Otseme Eneabo, best known as Omega, was a bold, intelligent and cunning old man whose comic deeds greatly affected and still affects his Idoma society situated in Benue State, Nigeria.
In the ancient city-state of Agila, Omega is a historical figure who has across time transformed into a mythical one.
Deptly using the mechanics of fiction writing, M.O. Obande, an engineer, here captures the exploits of the man that affected his society with the deep=rooted meanings of his life.
"Omega is a hilarity all through one tragedy after another, a short insight into the people's culture. Surely, Obande has contributed immensely to knowledge and his book deserves wide circulation."
- Hon. Justice A.P. Anyebe
"Moses Obande has unexpectedly written a great anthropological work."
- Otokpa Enai Unoogwu, Apa-Agila
Moses O. Obande, a building engineer, was born in 1944. He attended the Preston Polytechnic, England, for his professional studies. A seasoned educationist and administrator, he taught for years at the Kaduna Polytechnic, retiring in 1991 as Head, Department of Building and Dean, College of Environmental Design. He has authored a number of engineering textbooks, which were published in the United Kingdom.
In a style uniquely his own, Labo Yari has compiled his best stories into this collection that depicts the life-styles of rural northern Nigeria. In A Day Without Cockcrow & Other Stories, the master story-teller recaptures the powerful ethos that have distinguished his Hausa people across time, reflecting the moods and actions of tyrannical rulers, bewildered commoners and a rustic society coming to grips with new times just as it makes a bid to free itself from the clutches of a backward yet value-studded past.
"Just as in A House in the Dark, his other collection of stories, Labo Yari's A Day Without Cockcrow is an arching statement of a man determined to retain his post as one of the leading voices on the African literary scene."
- New Nigerian Weekly
Born in Katsina in 1942, Labo Yari was educated at the London School of Journalism and the University of Oslo, Norway. He worked in the former Katsina Native Authority, the Federal Ministry of Information, Lagos, and then became the Press Attache in the Nigerian Embassy in Stockholm, Sweden. Subsequently, he held executive positions in publishing, including chairman/chief executive officer of the Northern Nigerian Publishing Company (NNPC), Zaria. In 1989 he became the Government Printer, Katsina, before moving to the Katsina State Ministry of Information and Culture as Director, from where he retired. For over three decades, Yari has been one of the four National Trustees of the Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA).
Are all men the same - trustworthy at first but deceitful, conceited and wicked later? Are they worth any woman's sacrifice? These questions occupied the mind of Amina Bashir, a beautiful career woman in the thick of what her friends called 'midlife crisis'.
Finding no acceptable answers, Amina decided to face life alone, away from a husband to whom she had given total devotion and faith even on the point of death. But just when it appeared as if she was succeeding, she was challenged by social pressures which she had never reckoned with. It was up to her to take the final decision which would make or mar not only her future but also the happiness and cohesion of her family.
The Twist portrays the dilemma of many a woman in Africa, who must contend with the demands of building a career while grappling with the tasks of maintaining a happy family.
At the time of the publication of this novel, Nana Aishatu Ahmad was the Dean of Languages at the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) College of Education, Zuba, Abuja. She has authored several other books, including Vision of the Jewel and Voice from the Kitchen, both of which are collections of poems published by Informart.
Born in Gombe, northern Nigeria, she graduated from University of Maiduguri with a degree in Enlish Literature and obtained a M.Ed. (English) from University of Jos. She has taught at Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi, and Federal College of Education, Gombe.
Nana Aishatu Ahmad has also served twice as the Commissioner for Education in Gombe State and made a brief foray into politics.
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With this book, Nana Aishatu Ahmad makes her debut as one of the first female poets from northern Nigeria to be published in the English language. This collection of poems encapsulates the dawn of a new era for her people in Gombe State, a moment of sudden fulfillment pregnant with promises of a greater future. Her dreams, hopes and fears are conceptualised in straight-shooting, enjoyable style devoid of obtuse abstractions.
"...'Vision' marks her out as a poet of immense potential."
- New Nigerian
Nana Aishatu Ahmad is the author of several books, including Voice from the Kitchen, a collection of poems, as well as The Twist, her first published novel. Born in Gombe, she graduated from University of Maiduguri with a degree in English Literature and obtained a M.Ed. (English) from University of Jos. She has taught at Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi, and Federal College of Education, Gombe. She was the Dean of Faculty of Languages at FCT College of Education, Zuba, Abuja, prior to her appointment as the Honourable Commissioner of Education in Gombe State. Vision of the Jewel is her first book published.More info →