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Writing a book review can be a blessing, and it can be a disaster. You may like a particular book extremely, but still make many mistakes in reviewing it. We, of course, can't oversee all the potential errors a student can make when dealing with this writing assignment, but here will cover ten most common mistakes to avoid.

Taking the Tone of a Professional Critic

You are writing a college or university book review, you are not a professional, highly esteemed Critic, and it is good to humble yourself and remember it. Your professor will be irritated if you don't do it. The fact that this book made it to your program means that it is worth something, so treat it with enough respect. Even if you address a professional writing service with your write my book review for me request, and it will surely be written by an expert, the tone still will be very moderate, calm, not a snob.

Repeating the Same Thoughts Numerous Times

You have some brilliant ideas, we get it. However, it is not good to repeat them again and again during the review. Even if something impressed you beyond belief it is better not to emphasize it more than twice in your text. You have read the whole book at least twice, you should have fresh ideas to put in your writing.

Retelling the Plot

When in high school, you had assignments which implied that you should retell the story the way you understood it. Your ability to remember and later retell what you have remembered in a concise way was checked. Writing a book review is entirely different. You don't have to explain plot lines, give many quotes, or elaborate on each important character before you actually get to the review part.  

Emotionally-Driven Uncalled for Arguments

Good books provoke emotions. It is good if you feel emotional while and after reading a book assigned in class, as it is often that students stay completely cold regarding things they need to read. However, you should be very careful not to make that book review of yours a blog post more suitable for Facebook discussion, not a class. It is accepted to express your sympathy to heroes in a correct manner, but you can't "hate," "love," "detest" heroes. You can, though, use phrases like "I suppose the author used these means to make readers sympathetic to this character."  

Excessive Length

When you just start writing, you feel like you will never be able to write that book review, that the needed number of pages is too much, and there is just nothing to say. However, soon you may notice that you've almost exhausted the allowed number of words and still didn't express yourself enough. Start editing. Don't hope that your professor will be impressed by two extra pages, he or she will just cross them away or won't accept your paper at all.

Too Many Extra References

You like to read, we got it. Still, it is not the best idea to put all the books you've written recently into your paper to boast and show off. Be humble, include only references and allusions which are truly relevant. You are also not supposed to include every book of the same author into comparison, that is too much.

Lack/Excessiveness of Originality

This one is good, and that one is bad, the narration is long, and the ending is sad. This is a short description of most of the reviews written by not enough diligent students. Such analysis is boring and predictable; you should do better than this.

Not Enough Criticism

Even if you like the book entirely, you should find something to criticize in a professional, well-thought-out way. Remember, criticism is not actually about saying mean or even harmful things. It is more about spotting some questionable places and elaborating on them.

Ignoring the Author or Focusing Only on Him/Her

Some students solely focus on the author; some overlook the author and only analyze the Plot. Both strategies will lead you to failure, as the book and its author are genuinely interconnected, but assessing this connection, you should not put the Plot and the artistic means behind.

Broken Logic

This mistake is inherent to texts written either in a hurry, or part by part with long pauses. For example, you received this assignment weeks ago, wrote third, later gave up and finished writing two hours before the submission, not even reading much what you have written before.


Writing a book review, don't neglect following rules for this task stated by your professor and in your handbook for this course. Step-by-step guides are truly useful in such situations.

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When was the last time you read a book, or an informative magazine article? Do your daily reading habits center around tweets, Facebook updates, instagram or the directions on your instant noodles packet?

If you’re among the group of people who don’t make a habit of reading regularly, you might be missing out.

Reading has a significant number of benefits, and here’re 10 benefits of reading:

1.

Knowledge

One of the biggest reasons why we read books is to gain knowledge. Books are a rich source of information. Reading books on varied subjects imparts information and increases the depth about the subject as well. Whenever you read a book, you learn a new information that otherwise would not have known.

2.

Reduces stress

Reading has a positive effect on the body as well. Reading a book can relieve stress better than taking a walk or listening to music. According to studies who read more tend to have lower stress levels.

Zuma set to publish Esosa Kolawole’s Fib and the Axe of fury

3.

Vocabulary building

Reading improves your vocabulary and command on the language. As you read, you come across new words, idioms, new words, phrases and writing styles.

4.

Improves writing skills

Reading a well-written book affects your ability to become a better writer. Just like artists influence others, so do writers. Many successful authors gained their expertise by reading the works of others. So, if you want to become a better writer, start by learning from previous masters.

5.

Improves communication skills

Improving your vocabulary and writing skills goes hand in hand with developing your communication skills. The more you read and write, the better you communicate. Increasing your ability to communicate, improves your relationships and even makes you a better employee or student.

6.

Improves focus and concentration

In our busy lifestyles, our attention is drawn in different directions each day as we try to multi-task through each day. For example, you may find yourself dividing your time between working on a task, chatting with people via Skype, checking email, keeping an eye on Facebook and interacting with your colleagues. All this multi-tasking can lead to high stress level and low productivity. When you read a book, all your attention is focused on what you’re reading. Your eyes and thoughts are immersed in the details of the story. This improves your concentration and focus. Read a book at least 20 minutes a day, and you will be amazed at how much more focused you will be.

7.

Motivation

Life is full of challenges. As we move through different phases in different, a little motivation can be of great help. Reading inspirational books about life experiences can change our lives. Reading a good book, such an autobiography keeps you encouraged and you also learn tips to help you achieve your personal goals. Basically, you get inspired to become a better husband, wife, daughter, son, mother, father or even employee.

8.

Improves memory

Every time you read a book, you have to remember the setting of the book, the characters, their backgrounds, their history, their personalities, the sub-plots and so much more. As your brain learns to remember all this, your memory becomes better. What’s more, with every new memory you create, you create new pathways and this strengthens the existing ones.

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Improves imagination

The more you read, the more imaginative you become. Whenever you read a fiction book, it takes you another world. In the new world, your imagination works at its best as you try to see things in your own mind.

10.

Makes you smarter

With so much to learn from books, people who read regularly tend to be smarter than those who don’t. They tend to have an open mind and are more aware of their surroundings.

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Zuma is set to publish debut novel, Fib and the Axe of fury by Esosa Kolawole in 2019. 

Fib and the Axe of fury is a young adult story of Fibikemi Adeosun, a determined, girl of St. Martha’s school.

Here’s the blurb: Aaron Oni has just two more months to live.

When Fibikemi lost her eyeglasses, a magical barrier protecting her from herself, she encounters something strange.

It’s only the beginning of a weird and terrifying journey and in a matter of time, someone dangerous will come for her.

Her obsession with saving Aaron pushes her to do the unimaginable and eventually, she discovers exactly why she must never take off her eyeglasses outside her home.

Brilliantly paced, with a young, exciting heroine and a twisting, imaginative story line, Fib and the Axe of fury is a strange West African mythological story.

This story sheds light on the Yoruba gods/ goddesses and more will be established in the spin off. It also deals with mental issues and how people handle it differently.

“I wanted to write a book that touched some social issues, but still have some fun. I’m glad I was able to do that. Even though some of my characters were quirky and fun to relate with, I was able to  delve into what  loss of loved one can cause, rape and the resulting effect. Even boys are not safe too.”

Esosa Kolawole first wrote a novella titled Dear Dave in 2017, but developed a strong connection with paranormal stories. Some of her short stories includes: Asákè and the goddess of death, The house of tiny people, The Ant Queen, Portal of Faili and many more.

Esosa’s writings have appeared in Fiction magazines  including the 81 words and 101 fiction.She holds a degree in Estate management. When not working, she plays adventure games on her play station.

Fib and the Axe of fury will be available in retail stores in Nigeria in 2019Esosa Kolawole author of Fib and the Axe of fury

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The traditional African religions are a set of highly diverse beliefs that include various ethnic religions. Generally, these traditions are oral rather than scriptural, include belief in a supreme creator, mythology gods and goddesses, belief in spirits, veneration of the dead, use of magic and traditional medicine. 

There are African writers, who invest their energy to make sure these African myths and folktales never die.

Here's why we have compiled this short list of African mythology novels about myths, folktales, king gods and spirits from Africa.


  1. Children of blood and bones

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Children of Blood and Bone is a 2018 young adult fantasy novel by Nigerian-American novelist Tomi Adeyemi. The book, Adeyemi's debut novel and the first book in a planned trilogy, follows heroine Zélie Adebola as she attempts to restore magic to the kingdom of Orïsha, following the ruling class kosidáns' brutal suppression of the class of magic practitioners Zélie belongs to, the maji.


