in the land and how anarchy reign when individualism holds captive, communalism. This short play is rich as theatre and holds exciting possibilities as dances, music, narration, poetic language and all, heighten and regulate audience mood. It is a producer’s delight. At another level, the play brings to focus the immensely rich proverbs of the Tiv lexicon. This is a real contribution to the national heritage.
The Way Newspaper is a monthly publication of the Catholic Diocese of Otukpo. Its first edition hit the news stand in February, 2012. The Bishop of the diocese, Most Rev. Micheal Ekwoyi Apochi established the publication with the sole aim of using it to evangelize the people of the diocese. The newspaper since her establishment has continued to improve by the day. It was no surprise that in the 2014 Annual Nigerian Catholic Diocesan Newspaper Merit Award held on 21st April, 2015 at Bishop Kelly’s Pastoral Center, Benin City, Edo State, the paper emerged overall best Catholic Newspaper in Nigeria.