Channels BookClub: Lawyer & Poet – Donna Plans To Die ‘Empty’

Donna SodipoOn this edition of the programme, oil and gas lawyer, writer and poet – Donna speaks about her plan to explore all her talents and potentials and then die ‘empty’.

She also speaks about Maya Angelou, the internationally-acclaimed poet, author and civil rights icon, who passed away at the age of 86. Maya has been described as one of the most inspiring women that ever lived.

She was honored with more than 50 awards, including America’s highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, for her collected works of poetry, fiction and nonfiction, most notably her groundbreaking memoir, I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, which made history as one of the first nonfiction best-sellers by an African-American woman.

President Barack Obama called her “one of the brightest lights of our time—a brilliant writer, a fierce friend, and a truly phenomenal woman.”

Her last tweet read:

“Listen To Yourself And In That Quietude You Might Hear The Voice Of God”.

Maya, in more ways than one represented the concept of womanhood and she inspired many women to be the best they can ever be.

Channels Book Club: Analysts Predict Impact Of FG’s New Import Policy

channels book clubOn this episode of the Channels Book Club, analysts; Eghosa Imasuen and Robert Lawson discuss the potential effect of a new federal government policy that has imposed fresh tariffs on book importation in Nigeria and a few other issues around the subject.  The new policy sparked debates and protests amongst people within Nigeria’s publishing, education and book sectors.

The policy has led to the imposition of over 50% tariffs on importation of books into Nigeria. Here is what the numbers now read for importers of books: import duty: 20%; Surcharge: 7%; ciss: 0.5%; levy: 30% and vat: 5%; all totalling 58%.

Prior to this policy, certain books were tariff free, so to speak. Academic and religious books for instance, fell into that category. With the new policy, all books imported now attract duties and levies.

From the government’s perspective this new policy forms part of its fiscal policy measures designed to encourage self-sufficiency in local industry based on recommendations by relevant stakeholders in different sectors of the economy after extensive consultations. According to the government, this will encourage local printers.

Critics of this new policy have hit back at the government claiming that the policy will drive the costs of books up at least in the medium term, lower the quality of books available in the market, stifle the publishing sector, encourage piracy and generally set the effort to develop a strong book culture back by many years. Some publishers already have containers of books stuck at the ports due to this new policy.

Two Caine Prize Winners Chat With Channels Book Club

Tope Folarin, a Rhodes scholar, is the winner of the 2013 Caine Prize for African writer while Banyavanga Wainaina, one of Kenya’s brightest literary stars, won the prize in 2002.

In this episode, Olakunle Kasumu had individual chats with each of them.