Writing the book over 18 months and 45 drafts, Adeyemi drew inspiration from novels like Harry Potter and An Ember in the Ashes as well as West African mythology and the Yoruba culture and language.


 The hopelessness she felt at police shootings of black Americans also motivated her to develop the story of Children of Blood and Bone. The book received one of the biggest young adult publishing deals ever, including preemptive sale of film rights to Fox 2000



Blurb:


They killed my mother.

They took our magic.

They tried to bury us.

Now we rise.


Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zélie’s Reaper mother summoned forth souls.

But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji were killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope.

Now Zélie has one chance to bring back magic and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zélie must outwit and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good.

Danger lurks in Orïsha, where snow leoponaires prowl and vengeful spirits wait in the waters. Yet the greatest danger may be Zélie herself as she struggles to control her powers and her growing feelings for an enemy.


This book was published by: Henry Holt and company

https://us.macmillan.com/henryholt/



2. Akata Warriors









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Nnedi Okorafor (full name: Nnedimma Nkemdili Okorafor; previously known as Nnedi Okorafor-Mbachu; translated from Igbo into English as "mother is good", born April 8, 1974) is a Nigerian-American writer of fantasy and science fiction for both children and adults. She is best known for Binti, Who Fears Death, Zahrah the Windseeker, and Akata Witch.



Blurb:

A year ago, Sunny Nwazue, an American-born girl Nigerian girl, was inducted into the secret Leopard Society. As she began to develop her magical powers, Sunny learned that she had been chosen to lead a dangerous mission to avert an apocalypse, brought about by the terrifying masquerade, Ekwensu. Now, stronger, feistier, and a bit older, Sunny is studying with her mentor Sugar Cream and struggling to unlock the secrets in her strange Nsibidi book.


Eventually, Sunny knows she must confront her destiny. With the support of her Leopard Society friends, Orlu, Chichi, and Sasha, and of her spirit face, Anyanwu, she will travel through worlds both visible and invisible to the mysteries town of Osisi, where she will fight a climactic battle to save humanity.

Much-honored Nnedi Okorafor, winner of the Hugo, Nebula, and World Fantasy awards, merges today’s Nigeria with a unique world she creates. Akata Warrior blends mythology, fantasy, history and magic into a compelling tale that will keep readers spellbound.

This book was publsihed by :

Penguine random house









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3. Children of vengeance and virtue


Blurb: After battling the impossible, Zélie and Amari have finally succeeded in bringing magic back to the land of Orïsha. But the ritual was more powerful than they could’ve imagined, reigniting the powers of not only the maji, but of nobles with magic ancestry, too.

Now, Zélie struggles to unite the maji in an Orïsha where the enemy is just as powerful as they are. But when the monarchy and military unite to keep control of Orïsha, Zélie must fight to secure Amari's right to the throne and protect the new maji from the monarchy's wrath.









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4. Black panther


Ta-Nehisi Coates is a senior editor for The Atlantic, where he writes about culture, politics, and social issues for TheAtlantic.com and the magazine. He is the author of the 2008 memoir The Beautiful Struggle: A Father, Two Sons, and an Unlikely Road to Manhood. His book Between the World and Me, released in 2015, won the National Book Award for Nonfiction. Coates received the MacArthur Foundation "Genius Grant" in 2015.



Blurb:


Klaw stands supreme! The Black Panther's greatest foe has returned, ready for war! Can T'Challa finally defeat Ulysses Klaw, the man who killed his father, while his country threatens to rip itself apart? To make matters worse, Wakanda's gods disappear - and the Originators return! The former gods are back, but what are their intentions for a land that has forgotten them? And all this is only the beginning, as a cadre of villains returns, monsters pour through strange gateways and Wakanda is brought to its knees! T'Challa must defend his country from within - but with his hands full, who will come to Ayo and Aneka's aid? And as Klaw steals the very lifeblood of Wakanda, the Panther turns to unlikely allies. Who will join the king's ill-fated crusade? The answers will surprise you!


This book was published by Marvel.









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5. Fib and the axe of fury


Esosa Kolawole (a Nigerian) is already making waves in respect of creative writing. She is mostly conspicuous on the internet, and has already published some tentative works and books.


Yes she loves ‘spooky’ stories about magic, myths etc! She has written a number of thrilling short stories, and at least a novella titled Tella. She's a big fan of Percy Jackson series and Cupid's Match.


Blurb:


Aaron Oni has just two more months to live.

When Fibikemi lost her eyeglasses, a magical barrier protecting her from herself, she encounters something strange.

It’s only the beginning of a weird and terrifying journey and in a matter of time, someone dangerous will come for her. Her obsession with saving Aaron pushes her to do the unimaginable and eventually, she discovers exactly why she must never take off her eyeglasses outside her home.

Brilliantly paced, with an exciting heroine and a twisting, imaginative story line, Fib and the Axe of fury is a strange African mythological story.


This book will be publsihed by Zuma Publishing

https://zumapublishing.com





6. Anansi the Spider




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Gerald McDermott is an award-winning children’s book illustrator and an expert on mythology. His work often combines bright colors and styles with ancient imagery.


He has created more than 25 books and animated films. His first book, Anansi the Spider, was awarded a Caldecott Honor, and he’s since won the Caldecott Medal for Arrow to the Sun and another Caldecott Honor.


Anansi the Spider is one of the great folk heroes of the world. He is a rogue, a mischief maker, and a wise, lovable creature who triumphs over larger foes.


In this traditional Ashanti tale, Anansi sets out on a long, difficult journey. Threatened by Fish and Falcon, he is saved from terrible fates by his sons. But which of his sons should Anansi reward? Calling upon Nyame, the God of All Things, Anansi solves his predicament in a touching and highly resourceful fashion.


In adapting this popular folktale, Gerald McDermott merges the old with the new, combining bold, rich color with traditional African design motifs and authentic Ashanti language rhythms.



7. Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters


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John Steptoe was an award-winning author and illustrator of children's books from New York City. He began working on his first children's book, Stevie, while still a teenager and achieved great success during his tragically short career, encouraging the advancement of African American culture by producing work about the African American experience that children could appreciate. 



Blurb:


A Caldecott Honor and Reading Rainbow book, this memorable retelling of Cinderella is perfect for introducing children to the fairy tale as well as the history, culture, and geography of the African nation of Zimbabwe.


Inspired by a traditional African folktale, this is the story of Mufaro, who is proud of his two beautiful daughters. Nyasha is kind and considerate, but everyone—except Mufaro—knows that Manyara is selfish and bad-tempered.


When the Great King decides to take a wife and invites the most worthy and beautiful daughters in the land to appear before him, Mufaro brings both of his daughters—but only one can be queen. Who will the king choose?


Award-winning artist John Steptoe’s rich cultural imagery of Africa earned him the Coretta Scott King Award for Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters. The book also went on to win the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award. This stunning story is a timeless treasure that readers will enjoy for generations.




8. Precious and the Monkeys




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Alexander McCall Smith is the author of the international phenomenon The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series, the Isabel Dalhousie Series, the Portuguese Irregular Verbs series, and the 44 Scotland Street series. He is professor emeritus of medical law at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland and has served on many national and international bodies concerned with bioethics. He was born in what is now known as Zimbabwe and he was a law professor at the University of Botswana. He lives in Scotland.



Blurb:


Well before Precious Ramotswe founded her Number One Ladies Detective Agency, as an eight-year-old girl she was already solving mysteries. Here we find out just who has been stealing her schoolfriend's snacks and how the young Precious became the crafty and intuitive private investigator we all know and love



9. Zoo City



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Lauren Beukes


She is the author of Broken Monsters, about art, ambition, damaged people and not-quite-broken cities, The Shining Girls, about a time-travelling serial killer, the nature of violence, and how we are haunted by history, Zoo City, a phantasmagorical noir set in Johannesburg which won the Arthur C Clarke Award and Moxyland, a dystopian political thriller about a corporate apartheid state where people are controlled by their cell phones. Her first book was a feminist pop-history, Maverick: Extraordinary Women From South Africa’s Past, which has recently been reprinted.


Blurb:


Zinzi has a Sloth on her back, a dirty 419 scam habit and a talent for finding lost things. But when a little old lady turns up dead and the cops confiscate her last paycheck, she’s forced to take on her least favourite kind of job – missing persons.


