Mar
10
to May 4

Unmasked (Lagos)

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"The world is at a pivotal moment. There is a line being drawn in the sand with the #TimesUp and #MeToo movements sweeping first the entertainment industry and then spilling out into the rest of the world. The Wheatbaker is proud to host the third edition of the all-female Standing Out exhibition titled, Unmasked, which is curated by SMO Contemporary Art and honors women across the globe.

Unmasked presents the powerful and energized artwork of seven female artists who have strong links to Lagos but come from different parts of Nigeria, Cameroon, the Gambia, India, and the United States:

Nengi Omuku

Djakou Kassi Nathalie

Somi Nwandu

Nyancho NwaNri

Koromone Koroye

Reha Shishodia

Queen Nwaneri

The exhibition explores women’s mental health through 35 paintings, photographs, digital art, ceramic sculptures, poetry & spoken word performance and a large multi-media string installation.

The exhibition explores complex questions of identity, breaking down stereotypes, and dealing with societal pressures in the congested, over-populated mega-city of Lagos. The artists explore diverse emotional mindscapes and question what lies behind the mask: how do we break down societal constructs on what it is and what it takes to be a woman in a male dominated society? How do women explore and present their true multi-layered selves, and inspire others to demand for justice, break through glass ceilings, avoid society’s obsession with perfection, tear down walls of shame and guilt, and rip off these stifling emotional masks.

"

Showing: March 11, 2018 to May 4, 2018.

Where: The Wheatbaker Hotel, 4 Lawrence Road, Ikoyi, Lagos.

 
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Apr
22
to Jun 18

No Matter Who You Are (Lagos)

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Angels & Muse present Abraham Oghobase’s exhibition, "No Matter Who You Are."

A Nigerian photographer whose works have been exhibited widely including in Brussels, London, Helsinki and Bamako, Abraham Oghobase was a finalist in 2014 for the prestigious Prix Pictet global award in photography and sustainability.

He was born in Lagos, Nigeria and studied at the Yaba College of Technology’s School of Art, Design and Printing in Lagos, majoring in photography.

A quest for the purpose of existence has led Oghobase to a unique form of art as he explores issues relating to human emotions and identity against specific socio-economic backdrops, often using himself as material for his performance-based work. Recently, Oghobase has adapted the four-color separation printing technique to build hybrid compositions consisting of monochrome layers of images.

Showing: April 22, 2018 to June 18, 2018.

Where: Angels & Muse, 5 Sumbo Jibowu, Ikoyi, Lagos.

 
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Apr
26
10:00 AM10:00

Writing In Migration - Book Festival (Berlin)

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For three days African life realities and experiences will be broached by means of prose and poetry in the course of talks, readings and roundtable discussions. What does it mean to live and write after a forced or voluntary move to Europe / the USA? How do African writers process constant movement through spaces and identities? Is there a responsibility towards tradition or even an African identity?

Writing in Migration takes writers, whose books are literary visions and setting trends internationally, across continents to Berlin. Alongside curator, Olumide Popoola, they urge their audience to read outside the box. Berlin’s first festival for African literature is sponsored by the German Federal Cultural Foundation as well as Berlin’s Senate Department for Culture and Europe.

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In attendance will be:

Teilnehmende Künstler

Chris Abani

JJ Bola

Linda Gabriel

Helon Habila

Elnathan John

Yvonne Owuor

Chika Unigwe

Sarah Ladipo Manyika

Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi

Niq Mhlongo

Leye Adenle

Zukiswa Wanner

Ayobami Adebayo

Brian Chikwava

Jude Dibia

Clementine Ewokolo Burnley

Nick Makoha

Musa Okwonga

Henrietta Rose-Innes

Bibi Bakare

Pumla Gqola

Maroula Blades

Abdilatif Abdallah

Romeo Oriogun

Chinelo Okparanta

Jessica Horn

 
 
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Apr
27
9:00 AM09:00

Book Release: Yejide Kilanko's Chasing Butterflies

 

Release date (UK) by Quramo Publishing (Nigeria): April, 2018.

 

Blurb

"

Titilope Ojo left Nigeria for the United States over a decade ago, but her mother’s words remain fresh in her mind. She is married to Tomide, a handsome and charismatic man who she is afraid of. She spends each day anticipating his moods and lives in fear of offending him. She takes great care to try and love him just the way he wants, but will it ever be enough? As her life continues to spiral out of control, Titilope finds herself alone at a crossroad where she must choose between duty and survival.

In Chasing Butterflies, Yejide Kilanko creates a detailed and moving portrait of a difficult and harrowing marriage. She uses crystal-clear prose to demonstrate the points of view of both parties and the little child caught in the crossfire of parents who are struggling to be heard and appreciated in their partnership.

 
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May
21
9:00 AM09:00

Book Release: Akwaeke Emezi's Freshwater (Nigeria)

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Release date (Nigeria) by Farafina: May, 2018.

This page will be updated shortly.

 

Blurb

"

An extraordinary debut novel, Freshwater explores the surreal experience of having a fractured self. It centers around a young Nigerian woman, Ada, who develops separate selves within her as a result of being born “with one foot on the other side.” Unsettling, heart-wrenching, dark, and powerful, Freshwater is a sharp evocation of a rare way of experiencing the world, one that illuminates how we all construct our identities.

