Nov
12
10:00 AM10:00

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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Dec
6
to Dec 9

Abantu Book Festival (Soweto)

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"From humble beginnings in 2016, Abantu Book Festival has become an annual pilgrimage for black writers and readers held in SOWETO — to celebrate the rich and diverse African literary heritage.

While the book remains the central medium of the festival, we present an extensive programme that is a feast for the whole family, which includes poetry and musical performances, writing and publishing workshops, panel discussions and in-conversations, dance, as well as film-screening woven into the mix.

Over four days, the best poets, novelists, playwrights, biographers, children’s writers, literary scholars, musicians, actors, activists, thinkers, and readers from as far as can be imagined, transform the historic location of SOWETO into a literary village.

The day events are held at the Eyethu Lifestyle Centre in Mofolo, where entry is free, and the night sessions at the Soweto Theatre in Jabulani and tickets cost R20.00 only.

The 3rd edition is planned for 6-9 December 2018."

This page will be updated shortly.

Watch a video of the inaugural Opening Night of Abantu Book Festival, December 2016:

 
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Aug
17
7:30 PM19:30

Book and EP Launch: Marrow By Sutra

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Three years after the release of her mixtape, The Art of Being, talented 25 year old musician and writer, SUTRA, presents her first EP and a book of poetry.

Both named Marrow, this beautiful body of work is centred on female empowerment, the journey of healing and being made alive again. A rising celebration of restoration and the power of voice, Marrow is a triumphant, bold step forward.

On Friday, August 17, 2018, SUTRA launches this body of work at Benk + Bo in East London. With a combined book and music launch, the night will also feature an art exhibition.

Where: Benk + Bo, 4-6 Gravel Lane, London E1 7AW

When: August 17, 2018

 
 
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Aug
8
7:00 PM19:00

Not Another Book Podcast Live Episode with Tomi Adeyemi (Bristol)

 

Join NAB Podacst for a live podcast session with special guest Tomi Adeyemi - the #1 New York Times bestselling author of 'Children of Blood And Bone' - at Waterstones Bristol.

Where: Waterstones, Union Galleries, Broadmead, Bristol BS1 3XD.

When: August 8, 2018 at 7pm.

Get tickets (with a special edition of the book and a signed copy of the map) here.

 

About Children Of Blood And Bone

"

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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Aug
2
6:30 PM18:30

Tomi Adeyemi In Conversation With Raifa Rafiq (Nottingham)

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Join Waterstones Nottingham as they host host Tomi Adeyemi - the #1 New York Times bestselling author of 'Children of Blood And Bone' - for an inspirational evening in-conversation with Raifa Rafiq.

 

About Children Of Blood And Bone

"

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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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

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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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Jul
2
9:00 AM09:00

Book Release: Leila Aboulela's Elsewhere, Home

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Release date (UK) by Saqi Books: July 2, 2018.

 

Blurb

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A lonely housewife fascinated with a famous writer learns to find her own voice in Abu Dhabi; a bus route passing the Christmas lights along Oxford Street is a stark reminder for a female passenger of her brother s tragic death on the eve of his wedding; and a Scottish man working in a kebab shop and his girlfriend try desperately to reconcile Islam's place in their fragile relationship.

From the heat of Khartoum at the height of summer to the wintery streets of London, from the concrete high rises in the Gulf to the blustery coast in Aberdeen, this elegant and moving collection vividly evokes the overlapping worlds of Africa, Britain and the Middle East. Beautifully observed and written with empathy, Leila Aboulela's stories deftly capture the search for home in our fast-changing world.

Praise

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Elsewhere, Home is a rich and poignant reflection of a Britain built as ever from multiple perspectives and starting points. Fragile, curious, human voices blend, lose themselves, redefine themselves. The emigrant and immigrant experiences have always been part of our storytelling; these beautifully focused tales of Khartoum, Edinburgh, London, Cairo and beyond are a delight.

A.L. Kennedy

 
"

Exquisite fiction. There are gems here, elegantly cut, polished and framed. Luminous.

