Friday, March 30, 2007

From an Austin hotel: Ibrahim Sheme's blog and Ali Nuhu wins Best Upcoming Actor for role in Sitanda


After a long day of travel (during which I wrote a few things which I have not had a chance to edit for the blog), I arrived safely in Austin. The hotel has free wireless so I was able to check up on a few of my daily blogs (arrghh. can i not ever let myself take a break from this!?).


Ibrahim Sheme has uploaded an interview with the Hausa Star Ali Nuhu, who just won a Nollywood award for his role in Sitanda. I discovered Ibrahim Sheme's blog only a few days ago, but it's quickly becoming one of my favourites. Ibrahim Sheme is a fabulous bilingual writer (his blog is also bilingual), whose Hausa novel 'Yar Tsana blew me away. He is also the publisher of the Hausa FIM magazine and the brand new Frontline.

6 comments:

uknaija said...

Enjoy Austin and remember to keep it weird :-)

bhfrik said...

This is a comment for Talatu-Carmen. I appreciate your visit to Club Lefty and the information about Messiah College. I have updated the post to direct readers to the comments to see my admission of error.

Thank you.

Everchange said...

our school has been in the news lately...because of a certain republican alum...

Talatu-Carmen said...

Everchange, LOL!!! (Somehow I missed that Messiah was the Christian college you attended as well--I didn't realize we had the same alma mater!) I actually was not going to admit this here, but since you've brought it up, I wasted a good part of yesterday obsessively googling Monica Goodling and Messiah College and trying to add my voice as a slight bit of corrective to all the misinformation floating out there. It boggles the mind how quickly people are willing to jump on the condemnatory bandwagon, not knowing a single thing about the college---saying that Pat Robertson founded it, that it is an unaccredited Bible College, a hotbed of conservativism, that anyone who graduates from there must therefore have recieved a substandard education, so on and so forth, ad nauseum. I'm sorry Ms. Goodling has made a fool of herself, but (as I pointed out on a few blogs yesterday) Messiah is considered to be a "liberal" place in many evangelical circles. Anyone who is curious can go to the website and click on the lastest issue of the Bridge--which currently features Messiah's focus on environmentalism, social justice, and turning out serious scholars. Blame Pat Robertson's Regent, if you will, which has placed a lot of people in the Bush administration but not Messiah. Many of my friends while I was there went on to Ivy League grad schools after graduating.... Oh IGNORANT people--the internet is FULL of them!!! {-;

Everchange said...

I'm not too bothered bcuz I can understand why people would think that way. I get the hysteria. The faculty and administrators are liberal (to an extent), but the students aren't. I think I'm about 90% pleased with the education and learning experience, and 50% pleased with the social.

Talatu-Carmen said...

Everchange, I agree. I feel about the same way. I went back last semester for a visit, and I realized that I had actually gotten an excellent education, and I loved hanging out with my old profs. I was fortunate enough to have some great open-minded friends while I was there, but I agree that there was a lot of the generic "evangelical" culture, which often errs on the side of the faddish and unthoughtful. But I hate that bloggers are disparaging the academics there without knowing anything about the school.