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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
11
2:15 PM14:15

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
10
9:00 PM21:00

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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Dec
8
to Dec 14

Ake Festival Pop Up Bookstore (Lagos)

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Making it harder for us to recover from this year's edition of Ake Festival 2017, the team's back with a pop up bookstore; bringing you a selection of books from authors, far and wide, at unmatchables prices.

When: December 8th to 14th, 2017 from 2pm-10pm daily.

Where: R Event Room, Renaissance Hotel, 38/40 Isaac John Street, GRA, Lagos.

 
 

LIVE STREAM VIDEOS FROM AKE 2017

 
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Dec
6
7:30 PM19:30

Literary Crossroads: Tsitsi Dangarembga & Achmat Dangor

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Literary Crossroads is a series of talks curated by Indra Wussow and Sine Buthelezi "where South African writers meet colleagues from all over the continent and from the African diaspora to discuss trends, topics and themes prevalent in their literatures today."

This edition, on December 6th, 2017, will Tsitsi Dangaremgba and Achmat Dangor in Johannesburg!

"Writer, filmmaker, teacher and cultural activist, Tsitsi Dangarembga lives in Harare Zimbabwe where she directs the Institute of Creative Arts for Progress in Africa Trust, an institution focusing on the role of all arts disciplines in development, which she founded in 2009. She is currently working on her 4th novel, dystopian young adult speculative fiction SAI-SAI, WATERMAKER.

She began writing plays at the University of Zimbabwe, where THE LOST OF THE SOIL (1983) and SHE NO LONGER WEEPS (1984) were first staged. The first volume in the Tambudzai trilogy, NERVOUS CONDITIONS, appeared to critical acclaim in 1988. Its sequel, THE BOOOK OF NOT was published in 2006. Her third novel THIS MOURNABLE BODY is forthcoming from Graywolf Press.

Achmat Dangor a writer by vocation, has also been a political activist from a young age. During the turbulent 1970’s, he together with 13 other writers, founded a group call “Black Thoughts.” Its mission was overcome the rigid education system the Apartheid government had imposed on Black schools, forcing children to learn in Afrikaans, and severely restricting what they could read. “Black Thoughts” did readings in township schools and churches, introducing scholars and the public to the work of “3rd World” writers, included South African books that had been banned.

The “Black Thoughts” writers themselves were “banned” by the Apartheid government, which prohibited them from attending any gatherings. Achmat found employment under the Leon Sullivan code with the American company Revlon, where he was trained as packaging engineer. He subsequently entered the development sector where he was CEO of various organisations, including the Kagiso Trust, the Nelson Mandela Childrens Fund and the Nelson Mandela Foundation. He was also Director of Advocacy at UNAIDS, and the Ford Foundation’s Southern Africa Representative. He continued writing throughout the years. Now retired, he is devoting himself to his writing.

He received the 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award from the South African Literary Awards (SALA)."

Where: Goethe-Institut Johannesburg, 119 Jan Smuts Avenue - Parkwood, 2193 Johannesburg, Gauteng

 
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Dec
3
4:00 PM16:00

Book 'N' Gauge: Ayobami Adebayo and Lola Shoneyin

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Book-N-Gauge, a monthly book reading event brought to you by Roving Heights with the support of GTBank’s You Read Initiative, is on this December 3rd, 2017. It will host two contemporary authors Ayobami Adebayo and Lola Shoneyin whose works, Stay With Me and The Secret Lives Of Baba Segi's Wives, have been published to great reviews.

Book N Gauge will hold at the You Read Library, 338 Herbert Macaulay Way, Yaba Lagos at 3pm. There will be book signings, book sales and auction, spoken word, Q&A, lively discussions around books and all things literary.

Previous editions of Book N Gauge have featured seasoned writers and poet includingEl-Nukoya, Tolu Akinyemi, Bobo Omotayo, Jude Dibia, Akachi Adimora-Ezeigbo, Toni Kan and Sam Omatseye.

 
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Dec
2
to Dec 7

The Crater Literary Festival (Enugu)

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Nigerian literature has witnessed an impressive development in the past decades with the serene town of Enugu as one of the grooming cradles for some of the Nigerian writers of repute.

To celebrate creativity in all forms of expression, The Crater Library is hosting its maiden edition of The Crater Literary Festival with the theme, LIFE IN MY CITY.