Being hired by reclusive music producer Odi Huron to find a teenybop pop star should be her ticket out of Zoo City, the festering slum where the criminal underclass and their animal companions live in the shadow of hell’s undertow.


Instead, it catapults Zinzi deeper into the maw of a city twisted by crime and magic, where she’ll be forced to confront the dark secrets of former lives – including her own.






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Based on the agelong apothegm that a dream becomes a goal when action is taken toward its achievement, Comrade Okechukwu Onuegbu has been appointed as a  Sole Administrator of the Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA), Anambra State Chapter.

      This was contained in a letter of appointment released by the National Executive Council of the association, informing the appointee of the new gig, which was part of the association's resolves in her recent National Executive Council meeting held in Abuja on the 26th of January, 2019.

        The letter dated 7th February, 2019 and signed by the National President of the association, Mr. Denja Abdullahi reveals that the appointment was premised on the recognition of Okechukwu's person as a long-standing committed member of the association at both the national and state levels.

      Consequent upon this new mandate, among other functions and activities Okechukwu may perform or initiate to resuscitate ANA in Anambra state; he was also charged to: build a consensus among the members of the association in the state, ascertain the authenticity of the membership structure of the chapter for future reference, and to arrange (in close liaison with the National Executive Council), the conduct of a fresh election for the chapter within the stipulated period of his sole administration, which is three months only in the first instance from the reception of the letter. 

        Conclusively, the letter reads: "...you can co-opt neutral people of integrity to assist you in the discharge of the above tasks. We are of the opinion that you will bring your years of experience to bear on this onerous task of maintaining peace and restoring harmony to ANA Anambra. While we look forward to the attainment of the objectives of the set out tasks, please accept our esteem and due regards".

        Prior to his appointment, Okechukwu Christopher Onuegbu has been a published author of many books, a poet, a journalist, a publicist, a blogger and a longstanding member of ANA, Anambra Chapter.

      Owing to Anthonie De Saint's epigram that "the time for action is now, and it's never too late to do something"; it is believed that with the experiences gathered so far as a deep-rooted ANA member, and as an apostle of creative arts in general, Okechukwu will promptly reinvigorate and move the ANA Anambra to a greater and enviable height, in an expected swiftest pace. 

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Written By Izunna Okafor


It is no longer a novelty that every calendar year wakes up and sleeps off with a natural book of many pages. Pages of dreams and visions, pages of imaginations and realities, pages of successes and failures, pages of joy and sorrow, pages of progress and regress, pages of victories and losses, pages of smiles and tears, among many others. 

These pages indeed represent what the year holds for men.

       Among many others, Nigerian Literary Industry has been a silent character that has tasted a paragraph in virtually all the pages of the natural book in the year 2018. That is to say that a lot of pages have opened and closed to the literary industry as the year 2018 blinks away.

       Nigerian Literary industry has been one of the most highly revered industries in the country, owing to her gargantuan contributions towards the development of the country, coupled with the venerable caliber of people therein.

     Analytically speaking, the year 2018 was neither all white nor all black for the industry, as many writers recorded while many others were recorded in different books in the year.

For Nigerian writers, the year 2018 began with good news, following the long listing of a 30-year old Ayobami Adebayo in the 'Wellcome Book Prize' on 9th February, for her debut novel “Stay With Me” published in 2017, making her the only African Writer that made it to the list of the highly competitive annual British Literary Award.

      Shortly after this, sad news crawled in, following the shocking news of Akinwunmi Ishola's demise on Saturday, 17th February, being the first global sad news to surface from the corner of literary industry across the world in 2018. Prof. Ishola was a Yoruba literary scholar, novelist, playwright and culture icon whose works: Oleku, Efunsetan Aniwura, Koseegbe, Saworoide, Agogo Eewo and Campus Queen were widely regarded as among the best literary works produced by writers of his generation.

       This was followed by the death of Mr. Elizabeth Fagunwa, a renowned literary promoter and wife of foremost writer and author, late Chief Daniel O. Fagunwa. Her death was described as a great loss for the Nigerian literary community, owing to the great roles she played in advancing, peaking and championing the cause of literary activities in the country, especially through the Fagunwa Literary Foundation. 

Among these, the most recent and most unsavory of all the ugly news that elicited tears from the eyes of Nigerian writers in 2018 was the announcement of Ikeogu Oke's fall on 24th November. 

       Oke was a great Nigerian bard who, with his classic poem “The Heresiad", won the Africa’s biggest literary prize, the Nigerian Prize for Literature 2017, sponsored by the Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG) at the tune of $100,000 (N37m).

       On the laudatory flank of the journey, Nigerian creative industry recorded leviathan feats in the year 2018, as many Nigerian writers, both burgeoning and established, proved their worth in the field of pen this year both nationally and internationally, thereby emblazing and embellishing the hope for the advancement of literary arts in Nigeria. 

      If there is any set of people that have kept Nigeria's image alive and shinny for decades in the international community, it is Nigerian Writers. And this year is not an exception.

Several Nigerian writers toed their foot in the literary field this year while many others advanced in their echelons. 

          In her corner, a leading character in the Nigerian literary scene, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie indeed recorded some of her greatest achievements in the literary field this year, following her prodigious victories in various international and globally acclaimed literary contests, awards, coupled with other noble honours she received in the year.

      Adichie opened the award year with the 2018 Barnes & Nobel ‘Writers for Writers’ award which she received in the fall of the quarter of the year. Shortly after that, the literati has, within couple of months clasp several other awards and Honorary Degrees among which are: the 'Shorty Award 2018', Pen Pinter Prize 2018; 2018 Action Against Hunger Humanitarian Award; 2019 Everett M. Rogers Award; Thought Leadership Award from the Global Hope Coalition (GHC); 

Honorary Doctor of Literature (DLit) degree, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS); University of London, UK; Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters Degree, Duke University, North Carolina, USA;

Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters Degree, Amherst College, Massachusetts, USA;

Honorary Doctor of Letters Degree, Bowdoin College, Maine, USA, among others. 

      Other great and upcoming writers who recorded great feats with their pen in the year include: Anietie Isong whose debut novel "Radio Sunrise" won UK’S biggest literary prize, the 2018 McKItterick Prize; Nigerian-German Efua Traoré who emerged the African regional winner in the world's most global literary prize, the 2018 Commonwealth Short Story Prize; Chinua Ezenwa-Ohaeto who won the New Hampshire Institute of Art’s 2018 Writing Award, and the Castello di Duino Poesia International Prize 2018; Abimbola Dare who won the 2018 Bath Novel International Award among others. The highly coveted 2018 NLNG Prize for Literature which is the Africa’s biggest Literary Prize (worthing $100,000) went to Soji Cole for his drama 'Embers’. Be it as it may, this year's Wole Soyinka Prize for Literature went to an Ugandan writer Harriet Anena making her the first Ugandan to win the prize, while, with her 'Fanta Blackcurrant', a Kenyan writer Makena Onjerika won the 2018 Caine Prize, in which three Nigerian writers: Nonyelum Ekwempu, Olufunke Ogundimu and Wole Talabi were shortlisted out of 147 entrants from 20 African countries. 

     It is also worthy to recall that two Nigerian authors: Chimamanda Adichie and Nnedi Okorafor were this year 2018, nominated for the Nobel Prize for Literature, for the first time in 36 years, after Wole Soyinka became the first black person to win the world's most coveted literary prize. 

Though, due to some circumstances challenging the public confidence in the members of the Swedish Academy hosting the award; the winner of prize was no longer announced this year, but postponed to next year. Nevertheless, one of the Caribbean most renowned authors, Maryse Conde was said to have won an alternative prize created to replace this year's Nobel Literature Prize. Hence, according to the organizers, who were being torn apart by kerfuffle evolving from certain claims and accusations, two Nobel Laureates will be announced next year, being for 2018 and 2019 respectively.

      Aside awards and recognitions, many Nigerian writers, especially the young ones published internationally acclaimed books this year. Nigerian literary industry  also welcomed new members this year, among whom were topnotch politicians who decided to 'test' their 'fortunes' in creative writing, and hence now wear the badge of 'author'.

      The most recent of these politicians turned authors include:

H.E. Sullivan Chime who authored

"An Honour to Serve: Enugu State in the Sullivan Years" and

Former President Goodluck Jonathan, who authored 'My Transition Hours'. Professionally as it may have been written, president Jonathan's book surprisingly made it to the list of 15 best books published in the year 2018. Other newly published books and Nigerian  authors who made it to the prestigious international list include: ‘Devil’s Pawn’ by Kukogho Iruesiri Samson; 'When Trouble Sleeps' by Leye Adenle; ‘When Day Breaks’ by Adamu Usman Garko (a secondary school student); ‘Children of Blood and Bone’ by Tomi Adeyemi ‘Embers’ by Soji Cole among others.

