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Book and EP Launch: Marrow By Sutra


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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to Jul 1

Octavia Poetry Collective (Africa Writes) (London)


"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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to Jul 1

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

Image: Africa Writes.

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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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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5:00 PM17:00

Cogitations (Lagos)

Cogitations is a Spoken Word and Music concert seeking to effect change and foster critical thinking through the sacred art of poetry. The concert, which has run for three years, returns in 2017 on December 17, 2017 at The Center For Contemporary Art, Lagos.

Themed Flawless, Cogitations 2017 seeks to encourage the idea that our imperfections make us perfect and remind us that nothing connects the collective human experience as much as service. It is an evening of spoken word, music, dance, short story readings, live paintings and a cocktail in hand.

Being a charitable event with all the proceeds going into the Shelves and Shelter Initiative that gifts underprivileged communities with books and relief materials, Cogitations 2017 is a total evening. Looking to implant in the hearts of its guests that indeed giving can be convenient, indeed it can feel somewhat like art, like poetry, or as thrilling as a cold cocktail in hand.

The 2017 lineup features a variety of guests from veterans in the industry to newbies who know their art likewise. There will be spoken word performances from Wome Uyeye, War of words convener, Olumide Olulu Holloway, LKG and Poethick Samurai. There will also be poetry readings from Brunel Prize Winner, Romeo Oriogun, author of Brave, Kamnelechukwu and Amaka Felly. You can expect story readings from Mimi Mwiya and Chimee Adioha, and musical performances from Shalamar’s Jeffrey Daniel, Jeba, Kimberly Oyiboka and Toborated** amongst others. View the full line-up here.

The days preceding the concert have also been an avenue for people around the world to share their stories of overcoming flaws in the #MyFlawlessStory Campaign. This is considered to be a major arm of the event seeing it allows the celebration of uniqueness. You can read up all the past Flawless stories here.

Get tickets to Cogitations here. Also join the conversation on social media by using the #Cogitations2017 #Flawless #MyFlawlessStory or following the event on Twitter and Instagram.

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to Dec 23

Lati Oju Kokoro (Lagos)

Lati Oju Kokoro (Through the Eyes of the Bug) is an exhibition centred around Mayowa Alabi Damilola’s experiences living in Lagos and his perspective of Lagos.

Viewers will have front row seats to see Lagos through his eyes. There will be a total of 25 pieces exhibited, of which 19 will be unseen work made for the exhibition.

There will also be a live performance by the exceptional Bez Idakula.

Showing at RoadChef Drive-Thru, Lekki Phase 1, the exhibition opens on Saturday, December 16, 2017 and runs through the week until Saturday, December 23, 2017.

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6:00 PM18:00

Literary Crossroads: Niyi Osundare and Kunle Ajibade

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The last edition of Literary Crossroads Nigeria in 2017 presents Prof. Niyi Osundare.

Widely regarded as one of Africa’s most renowned poets, scholars, and public intellectuals, Niyi Osundare earned his B.A. (with Honours) from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria; M.A. from the University of Leeds, UK, and Ph.D. from York University in Toronto, Canada. He is a playwright, essayist, public intellectual, and professor of English who has authored 19 books of poetry, two books of selected poems, four plays, two books of essays, and numerous monographs, scholarly articles and reviews.

This session will be moderated by Kunle Ajibade.

The Literary Crossroads series brings together African writers on the continent and from the Diaspora to discuss contemporary trends and themes in Literature.

When: Friday, 15th December 2017 at 5PM.

Where: 4th Floor, City Hall, Goethe-Institut Nigeria, Catholic Mission Street, Lagos Island.

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to Dec 2



What happens when poetry meets photography, and then sound, and then video?


After his debut novel, Lonely Roads, and being shortlisted for the prestigious Miles Morland Scholarship for African writers in United Kingdom and the OYA awards at home in Nigeria; William Ifeanyi Moore returns with UNCENSORED, a collection of poetry and photography rendered to open conversation around aspects of society most would rather sweep under the carpet.

In the project, working closely with photographer Faith Chinwendu Chigbu, themes like the dehumanisation of prostitutes and their clients, the challenge with free thinking and expression, mental health, subjectivity of beauty, aggression with language and so much more are touched on. Not conforming to typical styles of poetry demanding of rhyme structures and verse arrangement, the poems in UNCENSORED are intentionally rough, jagged and jarring in a way that is both easy to understand and evocative at the same time.

The release and reception of UNCENSORED marks another milestone in the progression of the Nigerian contemporary literary culture, especially in the domain of poetry and experimentation. It is truly an exciting time to witness so many young voices making cultural contributions in the arts. We hope to see more of this and we hope you enjoy this collection while pondering some of the serious themes.

Showing: November 18th, 2017 to December 2nd, 2017.

Where: Revolving Art Incubator, VI.



William Ifeanyi Moore was born and raised in the Eastern region of Nigeria before traveling to United Kingdom to further his education in Pharmacy. On coming back home, he reconnected with his passion for writing and since then he hasn’t looked back; publishing his debut novel Lonely Roads, and then 30/30, a collection of short stories. His work has been featured on BrittlePaper, Venture Africa, BellaNaija, TNC, Omenka, the Kalahari Review and other such publications.

Most recently he was shortlisted for the Miles Morland Scholarship for African writers, and he was also nominated for the OYA awards in the category of Creative Writer of the year. He co-hosts Words As Therapy, a space that allows young Lagosians talk about psycho-emotional issues, and he is committed to writing literature and poetry to improve on the human condition and the society at large. You can follow him on social media with @willifmoore and you can visit his website.

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5:00 PM17:00

Words As Therapy: Gender & Sexuality (Lagos)


Words As Therapy (W.A.T) is a monthly gathering styled to function like group therapy sessions to encourage sharing of experiences around psycho-emotional topics. It is hosted by William Moore and Amanda Ihemebiri in the Revolving Art Incubator every last Sunday of the month. So far; why Nigerians don’t regularly access mental health care and issues surrounding the body a person lives with has been explored. In this third edition, W.A.T will be looking at gender and sexuality to explore how these aspects of identity affect our internal mental states based on the social consequences of identity constructs in both popular and alternative culture.

The event is FREE to attend and encourages attendees to speak freely and help in contributing to issues raised. It is our hope that with conversation around these issue, we can foster a society that values the position of the psyche and pay closer attention to our mental states and how they change in reaction to both internal and external stimulus.

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