The Crater Literary Festival: LIFE IN MY CITY is a celebration of the creativity and everything literary. It celebrates the contributions made by creative authors, poets, artists and book/art lovers to every genre of Nigerian literature.

Life in my City Crater Literary Festival will feature a lineup of activities that will encourage and engage in the exploration of ideas, literature, culture, creativity, and imagination in Nigeria.

When: December 2nd 2017, 9am-6pm.

Where: Enugu State Public Library Lawn.

Register for this event here.

 
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Nov
26
7:00 PM19:00

Gallery 16/16: Exhibition & Satellite Opening

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Join Gallery 16/16 for a satellite opening and an exhibition of work by Jan Hoek, Dagmar Van Weeghel and Bas Losekoot.

When: November 26th, 2017 at 6pm.

Showing at Gallery 16/16, 16 Kofo Abayomi Street, Victoria Island, Lagos.

 

ABOUT LAGOS PHOTO FESTIVAL 2017

LagosPhoto is the first and only international arts festival of photography in Nigeria. The festival presents photography as it is embodied in the exploration of historical and contemporary issues, the promotion of social programmes, and the reclamation and engagement of public spaces in showcasing contemporary photography. Its 8th edition themed Regimes of Truth will hold between the 24th of November- 15th of December.

Regimes of Truth will explore the pursuit for and presentation of truth in contemporary society, gleaning inspiration from the writings of some of the 19th and 20th centuries' most influential literary realists and intellectuals. Gustave Flaubert’s L’Empire de la Bêtis (The Empire of Stupidity), Orwell’s creation of “doublethink” from his dystopian novel 1984, as well as the writings of Foucault, Achebe and Huxley, all possessed foresight about contemporary society’s concurrent quandary, whereby access to information on one hand and substantive facts on the other hand, are masked by a constructed rhetoric. Regimes of Truth thus ruminates on the tension and confluence between veracity and artifice in society today.

See full list of events happening over the few weeks here.

 
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Nov
26
3:00 PM15:00

Self Portraiture: Women, The Body & Representation

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A workshop with Keyezua and Jenevive Aken.

When: November 26th, 2017 at 2pm.

Showing at African Artists' Foundation, 3B Isi Olaoyekan Close, Off Adeleke Adedoyin Street, Off Kofo Abayomi Street, Victoria Island, Lagos.

 

ABOUT LAGOS PHOTO FESTIVAL 2017

LagosPhoto is the first and only international arts festival of photography in Nigeria. The festival presents photography as it is embodied in the exploration of historical and contemporary issues, the promotion of social programmes, and the reclamation and engagement of public spaces in showcasing contemporary photography. Its 8th edition themed Regimes of Truth will hold between the 24th of November- 15th of December.

Regimes of Truth will explore the pursuit for and presentation of truth in contemporary society, gleaning inspiration from the writings of some of the 19th and 20th centuries' most influential literary realists and intellectuals. Gustave Flaubert’s L’Empire de la Bêtis (The Empire of Stupidity), Orwell’s creation of “doublethink” from his dystopian novel 1984, as well as the writings of Foucault, Achebe and Huxley, all possessed foresight about contemporary society’s concurrent quandary, whereby access to information on one hand and substantive facts on the other hand, are masked by a constructed rhetoric. Regimes of Truth thus ruminates on the tension and confluence between veracity and artifice in society today.

See full list of events happening over the few weeks here.

 
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Nov
25
to Nov 26

ourselves + others: african feminist re-CREATIONS at SOAS (London)

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"On November 25, 2017, the Centre for African Studies and Ifeanyi Awachie, founder of AFRICA SALON, will present ourselves + others: african feminist re-CREATIONS at SOAS, a contemporary African arts festival.

Inspired by Nigerian scholar Obioma Nnaemeka’s theory of nego-feminism - a strand of African feminism - the festival will offer a unique mix of intellectual and performance-oriented programming. Centering women and nonbinary artists of African ascent, ourselves + others will feature cutting-edge visual art, feminist theory, creative entrepreneurship, salons, live music, an afterparty, and more. The curated art and conversations will explore feminism, silence, and the body.

Embracing nego-feminism’s strategies for representing African artists, resisting right-wing politics, and challenging monolithic views of Africa, ourselves + others is at once a timely intervention into the current political moment, an embodied exploration of critical theory, and a distinctive and decidedly contemporary new addition to London’s African festival scene."

