Wednesday, 21 December 2016

What Do You Think Of Our SHORT STORY SERIES Cover?
This is the cover for the Black Tower’s Short Story Series. It has 12 contributing authors whose stories were chosen and added to be published early next year.  These contributing authors are: Emeka Aniago, Damilola Peters, Mudiaga Ejor, Iwe Ikechukwu, Stella Ibrahim, Oyemi Joy, Uche Okoli, Jerry Nnaji, Sandra Ajayi, Vanessa Cole, Nwankwo Ejike, and Miracle Ikeji.

Black Tower Publishers initiated the Short Story Series to give authors the exposure and experience they need to embark on much larger career as writers. It’s also a way of promoting online publishing, and letting Nigerian writers understand they can do much through online publishing.

Collection of the stories started in January, 2016; and it ran through the year and ended on 20th of December, 2016. Those authors whose stories weren’t picked, and those whose stories weren’t polished enough to be published on our blog can still re-enter next year.

The sales of the eBook (The Twelve Tales) will begin on 20th January, 2017; and at the end of each month, the contributing authors will receive their proceeds from the sales of the month.
Stay Tuned. 

Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Africa’s First Nobel Laureate (Wole Soyinka) For Literature Leaves Trump's America

Before the presidential election, Wole Soyinka vowed he wouldn't be a part of Trump’s America. He followed through his promise.

Prior to the U.S. presidential election, Nigeria’s first Nobel Prize-winning author, also Africa’s first Nobel Prize winner, Wole Soyinka had decided to leave the United States and cut his green cards into pieces if Donald Trump became president.

Then Trump was elected president.

So, Soyinka followed through his promise and relocated from New York City to Abeokuta.

The 82-year-old, who hails from Nigeria, became the first African to win the Nobel Prize for literature in 1986.

Initially, he promised to “shred” his green card on Trump’s inauguration day in January, however, the man lost patience and and cut off all ties early.

“I have already done it,” the 1986 Nobel Prize winner told AFP at the Times Higher Education BRICS and Emerging Economies Universities Summit in Johannesburg. “I have disengaged from the United States. I have done what I said I would do. I had a horror of what is to come with Trump… I threw away the card and I have relocated, and I’m back to where I have always been,” he said, possibly referring to his hometown of Abeokuta, in southwest Nigeria.

The Nobel laureate had been living in the United States for more than 20 years and was a regular teacher at prestigious universities such as Harvard, Cornell and Yale.

Recently, he was a scholar-in-residence at New York University’s Institute of African American Affairs.

Though Soyinka decided to leave Trump’s America, he doesn’t encourage other Nigerians to follow his footsteps.

“It’s useful in many ways. I wouldn’t for one single moment discourage any Nigerians or anybody from acquiring a green card… but I have had enough of it,” he commented.