Ada begins her life in the south of Nigeria as a troubled baby and a source of deep concern to her family. Her parents, Saul and Saachi, successfully prayed her into existence, but as she grows into a volatile and splintered child, it becomes clear that something went terribly awry. When Ada comes of age and moves to America for college, the group of selves within her grows in power and agency. A traumatic assault leads to a crystallization of her alternate selves: Asughara and Saint Vincent. As Ada fades into the background of her own mind and these selves—now protective, now hedonistic—take control, Ada’s life spirals in a dark and dangerous direction.

Told from the perspective of the various selves within Ada, and closely based on the author’s own personal experiences, Freshwater explores the metaphysics of identity and mental health, plunging the reader into the mystery of being and self. Freshwater dazzles with ferocious energy and serpentine grace, heralding the arrival of a fierce new literary voice.

Praise

"

Freshwater is one of those dazzling novels that defies these kinds of descriptions. We can gesture to the story—set in Nigeria and America, told by all the selves of its Tamil/Igbo protagonist—but such synthesis fails to convey the magic that awaits its reader. At once fiction and memoir, potent in its spiritual richness and sexual frankness, the text seems not to have been written by but channeled through its brilliant author.

Taiye Selasi, author of Ghana Must Go

 
"

...Never before have I read a novel like it—one that speaks to the unification and separation of bodies and souls, the powers or lack thereof of gods and humans, and the long and arduous journey to claiming our many selves, or to setting our many selves free.

Chinelo Okparanta, author of Under The Udala Trees

Read here why this book topped our list of most anticipated 2018 reads.

 
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May
25
to May 27

Barely Lit Festival (London)

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Bare Lit Festival will kick off the summer festival flurry returning for a third year to showcase the work of writers of colour. The weekend, May 25-27, 2018, will see the beloved festival make a move to The Albany in Lewisham as the team seek to increase inclusivity at and already groundbreaking event.

The festival will be open to over 600 attendees who will be able to enjoy exciting readings, panels and performances, purchase books and zines from favourite and undiscovered authors and meet like-minded individuals from across the country.

At present, panels looking at free to speak/free to censor, Britain after the fall of multiculturalism and crime and mystery are just a few that can be confirmed, taking place during this weekend. Such themes are reflective of “the interrogative and celebratory discussions Bare Lit is known for.”

The team in charge of the festival is still led by Henna Zamurd-Butt and Mend Mariwany - the festival founders. This year, in addition to putting on a stellar festival, rivalling past festivals, the team is focused on increasing increasing representation of marginalised BAME identities. Tickets will be priced to accommodate all financial brackets:

The success of the festival is thanks to the support of our event partners: The Literary Consultancy, Arvon, Apples and Snake, The Royal Society of Literature, among others.

ABOUT BARE LIT

Bare Lit Festival was created to combat this by celebrating the work of remarkable writers of colour. In 2015, the UK's three largest literary festivals featured over 2000 authors. Of those 2000+ authors, only 4 percent were from Black Caribbean, Black African, South Asian or East Asian backgrounds, based on a report published by SPREAD THE WORD.

 
 
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Jul
12
9:00 AM09:00

Book Release: Michael Donkor's Hold

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Release date (UK) by 4th Estate (UK): July 12, 2018.

 

Blurb

"

Belinda knows how to follow the rules. As a housegirl, she has learnt the right way to polish water glasses, to wash and fold a hundred handkerchiefs, and to keep a tight lid on memories of the village she left behind when she came to Kumasi.

Mary is still learning the rules. Eleven-years old and irrepressible, the young housegirl-in-training is the little sister Belinda never had.

Amma has had enough of the rules. A straight-A pupil at her exclusive South-London school, she has always been the pride of her Ghanaian parents. Until now. Watching their once-confident teenager grow sullen and wayward, they decide that sensible Belinda might be just the shining example Amma needs.

So Belinda is summoned from Ghana to London, and must leave Mary to befriend a troubled girl who shows no desire for her friendship. She encounters a city as bewildering as it is thrilling, and tries to impose order on her unsettling new world.

As the Brixton summer turns to Autumn, Belinda and Amma are surprised to discover the beginnings of an unexpected kinship. But when the cracks in their defences open up, the secrets they have both been holding tightly threaten to seep out.

Read here on why three literary enthusiasts shared this book as their pick on our list of most anticipated 2018 reads.

 
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Nov
12
9:00 AM09:00

Book Release: Yejide Kilanko's There Is An Elephant In My Wardrobe

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Release date (Nigeria) by Tuuti Imprint, Kachifo: November, 2018.

 

Blurb

"

There Is An Elephant In My Wardrobe, illustrated by Kayode Onimole, tells the story of young Adun who is bullied by an elephant who is supposed to be her friend and has made its home in her wardrobe.

There Is An Elephant In My Wardrobe is a heartwarming tale of courage, true friendship and self-worth. “I decided to write There Is An Elephant In My Wardrobe,” Kilanko stated, “because I think it’s crucial for us to talk to the children in our lives about their mental health. We’re living in frightening times and children are not exempt from the fear and anxiety many adults experience on a daily basis. I also chose to write this story because I've struggled with anxiety for as long as I can remember. As a child, it would have made a world of difference if I had read about a little girl who was just like me.”

This page will be updated with more information shortly.