Get the full line up for the festival here.

Tickets are £10 for Standard and £5 for Students/SOAS Alumni. Purchase your tickets here.

 
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Nov
24
to Dec 14

Lagos Photo Festival

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Lagos Photo Festival is "the first and only international arts festival of photography in Nigeria. The festival presents photography as it is embodied in the exploration of historical and contemporary issues, the promotion of social programmes, and the reclamation and engagement of public spaces in showcasing contemporary photography. Its 8th edition themed Regimes of Truth will hold between the 24th of November- 15th of December.

Regimes of Truth will explore the pursuit for and presentation of truth in contemporary society, gleaning inspiration from the writings of some of the 19th and 20th centuries' most influential literary realists and intellectuals.

Gustave Flaubert’s L’Empire de la Bêtis (The Empire of Stupidity), Orwell’s creation of “doublethink” from his dystopian novel 1984, as well as the writings of Foucault, Achebe and Huxley, all possessed foresight about contemporary society’s concurrent quandary, whereby access to information on one hand and substantive facts on the other hand, are masked by a constructed rhetoric. Regimes of Truth thus ruminates on the tension and confluence between veracity and artifice in society today."

 

ARTISTS EXHIBITING

Alun Be

Eloghosa Osunde

Giya Makondo-Wills

Justine Tjallinks

Lubabetu Abubakar

Osborne Macharia

Samuel Fosso

Showing at African Artists' Foundation, 3B Isi Olaoyekan Close, Off Adeleke Adedoyin Street, Off Kofo Abayomi Street, Victoria Island, Lagos.

When: November 25th, 2017 to December 15th, 2017.

See full list of events happening over the few weeks here.

 
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Nov
22
6:15 PM18:15

Victor Ehikhamenor In Conversation With Dr Charles Gore (London)

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"Victor Ehikhamenor will discuss with Dr Charles Gore (SOAS) his latest work and his upcoming exhibition 'In the Kingdom of This World' at Tyburn Gallery.

Hailing from Edo State, the historic seat of the Benin Empire, Ehikhamenor is a multi-disciplinary artist whose signature patterning, a mélange of gestural abstraction and stylised forms, adorns everything from paintings to photographs to immersive installations, producing a hypnotic experience, a sense of both meditative repetition and an ongoing narrative being told. For this exhibition, Ehikhamenor expands on his work at this year’s Venice Biennale by exploring the material form of identity and the intricate connections between history, spirituality and art. In a series of intricate perforated works on paper and a new body of work composed of rosaries sewn on canvases and lace material, the artist weaves elaborate images depicting mythical and royal figures. These works reference the imagery and symbolism of both Edo traditional religion and Catholicism, the dual aesthetic and spiritual traditions which infused the artist’s upbringing.

The exhibition draws its title from a work of historical fiction by Cuban novelist Alejo Carpentier, who suggested that “man finds his greatness, his fullest measure, only in The Kingdom of This World.” The novel uses Carpentier’s distinctive mode of “marvellous realism” to explore colonial and post-colonial history through the prism of different cultural perspectives, challenging the boundary between reality and narrative. Ehikhamenor’s new work considers themes of colonial and religious hierarchies and the interaction of people, palace and society across the intersecting histories of the Benin Kingdom and the British Empire. As in Carpentier’s novel, the official history and its supposed reality is subverted by the outlandish and the surreal.

In his new work, Ehikhamenor thinks critically about his descent from the Benin Empire, whose sophisticated political culture and artistic tradition has inspired a renewed appreciation of precolonial African civilisations. And yet, the mythical nature of all empires makes it possible for the fictional to exist concurrently with the rational, the magical with the realist. Examining the narratives of inferiority used by the British to coerce the Edo people into adopting ideals of Euro-Christian civilization, Ehikhamenor, born after independence, considers the complex relationship between the traditional and the modern."

Get tickets to the seminar here.

 
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Nov
14
to Nov 18

Ake Festival 2017 (Abeokuta)

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Bringing a creative whirlwind to the rocky hills of Abeokuta, Ake Festival is five days of cultural immersion. Novelists, poets, dancers, actors, illustrators, activists, musicians, artists and thinkers storm the historic city and share their work and their ideas.

The FIFTH edition of Ake Arts and Book Festival will hold between November 14th and 18th, 2017 with the theme 'This F-word.' The events will focus largely on creative women doing amazing things both on the African continent and beyond.

