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sentinel nigeria | Issue #3 | August 2010

Issue #3 Index | Editorial | Drama | Essays | Fiction | Poetry

 

A Promising Penultimacy

 

For the third time I have the pleasure of writing an editorial for this magazine and I think, since the best things happen in threes, I should stop awhile to consider this pleasure. Cliché would direct me to some trite imagery of a father being well pleased with his son, or of a sensitive artist standing before his finest work. But cliché is cliché precisely because it is well worn and for this would not do. In the course of the last three months, I have, like too few of my countrymen, been literarily busy and from my reading of Orhan Pamuk stays the classic love scenario of Shirin and Husrev - a Turkish folk story in which the perfect main characters fall into a design of love at the first sighting each the other’s portrait. And of course, they go to great lengths to find each other though the curiosity is that when they eventually do, they do not recognize each other until their third chance-tempted meeting. Somewhere in this paradox lay the delightful kernel of all labors of love; it is here that I felt sure to find the answer to the reason for my pleasure.  Now at the end of that warren of thought, I find myself on my unmade bed typing this editorial, I say; the reason why we undertake labors of love is so we can feel a sense of promising penultimacy, not being quite sure where we are going, what adventures lie before us, not even if we shall recognize our dreams in fruition, yet being convinced to our souls that all of what is to be is inevitable and for this sake, worth it – something glimpsed briefly and, yet, implicitly understood. It is in this that pleasure lies. 

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Dubem Okafor

All of us at SN are saddened by the unfortunate news from the USA where Professor Dubem Okafor, one of Nigeria's respected poets and scholars shot his wife and then turned the gun on himself on Sunday the 15th of August 2010. It is a terrible turn of fate that Professor Okafor's career should end this way, and his name smeared. In time, hopefully, the literary world will find a way to celebrate his contribution to literature despite the manner of his end.

 

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Inside this issue

 

Drama

 

Emmanuella Nduonofit

Living in Smoke

 

Poetry

 

Akinlabi Peter

Two poems

 

Abigail George

This is How I Ended Up 1 & 2

 

Julius Bokoru

Six Poems

 

Nsuhoridem Okon

Idara

 

Charles Bassey

Three Poems

 

Albert Ograka

Three Poems

 

Zino Asalor

Three Poems

 

Sandra Nwadi

Two Poems

 

Nwilo Bura-Bari Vincent

Earth is Empty

 

Kola Tubosun

Be Like the Road itself

 

Ahmed Abubakar Imam

Three Poems

 

Su'eddie Vershima Agema

Two Poems

 

Brainstormer

Brainstormer Kids' Poetry

 

Fiction

 

Su'eddie Vershima Agema

Awaiting

 

Habib Abodunrin Zakari

Linto

 

Zino Asalor

What to do...What to do

 

Ndagi Abdullahi

Zhenti

 

Suzanne Ushie

Dissembling

 

Mary Kemi Shorun

Number Six

 

Rikimaru Tenchu

Don't go to Abuja at Fifty-Eight

 

Emmanuel Iduma

Twenty Ten

 

Market Affairs

Chioma Iwunze

 

 

Essays & Reviews

 

Muhammad Shakir Balogun

In Dire Need of Verdification

 

Benson Eluma

How the Stickfighter Got His Cane

 

Sylva Nze Ifedigbo

Review of Through the Gates of Thought.

 

 

 

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