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International Day of the Word

Phantom House Books Nigeria commemorates the International Day of the Word by public reading, starting with a poem by the hour, every hour, and distributing free Tee Shirts in Lagos! Get yours here at http://www.phantomhouseafrica.co.nr until 00:00 GMT today!

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<Selected Poems>


8: 00 GMT

I live between the fire and the plague…
with my language…
with this mute universe.
Adonis (1929- )
Syrian poet.
“The Fall”

9:00 GMT
Speech is civilization itself. The word, even the most contradictory, preserves contact…
it is silence which isolates.
Thomas Mann (1875 – 1955)
German writer.
The Magic Mountain

10:00 GMT
If confusion is the sign of the times, I see at the root of this confusion a rupture between things and words, between things and the ideas and signs that are their representation.
Antonin Artaud (1896 – 1948)
French actor, playwright, and writer.
The Theatre and its Double

11:00 GMT
And the stone word fell
Upon my still living breast.
Never mind, I was prepared for this.
Somehow, I shall stand the test.

Anna Akhmatova (1889 – 1966)
Russian poet.
“The Sentence” (Peter Norman (tr.))

12:00 GMT
As pine trees
hold the wind’s imprint
after the wind has gone, is no longer there,
so words
retain a man’s imprint
after the man has gone, is no longer there.

George Seferis (1900 – 1971)
Greek poet and diplomat.
“On Stage” (Edmund Keeley and Philip Sherrard (tr.))

13:00 GMT
The world’s history is a divine poem, of which the history of every nation is a canto, and every man a word.
James A Garfield (1831 – 1881) U.S. president.

14:00 GMT
It becomes still more difficult to find
Words at once true and kind,
Or not untrue and not unkind.

Philip Larkin (1922 – 1985)
British poet.
“Talking in Bed”

15:00 GMT
What is honour? A word. What is in that word? Honour. What is that honour? Air.
William Shakespeare (1564 – 1616)
English poet and playwright.
Henry IV, Part 1, Act 5, Scene 1

16:00 GMT
In countries where the imagination of the people, and the language they use, is rich and living, it is possible for a writer to be rich and copious in his words, and at the same time to give the reality, which is the root of all poetry, in a comprehensive and natural form.

J. M. Synge (1871 – 1909)
Irish playwright.
The Playboy of the Western World

17:00 GMT
Until we learn the use of living words we shall continue to be waxworks inhabited by gramophones.

Walter de la Mare (1873 – 1956)
British poet and novelist.
The Observer (London), “Sayings of the Week”

18:00 GMT
‘When I use a word,’ Humpty Dumpty said in rather a scornful tone, ‘it means just what I choose it to mean—neither more nor less.’
Lewis Carroll (1832 – 1898)
British writer and mathematician.
Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There

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PHB Films and Filmone Nigeria releases ‘…When Love Happens’ to Cinemas across Nigeria starting October 26, 2014 | Reviewed By Tn Odu, Literary Agent, Phantom House Books NGR at the October 16th Premiere

Producer Seyi Babatope of Phebean Films with Kene Mparu of FilmOne Distribution Inc today premiered ‘When Love Happens’ at Genesis Cinemas, The Palms, Lekki and we must confess the movie beat all expectations. I, representing Phantom House Books, was privileged to be onset when the movie was being shot and I remember Seyi having Sound and Logistic problems. Truth is, I don’t know how he did it in post-production, but he sure did pull it off.

I must mention, that I myself, am not a fan of postmodern Nigerian movies, but this is a total bencher! I almost coughed out my lungs from popcorn and laughed my heart out at this hearty romantic comedy all through the premiere. The photography was top-notch done by Pindem Lot and the casting was thorough. I said thorough. I wasn’t too surprised by seeing Uche (Weruche Opia) and OC (Ukeje) command the screens as their commitment on set was absolute; what is required from every actor,  including the recognition of lines, but seeing the likes of Desmond Elliot, Wale Ojo, Bernard, as well as “Shaffy” (Bello) and “keppy” (Ekpeyong), my two glamorized couple (also my favorite couple) putting so much into this near 2-hour full feature had me thunderstruck. Might be due to the reasons that they all had fun on set. I know Seyi made sure everyone felt like family. Aside his occasional disgruntlement at the crew. Heh. In fact when it came to the Questions and Answers session at the premiere, it was nothing but laudable praise from everyone including trenchant critics for Babatope and his delicate cast. He’d once mentioned to me these people were the best at what they do, but I had to see Uche and Ukeje live during filming to believe that—I too being a not-too-sarcastic critic myself.

Now back to us. What’s intriguing to us in all this is that though this work is an original creation by the man himself, this producer is challenge-oriented and has set his eyes on Phantom House Books to produce more challenging screenplays to challenge his audience. In consequence, we also are equally challenged to work with him in a bid to show Nigeria the proper way to do things: Writerà ScreenplayàMovie. Or isn’t that how it’s done?

So all we say to our Nigerian authors and writers out there is keep writing. Let Nigeria get the chance to witness your work for a writer is nobody’s writer if you work dusts up a cupboard.