 
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Apr
21
10:00 AM10:00

Memory, Culture & Community (London)

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This one-day international conference will provide a platform to discuss Igbo heritage studies and modes of documenting the past. The ‘Memory, Culture and Community’ conference seeks to promote the creation, management and use of records and archives, highlighting the need to preserve the archival heritage of people of Igbo descent around the world, through the sharing of experiences, research and ideas. During the course of the day, the conference will put on a series of workshops which will provide members of the public the skills to compile and collate content on Igbo culture and heritage through the medium of film, photography, oral history and writing.

The central output of the conference will be the development of an online Igbo digital archive through harnessing the knowledge and cultural resources of the community.

The last conference was held in 2017 with the guiding theme ‘Legacies Of Biafra: Reflections On The Nigeria-Biafra War 50 Years On’, marking the fiftieth anniversary of the outbreak of the Nigerian civil war. The ‘Legacies of Biafra’ conference launched the “Know Your History” initiative which seeks to create physical and digital spaces for learning and knowledge exchange centring on Igbo history, whilst also serving the development and population of the digital Igbo studies archive.

The speakers for the ‘Memory, Culture and Community’ conference include:

Ms. Chimamanda Adichie Professor Osita Okagbue Professor Paul Basu Ms Ego Ahaiwe Mr Nathan Richards Ms. Kelly Foster Mr Brian Ezeike Ms. Vivian Ogbonna Mr Emeka Ed Keazor

Award winning filmmaker Ujuaku Akukwe-Nwakalor will return to the Igbo Conference to screen her latest film: Harvest of Pride: Iri Ji. This feature length documentary centres on the significance of the New Yam Festival in Igboland. The film screening will be followed by a Q and A with Ujuaku and a discussion on the way they have approached the documenting of the most famous annual event in Igboland.

 

Trailer Of Harvest Of Pride: Iri Ji

 
 

About The Igbo Conference

"The Igbo Conference, in partnership with The Centre for African studies, SOAS, University of London is a forum for discovering the Igbo culture, language and heritage.

The annual Igbo conference aims to promote the study of Igbo language and culture within the UK, and seeks to bring academics and members of the Igbo community together for the purpose of knowledge sharing and exchange.

The ultimate goal of the Igbo conference organisers is to eventually establish an Igbo Centre in London which will act as a hub for anyone interested in research in the field of Igbo Studies (through a library, archives and study space), as well as providing a resource for members of the public to learn more about Igbo culture (through artifacts and interactive resources).

The two day conference comprises of plenary panels, Igbo cultural performances and workshops.

The annual conference’s aim is to encourage and promote Igbo Studies in the UK. Whilst there are limited Igbo Language and Cultural studies available in British Universities, the annual Igbo Language Conference seeks to provide a forum for intellectual and cultural exchange between scholars, students and members of the community."

 
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Apr
7
2:00 PM14:00

La Fête De Buchi

On Saturday, April 7, 2018, The Book Banque, in partnership with Angels & Muse, will host 'La Fête de Buchi' — a book meet in celebration of Buchi Emecheta's legacy. Alongside conversations about Buchi's prolific writing, there will be healthy discussions on feminism, traditional rites and other themes that transcend the author's work.

Attendees will also get a chance to purchase new reprints of 6 of her novels designed by Victor Ehikhamenor — who also designed our host space, Angels & Muse. What's more?

  • Pop up with work by female (African) authors;
  • Nibbles and palm wine;
  • Great networking opportunity!
 
 

Ticket Sale

Tickets go on sale from Wednesday March 28, 2018 and are available at 2,000 Naira per pass. A limited number of tickets will be sold between March 28 to April 6, 2018. Tickets will not be sold at the door.

Refund Policy

Tickets are non-refundable. They are, however, transferrable. If for any reason you are unable to attend, you may re-sell or gift your ticket to another party, on the condition that you notify us via email 24 hours before the event.

 
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Mar
26
9:00 AM09:00

Book Release: Okorafor's Sunny And The Mysteries Of Osisi

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Release date (Nigeria/UK) by Cassava Republic: March, 2018.

 

Blurb

"

Sunny Nwazue is back in this gripping sequel to Nnedi Okorafor's What Sunny Saw In The Flames. Sunny has settled into life at the Leopard Society, with friends Orlu, Chichi and Sasha. Her magic powers continue to grow under the tutelage of her mentor Sugar Cream, as Sunny studies her strange Nsidi book and begins to understand her spirit face, Anyanwu. But Sunny cannot escape from her destiny, and she soon finds she must travel to the shadowy town of Osisi. The journey is fraught with danger, taking Sunny through unseen worlds, and awaiting her is a battle to determine humanity's fate. Sunny And The Mysteries Of Osisi is a compelling tale combining culture, fantasy, history and magic.

Praise

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"Sunny as a character is beautiful, strong, and resilient, and her host of friends and allies are well-drawn and compelling, adding to the magic of the story. Okorafor's novel will ensnare readers and keep them turning pages until the very end to see if and how Sunny fulfills the tremendous destiny that awaits her."

Booklist (Starred Review)

 
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Mar
17
2:00 PM14:00

Farafina Reads: Ayobade-Cole and Agweh (Lagos)

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This March, Farafina invites you to #FarafinaReads with authors, Jacqueline Agwu and Mojisola Aboyade-Cole. The authors will be reading from their novels, A Pelican In The Wilderness and The Stress Test. The event will also include discussions, book signings and entertaining performances by Chika Jones and others.

When: March 18, 2018 at 2 pm.

Where: Herbert Macaulay Library, 233 Herbert Macaulay way, Sabo, Yaba.