Fadia Faqir

 
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Jun
30
to Jul 1

Octavia Poetry Collective (Africa Writes) (London)

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"Following 2017’s sold out R.A.P Party, Africa Writes returns with the official festival party hosted by Octavia Poetry Collective. Join us for a Wakanda-themed evening of poetry, music and dancing into the night /future where we’ll showcase and celebrate the words, the art, the song of womxn from Africa and the diaspora. Featuring Theresa Lola, Momtaza Mehri, Sarah Lasoye, Victoria Adukwei Bulley, Hibaq Osman, Rachel Long, Belinda Zhawi, and Amina Jama, and a speech on ‘Warrior Womxn Writers’ by special guest Bernardine Evaristo.

This year the party takes place at Rich Mix – a vibrant venue in East London that brings together artists and people of diverse backgrounds through art and culture.

Octavia is a poetry collective for womxn of colour founded in response to the lack of representation and inclusivity in literature and academia. Since 2015, Octavia have come together to read beyond the canon and write themselves. They meet monthly at Southbank Centre, London, and regard it as their poetic home. Octavia have featured on BBC World Service, in The Guardian, ASOS, Hotdog Magazine, and have run poetry and creative-educational workshops for University of Oxford and the Serpentine Galleries.

Octavia are:

Amaal Said

Amina Jama

Anita Barton-Williams

Anjali Barot

Ankita Saxena

Belinda Zhawi

Hibaq Osman

Josette Joseph

Momtaza Mehri

Raheela Suleman

Rhondda Rhiannon

Rachel Long

Sarah Lasoye

Sunayana Bhargava

Tania Nwachukwu

Theresa Lola

Victoria Adukwei Bulley

Virginia Joseph

Zahrah Sheikh.

Original artwork by Olivia Twist.

Where: Africa Writes 2018, Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, London E1 6LA.

When: June 30, 2018 at 8 pm.

Get tickets: £10/£8.

 
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Jun
30
to Jul 1

Yomi Sode's COAT (Africa Writes) (London)

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Image: Africa Writes.

 

Join Yomi Sode as he opens Africa Writes 2018 with a special performance of his previously sold-out show - COAT.

Picture this: Nigeria. A grandmother passes. London, a son cooks a pot of stew for his mother hoping to uncover hidden stories and unanswered questions.

“I don’t know my grandparents names, how embarrassing is that. But I can name all of Kanye’s albums”

COAT is an honest and emotional story of Junior. Born in Nigeria, he leaves at the age of 9 and heads to London, leaving behind a life that he loved and was settled in. >

“Home is no stranger, you are an African man and you have responsibilities as the eldest grandchild”

Where: Africa Writes 2018, British Library, 96 Euston Road, London NW1 2DB.

When: June 29, 2018 at 8pm (Doors open at 7.30pm).

Get tickets for £12 / £9.60 (for RAS Members) here.

When: June 30, 2018 at 8 pm.

 
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Jun
21
7:30 PM19:30

An Evening With Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala (Lagos)

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Rovingheights, a Lagos online bookstore, will on Thursday, June 21, 2018 host Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala - Nigeria’s former Minister for Finance and the author of widely acclaimed book “Fighting Corruption Is Dangerous” to an evening of reading and book signing.

Published by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Press, “Fighting Corruption is Dangerous: The Story Behind The Headlines” is a timely account of Dr Okonjo Iweala’s stint as Nigeria’s immediate past Finance Minister and her spirited attempt to plug leakages and take on vested interests hobbling the growth of the Nigerian economy. The audacious book also details the personal cost of cleaning Nigeria’s Augean stables, which for the author included numerous death threats, culminating in the kidnap of her mother. In Dr Okonjo Iweala’s words: “It is risky for me to write this book, but also dangerous not to write it. It is risky because corrupt and vested interests described in the book may attempt to attack me and my family physically and reputationally as they have done before.”

The special event is one of Rovingheights’ literacy interventions geared towards generating thoughtful conversations around books and deepening a vibrant reading culture in Nigeria.

Where: Radission Blu, Victoria Island, Lagos.

When: Thursday, June 21, 2018 at 7.30 pm.

 
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Jun
18
to Jun 24

Afrikult.: Stories Of Home (London)

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"Stories of Home is a half-day workshop offered to displaced people living in London with an opportunity to workshop African literature and also to write their own creative pieces in response to the literature as well as to their own experiences.

