Monday, July 14, 2008

This Thursday at Jazzhole:

WHAT A COUNTRY! : An Interactive Discussion featuring Odia Ofeimun, Reuben Abati, Toyin Akinosho and Kunle Ajibade.

Kunle Ajibade’s new book, ‘What a Country! goes beyond the narrative aesthetics of his prison memoir, Jailed for Life: A reporter’s Prison Notes, published in February 2003, to grapple with questions of justice, popular welfare, human rights and good governance. It is eloquent and poignant. Its vision is broad, both powerfully anchored in local knowledge and robustly cosmopolitan. Its passion for the betterment of Nigeria – indeed, what a country! – is evident and infectious. Kunle Ajibade, never lets go the respect for human value, the shared space that the creativity of writers, human rights activists and pro-democracy workers – especially the leading lights, avatars and exemplars of the cause – have defended across the world at great risks to their own lives.

Author’s Bio
Kunle Ajibade attended the University of Ife, where he earned a B.A. in English and an M.A in Literature-in-English. Before he became a co-founder/publisher of The News and P.M. News, he had worked in Grant advertising as a copy writer, in Chief Abiola’s African Concord as a senior correspondent and in African Guardian as an assistant editor. In 1995 he was jailed for life because of a story published in The News magazine and was only released in 1998 when his jailer, General Sani Abacha, died. Ajibade won the 1998/1999 Feuchtwanger Fellowship to write his prison memoir, Jailed for Life: A Reporter’s Prison Notes, which was published in February 2003 by Heinemann Educational Books. The book won the first Victor Nwankwo Book of the Year Award instituted by the Nigerian Book Fair Trust.

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Anonymous,  11:23 pm  

quick money for the fortunate few who want to post a comment here! just received this in my 'main' mailbox but i'm not greedy so i'll share. (i didnt even know these still existed)

Dearest Staff..
"Please excuse me for all the inconveniences my e-mail could cause you. I am sorry if my contact is strange to you.
I am contacting you based on the unclaimed fund of the late Benazir Bhutto in our Bank.
I am Mr. Didier Toure, a Banker. I am an Account Officer to Late Mrs Benazir Bhutto’s Deposits in our Bank. I work at the Foreign Remittance Department of BANQUE ATLANTIQUE CI Of Abidjan, Cote D’Ivoire , West Africa . The Late Mrs Benazir Bhutto’ has a fixed Deposit Account in our Bank, This should be one of her numerous Financial deposit across the globe. Sometime ago, she split the funds from her UK accounts to many banks around the globe due to political reason. Our bank was one of them. I knew about this due to been her personal account officer. I decided to allow all the turmoil about her sudden death and the election fever to cool off before acting this. Meanwhile, the deposits numeration period is at hand. Every Fixed Deposit has a numeration periods allowed.
This account will soon go dormant in the next 5 months if not operated or withdrawn. The most interesting part of this, it is that, there is no Next of Kin, Heir or Beneficiary to this Deposit. That is the climax of this issue and the reason I am contacting you. I need a foreigner in the field of Education to claim this fund. The Late Mrs Bhutto is known as a scholar and a philanthropist This can be more convincing if you are made a next of kin to the fund, please do not panic. Also, you are outside the continent of Africa right now. With all these, you can fit in here as the (Next of Kin to the fund). . The main fact here is that this Deposit has no Next of Kin, Heir or Beneficiary, this is the main issue. Nobody knows about this account, this is one of her secret account; She deposited this long ago here without knowing what future has for her. Please co-operates. I alone can not do the deal, I need your partnership, that is the only way to succeed. She has in her Fixed Deposits accounts in our Bank... 2.7 Million US$. I want you to be a next of kin to this fund, “it is possible”. I am so jealous to report about this money to my bank mgt and it goes into my bank treasury. It is 50% 50% between us. We can claim this money. I need your urgent co-operations.

I need some information from you to make you the legitimate next of kin before the next General auditing exercises in the Bank coming up in 2 months time; otherwise we will loose this money. After giving me your information’s and I get you amended as the Legitimate Next Of Kin, I will tell my Bank managements about this and about you the next of kin in overseas. You will be contacted immediately because I shall see to that. Please for security reason, I contacted you via my private E-mail and you should contact me back there or at this email [email protected]) most especially; also do call me with my private Mobile Phone +225 08 21 83 22. You can give me yours to call you in your reply.
This is urgent and confidential please.
Didier Toure.

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