To quote eminent Egyptian author Nawal El Saadawi, “Solidarity between women can be a powerful force for change, and can influence future development in ways favourable not only to women but also to men.”

The 2017 edition is not only an opportunity to foster solidarity amongst women across the continent, it is a rare opportunity for women to share their individual journeys, to explore some of the barriers that women encounter in Africa and to celebrate success stories.

As usual, the Ake Arts and Book Festival aims to showcase the very best of contemporary African literature, poetry, music, art, film and theatre, whilst showcasing the work of the trailblazers.

The line up is EXCITING, with Ama Ata Aido headlining this year's festival! Other guest include:

  • Adebola Rayo
  • Hadiza Isma El-Rufai
  • Zinzi Clemmons
  • Ayobami Adebayo
  • Ishmael Beah
  • Maïmouna Jallow
  • Nnedi Okorafor
  • Mona Eltahawy
  • Olumide Popoola
  • Find the list of guests here and the full programme here.

    Not sure how to get to Ake Festival? Here is all you need on travel, accommodation, feeding and your host city, Abeokuta! Also, get 25% off by registering between today and November 10th, 2017.

     

    WHAT TO EXPECT

     

    A PLAYLIST OF PREVIOUS AKE DISCUSSIONS

     
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    Nov
    9
    to Nov 15

    8th CORA Publishers' Forum

    Join Quramo Publishling Limited, CORA and the Lagos Books and Art Festival (LABAF) at the Publishers' Forum on Thursday, November 9th, 2017.

    1. The New African Literature Voice - a discussion on the new/emerging crop of Nigerian writers, from Adebola Rayo to Ayobami Adebayo;

    2. Writing In The Age Of Misinformation- an exploration of the role of publishing in addressing global themes such as including "neo-fascism and anti-immigration sentiment, the religious right and neo-liberal values, socio-cultural shifts and perspectives in sexuality, health and politics, including the clampdown on social media freedom and freedom of expression."

    Where: Goethe Instit, Lagos Island.

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    Nov
    6
    to Nov 12

    Lagos Book and Art Festival (LABAF)

    The theme for this year's Lagos Book and Art Festival is ERUPTIONS: Global FRACTURES and our common HUMANITY. The theme is inspired by the sudden but seemingly coordinated emergence of extreme political actors and actions, mostly leaning towards the far right, in global political and economic landscape, which have mostly led to, or have the tendency to create adverse effects on our collective humanity.

    "Sometimes, some of these actions/policies, for instance BREXIT, have triggered usurpation or deprivation of human rights, or general degradation of human dignities." In this, LABAF "takes note of the emergence of the ‘Trump’ character in the world biggest democracy, and the emerging trend in central Europe, where the far rightists are gaining greater control of the politics and economic resources. LABAF is, of course, also conscious of the developments around the polity here at home with the rapacious calls for ‘separation’ and ‘dissolution’ of the nation, and the rise of militancy and profusion of violent rhetoric by various amorphous groups in parts of the country."

    The festival will entail books (duh!), music, poetry and more. The Green Festival will also be on from November 10th to 12th, 2017.

    Find the the full line up of the Lagos Book and Art Festival here.

     
     
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    Nov
    3
    8:00 PM20:00

    Reni Eddo-Lodge In Conversation With Zoe Whitley (London)

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    Join author, feminist and journalist, Reni Eddo-Lodge at Tate Modern on November 3rd, 2017 to discuss her debut novel, Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race.

    BACKGROUND

    "In 2014, award-winning journalist Reni Eddo-Lodge wrote about her frustration with the way that discussions of race and racism in Britain were being led by those who weren't affected by it. She posted a piece on her blog, entitled: Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race.

    Her words hit a nerve. The post went viral and comments flooded in from others desperate to speak up about their own experiences. Galvanised by this clear hunger for open discussion, she decided to dig into the source of these feelings. Exploring issues from eradicated black history to the political purpose of white dominance, whitewashed feminism to the inextricable link between class and race, Reni Eddo-Lodge offers a timely and essential new framework for how to see, acknowledge and counter racism. It is a searing, illuminating, absolutely necessary exploration of what it is to be a person of colour in Britain today.

    No ticket required; entry is on a first come first served basis.

    More information here.