After the half-day workshop participants will have the opportunity to work with an editor to edit their creative pieces which would then be published in the Stories of Home digital anthology. The anthology will be launched by the end of the year at Afrikult.’s ‘Words that Travel’ Lounge event, which the participants will be invited to attend. The half-day workshop is free for participants with a stipend offered for public transportation, delicious lunch provided and an Afrikult. take-away bag gifted.

The workshops will be hosted at SOAS, University of London, in association with SOAS Alumni, on Monday 18 June and at Free Word on Friday 22 June who have offered their venues support-in-kind."

Participants will also receive free daytime weekend festival tickets for Africa Writes 2018.

 
 
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Jun
14
5:15 PM17:15

Reni Eddo Lodge In Conversation With Rebecca Surender

Join award-winning author of Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race and the winner of the Jhalak Prize 2018, Reni Eddo-Lodge in conversation with Dr Rebecca Surender on June 14, 2018. An added bonus: the introduction will be given by Elleke Boehmer!

Where: The Sheldonian Theatre, Broad Street, Oxford, OX1 3AZ.

When: June 14, 2018 at 5.15pm.

This is a free event. Registration is, however, mandantory. Visit here.

 
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Jun
7
to Jul 22

The Secret Lives Of Baba Segi's Wives On Stage (London)

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Image: Arcola Theatre.

If there is one book to bring to life, or in this case, stage, it would have to be the hillarious, witty and riveting story of Baba Segi's Wives. Written by Lola Shoneyin, The Secret Lives Of Baba Segi's Wives was originally published by Cassava Republic and is coming toArcola Theatre!

Where: Arcola Theatre, 24 Ashwin Street, Dalston, London E8 3DL.

When: June 10 - July 21, 2018;

Monday - Saturday at 7.30pm;

All Saturdays and Wednesday 18 July, 3pm and 7.30pm.

 

Baba Segi has three wives, seven children, and a mansion filled with riches. But now he has his eyes on Bolanle, a young university graduate wise to life’s misfortunes. When Bolanle responds to Baba Segi’s advances, she unwittingly uncovers a secret which threatens to rock his patriarchal household to the core.

The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives is a scandalous, engrossing tale of sexual politics and family strife in modern-day Nigeria. Lola Shoneyin’s bestselling novel bursts on to the stage in a vivid adaptation by Caine Award-winning playwright Rotimi Babatunde.

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Femi Elufowoju (Jr) directs a multi-talented West African ensemble in the UK premiere production, featuring live Yoruba music, songs and dance. Patrice Naiambana (Barbershop Chronicles, National Theatre; The Caretaker, Bristol Old Vic), Jumoké Fashola (Inspirit, BBC Radio London’s Sunday Breakfast Show; Dirty Little Secrets, London Festival of Cabaret), Christina Oshunniyi (Ife, Queen Elizabeth Hall and Africa Center; One Session, First Star Studios), Layo-Christina Akinlude (The Taming of the Shrew, Shakespeare’s Globe; The Cane, Bush Theatre), and Marcy Dolapo Oni (Iya-Ile, Soho Theatre; The Marcy Project, OHTV) will appear as Baba Segi and his wives.

The cast will also include Ayo-Dele Edwards (The Estate, Soho Theatre; The Lion and the Jewel, Royal Court Theatre), Tania Nwachukwu (The Dissidents, Tricycle Theatre; The Happy Theory, The Yard Theatre), Diana Yekinni (The Crucible, UK tour; Fringe First Winner Expensive Shit, Edinburgh Fringe), Ayan De First (Makinde, Ovalhouse; Ticket & Ties, Theatre Royal Stratford East), and Usifu Jalloh (Sweetpeter, UK tour; Ticket & Ties, Theatre Royal Stratford East).



Behind The Scenes

 
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Jun
5
9:00 AM09:00

Book Release: Yrsa Daley-Ward's The Terrible

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Release date (UK) by Penguin Random House: June 5, 2018.

 

Blurb

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From the celebrated poet behind bone, a lyrical memoir—part prose, part verse—about coming-of-age, uncovering the cruelty and beauty of the wider world, and redemption through self-discovery and the bonds of family.