       Nnedi Okorafor, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Tochi Onyebuchi, Tomi Adeyemi, Lola Shoneyin, Roye Okupe, and Chika Unigwe had earlier in the year been listed by Pulse as among the authors currently setting the pace in the literary field.

      However interesting these may be, it is also more interesting to puff the sore truth that book piracy and plagiarism received great boost in Nigeria in 2018, as reports reveal several cases of the ugly act carried out this year. Even President Jonathan's new book was said to have been pirated by an unknown malignant, in just less than 48 hours after its launching.

     However, a number of individuals, groups and nongovernmental organizations in the country played great roles in waging war against this old-centuries global issue which has pauperized many writers across the world. A most recent of this brawl was the one waged by the Anti-Piracy Society of Nigeria in her 2018 annual convention in which the MD/Editor-in-chief of the National Light Newspaper, Sir Chuka Nnabuife, who is also a renowned author and poet lectured on: "Evolving Challenges-Innovative Responses".

It is generally believed that piracy and plagiarism trailed in the year despite the fierce campaigns truculently championed against it.

      On the aspect of activities, 2018 recorded the celebration of numerous literary events and activities by Nigerian writers. The outstanding among these literary activities and events include: the 37th Annual National Convention of the Association of Nigerian Authors; 2018 CORA Book Party; NSPP Awards Ceremony hosted by  Poets In Nigeria (PIN); Lagos Book and Art Festival 2018; Return To Idoto 2018 (in honour of late Poet Christopher Okigbo), hosted by Awka Literary Society; the 2018 Chinua Achebe Literary Festival, hosted by the Society of Young Nigerian Writers (Anambra Chapter); Northern Nigerian Writers’ Summit 2018; the 2018 Ake Arts and Book Festival; Anambra Book and Creativity Festival (ANBUKRAFT) 2018; first Poetry Slam in Anambra, hosted by Poets in Nigeria (PIN), Awka Connect Centre; 2018 Carter Literary Festival, Enugu; 2018 admission of writers into the Ebedi Writers Residency, Iseyi, the only writers residency in Nigeria; among other literary activities.

     Indeed, 2018 has been a historic year for the Nigeria's literary industry, given the bizarre feats and achievements recorded by the members/ Nigerian writers in the year in their quest to advance globally in the field promote Nigerian Literature and Nigeria's image in the international community. In fact, the industry is believed to be among the few sectors that have consistently projected and upheld the image and dignity of the country till today. Ipso facto, it is optimistically believe that the sector and the actors will take even more historic dives and achieve more selcouth feats before the fall of 2019.



About The Author:


Izunna Okafor is an award-wining creative Young Nigerian Novelist, Poet, Essayist, Journalist, Editor, Translator, Publicist , Igbo Language Activist and an Administrator who hails from Ebenator in Nnewi South L.G.A of Anambra State Nigeria. He has published seven novels, won over 25 awards, and has over 800 articles published online.

His awards include:

Nigerian Writers Award/Indigenous Writer of The Year 2015/2016

Pita Nwana Prize For Igbo Literature 2015

Society of Young Nigerian Writers Award Nigeria

Heritage Icon Award/Young Writer of the Year Federal Republic of Nigeria 2016;

Merit Award from The Society of Young Nigerian Writers (2016);

Award of Recognition From Students’ Union Government, Unizik (2017)

Nigerian Writers Award/Young Writer of The Year 2015/2016;

N.Y.S.C. Essay Competition 2012;

SLAM Hero Youth International Award/Innovative Youth of the Year 2016;

AEYC/Youth Writer of The Year 2016

Award of Academic Excellence from The National Association of Public Administration Students (2016);

Inspire Award /Outstanding Youth in Academics 2017.

NAPAS Academic Icon of The Year 2017;

Anambra Campus Award 2017/Campus Writer of The Year 2017

Award of Excellence from The Society of Young Nigerian Writers 2016;

Anambra Exclusive Youth Choice Award/Outstanding Youth of the Year 2017;

Youth Writer of The Year 2016 NAPAS Essay Competition 2017;

Starlett Entertainment Award/Creative Writer of the Year 2016;

LitraNation Indigenous Book of The Month (December) 2016

Ambassador TFA in Nigeria

Creative Crew Africa/ Young Talent of The Year 2018, among others;

Campus Best Writer 2018/Campus Journalist of The Year 2018

Best Secretary General of NAPAS (2018).

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There are several motivators  for engaging in different bodybuilding exercises. The sport of bodybuilding is one that has inspired  a lot of people. Many will hit the gym to achieve the desirable type of body for competitions like the famous Mr. Olympia. There are so many bodybuilders and actors out there who have inspired people all around the world  to visit the gym and engage in various workouts.

Getting that type of body is not that easy because you have to put in a lot of  work. Apart from exercising, you can also use of supplements that will speed up the  process of acquiring the desired body mass. You can check them out online, for example, Samento, which is cheap and readily available.

One type of exercise common among many bodybuilders is the deadlift. It is a weight training workout which involves lifting a barbell  loaded with extra weights slowly from the ground to your hip level. This is a good exercise because it helps to stimulate both upper and lower parts of your body. There are times when you may get injured or need a change from deadlifting , so here are some of the best alternatives:

Block Pull

This  is one of the best alternatives to deadlifting that you can try. Commonly referred to as a rack pull, you must first  load their bar with weights. They should be at your knee level. Also, keep the bar at a slight distance from your body. Make sure your back is straight as you lift the bar, assuming a position that will allow you to do so. If you’re interested in taking your training further, you could  find a personal trainer who could help you to train as required and avoid injuries.

One-Leg Deadlift

This  is another ideal alternative to the deadlift. This type of exercise provides your body with the perfect body balance. It is quite similar to the regular deadlift, the only difference being that you have to do it with one of your legs. You can try out both sides to get quality results. Make sure your back is straight throughout the exercise.

Reverse Hyper

A  great exercise, a few sets of these  can help improve your hip movements. The reverse exercise can also help build strength in the upper parts of your body. It can be done on a flat bench. All you need to do is to lay down flat on one side of the bench with your face facing down and your legs on the floor. Raise your legs and hips slowly above the floor, before lowering them back slowly.

One Arm Deadlift

This is another excellent exercise which can be done using a dumbbell. It helps stimulate the upper part of your body. Place a dumbbell on the outside of one of one of your feet. Gently bend, slowly, with your back straight, and lift the dumbbell carefully . You can do this  for both arms and repeat several times if you feel capable.


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A job scam was used to trick this woman into marrying a total stranger. Sounds funny buy she signed a marriage document thinking she was role playing and proving she could work as a wedding planner.

The woman has said she was told that she had to play the role of a bride in a simulated wedding as part of her training to be a wedding planner.

During the ceremony she and the man signed a genuine marriage document.

She only realised she was actually married after returning to Hong Kong, where she sought legal help.

Local police were unable to help due to a lack of evidence that a crime had taken place, so she approached the Hong Kong Federation of Trade Unions (FTU).

"It's a new form of marriage scam," Tong Kamgyiu, director of the Rights and Benefits Committee of FTU, told the BBC.

"I feel disappointed and cannot believe it's even happening in modern Hong Kong."

She remains married for now and may have to apply for a divorce. It is unclear who the man she married is, or if he entered Hong Kong after the marriage.

"The 21 year-old lady was taken advantage of while she knew nothing about the circumstances," said Mr Tong.

"Her biggest loss is to have a marriage record and it has caused her psychological damage."

Each year, Hong Kong police see an average of 1000 cross-border marriage scam cases.

Chinese residents who are married to a Hong Kong partner are able to apply to reside in the city.

BBC

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Tech giant, Google will make available free Wi-Fi facilities in about 200 sites in Lagos and five other states in Nigeria between now and 2019.


Within this period, about 10 million Nigerians, including Internet Service Providers (ISPs) are expected to benefit immensely from this project. The other states are Kaduna; Port Harcourt (Rivers state); Ibadan (Oyo state); Enugu and Abuja.


The project, which comes as Google Station, is in partnership with 21st Century, a leading ISP in Nigeria. Four of the Stations, including Local Airport, Landmark; The Palms and Ikeja City Mall, went live on Wednesday.