     
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    Nov
    3
    to Nov 5

    ART X Lagos

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    Launched in 2016, ART X Lagos is West Africa’s first international art fair, which was designed to showcase the best and most innovative contemporary art from the African continent and diaspora, and to widen Nigeria’s connection to the art scene across Africa and internationally.

    Through its contribution to the increased visibility of African artists, ART X Lagos aims to reinforce the visual arts as an important component of the creative industry in Nigeria and Africa, and to position Lagos as an emergent cultural capital on the continent.

    The debut edition of ART X Lagos welcomed 5,000 visitors to The Civic Centre, to see the works of over 65 artists drawn from 10 countries around Africa. The fair featured specially curated projects, as well as a series of interactive audience engagement projects, and a vibrant live performance platform for artists and musicians. The 2016 fair also included a robust and lively talks program with over 30 local and international speakers.

    The 2017 edition of ART X Lagos will deliver a broader, dynamic program of exhibitions, talks and interactive projects. It will hold from Friday 3rd November until Sunday 5th November 2017 at The Civic Centre in Victoria Island, Lagos.

    Visit the website for more.

     

    A RECAP OF THE 2016 ART X LAGOS ART FAIR

     
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    Nov
    1
    to Nov 5

    Lagos International Poetry Festival 2017

    Lagos International Poetry Festival back bigger and better this year! The festival themed 'Bridges From Walls' will hold from November 1st to November 5th at Freedom Park, Lagos Island. 

    Guests will include:

    • Titilope Sonuga
    • RezThaPoet
    • Wana Udobang
    • Theresa Lola
    • Ruth Sutoye

    See the full list of guests here.

    Download the program for the festival here.

     
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    Oct
    29
    4:00 PM16:00

    Book 'N' Gauge

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    Book-N-Gauge is back! The monthly book reading event, which is reputed to attract literary heavyweights, poets, alternative musicians and book enthusiasts is set to relaunch a long hiatus with the support of GTBank’s You Read Initiative, the come-back edition will take place on Sunday, 29th October 2017 at the You Read Library, 338, Herbert Macaulay way, Yaba, Lagos. It will host two contemporary poets Tolu Akinyemi and Seun Lari-Williams whose works have been published to great reviews.

    Book N Gauge 2.0 would feature Tolu Akinyemi (Poetolu); a brilliant Poet whose works is targeted at people who hate poetry. With a strong appeal that has earned him loyal followings within and outside Nigeria, Poetolu strongly believes “a lot of people 'hate' poetry because of its usually obscure language. His collections, therefore contain poetry stripped of conformity with a motive to portray poetry as enjoyable.” He writes with a witty and unique style and has credited his works to being inspired by the seemingly trivial issues in the society.

    NLNG Prize for Literature 2017 Longlist, Seun Lari-Williams’ collection have been described as simple yet wild. A lover of words, lawyer by day and a writer by night, his first book Garri for Breakfast was longlisted for the highly coveted NLNG Prize for Literature alongside Jumoke Verissimo, Tanure Ojaide, Obari Gomba and Ogaga Ifowodo. His collection is an anthology of amusing, quick-witted and scintillating poems that tell stories of very ordinary occurrences in a compelling manner. He also balances the use of rhymes and satire in most of his poems; giving them an entertaining edge and eloquence. At the launch and Book reading of Garri For Breakfast, the audience was served Garri and cold water; further demonstrating Seun Lari-Williams sharp-wit and originality.

    Book N Gauge will hold at the You Read Library, 338 Herbert Macaulay Way, Yaba Lagos at 3pm. There will be book signings, book sales and auction, Q&A, lively discussions around books and all things literary.

    Previous edition of Book N Gauge have featured seasoned writers and poet including, Lola Shoneyin, El-Nukoya, Bobo Omotayo, Jude Dibia, Akachi Adimora-Ezeigbo, Toni Kan, Sam Omatseye."

    RSVP here to attend.

     
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    Oct
    28
    4:00 PM16:00

    Grill And Read Annual Readers Award (GaRARA)

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    A first of its kind in Lagos, The Grill and Read Annual Readers Award is set to hold in Lagos on October 28th, 2017, with a special perfomance by Timi Dakolo.