“You may not run away from the thing that you are because it comes and comes and comes as sure as you breathe.”

This is the story of Yrsa Daley-Ward, and all the things that happened—“even the terrible things. And God, there were terrible things.” It’s about her childhood in the northwest of England with her beautiful, careworn mother Marcia; the man formerly known as Dad (half fun, half frightening); and her little brother Roo, who sees things written in the stars.

It’s also about the surreal magic of adolescence, about growing up and discovering the power and fear of sexuality, about pitch-gray days of pills and powder and connection. It’s about damage and pain, but also joy. Told with raw intensity and shocking honesty, The Terrible is a memoir of going under, losing yourself, and finding your voice.

Praise

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Profoundly beautiful...[Daley-Ward] interweaves verse and prose to great effect, offering less a simple retelling of her life, and more of an impression of it, a sense of how it must feel to live it. Much of what Daley-Ward recounts of her childhood is devastating...and she has a unique ability to tell these parts of her life with an unflinching intensity, the kind that sears itself onto your skin; and yet this is not a story without hope or love.

Nylon (Great Books To Read This Summer)

 
"

[Yrsa Daley-Ward] makes the emotional brutality of dealing with family, adolescence, addiction, and sexuality accessible to her readers...She continually incorporates gut-wrenching imagery in her work, and in both bone and The Terrible, she packages heightened emotion into just one or two lines.

Ploughshares

 
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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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May
21
9:00 AM09:00

Book Release: Akwaeke Emezi's Freshwater (Nigeria)

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

 

Blurb

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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

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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

 
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...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
13
to Jun 17

Goal Diggers (Lagos)

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Join Rele as they host Andrew Esiebo's solo exbihition titled Goal Diggers. “Goal Diggers draws from the passion Africans possess for the game of football as a metaphor to address deeper emotional issues of love and resilience, as well as subtler environmental issues of urban planning.

Originally conceived as an exploratory project while he undertook other assignments around Africa, the body of work introduces a series of images Esiebo took over the course of 12 years in Nigeria, Ghana, Senegal and South Africa. He witnessed the intense nature of the game being played under bridges, along narrow corridors in low-income neighborhoods, inside water bodies, and even on dangerous construction sites. Large-scale photographs printed on Hahnemulle Museum Etching paper emphasize Eseibo’s observation of football as a democratic game, cutting across class and gender.

As the world anticipates the start of the World Cup in June of 2018, Esiebo’s exhibition is art as life, offering sober and stark reflection for the beautiful game.

Showing: May 13 to June 17, 2018 at Rele Art Gallery.

 

About Esiebo

Born in Lagos, Esiebo is a visual storyteller who started out by chronicling the rapid development of urban Nigeria as well as the country's rich culture and heritage. As his work developed, he began to explore new creative territories, integrating multimedia practices with the investigation of themes such as sexuality, gender politics, football, popular culture, migration,religion and spirituality.

Eseibo’s work has been exhibited at the Sao Paulo biennial in Brazil, Biennale Cuvee in Linz-Austria, Photo Quai biennials in Paris-France, Dakart Biennale-Senegal, Guangzhou Triennial in Beijing-China among many others. He has also collaborated with respectable institutions such as UNICEF, and WHO, and has been featured in several publications.

 
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May
9
2:00 PM14:00

Launch Of The New Edition Of Buchi Emecheta's Books (Lagos)

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Join Omenala Press at the Nigeria International Book Fair on May 9, 2018 at 2pm as they officially launch the reprints of acclaimed Nigerian novelist's, Buchi Emecheta, books in Lagos.

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.

The event will also entail:

Tributes to Buchi;

A short film of her life;

Readings from her works;

A panel conversation on her legacy.

 
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May
8
9:00 AM09:00

Book Release: The Hundred Wells Of Salaga

 Image: Cassava Republic Press.

Image: Cassava Republic Press.

 

Release date (UK) by Cassava Republic Press (UK): May 8, 2018.

