Pius Adesanmi

Professor Pius Adesanmi of the Department of English Language and Literature and the Institute of African Studies at Carleton University has a book manuscript shortlisted for the inaugural Penguin Prize for African Writing in the non-fiction category. His book You’re Not a Country, Africa is one of ten manuscripts shortlisted for this prestigious prize. The winner will be announced at the Mail & Guardian Literary Festival on 4 September, 2010. The prize is 50 000 South African Rand and a publishing contract with Penguin Books South Africa, with worldwide distribution via Penguin Group companies.

"There is Elizabeth Udoudo, a mother of two children aged five and three years respectively. Sometime in February 2008, this woman and her children had the temerity to share the road with the...
John Dramani Mahama, President of the Republic of Ghana, the location where my bread is currently buttered, sorry, where my kenkey is currently spiced by shito, is a spoiler and a thrower of spanners...
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Buddy, you were born today a product of the protracted pregnancy of multiple mothers. Happy birthday. I do not come to rob or rock the cradle. I have merely come to greet you, the newborn, bearing...
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