    "The awards which will honour readers, authors, publishers, and organisations will come in 13 categories and will include the following: Reader of the Year; Celebrity Reader of the Year; Readers Event of the Year; Readers Show of the Year (Radio/TV); Reader’s Person of the Year; Book of the Year; Classic Read of the Year; Author of the Year; Book Discovery of the Year; Book Review Site of the Year; Book Club of the Year; Book Cover of the Year; and Publisher of the Year."

    "The awards seek to recognise the contributions of the reading community to the socio-economic development of the nation. The awards also recognises that readers occupy a position of influence in the society and that their collective strength can be harnessed to bring about change in the way reading and writing are perceived."

    Purchase tickets here.

     
     
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    Oct
    28
    10:00 AM10:00

    African Writers Meet '17 (Lagos)

    “There are a few opportunities in Nigeria, where budding writers, bloggers, authors, content writers, and poets can come together to network, learn from mentors and pitch their dreams to people that have the power to propel their careers into a quick start. The African Writers as an organization was created to bring these writers together and help them learn more about their craft so that they could grow and become recognized. The African Writers Meet was born out of the need to see these new voices rise to limelight.” - Faith Moyosore Agboola, Founder The African Writers.

    THEME: TURNING YOUR WRITING INTO AN ENTERPRISE.

    DATE & TIME: OCTOBER, 28, 2017, 10:00AM.

    VENUE: ONIKAN YOUTH CENTER, KING GEORGE V ROAD, TBS, LAGOS, NIGERIA.

    ENTRY: FREE

    The African Writers Meet “17 is packed with amazing activities. The first being the Conference and Panelist Session where notable figures in the literary space like the revolutionary Poetpreneur and Founder of i2x Media, the organizers of Word Up, Olumide Holloway, Top fiction blogger and author of bestseller novels including The Guardians of the Seals, Tunde Leye, Social Media Strategist and relationship and lifestyle blogger Elsie Godwin of elsiesy.com and Editor, Writing Coach and Founder of the Sparkle Writers Hub, Adedoyin Jaiyesimi will each give talks on how writers can build their brands in the different writing fields. It will involve practical lessons and detailed description of personal experiences which will be followed by a Question and Answer session to ensure the writers get the very best.

    The second activity, which promises to be very memorable will be the Pitch Your Dreams where aspiring authors, bloggers, content writers and poets will pitch their dreams to a group of panellists. These panellists will pick the most convincing and promising participants who will get amazing career boost opportunities from partnering brands. The authors will get free e-book publishing and promotion courtesy AW Publishing, the bloggers will get a complete rebrand of their blog and free SEO optimization courtesy OV Media, the poets will get free Audio recording of their spoken word pieces and the content writers will get a free individual and group masterclasses and placement for job opportunities in the Sparkle Writers Network courtesy the Sparkle Writers Hub. Others include performances by talented young poets and soulful artists who will serve as a source of entertainment and there will also be giveaways for winners of mini-challenges at the event. Amidst the numerous value it promises to provide, it will also be an opportunity for writers to network with one another and meet possible people to collaborate with.

    The event is free but it is important to register to attend as only 250 spaces are available. Only registered participants will be allowed into the venue."

    To register, click here.

     
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    Oct
    28
    9:30 AM09:30

    SOAS African Literatures Conference (London)

    "The event will mark the celebration of the historical ‘Makerere University African Writers Conference’ where leading figures such as Wole Soyinka, JP Clarke, Ngugi wa Th’iongo were present, and for the first time since the end of colonialism, African writings was properly recognised and celebrated. SOAS academics specialising in literary criticism, translation and African literatures more broadly, will host the conference on 28th October 2017 at the SOAS Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre, with the support of the SOAS Centre of African studies.

    The event will also host the launch of the Anthology: ‘The Gods Who Send Us Gifts- An Anthology of African Short Stories', edited by Dr Ivor Agyeman-Duah, with foreword by SOAS Director Valerie Amos CH.

    Amongst the confirmed speakers:

    - Wole Soyinka

    - Sefi Atta

    - Cameron Duodu

    - Ivor Agyeman-Duah

    - Xasan Daahir Weedhsame

    - Mpalive Msiska 

    - Richard Oduor

    - Wangui wa Goro

    - Chege Githiora

    - Alena Rettová

    - Kwadwo Osei-Nyame Jnr

    - Martin Orwin

    - Louisa Egbunike

    Please book your tickets here.

    Note that SOAS Staff and Students' admission is free.

