Thursday, July 7, 2011

Jalaa Writers Storm the Life House

On Saturday, July 9, 2011, Jalaa Writers Akachi Adimora-Ezeigbo, Jude Dibia and Odili Ujubuonu would read at the Life House from their latest works Roses and Bullets, Blackbird and Pride of the Spider Clan respectively.

Time: 5pm-7pm
Venue:  Life House, 33, Sinari Daranijo Street,
Off Younis Bashorun Street, Off Ajose Adeogun Street,
Victoria Island, Lagos
The Event is FREE. Bring a Friend!

Meet the Writers

Akachi Adimora-Ezeigbo is a professor of English at the University of Lagos. She is the author of several novels, poetry collections and children literature. A joint winner of the Nigeria Prize for Literature (2007); Adimora-Ezeigbo has, over the years, won numerous literary awards and has undertaken reading tours locally and internationally. Her latest work Roses and Bullets takes us right into the experience of war: its divisiveness, the pain caused by untimely and violent death, and the humanity that prevails in spite of pain and violence.

Odili Ujubuonu’s debut novel, Pregnancy of the Gods was an instant success. Since then, he has published follow-ups, Treasure in the Winds and Pride of the Spider Clan. The three books are woven around a magical instrument – sacred flute – lost and sought in communities around the lower Niger Delta. Pregnancy of the Gods won the 2006 ANA/Jacaranda Prize for Prose while Treasure in the Winds won the 2008 ANA/Chevron Prize on Environmental issues and was nominated for the Nigeria Prize for Literature, 2008. Ujubuonu has practised Advertising since 1991. Pride of the Spider Clan is a breathtaking interplay of seen and unseen forces across the labyrinths of the lower Niger. It is a story of courage and commitment, high on regenerating the self, family and the society.

Jude Dibia is the author of two well received novels; Walking with Shadows (2005) and Unbridled (2007). Dibia’s novels have been described as daring and controversial by many. Walking with Shadows is said to be the first Nigerian novel with a gay man as its central character and that treats his experience with great insight, inviting a positive response to his situation. Unbridled, too, stirred some controversy; a story that tackled the emancipation of its female protagonist who had suffered from incest and abuse from men. Unbridled was awarded the 2007 Ken Saro-Wiwa Prize for Prose and was a finalist in the 2008 Nigeria Prize for Literature (sponsored by NLNG). Dibia was a recipient of a Commonwealth Highly Commended Award for his short story ‘Somewhere’ in 2010. Jude Dibia’s latest work Blackbird is a provocative novel about beauty and truth and the artist’s role in culture. It studies the emotions-love, jealousy, pride and a sense of duty—and the terrifying frailness of identity.

Jalaa Writers’ Collective is a publishing initiative consisting of ten notable Nigerian writers. Members are united by the common purpose of using their collective power to achieve individual writing goals. Read more about JWC at

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