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.

Dear Chief Bode George:  Greetings in the name of our lord Jesus Christ. I hope this letter meets you in good condition of health, if so, glory be to the one God we serve on His throne. I am...
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Protocols!-My hosts, Pastor Tunde Bakare, esteemed convener of the SNG, and Mr. Yinka Odumakin, irrepressible spokesman of the group, must be used to thankless jobs by now. After all, they were both...
Keynote lecture delivered at the National Convention of the Association of Nigerian Authors Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.
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  The scene is sufficiently easy to visualize. Our hypothetical subject is a deprived urchin who has never known the pleasures of life. Perhaps he was raised in settings austere, harsh, and...
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