    Contact email: cas@soas.ac.uk"

     
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    Oct
    22
    7:30 PM19:30

    Nelson Mandela: The Presidential Years (London)

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    "A cast of world-renowned actors bring the long-awaited sequel to Nelson Mandela’s Long Walk to Freedom, to life.

    Watch as Mandela’s reflections on his time in power are performed in this exclusive London launch of Dare Not Linger: The Presidential Years. The evening includes a panel discussing Mandela’s legacy in a troubled world, featuring his co-author, South African novelist and poet Mandla Langa, and Chief Executive of the Nelson Mandela Foundation Sello Hatang, chaired by Jon Snow."

    Purchase tickets here.

     
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    Oct
    21
    3:00 PM15:00

    AfroArtBeat: From The Dance Floor To The Shop Floor

    "World renowned album artwork illustrator, Lemi Ghariokwu, proudly presents this exhibition in commemoration of the 20th Anniversary of the passing of Afrobeat icon, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti.

    Lemi was responsible for bringing Fela’s passionate words to life through his vivid album artwork, creating 26 album sleeves in total.

    More than his illustrator, Lemi was Fela’s personal friend. Spending countless hours with The Man over the years, they forged a telepathic relationship that allowed Lemi to see what Fela was saying and thus, capture it on album sleeves for the world to also see.

    This exhibition is a celebration of some of those iconic works of art, as well as an oral narration of both his time with Abami Eda and his journey creating his masterpieces.

    The event will feature:

    • Original iconic Fela Album cover designs.
    • Original Artwork by Lemi Ghariokwu.
    • An intimate talk with Lemi about his artwork and relationship with Fela.
    • Documentary Screenings.
    • Tribute to Fela the Icon – Special Performances in music, poetry and spoken word, with open mic.
    • Original Fela Vinyl for Sale.

    Responsible for 26 Fela album sleeves, Lemi has also lent his talents to the legendary Bob Marley, Lucky Dube, Miriam Makeba, Gilles Peterson and Osita Osadebe to name a few. Starting in the early 80s, he was the consulting album cover designer for Polygram Records in Nigeria for 11 years. This is why in 2004, The Observer Music Magazine, UK, dubbed him "King of Covers."

    Fela Anikulapo-Kuti remains one of the world’s most revered artists and Lemi Ghariokwu is the artist who knew him most."

    The exhibition: 3b Isiola Oyekan Close, Victoria Island, Lagos; 3pm-7pm The conversation: The Artisan, 14b Onifowoshe Street, Off Adeola Odeku, Victoria Island Lagos; 6pm to 10pm.

     

    All Things Fela


    Learn about Fela from this Felapedia.

    Fela playlist we are jamming to this weekend!

    Looking for a book on Fela? Here's one: 'Fela: This Life Is A Bitch' by Carlos Moore.

    Enjoy the weekend!
     

     
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    Oct
    21
    2:00 PM14:00

    Sefi Atta's The Engagement (Lagos)

    Sefi Atta

    Sefi Atta's The Engagement returns to the stage!

    "The play that preceded a dozen weddings-gone wrong-plots. On the day of their daughters engagement ceremony the Falanas find themselves at odds over recent news and issues unresolved."

    "Written in 1999, this play was broadcast by BBC radio in 2002 and performed as a stage play at The Muson centre in 2005." This time, "it is directed by Patrick-Jude Otteh and features the acclaimed JOS REPERTORY THEATRE."

    Showing at the Muson Centre, Onikan, Lagos

    When: Saturday, 21st October 2017, 2pm and 6pm

    Tickets: 2,000 Naira (students with ID cards); 3,000 (matinee) and 5,000 Naira (evening show). Available at:

    • Afritickets
    • Ariiyatickets
    • Quintessence
    • Terrakulture
    • Jazzhole
    • Muson Centre
     
     
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    Oct
    19
    6:30 PM18:30

    Wasafiri New Writing Prize 2017 (London)

    Wasafiri

    Introducing their New Writing PrizeWasafiri invites you to an evening of readings by leading authors and the announcement of the 2017 Prize winners.

    "This free event will take place in the historic People's Palace in the campus of Queen Mary University of London, a short walk from Mile End station.

    Leone Ross, Hannah Lowe and Patrick Flanery will be reading from their latest works, while Boyd Tonkin will announce the winners.

    Doors will open at 6.30pm with a drinks reception followed by the readings in People's Palace Room 1."