By the way, welcome to the new Nollywood.

How To Do It Yourself: The New Nigerian e-Passport Part I | by literary agent Tn Odu | Phantom House Books


My Experience at the New Nigerian Immigration Service (NIMS)
This is a surprisingly shocking revelation of my personal experience at the hands of Nigeria’s New Immigration System. It was not too long ago that one could ‘buy’ himself a Nigerian nationality. A few bucks and a piece of paper was all it took, to be sincere. Now, however, it is a wholly different experience.
First of all, I must explicate my not so sincere an intention to really scrutinize the new system because as we all know Nigerians have promised the world a lot of things, and in that endless list of promises is the battle against fraud and corruption; hitherto the notoriety of having the world’s largest count of internet fraudsters in one geographical state!
So after filling out the new online application for a Nigerian passport and paying for that application via a debit card, I stumble into the new Ikeja Office at Alausa with a deliberately recreated account of myself! I was of the opinion if the system was still as bad as it was ( that hour long documentary by the BBC of how easy it was to procure a Nigerian passport), it was more than certain this too would slip their notice.
So I did it. But after an hour passed, sitting under the stifling humid air outside the NIMs office waiting for someone to attend to me, it slowly dawned on me to ask the PRO what in the world was going on? Or causing all the delay?Nigerians and their inefficiency! Or that was what I thought.
A boy too young to be a man sits beside me. Or was he a man so young he could pass for a boy? Whatever the case, he was the first to get the gavel. To my amazement I watched him defend himself to a growing crowd of officers. But in the end, the end of very a lengthy cross-examination, this young man is ‘denied’ a Nigerian passport! Note the transitive verb ‘deny’ which means to refuse a request, to refuse to let somebody have or do something, is used.
To my surprise, that was not to be the end of my experience.
Right from the office of the PRO, an officer basically hands me over to the SC, which in some enigmatic way must have to stood for Assistant to the Passport Control Officer (I’d rather you not ask me how), and then they bounce me about the entire building for a while. A time long enough to exhaust a whole day, to my chagrin, but in the end lead me into a very small room to have my picture taken! And now, that’s when the other drama happens. An elderly woman too old to mother a baby is ushered in line to have her baby’s picture taken! Only to face a barrage of anti-trafficking questions after the baby’s picture and details are adroitly recorded.
Are you the mother? Then why is your photo not in this application ma’am? Where is the mother? Who is the guardian? Do have any form of identity on you? Let us have the baby’s details taken. Whoa!
Nigeria now denies passports to paying applicants? Oh my.
Believe me, I found the entire process relatively easy but breathtakingly fierce.
Yes! There were times that stubborn old ‘Nigerian factor’ (and this is me quoting the SC as saying what basically stands a synonym for ‘Nigerian ineffiency’) reared its ugly head. One of such was the depressingly long queuing process and the unnecessary hours I wasted sitting by the bleachers waiting on a ‘lost’ or what was to be later renamed ‘nameless’ file despite it just sitting in the middle of a swarm of migration officers. Or the fact that my name was in Bold print atop that Nameless File.
Now, back to my gimmickry. When it was my turn, it was easy for the networked computers to find out my omissions (or be it commission?) and so readjust my application to RE-ISSUE my old passport and all its failed or passed visas, and not just render what might have ended up being a FRESH PASSPORT with no history what so ever.
In the end, it was kind of pleasant to be found out. So to those fraudsters who try to buy their way into a nationality, or falsify their known identities, we best wish them luck at the NIMS because it seems Nigeria intends to keep her promises this time.
Another fun fact: No money changed hands. Either over or under the counter all the time I spent there. Now is that an accomplishment? I mean the literal absence of the green paper for what some tag as one of Africa’s most corrupt countries?
It’s a welcomed change.
Tn Odu
Freelance writer, Indie Book Author, and Publisher for Phantom House Books Ngr

Phantom House Books Writers’ Workshop | How to Make your Conjuctions work for You | Posted By Literary Agent Tn Odu For Phantom House Books NGR | Courtesy Project English|

A conjunction is a word that “joins”. A conjunction joins two parts of a sentence.
Here are some example conjunctions:
Coordinating Conjunctions Subordinating Conjunctions
and, but, or, nor, for, yet, so although, because, since, unless
We can consider conjunctions from three aspects.
Conjunctions have three basic forms:
• Single Word
for example: and, but, because, although
• Compound (often ending with as or that)
for example: provided that, as long as, in order that
• Correlative (surrounding an adverb or adjective)
for example: so…that
Conjunctions have two basic functions or “jobs”:
• Coordinating conjunctions are used to join two parts of a sentence that are
grammatically equal. The two parts may be single words or clauses, for example:
– Jack and Jill went up the hill.
– The water was warm, but I didn’t go swimming.
• Subordinating conjunctions are used to join a subordinate dependent clause to a
main clause, for example:
– I went swimming although it was cold.
• Coordinating conjunctions always come between the words or clauses that they join.
• Subordinating conjunctions usually come at the beginning of the subordinate clause.