The Lagos Review intends to bring back the critical and analytical rigour evident in the glory days of The Guardian Literary Series, The Post Express Literary Supplement (PELS) and The Sunday Sun Revue.
The plan is to create a platform that privileges critical engagement over literary production.
The Lagos Review will focus on interrogating our literary and artistic output and providing a handle for the audience and those in the academia to assess works of literature and art. It will provide an avenue for publishers and literary gatekeepers to obtain critical appraisals of their publications with access to a captive audience of literary and artistic patrons.
There will also be a focus on the practicethrough interviews and personality profiles as well as relevant news.
At The Lagos Review, we believe that a review is the first critical engagement with a work of art, books, movies, music, plays etc. It helps shape opinion, excite conversation, and push engagement.
There is, today, a dearth of critical engagement with works of art. This has been exacerbated by the atrophying of art pages in our newspapers and a paucity of discerning art writers with a critical and analytical bent of mind.
Another reason is the migration of critical discourse from the pages of newspapers to online platforms where analytical and critical rigour has been largely replaced by navel-gazing editorialising.