    Find out more about Wasafiri New Writing Prize and its shortlistees here.

    Register for the event here.

     
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    Oct
    14
    6:30 PM18:30

    Felabration: Un Hommage À Fela

    In memory of Afrobeats legend, Fela Kuti, an annual festival is held in Lagos to celebrate his achievements as an artist and activist. As with every year, there are tons of Felabration events to attend, and we say you attend at least one! Find here or here the full list of events for Felabration 2017.

    In particular, "Alliance Française Lagos - Ikeja Branch on Saturday 14th October 2017 from 6.30 pm to 8.30pm as we pay tribute to the legendary Fela Kuti in presence of Show Boy, Lemi Gariokwu, Duro Ikujenyo and more. The event will start with an opening drink, followed by a discussion and a buffet dinner - all free of charge."

    Source: Nothing To Do In Lagos.

     

    All Things Fela


    Learn about Fela from this Felapedia.

    A line up of Felabration 2017 Music Concert.

    Fela playlist we are jamming to this weekend!

    Looking for a book on Fela? Here's one: 'Fela: This Life Is A Bitch' by Carlos Moore.

     

    For other Felabration events, check out the official Felabration page.

    Enjoy the weekend!
     

     
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    Oct
    14
    to Nov 22

    Lagos Biennial

    Lagos Biennial

    "The biennial, which is an artist initiative, will hold once every two years in the city of Lagos with the primary aim of opening cultural, artistic, and political conversations from Lagos to the rest of the world. In line with the spirit of Lagos which is all-welcoming, the Lagos biennial is not driven by Afrocentric ideologies but rather embraces the unifying simplicity of the human experience."

    The theme of this year's edition is 'Living on the Edge'.

    "To re-think. To re-imagine."

    "The vision is...to embark on a journey to explore multi-faceted scenarios which will undoubtedly question the very essence of our humanity, spirituality, and the interconnectedness of the universe. If we were to take a portrait of the world, would it be life-giving? Would it be a collage of despair? The greatest challenge of this exercise would be to solicit the interest of local communities who are a key to the eventual plausibility of the continuum."

    "In essence, art will be put to the ultimate test; can it save the world or at least make an attempt? The narrative of the biennial, which shares its title with the 2012 project of Mozambican artist Mário Macilau, is expanded to accommodate the geographical, spiritual, and most importantly, the psychological ramifications of living on the edge."

    Find out more about the Lagos Biennial here or see here for the full programme.

     
     
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    Oct
    9
    10:00 AM10:00

    E-Book Launch: AFRIWOWRI's The Different Shades Of A Feminine Mind

    Afriwowri

    The Different Shades Of A Feminine Mind - a collection of stories by 20 African writers under AFRIWOWRI (African Women Writers) Literary Project will be launched Monday, October 9th, 2017. Below are the stories and authors to expect:

    1. An Argument with my Landlord - Kingwa Kamencu [Kenya]
    2. Let Lovers make love - Nokwanda Zakiyyah Shabangu [South Africa]
    3. Mirage - Natasha Omokhodion Kalulu Banda [Zambia]
    4. How to grab a Furnace - Ifunanya Adannaya Anih [Nigeria]
    5. First Light - Innocent Achan Immaculate [Uganda]
    6. The Angels are upon us - Wonuola Lawal [Nigeria]
    7. Forty-eight hours - Catherine Shepherd [South Africa]
    8. Fortitude - Pearl Mokgatlhane [Botswana]
    9. Laide - Victoria Naa Takia Nunoo [Ghana]
    10. Beauty's Curse - Ololade Ajekigbe [Nigeria]
    11. Landmines in my mind - Ros Limbo [Botswana]
    12. My Scars, your scars - Maame Akua T. Yawson [Ghana]
    13. Operation:Mother's Bruises - Sanyu Kiyimba Kisaka [Uganda]
    14. The Escape - Francisca Ogechi Okwulehie [Nigeria]
    15. Through the eyes of Regret - Ife Olujuyigbe [Nigeria]
    16. Skin Deep - Holly Ajala [USA]
    17. We are Queens - Charissa Cassels [Eastern Cape]
    18. The Devil made me do it - Hadiza Muhammad [Nigeria]
    19. My Dirty Little Secret - Oke Bamidele [Nigeria]
    20. Hiding under the cloak of Indifference - Beti Baiye [Nigeria]

     
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