 

Blurb

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Aminah lives an idyllic life until she is brutally separated from her home and forced on a journey that turns her from a daydreamer into a resilient woman. Wurche, the willful daughter of a chief, is desperate to play an important role in her father's court. These two women's lives converge as infighting among Wurche's people threatens the region, during the height of the slave trade at the end of the 19th century. Set in pre-colonial Ghana, The Hundred Wells Of Salaga is a story of courage, forgiveness, love and freedom. Through the experiences of Aminah and Wurche, it offers a remarkable view of slavery and how the scramble for Africa affected the lives of everyday people.

 
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Apr
30
9:00 AM09:00

Book Release: Yejide Kilanko's Chasing Butterflies

 

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

 

Blurb

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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.

Read an exclusive excerpt on our website here.

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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Apr
29
4:00 PM16:00

The Port Harcourt Book Club (Port Harcourt)

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Join The Port Harcourt Book Club as they read and discuss a debut novel by Andy Obuoforibo titled 'Superman: Yellow Son.'

Where: Ediz Wine Bar, 11 Emeyal Street, G.R.A. Phase 1, Port Harcourt.

When: Sunday April 29, 2018 at 4pm.

 

BLURB

What if the Man Of Steel crash-landed in Enugu instead of Kansas?

ChijiokeChrisKenechukwu grows up in a small town in colonial Eastern Nigeria. He arrived from the Planet Krypton as a baby, and is adopted by a childless couple. Raised as a regular Igbo boy, he slowly masters his alien powers, coming of age as his country gets Independence.

But the new nation may not survive its own birth. Ethnic strife pulls Nigeria towards civil war, with Chijioke’s Igbo tribe at the epicentre of the conflict. Chijioke must find a way to save his people from extermination, and in the process decide whether his destiny is here on Earth, or in the mission his Kryptonian father saved his life for. Meanwhile, he must keep his identity hidden from international forces that have been on his trail since his arrival on Earth.

An action-packed superhero adventure that vividly paints the politics and warfare of 1960s Nigeria, while exploring the meaning of duty, loyalty, and patriotism.

 
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Apr
29
4:00 PM16:00

The Port Harcourt Book Club (Port Harcourt)

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In May, The Port Harcourt Book Club will be reading Okey Ndibe's 'Never Look An American In The Eye: A Memoir.'

Okey Ndibe’s funny, charming, and penetrating memoir tells of his move from Nigeria to America, where he came to edit the influential—but forever teetering on the verge of insolvency—African Commentary magazine. It recounts stories of Ndibe’s relationships with Chinua Achebe, Wole Soyinka, and other literary figures; examines the differences between Nigerian and American etiquette and politics; recalls an incident of racial profiling just thirteen days after he arrived in the US, in which he was mistaken for a bank robber; considers American stereotypes about Africa (and vice-versa); and juxtaposes African folk tales with Wall Street trickery. All these stories and more come together in a generous, encompassing book about the making of a writer and a new American.

Where: Swiss Spirit Hotel, 79 Ken Saro-Wiwa Road, Port Harcourt.

When: Sunday May 27, 2018 at 4pm.

 
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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
26
9:00 AM09:00

Book Release: She Called Me Woman

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Image: Cassava Republic Press.

 

Release date (UK) by Cassava Republic Press (UK): April 26, 2018.

 

Blurb

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This stirring and intimate collection brings together 25 unique narratives to paint a vivid portrait of what it means to be a queer Nigerian woman. Covering an array of experiences - the joy and excitement of first love, the agony of lost love and betrayal, the sometimes-fraught relationship between sexuality and spirituality, addiction and suicide, childhood games and laughter - She Called Me Woman sheds light on how Nigerian queer women, despite their differences, attempt to build a life together in a climate of fear.

Through first-hand accounts, She Called Me Woman challenges us to rethink what it means to be a Nigerian ‘woman’, negotiating relationships, money, sexuality and freedom, identifying outside the gender binary, and the difficulties of achieving hopes and dreams under the constraints of societal expectations and legal terrorism.

She Called Me Woman is full of beautifully told stories of resistance and resilience, joy and laughter, heartbreaks and victories, collecting the realities of a community that will no longer be invisible.

 
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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
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

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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
3:00 PM15:00

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
7:30 PM19:30

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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