Nigeria is the fifth country to launch Google Station, following India, Indonesia, Mexico and Thailand.



Google Station is a service that allows Google partners to roll out Wi-Fi hotspots in public places by providing software and advice on hardware to turn fibre connections into Wi-Fi.


Speaking with The Guardian and some five other select media houses on Wednesday, in Lagos, Google’s Vice-President, Product Management, Anjali Joshi, said the service, which is targeted primarily at countries, where the next-billion Internet users are set to come from, aimed to give users fast, secure, and easy-to-use Wi-Fi experience.


Joshi explained that in order to provide the service, Google offered fibre carriers, the companies, which build software for Internet-connected hardware, and venues a cloud-based platform and devices, which make it easier for them to provide, manage and monetise the Station hotspots.


She disclosed that the initiative is a long term project and that the security aspect has been fortified and encrypted to guard against any breaches.


Joshi said Google was doing this because the Internet has the potential to completely transform Africa. “Across the globe, countries which have invested in nurturing digital and innovation-based cultures not only enjoy extraordinary wealth (and job creation), but have also transformed the way people live and do business. That positive change can only happen, however, if everyone can access the Internet,” she stressed.


Speaking in the same vein, Google’s Country Director, Nigeria, Juliet Ehimuan-Chiazor, who said the move was to ensure that more Nigerians participate in the digital economy, noted that the technology firm hoped to roll out Station to as many public locations as possible, including markets, malls, bus stops, city centres, and cafés, universities so that people can have a consistent Wi-Fi experience during their daily routines.


On the choice of Nigeria now, Ehimuan-Chiazor said the country is an important market for Google and the largest market in Africa, saying that the target was to develop the technology ecosystem and later scaled to other part of Africa.


Silent on the amount gone into the investments, she disclosed that the initiative was targeted at a populated area, with the hope that by 2019 about 10 million Nigerians must have benefitted.

According to her, there are huge possibilities of the initiative helping the country to leapfrog the 30 per cent broadband target set by the Federal Government for this year, “knowing full well that a World Bank report claimed that there is direct correlation between broadband and GDP growth. That is a 10 per cent increase in broadband correlates to 1.38 per cent increase in GDP growth.


“Even beyond GDP growth, the Internet provides opportunities to pursue social and developmental objectives. So we expect this to fuel some changes, especially in creating jobs, helping the SMEs, among others.


“We have believed since the very beginning of Google that when more people have better, more dependable and secure access to the Internet, everyone in the entire Internet ecosystem benefits. Google Station will work to this mission by bringing more people fast, reliable, quality Wi-Fi to more places.”

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Ambrose Alli University JAMB cut off mark  180

Adekunle A

jasin University Anyingba (AAUA) JAMB cut off mark  180

Abia state polytechnic JAMB cut off mark  150

Abia State University Uturu (ABSU) JAMB cut off mark  180

Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria JAMB cut off mark  180

Afe Babalola University Ado-Ekiti (ABUAD) JAMB cut off mark  180

Akwa-Ibom State University (AKSU) JAMB cut off mark  180

Alvan Ikoku Federal College of Education JAMB cut off mark  180

Anambra State University Uli (ANSU) JAMB cut off mark  180

Auchi Polytechnic JAMB cut off mark  150

Benson Idahosa University JAMB cut off mark  180

Bauchi State University JAMB cut off mark  180

Bells University of Technology JAMB cut off mark  180

Bowen University JAMB cut off mark  170

Benue State University JAMB cut off mark 180

Bayero University Kano JAMB cut off mark  180

Covenant University cut off mark for JAMB  180

Cross River University (CRUTECH) JAMB cut off mark  180

Delta State University, Abraka (DELSU) JAMB cut off mark  180

Dental School Enugu JAMB cut off mark  150

Ebonyi State University (EBSU) JAMB cut off mark  180

Ekiti State University, Ado-Ekiti (EKSU) JAMB cut off mark  180

Enugu State University of Science Technology (ESUT) JAMB cut off mark 180

Federal Polytechnic Nekede JAMB cut off mark  150

Federal Polytechnic Ado-Ekiti JAMB cut off mark  170

Federal Polytechnic (Bida) JAMB cut off mark  150

Federal Poly Ede JAMB cut off mark  150

Federal Polytechnic Idah JAMB cut off mark  150

Federal Polytechnic Ilaro JAMB cut off mark  150

Federal Polytechnic Nasarawa JAMB cut off mark  150

Federal Polytechnic Offa JAMB cut off mark 150

Federal Polytechnic Oko JAMB cut off mark  150

Federal University of Agric Makurdi JAMB cut off mark  180

Federal University Dutse JAMB cut off mark  180

Federal University Dutsin-Ma JAMB cut off mark  180

Federal University Kashere JAMB cut off mark  180

Federal University Lafia JAMB cut off mark  180

Federal University Lokoja JAMB cut off mark  180

Federal University Ndufu-Alike JAMB cut off mark  180

Federal University Otuoke JAMB cut off mark  180

Federal University Oye-Ekiti JAMB cut off mark  180

Federal University of Petroleum Resources JAMB cut off mark  180

Federal University of Technology Akure JAMB cut off mark  200

Federal University of Technology Owerri JAMB cut off mark  180

Federal University Wukari JAMB cut off mark 180

Gombe State University JAMB cut off mark  180

Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida University JAMB cut off mark  180

Imo State Polytechnic JAMB cut off mark  150

Imo State University JAMB cut off mark  180

InstituIte of Management and Technology JAMB cut off mark  150

Kaduna Polytechnic JAMB cut off mark 150

Kaduna State University JAMB cut off mark  180

Kogi state polytechnic JAMB cut off mark  150

Kogi State University JAMB cut off mark  180

Kebbi State University of Science and Technology JAMB cut off mark  180

Kano University of Science and Technology JAMB cut off mark  180

Kwara State Polytechnic Ilorin JAMB cut off mark  150

Kwara State University JAMB cut off mark  180

Lagos Polytechnic JAMB cut off mark  150

Lagos State University JAMB cut off mark  180

Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso (LAUTECH) JAMB cut off mark  200

Modibbo Adama University of Technology (MAUTECH) JAMB cut off mark  180

Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike JAMB cut off mark  180

Nasarawa State University, Keffi JAMB cut off mark  180

Nnamdi Azikiwe University (NAU/UNIZIK) JAMB cut off mark 180

Obafemi Awolowo University JAMB cut off mark  200

Olabisi Onabanjo University OOU JAMB cut off mark  180

Ondo State University of Science and Technology (OSUSTECH) JAMB cut off mark  180

Osun State University (UNIOSUN) JAMB cut off mark  180 (Economics, Accounting, Law, and Political Science  200)

Polytechnic Ibadan JAMB cut off mark  150

Rivers State University of Science and Technology (RSUST) JAMB cut off mark  180

TAI Solarin University of Education (TASUED) JAMB cut off mark  180

Umaru Musa Yaradua University JAMB cut off mark  180

Usman Danfodio University Sokoto UDUSOK JAMB cut off mark 180

The University of Abuja JAMB cut off mark 180

Uniben cut off mark for JAMB JAMB cut off mark 200

The University of Calabar JAMB cut off mark  180

The University of Ibadan cut off mark for JAMB  200

Unilag JAMB cut off mark for all courses  200

Unilorin cut off mark for JAMB  180 (Please take into consideration that the cut off mark may differ depending on the university course)

