Contemporary Nigerian Writers and the art of entering the Blogosphere.

One writer who has been able to use the internet in connecting effectively with his readers is Elnathan John. Described variously on many sites on the internet as Nigerian novelist, satirist and writer, Elnathan John is well known for his satirical pieces published on his personal blog, www.elnathanjohn.blogspot.com where he reaches out to his readers.

It is worthy of note stating that Elnathan John has been shortlisted for the Caine Prize for African Writing on two occasions. He was shortlisted also for the NLNG Prize for Literature in 2016.

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Brief Analysis of the Constitutional Meaning of School Certificate or its Equivalent: My Views on the Certificate “Saga” of Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, the APC Presidential Candidate.

 

23rd January, 2015.

[By Onisowurun Sampson, Esq.]

 

Let us begin by going straight to the point. Without much circumlocution, the constitutional provision dealing with the requirements for qualification to vie for the office of the President of Nigeria is Section 131 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended). The said section provides thus,

“ A person shall be qualified for election to the office of President if:

(a.)      He is a citizen of Nigeria by birth;

(b.)     He has attained the age of forty years;

(c.)      He is a member of a political party and is sponsored by that political party; and

(d.)     He has been educated up to at least school certificate or its equivalent.” – Section 131 of the 1999 CFRN (as amended). Continue reading

A Portrait: The Successful, Happy and Fulfilled me — Winning Essay by Onis Sampson in the McPherson University Essay Competition 2013

In response to a call for essay submissions in the maiden edition of the McPherson University Essay Competition 2013, Onis Sampson submitted the essay below. The essay topic given by the organizers was, “A Portrait: The Successful, Happy and Fulfilled me.” Specifications on number of words, page arrangement, etc limits were given. Onis Sampson successfully participated in the competition and emerged the GOLD PRIZE winner of the competition. Participants wrote on the topic “A Portrait — The Successful, Happy and Fulfilled me.” Mr. Onis Sampson, one of the participants emerged the Gold Prize Winner. The results were announced at No. 12 Harold Wilson Drive, Borikiri in Foursquare Gospel Church, Town Zonal Headquarter on Sunday the 18th August, 2013. McPherson University is owned by the Foursquare Gospel Church in Nigeria

Click here to visit the blog that announced the winning for more info .

PRIZE: N15,000; And Certificate of Award

GIFT ITEMS: Binatone Millenium Wall Clock; books…

Here is a downloadable version of the essay, A Portrait_ Happy Successful and Fulfilled me_Onis

Here, I present to you the award-winning essay:

A Portrait: The Successful, Happy and Fulfilled me A few years back while a teenager, I was perusing the pages of “The Western Experience,”1 and came across an artwork. It was the portrait of “Louis Bertin,”2 a nineteenth century European statesman painted by Dominique Ingres. Flipping two pages forward I saw another artwork, titled “Self Portrait,”3 a painting by Camille Corot in which he painted himself with the aid of a mirror before him. Continue reading

NOLLYWOOD AND THE POLEMICS OF VALUE — An essay by Onis Sampson published on The People’s Herald newspaper.

14th October, 2014

THE PEOPLE'S HERALD --- Front Page

THE PEOPLE’S HERALD — Front Page

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[Big thanks to Magnus Abraham-Dukuma, Esq. for making the publication of this essay, possible. Magnus, a young Nigerian Lawyer, and writer of many parts works and lives in Port Harcourt. He also writes poetry, literary reviews, and lots more. Some of his poems have been featured on anthologies by Society of Young Nigerian Writers. He maintains the Literati Column of The Herald newspaper, which has seen the review of works of Chimamanda Adichie of Nigeria, Kofi Awoonor of Ghana, Chimeka Garricks of Nigeria, Onis Sampson of Nigeria etc.]

Introduction
There is no gainsaying the fact that Nollywood sits at the pedestal of the African movie industry. With an impact across the vast spectrum of the continent and parts of the world, its glamour mesmerizes even non-English speaking audiences, the records quite gratifying and fulfilling. In a 2005-2006 global survey carried out by the Institute of Statistics under the auspices of UNESCO, results showed that Bollywood (of India) produced over 1091 films, Nollywood produced 872 films and Hollywood produced 485 films during said period. It made Nigerians realise for the first time the gradual in-road success stories Nollywood was making on the international scene. Continue reading

BOOK REVIEW OF “COLD MURDER.” — A NOVEL BY AYOOLA EMMANUEL


BOOK REVIEW BY ONIS SAMPSON

13th April, 2014

BOOK FACTS:

Author: Emmanuel Ayoola

Number of Pages: 126

Publisher: Beautiful Joy Publishers, Lagos, Nigeria

Year of Publication: 2013

ISBN: 978-978-325607-9

COLD MURDER -- Front Cover Page

COLD MURDER — Front Cover Page

COLD MURDER --- Back Cover Page

COLD MURDER — Back Cover Page

SUMMARY
COLD MURDER unveils to us an aspect of societal malaise with a force of empathy that grips the reader. Serial murder forms the crux of the story perfectly narrated in this novella. How a peaceful town is turned topsy-turvy by the murder of Gboyega the politician, and three students of Model Girls’ Secondary School runs through the work; and then the ingenious investigations of Inspector Kolawole to unravel the mystery surrounding these murders are motifs that run through the work with riveting hold.

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The Giant @ 53: Personal Reflections (Published on The People’s Herald Newspaper on 1st October, 2013)

Today marks the Independence Day anniversary of our beloved country. Some fifty three years ago on this same date, the 1st of October 1960, Nigeria became an independent nation. It was a moment of triumph for the Nigerian people. There was celebration all over the country. At last, we were off the grip and reign of imperialist subjugation. Self-rule, it was believed, will bring greater developments. Deplorably, this expectation was never actualized. Again, fifty three years… Fifty three years have passed away. Those are years of our common history as a nation. In commemorating this day, let us think, reflect, ponder and cogitate. Continue reading