Akin Adesokan at The Point:
In the 1980s, the Guardian newspaper in Lagos published a weekly Literary Series, including full-length essays on notable writers as well as poems, stories and short reviews. Those essays were later collected into the two-volume Perspectives on Nigerian Literature, edited by Yemi Ogunbiyi. Of the 53 essays in the second volume, Teju wrote eight, the most contributions by a single person in that volume.
The essays and reviews were marked by a certain objectivity—the focus is ever on the work in front of the critic—and although surprising turns of phrase were never lacking, the aim was to sublimate self-dramatization to the material integrity of the work.