University of Maiduguri (UNIMAID) JAMB cut off mark  180

University of Port Harcourt (UNIPORT) JAMB cut off mark  180

University of Uyo (UNIUYO) JAMB cut off mark  180

UNN cut off mark for JAMB  180

Yabatech JAMB cut off mark JAMB cut off mark  150

Yobe State University (YSU) JAMB cut off mark  180

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Announced on Saturday, 25 July 2015.
The University Of Nigeria, Nsukka hereby invites
candidates who made their first choice in the 2015
University Tertiary
Matriculation Examination (UTME)
and scored 200 and above for screening.
The computer Based Test screening will be
conducted at the Nsukka campus of the University
as follows:
DAY ONE: DATE: Tuesday August 11, 2015:
FACULTIES: Agricultural Sciences, Medicine and
Surgery, Dentistry, Health Science and Technology,
Veterinary Sciences and Engineering.
TIME; 9:am - 11am - Veterinary Medicine (All
candidates) Agricultural Sciences (All candidates)
11:am - 1:pm - Medicine and Surgery (All
candidates)
Dentistry (All candidates)
1:pm - 3pm - Health Sciences and Technology (All
Candidates) 3pm - 5pm - Engineering (All candidates)
DAY TWO:
DATE: Wednesday August 12, 2015:
FACULTIES: Law, Arts and Education.
TIME- 8am - 10am - Law (All candidates)
Arts( mass communication) 12pm - 2pm - All other
departments in Faculty of
Arts.
2pm- 4pm - Education (All candidates)
DAY THREE:
DATE: Thursday August 13, 2015:
FACULTIES: Biological sciences Pharmaceutical
Sciences, physical
sciences and environmental
Studies:
TIME:
9am - 11am - Biological sciences(Plant Science and
biotechnology, Microbiology, Zoology and
Environmental studies and Combined Biological
sciences)
11am - 1pm - Biological Sciences (Biochemistry)
Pharmaceutical Sciences (All candidates)
1pm - 3pm - Physical Sciences(All candidates)
3pm - 5pm - Environmental Studies (All candidates)
DAY FOUR: DATE: Friday August 14th, 2015:
FACULTIES: Business Administration and Social
sciences.
TIME:
9am - 11am - Business Administration (All
candidates) 11am - 1pm - Social Sciences (Econs,
Public Admin
and Sociology/Anthropology)
1pm- 3pm - Social Sciences ( All other departments
in Social sciences)
ONLINE REGISTRATION:
A) Eligible candidates should pay a processing fee of
Two thousand
naira (N2000) only through e-
transact for online registration at any branch of:
-UBA
- Zenith Bank Plc.
- Access Bank Plc
- First Bank of nigeria Plc. - Fidelity Bank.
B) Online Registration commences on Monday 27th
July 2015 and ends on Friday 7th August 2015.
Those who fail to register within this period will not
be screened or call 08023960959 for any
assistance. Candidates should access and complete
the
University Of Nigeria 2015/2016 Post-Utme
screening form online at unnportal.unn.edu.ng
C) All candidates are required to bring the following
for the screening exercise.
i. A copy of ONLINE form duly completed ii.
2015/2016 JAMB slip.
No GSM handsets, calculators or any other
extraneous material should be brought into the
screening halls.
Venue for the screening is Nnamdi Azikiwe Library
(Digital Laboratory), University of Nigeria, Nsukka
campus.
BLIND CANDIDATES:
Blind candidates should register online but they are
not invited to the screening exercise.
Candidates may also visit University of Nigerian
website for this information. The details of the
screening for direct
entry will be
announced later.
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The controversy surrounding the release of the highly anticipated movie, Half of a Yellow Sun (HOAYS), in Nigerian cinemas is yet to end as the Nigerian movies Censors Board is yet to approve it.
Half of A Yellow Sun did not premier at Nigerian cinemas in April 25 due to the producers inability to obtain public viewing certification from the Censors Board.
The Board has, however, said it has not banned the movie, but is yet to approve it for public viewing in Nigeria.
One of the media handlers of the movie, Bigsam Media, assured that a new cinema date will be announced as soon as regulatory issues are sorted out.
The $10 million movie has made history as the first African movie to get international release dates in the U.K., U.S., Australia, Portugal, Middle East and New Zealand. It is also the first Nigerian movie to be premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in Canada. It is already showing in the U.K.
The HOAYS Movie is an adaptation of Chimamanda Adiches bestselling and award winning novel of same title. It stars OSCAR nominee and BAFTA award winner, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Thandie Newton, Onyeka Onwenu, Genevieve Nnaji, OC Ukeje, Anika Noni Rose, Joseph Mawle, John Boyega, Wale Ojo, Tina Mba, Zack Orji and Hakeem Kae-Kazim.
It was directed by U.K.-based Nigerian playwright, Biyi Bandele, and was produced by winner of an OSCAR and three BAFTAs, Andrea Calderwood, and Yewande Sadiku, an investment banker.

Source: http://www.premiumtimesng.com/arts-entertainment/160050-nigeria-entertainment-roundup-release-date-half-yellow-sun.html
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The the world football ruling body, FIFA, has disqualified Uwa Echiejile as the first goal scorer of the match between Nigeria and Tahiti.

Echiejile was initially thought to have scored the first goal which led to a 6-1 drubbing of the tiny Oceania country yesterday.

However, FIFA technical committee says the goal was in fact an own goal scored by one of tahiti's amateur soccer player, Nicolas Valler.

FIFA released a statement today clarifying the status of the first goal

See full FIFA statement below:

"Following further studies of the video of the match between Tahiti and Nigeria on June 17 in Belo Horizonte, FIFA's Technical Study Group has decided the first goal of Nigeria, scored in the fifth minute, was an own goal by Tahiti number 10 player, Nicolas Valler'

'The goal was initially awarded to Nigeria's Uwa Echiejile but after careful review was credited as an own goal'.

A second player Jonathan Tehau also scored an own goal for Tahiti after scoring the first goal ever in a FIFA tournament for Tahiti, making him the first player in the history of Confederations Cup to score a goal and an own goal.

Nigeria tops Group 'B' of the FIFA Confederations Cup with 3 points, the same as Spain but ahead on goals' difference.

The Super Eagles of Nigeria will play against the national team of Uruguay tomorrow Wednesday in Salvador, Brazil.
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The embarrassment of players holding the Aminu Maigari-led Nigeria Football Federation to ransom over their match bonuses is no longer news but the fact that the football managers left the team and went on their merry way to Brazil should be news and it should be of extreme concern to all football lovers in the country.
That it also took the intervention of Fifa to get a commitment from the players that they will be in Brazil is additionally laughable. So Fifa is in control of the Super Eagles now and will be paying their bonuses?

But the first shock is that our football officials left the team in Windhoek for Brazil. What are they going to do there if the team does not go? Will they pull on the Nigerian jersey and confront Tahiti on Monday? The attitude and character of these officials has been exposed to the entire world to see they simply do not understand their roles as football administrators and leaders they are in it for personal gain and glory, put simply.

When the house is on fire, the father abandons his family to go take some shots of rum is not the attitude that needs to be reflected here. While the football authorities laid off some of the backroom staff of the Super Eagles after the Nations Cup win, they followed that up with the employment of the likes of James Peters, Amodu Shuaibu and Kashimawo Laloko on higher salaries than those that were asked to go. So how does that tally with being broke?

The Eagles have also been on a win bonus of $10,000 for over five years and the reward they get for winning the Nations Cup is a cutting of that bonus how does that make sense?

As they are also complaining of being broke, they sponsor the trip to match venues for hangers-on, journalists, family and friends how does this tally to being broke?

The NFF officials should seriously look at the mirror and not at a prism so that they get the image of what they actually look like. Yes, nobody is perfect but the mark of great minds is that they are always striving to get better.

Without the Super Eagles, there wont be any need to be junketing around the place. They should ask the football officials of countries like Benin Republic, Eritrea and the likes what they do the year round as their teams never get to qualify for any tournaments then they will know.

Source: Goal.com
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Heartland players are not happy with the Imo State Government and have vowed that they will look for new clubs when the transfer window opens next week.

The players are owed allowances and sign-on fees since last season and the state government is not bothered about doing something for the players to get their money.

The recent N60 million that the State Government announced which they are yet to see has also spurred them in making the decision to leave.

Some of the players told Goal in anonymity that they have suffered untold hardship since the season started, even though they have made the state proud in recent times.

"There is no need wasting our time, praying and thinking that all will be well when everyday it gets worse. We cannot feed our families.

"The owners of the club also make sure they cajole us to play and win matches. We don't look forward to anything because we don't know where our next meal will come from.

"That is why we have decided that the best thing to do is to look for a club that will appreciate our efforts. Nobody is happy. Nobody wants to remain with the team.

"Already some of the players have started negotiating with other clubs and before the end of next week, they would have moved.

"We learnt the state government approved N60 million recently, but up till now nobody has told us anything about the money.

"Somebody in govenment wants a cut from the money before it is released, but would that same person come and help us receive tackles and score goals in matches?

"Inspite of what we are going through, we have done well in the first half of the season. All we need is the state govenment to know that we need motivation to work," the players said.

Heartland are placed fourth on the table with 28 points.
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Jose Mourinho has won multiple league titles (across 4 countries), the Champions League twice, and many other honours that would accumulate to suggest he's one of the best football managers of his generation.

However, his plain arrogance and decision making has prevented him from being placed up there with the likes of Sir Alex Ferguson, Matt Busby and Bob Paisley.

