Stephen Hawking (1942-2018)

Gifted with a gorgeous imagination,And inspired to peep into the dark void of the cosmos,He glimpsed blinding, darting, comets of comprehension.Even as his body would not yield to the commands of his mind, He took a deep dive into the unfathomable sea of physical nothingness,And came up with nuggets and pearls of mysterious insight.His mercurial mind…

VS Naipaul (1932-2018)

One of the best writers of the finest English prose of our time has just passed on. My first encounter with VS Naipaul (1932-2018) was about two decades ago when I borrowed a millennium edition of his A House for Mr. Biswas (1961) from the British Council Library in Kano. The deceptively beautiful simplicity of…

Black Panther

Okoye is a brave no-nonsense athletic warrior fiercely loyal to the African Kingdom of Wakanda. Her character is as firm and deep as the blackness of her ebony skin. She is easily my favorite in the whole cast. If the guys who made the movie understood any Hausa, she should have been the one named…