Moderated by Enajite Efemuaye and supported by GTBank YouRead.

A Pelican Of The Wilderness is available on Okadabooks here.

Order a copy of The Stress Test here.

Read excerpts from both novels on the Farafina blog here.

 
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Mar
15
6:30 PM18:30

Things Fall Apart At 60 (Washington, DC)

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Join the Smithsonian National Museum Of African Art and Penguin Random House to celebrate the life, work, and ongoing legacy of Chinua Achebe with a conversation between renowned Nigerian-American contemporary artist Victor Ekpuk and Chinua Achebe’s daughter, esteemed historian, Nwando Achebe. Ekpuk will discuss how he draws upon and advances Nsibidi philosophy and writing systems in his colorful re-creations of the cover art for the 60th anniversary edition of Achebe’s ground-breaking trilogy, Things Fall Apart, No Longer at Ease, and Arrow of God. Achebe will share discuss her father’s legacy in connection to African history and current moment in global affairs.

Where: Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, 950 Independence Avenue Southwest, Washington, DC 20560, United States.

When: March 15, 2018 at 6.30pm (EST)

This event is free. Register here.

 
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Mar
11
1:15 PM13:15

Women In The Arts: Redressing The Balance — WoW Festival (London)

From theatre directors to conductors, women are still vastly underrepresented in positions of power in the arts and struggle to get equal space, time and money for their work.

Hear from leading women artists about how they make sure their voices are heard, their ambitions are realised and their work is seen."

This panel will include: Jenny Sealey – CEO and Artistic Director of Graeae; Ayobami Adebayo – Author of Stay With Me; Josette Bushell-Mingo – Actor and Director; Chaired by Stella Duffy – Writer and Theatremaker.

Where: Southbank Centre, South Bank, London, UK.

When: March 11, 2018 at 1.15pm (GMT).

Get your pass here.

 
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Mar
11
10:00 AM10:00

Face Of Defiance — WoW Festival (London)

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Image: South Bank Centre.

"Visit this portrait project featuring survivors of, and campaigners against, female genital mutilation (FGM) across the world.

Face of Defiance hopes to create a global consciousness to support the end of FGM.

The series of portraits is a collaboration between photographer Jason Ashwood, psychotherapist and global end-FGM activist Leyla Hussein, and The Girl Generation, the largest-ever collective of organisations (720+) working together to accelerate efforts to end FGM within a generation."

Where: Southbank Centre, South Bank, London, UK.

When: March 11, 2018 at 10am.

This is a free event.

 
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Mar
10
8:00 PM20:00

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie And Reni Eddo-Lodge In Conversation — WoW Festival (London)

"Hear Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie talk to Reni Eddo-Lodge about today’s most pressing cultural issues. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, author of Half of a Yellow Sun, We Should All Be Feminists, and Dear Ijeawele, talks to Reni Eddo-Lodge, author of Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race, to discuss race, gender, and feminism today for this special WOW event."

Where: Southbank Centre, South Bank, London, UK.

When: March 10, 2018 at 8pm.

Purchase tickets here.

 
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Mar
10
to Apr 15

Her Story (Lagos)

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In celebration of International Women's Day, Rele Art Gallery presents Her Story - an exhibition featuring 5 female artists: Claire Idera, Kingi Kingibe, Yeti Ogun, Blessing Oloye and Sade Adebowale.

"Each artist shares a thought provoking perspective on what progress means to them, aspiring to provoke the audience into conscious gender inclusion."

Where: Rele Gallery, 5 Military Street, Onikan, Lagos Island, Lagos.

Opening hours:

March 10, 2018 - 3pm to 7pm.

Monday - Appointments only;

Tuesday - Friday 10am to 6pm;

Saturday - 12pm to 6pm;

Sunday - 2pm to 6pm

Showing till April 15, 2018.

 
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Mar
10
3:00 PM15:00

Book Launch: A Woman's Body Is A Country (Lagos)

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Join Ouida Books for a celebration and launch of Dami Ajayi's collection of poetry 'A Woman's Body Is A Country' on Saturday, March 10, 2018. The event will feature readings and signing from the author.

Where: Subterranea Retail Hub, 33 Town Planning Way, Ilupeju, Lagos.

When: Saturday March 10, 2018 at 3pm.

 

Praise

"

Dami Ajayi journeys into emotional borders that reveal the burdens of transitions, offering us lyrical poetry that reinvents perspectives. Here is the poetry of the quotidian, a philosophic and profound interrogation of relationships, of words, of bodies and their burdens, of times and time. There is poetry here, and it breathes.

Jumoke Verissimo

"

These are poems of life turned inside out, where time cheats on writers, and the people and things at the brunt end of our oppressive pleasures come back to haunt us. Dami Ajayi is a poet in love with language and it’s slipperiness.

Mukoma Wa Ngugi

"

The poems in this book are aesthetically passionate and sensually fearless. This poet teaches us anew the possibilities for language and the erotic. A Woman’s Body is a Country is tenacious, vital, honed. Dami Ajayi is a compelling and brilliant poet.

Uche Nduka

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Mar
8
9:00 AM09:00

Book Release: Adeyemi's Children of Blood And Bone

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Release date (US/UK) by MacMillian Children's Books: March 8, 2018.

 

Blurb

"

Zélie remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. When different clans ruled - Burner's igniting flames, Tider's beckoning waves, and Zélie’s Reaper mother summoning forth souls.