Mourinho busted onto the stage in an eccentric interview after becoming Chelsea manager in 2004, and after referring to himself as 'The Special One', his arrogance was plain to see.

After talking the talk, everybody in football was intrigued to see whether he was capable of walking the walk. And initially, he did just that- winning Chelsea their first league title in 50 years. However his complete lack of class soon soured his Chelsea success, eventually seeing him leave the club a few years later.

After Chelsea's Champions League tie against Barcelona at the Nou Camp in 2005, Mourinho accused the then Barcelona manager, Frank Rijkaard, of making a suspicious visit to the dressing room of referee, Anders Frisk. Something which was thoroughly denied. In the aftermath, Frisk received so many death threats that he saw fit to retire. Mourinho was branded an 'enemy of football' and handed a two match ban. And so the discourtesy began. Although not confirmed, it's been implied that Mourinho got around this two-match ban by delivering messages to his fitness coach via an earpiece. Whether true or not, Mourinho displayed a complete unprofessionalism in the entire saga, which simply cannot see him as one of the best managers of his generation.

Frank Arnesen, and coupled with the on-going friction with Roman Abramovich, he eventually left Chelsea in 2007. Mourinho became engaged in a power struggle between himself and sporting director,

After a brief spell in Italy, Jose moved onto to manage Real Madrid, where his managerial short-comings were truly exposed. He walked into the Bernabeu with the usual 'Special One' talk, however they needed more convincing. They wanted to see proof. Real Madrid are traditionally a class football club, and Jose Mourinho simply didn't fit that fold, hence his brief stay.

Inheriting a squad including the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Kaka, Iker Casillas, Karim Benzema and Xabi Alonso, all things considered, he failed. He was handed the platform to achieve greatness, yet his obsession with beating Barcelona got in the way of what could have been. The first El Clasico of Mourinho's reign ended in a 5-0 defeat. Being an icredibly egotistical man, this crushed him. From then on, he put every effort into beating Barcelona, perhaps refusing to look at the bigger picture, resulting in points being dropped in relatively easy matches, and a complete failure in Europe.

Winning the league in 2012 was enough to convince most that the 'Special One' was as good as he proclaimed to be. However, this was his only real success at Madrid, and so for me the short-comings inevitably overlook this one achievement.

His idiocy continued to prevail. Poking the eye of Tito Vilanova and being sent-off in the 2013 Copa del Rey final for, once again, showing a lack of respect towards officials, serve as two examples.

His fall out with club legend Iker Casillas proved the last straw for Real Madrid fans, making his eventual exit in the summer inevitable. And I'm sure he won't be missed.

Jose Mourinho looks set to return to Chelsea to the utter joy of their fans. And after failing to compete for the league title for a few years now, that's understandable. With Mourinho, immediate success seems inevitable.

However it's only a matter of time before he presses the self-destruct button once more, and leaves the west London club in a worsened state to what they were in beforehand.
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Super Eagles captain Joseph Yobo was like the rock of Gibraltar for his Turkish side, Fenerbahce Wednesday night in their Turkish Cup final game against Trabzonspor at the Ankara 19 Mayis Stadium, reports Completesportsnigeria.com.

Yobo was on for all 90 minutes as Fenerbahce relied on a Moussa Sow's 9th minute goal to emerge Turkish Cup kings, thereby making up for the disappointment of losing the Turkish League title to Galatassaray.

Meanwhile Yobo, who has been declared surplus to requirement by Eagles gaffer, Stephen Keshi, has been named as one of the four best centre-backs in the Turkish Super League in the 2012/2013 season.

Yobo is up for the centre-back honour along with Galatasarays Semih Kaya, 22; Diego Angelo of Eskisehispor, 27; and Aykut Demir of Gençlerbirliği, 24.

In describing the Nigeria captain, who is the oldest nominee at 32, the website writes: The experienced Nigerian international installed confidence into the back four. When Yobo played Fenerbahçe looked a lot more sturdy in defense. The stats speak for themselves, the Yellow Canaries conceded 19 goals in the 20 games Yobo played in however, conceded 18 goals in the 14 games which he missed. The African Cup of Nations winner also helped guide the Istanbul giants to the semi-finals of the Europa League.

Yobo has had a successful season, captaining the Super Eagles to their first African title in 19 years and playing a key role in his clubs unlikely run to the Europa League semi-finals. Fenerbahce also finished second in the Turkish top flight.

He made 30 appearances for Fenerbahce in all competitions in the just concluded season.
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The Spanish elite will meet the top two in Germany in the UEFA Champions League semi-finals after today's draw paired FC Bayern München with FC Barcelona and pitted Borussia Dortmund against Real Madrid CF.


2013 final: Wembley Stadium


Both first legs will take place in Germany on 23 and 24 April, with the returns in Spain on 30 April and 1 May after the open draw at UEFA headquarters in Nyon, conducted by UEFA General Secretary Gianni Infantino and former Netherlands striker Ruud van Nistelrooy.

The Bayern v Barcelona tie is a mouth-watering prospect: newly crowned German title holders take on Spanish champions-elect. They have met surprisingly little on the European stage, though their six encounters encompass the 1995/96 UEFA Cup semi-finals which Bayern edged and most recently the last eight of the 2008/09 UEFA Champions League. There a first-half double from Lionel Messi in the first leg meant there was only ever going to be one winner.

Both teams have had their scares this season. Arsenal FC pushed Bayern all the way in a stirring round of 16 comeback while Barcelona were 19 minutes from elimination on Wednesday before Pedro Rodríguez struck against Paris Saint-Germain FC to seal progress to a record sixth straight semi on away goals. Dortmund left it somewhat later against Málaga CF, needing two added-time goals to complete their Lazarus act in a turnaround up there with the best in the UEFA Champions League's 21-year history.

Their reward is a tie with Madrid, who were also their opponents 15 years ago in the last of their three European Cup semi-finals to date. The Merengues proved too powerful, a 2-0 home victory preceding a 0-0 second-leg draw. The Schwarzgelben can take heart from the fact that in the group stage they claimed a 2-2 draw and 2-1 win against Madrid yet the Merengues present a real hurdle.

They may trail Barcelona by 13 points in the Liga with eight games to go but they have measured up with everyone in this competition. Earlier this week José Mourinho spoke of his side having a 25% chance of claiming a tenth European Cup next month, and for many those odds have shortened. It will be a record-equalling seventh semi-final for the Portuguese coach: he has won two out of six so far, though tellingly he has triumphed both times he has made the final.

The draw means there may be a final between two clubs from the same country for the fourth time in UEFA Champions League history and the first since 2008. Madrid were victorious in the first of those, defeating Valencia CF in the 2000 Paris showpiece. AC Milan sneaked past Juventus on penalties three years later and Manchester United FC also needed spot kicks to beat Chelsea FC in 2008.

Semi-finals
FC Bayern München (GER) v FC Barcelona (ESP) 23 April, 1 May
Borussia Dortmund (GER) v Real Madrid CF (ESP) 24 April, 30 April

Final (25 May, Wembley Stadium)
For administrative purposes, a draw was made to determine who will be the designated home team for the final. The winners of the Dortmund v Madrid tie were selected first.

Head-to-head records
Bayern v Barcelona
Bayern W3, D2, Barcelona W1
Bayern's European Cup semi-final record: W9 L5
Barcelona's European Cup semi-final record: W6 A7

Dortmund v Madrid
Dortmund W1, D3, Madrid W2
Dortmund's European Cup semi-final record: W1 L2
Madrid's European Cup semi-final record: W12 L11
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Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho and Cristiano Ronaldo returning to England, the transfer take place at the end of the season. /Chelsea Transfer News.

According to sources close to the self-anointed Special One, Real Madrid Manager Jose Mourinho is once again the chosen one. He is the man Roman Abramovich wants to succeed interim manager Rafa Benitez and a deal, say those sources, is as good as done.

This is not something anyone can confirm. Not when Jose Mourinho remains the manager of Real Madrid, and the Spaniards remain in the hunt for the Champions League championship this season. But Jose Mourinho has made no secret of his desire to return to England and the pouting Portuguese coach rarely speaks without an agenda.

I cannot deny what is clear in my mind, Mourinho said recently. After Real Madrid, England, thats for sure. I keep saying the same, I know clearly.

He said he could manage everyone. That he is a professional who would have to consider offers from other English clubs should they come.

Manchester City have been linked with a move for Mourinho, while Sir Alex Ferguson has made no secret of his admiration for his close friend.

