Friday, March 18, 2011

Mark Your Calendar!

TGIF. This weekend (and the next!) looks like a blast with events! And yes, Lagos and Abuja. Hippie, for Lagos, it's on the mainland :-)

Have fun with Chimamanda Adichie, the award winning author of Purple Hibiscus, Half of A Yellow Sun and The Thing Around Your Neck. Chimamanda will feature in our 'Naked Truth' Series in partnership with Farafina Books. She will bare all (get your minds out of the gutter) and attendees have the opportunity to ask questions, take pictures, get autographs and get to know more about one of Nigeria's greatest literary exports. This event will be moderated by Mandy of Smooth FM.

In order to adequately prepare for the expected crowd, please confirm your attendance and invite your friends to do the same.

Date: Saturday, 19 March   Time: 3pm-6pm
Place: Debonair Bookstore
294 Herbert Macaulay Street

RSVP the event here

...and the Abuja Reading
The March (World Poetry Day 2011) edition of the monthly Guest Writers Session will feature 2 great poets - Lola Shoneyin and Kabura Zakama. Lola, will read from 'So All the Time I was Sitting on an Egg' and her other works. The Fulani Poet as Dr Kabura Zakama is popularly known in Abuja and beyond will read from his award winning collection titled 'The Man Lived'

The event will also feature open mic readings by other poets around.The session will also have in attendance as Special Guest, Professor Remi Raji of the University of Ibadan and immediate past Secretary General of P.E.N Nigeria who will be addressing writers in Abuja on his ambition to contest the Presidency of ANA in Abuja, come October.

Venue: French Cultural Center
Date/Time: Saturday March 19, 2 - 5 pm

...and on Monday too
1st Korea - Nigeria Poetry Feast

Nigeria will join the rest of the world on Monday 21st March 2011 to celebrate the World Poetry Day 2011 in Abuja as the Korean Cultural Centre of the Embassy of Republic of Korea, in collaboration with the Write Squad, an Abuja based Literary Club organized the 1st Korea-Nigeria Poetry Feast. The main objective of World Poetry Day is to “support linguistic diversity through poetic expression and to offer endangered languages the opportunity to be heard within their communities.”

It is part of various activities the Korean Centre had undertaken in recent times to commemorate its 30 years of bilateral relationship with Nigeria. “It is our desire to further strengthen our relationship with Nigeria and this event has been identified as one of such means because poetry is a tradition that is peculiar to our two nations. It will provide the opportunity to have a feel of the poetry of South Korea by Nigerians and that of Nigeria by South Koreans” Mr. Suh Jeong Sun, the Director of the Korean Centre said.

The poetry feast will feature as Special Guest, the award winning poet and university lecturer, Professor Remi Raji Oyelade. Other poets who will feature include Hajo Issa, Odoh Diego Okenyodo and Lola Shoneyin among others. The event will hold at 4.30pm at the colourful premises of the Korean Centre in Abuja. A cross cultural anthology featuring Korean and Nigerian poets with theme Culture of Friedship will feature prominently in the day’s activities. The organizers revealed that readings will be taken from the anthology which is being processed for publication before the end of the year. Theme for this celebration is Culture of Friendship: Poetry, Culture and Bilateral Relationship.

...and next weekend

R.E.A.D Our Future Initiative, in conjunction with Spicy Media Solutions (SMS), C.R.E.A.T.I.V (a UK-based Charity Org.) and L.O.T.S (Love On The Streets), Presents:

CelebrityRead Africa - 7th Edition!

26th March 2011 @ Terra Kulture, Tiamiyu Savage Str., VI - Lagos. 3pm prompt.

Come watch our special celebrities read off their favorite book, alongside invited authors! And get the chance to chitchat and network with them, the students and their fans amidst so much media glitz and grandeur.

Monalisa Chinda (Prolific Nollywood Actress/Model)
Kenny St Brown (Gospel HipHop and R&B Singer/Recording Artiste)
Skuki (HipHop Music Duo/Recording Group)
Iceberg Slim (Rap Artiste/Performer)
Mandy Brown Ojugbana (Singer, Writer and OAP)

Special Guest Author:
Okechukwu Ofili (Success Coach, Writer/Author of the book 'How Stupidity Saved My Life')

Live Musical performances by: Eleri, Strings, BuckDee and Rhina. 
Loads of exciting poetry performances. 

Admission is FREE!

Please R.S.V.P the event here
Have a lovely weekend!

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