But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, anyone with powers was targeted and killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope. Only a few people remain with the power to use magic, and they must remain hidden.

Zélie is one such person. Now she has a chance to bring back magic to her people and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zélie must learn to harness her powers and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good.

Danger lurks in Orïsha, where strange creatures prowl, and vengeful spirits wait in the waters. Yet the greatest danger may be Zélie herself as she struggles to come to terms with the strength of her magic - and her growing feelings for an enemy.

Praise

"

Adeyemi keeps it fresh with an all-black cast of characters, a meaningful emphasis on fighting for justice, a complex heroine saving her own people, and a brand of magic made more powerful by the strength of heritage and ancestry. Perfect for fans of the expansive fantasy worlds of Leigh Bardugo, Daniel Jose Older, and Sabaa Tahir."

Booklist (Starred Review)

"

Adeyemi's devastating debut is a brutal, beautiful tale of revolution, faith, and star-crossed love."

Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

 
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Mar
3
to Mar 4

I Learned To Walk Twice (Lagos)

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A debut by Chika Jones,‘I Learned To Walk Twice’ is an autobiographical one-man play. It is about coming of age, identity, faith, family and the saving power of poetry.

Proving storytelling as truthtelling, Chika Jones will bare his soul, and invites you to take on this journey.

Purchase your ticket to the play here.

Showing: Esther's Revenge, Freedom park When: Saturday March 3, 2018 and Sunday March 4, 2018 - both from 5pm to 6pm.

 
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Mar
1
to Mar 4

Quarter Life Crisis (Lagos)

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Alicia is a hot mess. She doesn’t know what she’s doing with her life. Swiping left, swiping right to find the perfect match. Even though she’s a Londoner, born and bred, the scent of Lagos peppers her existence in the ends. Everyone around her seems to know where they’re going in life, but she’s just trying to find ways to cheat growing up and keep her 16-25 railcard. Quarter Life Crisis mixes addictive baselines, spoken word and audience participation.

Where: Kongi's Harvest Gallery, Freedom park

Thursday 01 March | 6.40 p.m.

Friday 02 March | 6.40 p.m.

Saturday 03 March | 3.40 p.m. | 6.40 p.m.

Sunday 04 March | 3.40 p.m.|6.40 p.m.

 
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Feb
13
9:00 AM09:00

Book Release: Akwaeke Emezi's Freshwater

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Release date (US) by Grove Atlantic: February 13, 2018.

Release date (Nigeria) by Farafina: May, 2018.

Release date (UK) by Faber & Faber: November, 2018.

 

Blurb

"

An extraordinary debut novel, Freshwater explores the surreal experience of having a fractured self. It centers around a young Nigerian woman, Ada, who develops separate selves within her as a result of being born “with one foot on the other side.” Unsettling, heart-wrenching, dark, and powerful, Freshwater is a sharp evocation of a rare way of experiencing the world, one that illuminates how we all construct our identities.

Ada begins her life in the south of Nigeria as a troubled baby and a source of deep concern to her family. Her parents, Saul and Saachi, successfully prayed her into existence, but as she grows into a volatile and splintered child, it becomes clear that something went terribly awry. When Ada comes of age and moves to America for college, the group of selves within her grows in power and agency. A traumatic assault leads to a crystallization of her alternate selves: Asughara and Saint Vincent. As Ada fades into the background of her own mind and these selves—now protective, now hedonistic—take control, Ada’s life spirals in a dark and dangerous direction.

Told from the perspective of the various selves within Ada, and closely based on the author’s own personal experiences, Freshwater explores the metaphysics of identity and mental health, plunging the reader into the mystery of being and self. Freshwater dazzles with ferocious energy and serpentine grace, heralding the arrival of a fierce new literary voice.

Praise

"

Freshwater is one of those dazzling novels that defies these kinds of descriptions. We can gesture to the story—set in Nigeria and America, told by all the selves of its Tamil/Igbo protagonist—but such synthesis fails to convey the magic that awaits its reader. At once fiction and memoir, potent in its spiritual richness and sexual frankness, the text seems not to have been written by but channeled through its brilliant author.

Taiye Selasi, author of Ghana Must Go

 
"

...Never before have I read a novel like it—one that speaks to the unification and separation of bodies and souls, the powers or lack thereof of gods and humans, and the long and arduous journey to claiming our many selves, or to setting our many selves free.

Chinelo Okparanta, author of Under The Udala Trees

Read here why this book topped our list of most anticipated 2018 reads.

 
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Feb
3
9:30 AM09:30

Celebrating Buchi Emecheta (London)

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The Brunei Gallery in central London, will host an all-day celebration of the life and work of the acclaimed Nigerian novelist Buchi Emecheta.

As a novelist and story teller Buchi Emecheta touched the lives of many people, and continues to inspire a new generation through the example she set as an immigrant, single mother of five children who rose to became an international literary figure.

This anniversary event will be a celebration Buchi Emecheta's life and work as well as an opportunity to hold a public conversation about her legacy.

The event will include a curated installation of The Life and Times of Buchi Emecheta, panel discussions, dramatisations of excerpts from two of her best know novels, music and dancing and of course Nigerian food. Also expect a colourful cultural tribute from members of the Ibusa community in London.

The official launch of the Buchi Emecheta Foundation and Omenala Press' exciting new edition of Buchi Emecheta's books will take place on the same day.