When Ferguson does eventually retire, Mourinho would certainly be among the leading candidates to replace him, but a move to Manchester now looks extremely unlikely.

The only area in which Roman Abramovich has shown any consistency since taking over at Chelsea is in his ability to surprise.

Initially, the billionaire owner did want someone else this summer. But when Pep Guardiola resisted Abramovichs advances and opted to take charge at Bayern Munich for next season , the Russian oligarch was forced to think again.

Mourinho, he now realises, is his best option. A manager who is as close as it gets to someone who can guarantee success. He is a serial winner, having lifted the league title in all four countries he has worked Portugal, England, Italy and Spain and led Porto and Inter Milan to the Champions League crown.

Chelsea Boss Roman Abramovich knows Mourinho is capable of rebuilding a squad boasting some tremendous talent in players such as Juan Mata, Oscar and Eden Hazard, but which still requires an overhaul.

And the Portuguese has dropped the biggest hint yet hes keen on a return to Stamford Bridge when his time at the Bernabeu comes to an end.

I have an adventurous spirit and do not know what will happen next season, Mourinho said. Its not easy to choose a new destination after working in England, Portugal, Italy and Spain.

Maybe I could return to somewhere Ive already been. Watch out for surprises.

Chelsea interim boss Rafael Benitez has confirmed he will not be staying beyond the end of this season, with Mourinho and a number of other high-profile managers continuously linked with the role.

The 50-year-old could yet remain in Madrid, particularly if he guides the Spanish giants to an unprecedented 10th European Cup crown.

The old guard, players who served Mourinho with such distinction when they won back-to-back Premier League titles, needs replacing, even if there would probably be a renewed desire to see Frank Lampard extend his stay at the club. But what of the problems of the past? What of the clash of egos namely between Abramovich and Mourinho that led to their split in 2007?

According to those same sources, Abramovich and Mourinho have settled their differences. Chelseas owner speaks fondly of his former manager in the company of friends and associates and stories of gifts that the Russian has sent to Mourinho are presented as further evidence.

Cristiano Ronaldo and Co are among the favourites for the title after knocking out Manchester United to reach the quarter-finals, where theyll face Galatasaray.

Mourinho was spotted house-hunting in London last week and he has already stated his his intention to return to the Premier League.
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Chinua Achebe, who died in Boston today at the age of eighty-two, was a few weeks shy of thirty years old when Nigeria was granted independence from the British Empire, on October 1, 1960, and he was already acclaimed, worldwide, as the preëminent novelist of black Africa. The British publisher Heinemann had brought out Achebe's first novel, Things Fall Apart, only two years earlier, and it had to have been the first African novel that many of his admirers on the continent and off had read. The sure tragedian's authority with which Achebe tells the story of Okonkwo, an Igbo elder of immense strength and pride, a figure of heroic qualities within the traditions of his culture, who is ill-served, brought low, and undone by those same qualities in his first violent encounters with colonial power, has ensured that still today, with more than ten million copies sold, Things Fall Apart remains the best-known work of African literature.
The great African novel? The book could as truly be called a great novel, period. Many writers would prefer to carry that badge of universality, but Achebe who has gone to his grave without ever receiving the Nobel Prize he deserved as much as any novelist of his era has said that to be called simply a writer, rather than an African writer, is a statement of defeat. Why? Because his project has always been to resist emphatically the notion that African identity must be erased as a prerequisite to being called civilized. Growing up as what he called a British-protected child in the colonial order, the young writer came to see that the Empire's claim that Africans had no history was a violent, if at times ignorant or unconscious, counter-factual effort to annihilate the history of his continent's peoples.
Achebe made his case in many forms essays and lectures, interviews and acts of protest, and as an ideologue and propagandist for the failed Igbo-nationalist secessionist state of Biafra but he made it most cogently on the final page of Things Fall Apart. With the reader in the full emotional grip of the many dimensions of Okonkwo's epic fate, the author boldly and deftly adds another, shifting to the perspective of a colonial governor who considers Okonkwo's story good material perhaps not a whole chapter but a reasonable paragraph for the book he is planning to write:  The Pacification of the Primitive Tribes of the Lower Niger.
Having, with his first effort, created a permanent place for the African novel in the world literary canon, Achebe continued to be a prolific imaginative writer, producing novels and stories that evoked, in a range of voices, the trials of Nigeria's pre-colonial and colonial history, and the traumas of its post-independence ordeals: from No Longer at Ease and A Man of the People in the sixties to Girls at War and Anthills of the Savannah in the aftermath of the Biafran war. But the fact that he must be remembered as not only the father but the godfather of modern African literature owes at least as much to the decades he spent as the editor of Heinemann's African Writers Series. In that capacity, Achebe served as the discoverer, mentor, patron, and presenter-to-the-world of so many of the now-classic African authors of the latter half of the twentieth century. The series's orange-spined, generously inexpensive paperbacks carried a stamp of excellence that drew readers everywhere to essential works by writers as varied as Kenneth Kaunda, Ngugi wa Thiong'o, Dennis Brutus, Tayeb Salih, Léopold Sédar Senghor, Ousmane Sembène, Wole Soyinka, and Nadine Gordimer, to name but a few: it is an extraordinary legacy.
As a storyteller, as a voice of his nation, as a cultural impresario, an intellectual combatant and provocateur, Achebe gained with age the status in Nigeria of a bard and a sage that the modern world rarely affords to writers. After suffering terrible injuries in a car crash, he spent much of his time in the last decades of his life in America, where he settled into long-term professorships at Bard College and Brown University. But when he returned to Nigeria he was received as a national hero. Crowds of thousands sometimes tens of thousands gathered to pay tribute to him. The adoration hardly softened him, though. He was, in his old age, as much a scold to his compatriots as he had ever been in his youth.
I met Achebe a few times in his wheelchair-bound American years. When he gave you his hand it was at once firm and soft and notably warm. He had a gentle presence a man fully capable of wit and mischief and open laughter, but whose default expression, at ease, was one of sympathetic melancholy. His voice was another matter: low-pitched and rich and adamant. When he spoke, it was with great command and unmistakable music. In Boston, in 1999, at a celebration of the centennial of Ernest Hemingway s birth, I had the honor of sitting on a panel with Achebe, on the subject of writing about Africa. He was as cogently withering about Hemingway's Africa a place he could not recognize because there were no speaking Africans there as he was, in one of his most famous essays, about Joseph Conrad s. At the end of the session, the floor was opened to questions. An evidently confused woman in the audience took the opportunity to ask In what sense are you writers about Africa? The other panelists Nadine Gordimer and Kwame Anthony Appiah were too baffled to respond. Not Achebe. He leaned into his microphone, and very slowly and melodically, with rolling Rs and drawn out Os, roared: Read. Our. Books. The woman said, But I'm asking you. And Achebe said, I'm telling you: Read. Our. Books. 
What better epitaph for the man, and what better way to remember him today: read his books.
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THe Zambian government has put an attractive package on the table for the national soccer team to take if it retains the African Cup of Nations.

Zambia is in Group C with Burkina Faso, Ethiopia and Nigeria and the countrys Minister of Sports and Youth Chishimba Kambwili said Nigerias offer of US$100,000 each to the Super Eagles players is a sign of panic.

Nigerian players have been promised US$100,000 (about N1.6m)) each if they win the championship slated for January 19 to February 10 in South Africa. This is the same amount the Zambian government gave the Chipolopolo players for winning the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations co-hosted by Equatorial Guinea and Gabon.

The stage has been set for our team and I can assure the nation that the players have been given good bonuses. For Nigeria, they are just playing mind games with the money strategy because they are scared, he said.

Kambwili said the government is confident the championship will return to Zambia and the players will get the cash bonanza, whose value he declined to state.

He also disclosed that through the Football Association of Zambia (FAZ), the players have already been told the monetary gain if they win.

He however stated that Zambia would not make public what each player would get because the government and FAZ do not want to put undue pressure on the team.

Kambwili is confident that Zambia will retain the Africa Cup.

He said he sees no reason why the Chipolopolo cannot follow in the footsteps of Egypt who won the Africa Cup in 2006, 2008 and 2010, Cameroon who won it back-to-back in 2000 and 2002 and Ghana who were champions in 1963 and 1965.

Our expectations are high and we do not expect anything short of retaining the title. What can stop us if Egypt managed? Kambwili asked.

The Chipolopolo boys who will be based in Nelspruit will play their opening game on January 21 against Ethiopia.
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