Get your tickets here. Full programme will be available here shortly.

 
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Feb
3
9:30 AM09:30

Book Release: Buchi Emecheta's Titles

 

The release of the new covers of Buchi Emecheta's books will be in two phases - first six on February 3, 2018 and second six in July, 2018.

Titles dues for release in Febraury by *Omenala Press:

In the Ditch

The Bride Price

The Slave Girl

Head Above Water

Double Yoke

The Rape of Shavi

 

About Buchi

"

Buchi Emecheta was a prolific writer and in a career spanning 30 years published 16 novels, three children’s stories, numerous articles and television plays. She was also an academic, well known on the lecture circuits of Europe and America for her strong and sometimes idiosyncratic views on feminism and womanhood.

The Nigerian novelist, Buchi Emecheta was born in Lagos in 1944. She was an orphan by the age of 11, and if not for the scholarship she won to a Methodist boarding school might never have escaped her background of poverty and deprivation. At 16, she was married with her first child and in 1960, while carrying her second, her husband left for the UK to find work. Buchi followed a year later and the young family set up home in a run down district of North London. The marriage failed as a result of domestic violence and the stresses of living in an unwelcoming environment. By age 22, Buchi was a single mother raising five small children in slum dwellings in a foreign land.

How she held a full time job, studied in the evenings for a Sociology degree and transformed herself into a novelist, formed the subject of her first two published novels – In the Ditch (1972) and Second Class Citizen (1974), both gruelling indictments of the racism and sexism endemic in British culture at that time. Most of Buchi Emecheta’s novels are semi autobiographical. Even in her African tales – The Bride Price (1976), The Slave Girl (1977) and The Joys of Motherhood (1979), one hears echoes not just of her remembered life as a child in Lagos and Ibusa, but of her parent’s and grandparent’s lives as passed down to her in the form of stories.

In 1982, she wrote Destination Biafra, the first female account of the Nigerian civil war, though in later years she eschewed memory and in works like Gwendolen (1989), Kehinde (1994) and The New Tribe (2000), began to explore the experience of life within the African diaspora and the problematic nature of returning home.

Buchi Emecheta died in London in January 2017 at the age of 72.

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Find Buchi's list of bibliography here.

A fuller biography on The New York Times here.

 
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Jan
28
2:00 PM14:00

Book Hangout (Lagos)

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Put your new year’s resolution ‘to read more’ into action by joining the Book Hangout tribe. This January, they will be hanging with Gbolahan Fagbure, author of the book, 'Working on a Dream.' Want to meet with the author, hangout with fellow book lovers, or expand your network? Sign up here for the 2018 membership to attend.

 
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Jan
26
6:00 PM18:00

Book Art Coffee (Lagos)

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Join the Book Hangout and other booklovers for a Paint and Sip Night, in celebration of their 1 year anniversary! You get 40 percent off a paint session with ArtSplash, get good coffee and a chance to meet new people.

When: Friday January 26, 2018 at 6pm

Where: Cafe Neo, Lekki outlet - 12E, Emperor Chopsticks Plaza, Lekki Phase 1.

Interested? Send your name, email and telephone number to mybookhangout@gmail.com or text 07010727360. A link to your discounted ticket will follow.

 
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Jan
21
to Jan 22

The Lion And The Jewel (Lagos)

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Produced and Directed by Segun Adefila, "The Lion and the Jewel tell the story of three main characters - Baroka, Lakunle and Sidi. Baroka, the lion, fights with the Lakunle (the Western-educated village guy) over the right to marry Sidi (the village slay Queen). The play is filled with a lot of comic relief moments and lessons about preserving culture.

The Lion and the Jewel is a thought-provoking, values re-evaluating but laughter inducing piece of work from the pen of the quintessential wordsmith Wole Soyinka - as interpreted for the stage by your eclectic Crown Troupe of Africa."

Showing: January 21, 2018 at 3pm and 6pm.

Where: Terra Kulture, Victoria Island.

Tickets are available here or at the venue.

 
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Jan
20
2:00 PM14:00

Farafina Reads: Lesley Arimah (Lagos)

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Farafina invites you to #FarafinaReads with Lesley Nneka Arimah in Lagos. The author will be reading from her debut collection What It Means When A Man Falls From the Sky.

What It Means When A Man Falls From The Sky has been described as ‘a rare combination of daring and nuance’ by The Guardian UK, and her writing style as ‘a blast of fresh air’ by Igoni Barrett, author of Blackass. The book won the Kirkus Prize in 2017 and is the 2018 9mobile Literature Prize long list.

When: January 20, 2018 at 2 p.m.

Where: Herbert Macaulay Library, 233 Herbert Macaulay way, Sabo, Yaba.

Moderated by our very own Adebola Rayo and supported by GTBank YouRead. Register here to attend the Lagos event.

You can read our review of one of her stories - Who Will Greet You At Home? - here. To purchase a copy of the book, send us an email at info@thebookbanque.com.

 
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Jan
18
6:30 PM18:30

Aké In Lagos: Bolaji Abdullahi (Lagos)

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Join the Aké Arts and Books Festival for the first of its series of events in Lagos on Thursday January 18. 2018. In conversation will be Kunle Ajibade with author, Bolaji Abdullahi, discussing his new book, On A Platter of Gold.

The Aké bookstore will also be live so you don't want to miss this!

When: Thursday 18 January at 6:30 prompt

Where: Radisson Blu, 38/40 Isaac John Street, GRA, Ikeja.

 
 

LIVE STREAM VIDEOS FROM AKE 2017

 
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Jan
18
3:00 PM15:00

Farafina Reads: Lesley Arimah (Abuja)

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Farafina invites you to #FarafinaReads with Lesley Nneka Arimah in Lagos. The author will be reading from her debut collection What It Means When A Man Falls From the Sky.

What It Means When A Man Falls From The Sky has been described as ‘a rare combination of daring and nuance’ by The Guardian UK, and her writing style as ‘a blast of fresh air’ by Igoni Barrett, author of Blackass. The book won the Kirkus Prize in 2017 and is the 2018 9mobile Literature Prize long list.

When: January 18, 2018 at 3 p.m.

Where: The Booksellers, Ground Floor, City Plaza, 7 Rubuka Close, off Ahmadu Bello Way, Garki II, Abuja.

Moderated by Salamatu Sule and hosted by Orpheus Literary Foundation.

Read our review of one of her stories - Who Will Greet You At Home? - here. To purchase a copy of the book, send us an email at info@thebookbanque.com.

 
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Jan
16
9:00 AM09:00

Book Release: Okorafor's Binti: The Night Masquerade

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Release date (US/UK) by Tor: January 16, 2018.

 

Blurb

"

The concluding part of the highly-acclaimed science fiction trilogy that began with Nnedi Okorafor's Hugo- and Nebula Award-winning BINTI.

Binti has returned to her home planet, believing that the violence of the Meduse has been left behind. Unfortunately, although her people are peaceful on the whole, the same cannot be said for the Khoush, who fan the flames of their ancient rivalry with the Meduse.

Far from her village when the conflicts start, Binti hurries home, but anger and resentment has already claimed the lives of many close to her.

Once again it is up to Binti, and her intriguing new friend Mwinyi, to intervene — though the elders of her people do not entirely trust her motives — and try to prevent a war that could wipe out her people, once and for all.

Praise

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Nnedi Okorafor writes glorious futures and fabulous fantasies. Her worlds open your mind to new things, always rooted in the red clay of reality. Prepare to fall in love with Binti.

Neil Gaiman, New York Times bestselling author of American Gods

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The prose is vivid and unadorned, the pacing strong, and the novella as a whole, deeply compelling. I enjoyed it. I hope Okorafor writes more.

Locus

 
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Jan
13
6:30 PM18:30

The Legend Tony 'Akatakpo' Odili is 90! (Lagos)

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Polly Alakija and Ed Keazor present: 'Tony 'Akatakpo' Odili - the 90th Birthday Concert'.

Celebrating the oldest living active Nigerian musician. A man whose musical footprints span over 70 years of history, with bands like Bobby Benson's Jam Session, Roy Chicago and Rex Lawson to name a few.

There will also be a film screening of a bio-documentary following by celebratory concert. Come and witness a rare slice of Nigerian Musical History!

When: Saturday, January 13, 2018 at 6.30pm.

Where: Polly Alakija Studio, Parkview, Ikoyi, Lagos.

Tickets are 5,000 Naira if purchased in advance, and 6,000 Naira at the door! Reserve your ticket via email: events@pollyalakija.com.

 
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Jan
13
to Jan 14

Fela And The Kalakuta Queens (Lagos)

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Back by popular demand is Fela and The Kalatu Queens!

"Fela and the Kalakuta Queens is a story about the young women who left their families and friends to live with Fela and help popularize his music and negotiate power using performance. As members of his extended band and dancers, they collaborate in his revolutions, struggles, strife and his everyday life. Together they form Kalakuta Republic and declare independence from the Nigeria state. Their involvement with Fela and their young age plays a significant role in transforming his deeply political songs into a matter for the public interest.

They face torture, intimidation, and series of arrests from the hands of the Police but together prove to be a coherent force against their common enemies. This and their radical fight against political injustice and social ills further prove that they are more than the low lives, prostitutes and artistic zombies the society thinks of them. Fela’s political radicalism sets off a vicious attack on Kalakuta Republic during which Fela and his women are fatally beaten, some raped and his mother thrown out of a window. To mark the anniversary of the attack and also to protect his women from the stigma placed on them by the society; Fela decides to marry twenty-seven of them in a ceremony officiated by an Ifa Priest.

Fela and the Kalakuta Queens is a story that gives the women the recognition they deserve.

Showing: January 13 and 14, 2018 at 3pm and 6pm.

Where: Terra Kulture, Victoria Island.

 
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Jan
11
to Mar 24

Legacies Of Biafra – Art Exhibition (London)

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"This multi-media show will feature artwork, which explores the on-going impact of war locally and globally, considering how the first civil war in post-independence Africa has influenced the perception of the continent internationally, as well as reshaping the social and political structures within Nigeria.

The exhibition commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Nigeria – Biafra civil war and explore the legacies of the British colonial divide and rule policy; global media coverage of the conflict; ethnic tensions, distrust and enmity which culminated in the civil war.

The exhibition features works predominantly from the artistic collective Nigeria Art Society UK (NASUK), which will be exhibited alongside archival materials on the war, oral narratives of those who lived through the war and a selection of short films.

In an exploration of Britain and Biafra, the exhibition will showcase material from the personal archive of the late British-Nigerian writer Buchi Emecheta, which sheds light on the experience of watching war in one’s homeland unfold through the lens of the international media.

The Biafra civil war was a watershed moment in contemporary African history with its after effects still visible in the country’s identity and fragile polity over the past 50 years. Nigeria is a country that following this event has endured much change socially, culturally and economically. The outbreak of war signalled a sharp demise in the hopes and aspirations of independence, but the war also demonstrated the resilience, the spirit of survival and the capacity to overcome adversity of those who endured it.

The exhibition provides a timely reflection on the ongoing impact of the war. Whilst it highlights the conditions that led to the outbreak of war, the exhibition also creates a space to consider how this period in recent history resonates with and offers insight into contemporary conflicts in both Africa and the wider world.

Artists included are:

Ade Ogundimu;

Amifel Cliff-Eribo;

Chike Azuonye;

Chinwe Chukuogo Roy, MBE;

Hassan Aliyu;

Imoesi Imhonigie;

Obi Okigbo;

Raymond Soko;

Titus Agbara;

Toni Ndikanwu,

Chinwe Uwatse;

Edosa Oguigo;

Ndidi Dike;

Ngozi Schommers;

Onyema Offoedu-Okeke;

Uzo Egonu.

The exhibition is supported by: the Igbo Conference / The Igbo Studies Initiative; City, University of London, Centre of African Studies (CAS), School of African & Oriental Studies (SOAS), University of London; Nigeria Nostalgia Project; The Buchi Emecheta Foundation/Omenala Press and The Africa Centre."

Where: Brunei, Gallery, SOAS, University Of London, Thronhaugh Street, Russell Square, London, WC1H 0XG.

When: Tuesday – Saturday 10.30 – 17.00 (Thursday late night opening until 20.00) except Bank Holidays.

This exhibition is free, and ends March 24, 2018.

 
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Dec
29
5:00 PM17:00

Ajinde (Lagos)

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A relaunch of and as a reinstatement of its journey to become of the foremost publishers, Arts and Africa and 16 by 16 are proud to present Ajinde (resurrection).

Here, Arts and Africa will be publishing two books: Monochrome Lagos’s Photobook Vol II in coolaboration wth Monochrome Lagos which features amazing photography from Logor alongside well curated and edited literature from talented individuals. The second book will be Numb Tantrums - a chapbook by Yakeeb, illustrated by Aàdesokan.

Join Arts and Africa from 5pm to 10pm on December 29, 2017 at 16 by 16 for an evening of music by Stiques, spoken word by Chika Jones, Yakeeb and Afopefoluwa, and live art by Aadeshokan and Yadi. This event is open to people of all ages so everyone is welcome! Purchase your ticket online now for 1,500 Naira here.

 
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Dec
23
to Dec 25

Adesewa: The Musical (Lagos)

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THESPIAN Family Theatre and Productions, one of Nigeria’s foremost performing arts companies, is back with another thrilling stage play, ‘Adesewa the Musical’, as it celebrates its 15-year anniversary of being on stage. The organisation will showcase some of their audience’s favourites in a year-long programme starting from December 2017. The anniversary will kick off with the epic production, ‘Adesewa the Musical’, one of the organisation’s biggest projects so far.

The Musical, ‘Adesewa’ written by Ayo Jaiyesimi, is an exciting 90- minute stageplay laced with drama, music and dance.

Who is Adesewa?

This is a question that should be on everyone’s lips. The musical theatrical performance tells the story of how Adesewa, the girl with the golden voice manages to keep her passion alive despite the ups and downs of her life. Well, when life gets tough, the tough get going… that’s what they say!

Starring veteran actor Tunji Sotimirin, Kemi ‘Lala’ Akindoju, a stage and screen favourite, William Benson, Henry Arnold, Efe Mayford-Orhorha, and many more talented actors, singers and dancers. THESPIAN Family Theatre in collaboration with the Musical Society of Nigeria (MUSON) will be hosting you to the best show in Lagos this December.

Where: Muson Centre, Onikan, Lagos.

When: Saturday, 23rd – Monday, December 25, 2017.

Time: 3:30pm and 7:00pm, daily.

7pm show on 24th is sold out.*

Tickets: N5,000 Regular, N10,000 VIP and N20,000 Premium.

Tickets are available at MUSON Centre, Quintessence, The THESPIAN KoNa, The THESPIAN Shop (Freedom Park) and TerraKulture. Also available online at Ariiyatickets, NaijaTickets and Afritickets.

For ticket bookings, reservations and enquiries, send an email to thespianfamilytheatre@gmail.com or call 07046380179.

You can join the conversation online using the hashtags: #WhoisAdesewa #adesewathemusical. Follow Thespian Family Theatre and Productions on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

 
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Dec
23
3:00 PM15:00

Saraba Magazine: Transitions Launch (Lagos)

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"Join the editors of Saraba for a celebration of our new issue, “Transitions”. The featured writers and visual artists explore the theme of transitions through questions of time, movement, and exchange, among others.

Featuring readings by contributors — Suzanne Ushie, Yinka Elujoba, Ifeoluwa Nihinola, Amarachi Ekekwe, Kechi Nomu, Ayeni Olajide — and a discussion of the work and future of the magazine with editors Emmanuel Iduma and Dami Ajayi."

Where: 16 by 16—Flat 16, 16 Kofo Abayomi Street, VI, Lagos.

When: Saturday December 23, 2017 from 3pm-5pm.

 
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