Sunday, April 29, 2012

EkoGOND Presents International Dance Day (IDD)

The Dance Guild of Nigeria, Lagos Chapter (aka EkoGOND) is pleased to hold this year’s celebration of the International Dance Day (IDD). As Nigerian dance practitioners, we join the rest of the world in celebrating this special day that is set aside by UNESCO and the International Dance Council (CID) for the celebration of our profession. World Dance Day is celebrated annually all over the World on the 29th of April. This 2012 edition shall be graced by the distinguished presence of the dance generalissimo himself, Sir Peter Badejo OBE.

We appreciate the Kuti family and The New Afrika Shrine for their assistance in hosting this event that comes up on Sunday, 29th of April, 2012.
Time: 1pm to 6pm
Venue: The New Afrika Shrine, Agidingbi, Ikeja, Lagos.

The reason for the venue is to take the art of dance out of the seemingly traditional spaces reserved for it such as the theatre where majorly, only artists and diehard art enthusiasts visit. As part of our goals in this year’s IDD’s celebration- which is to take our art to the people- we thought of a place that is accessible to the public, a place where people visit on Sundays to relax and have fun but more importantly, an unconventional space where the people can be exposed to new dance forms.

Dance guild of Nigeria is an umbrella body for dance Artistes (that cuts across all genres of dance from hip hop, Latin/ballroom to folk musicians and traditional dances) in Nigeria. The guild was established in the year 1996 to assist our parent body, the National Association of Nigerian Theatre Arts Practitioners (NANTAP) to cater for the welfare of the Nigerian dancer and to mobilize towards the realization of the overall objectives for which NANTAP was formed. The aim of the guild is to sanitize, regulate and standardize the practice of dance in Nigeria.
Presently, the Lagos state chapter of the guild (EkoGOND) operates from the artiste’ village at the National Arts Theatre.
After a successful implementation of the TAX POLICY (Powered by Lagos State) and ongoing INSURANCE POLICY powered by Aiico pension that is divided into three: the Pension Scheme, Health Scheme and the Life Insurance Scheme (for more information on this, contact the EkoGOND office.), we have a new project around the corner which requires everyone’s involvement and support from the federal government, state government, private institutions, individuals and stakeholders. We propose starting theEkoGOND DANCE ENDOWMENT FOUNDATION to create equity and justice, alleviate poverty by eliminating unemployment and aiding capacity building for the dance artist. The foundation will run packages like Bursary Awards (a back to school monetary support/scholarship), for dancers who want to further their formal education. Another arm of the foundation is the Welfare Scheme where the immediate needs of our members will be met. As a result of lack of funds and foundations or schemes like this, we have lost a number of talented artistes to emergency situations, mostly the payment of hospital emergency bills. PENSION POLICY, which is to help at some point in time when the dancer can no more dance due to age barrier, he or she will still be getting some income from this policy.

Another upcoming project under the Foundation is the CREATIVE PLATFORM (festivals, dance competitions, dance slams etc) to encourage creativity in dancers thereby keeping them functioning and relevant. Accounts will be opened to run the above policies, hence our appeal to Federal and State parasatals,  private organizations as well as the banking sector to partner with us on these projects.
We wish to cease this opportunity to express our profound gratitude to all dance patrons and especially the press for their unflinching support for the noble art of dance.
ISIOMA WILLIAMS is the current chairman of the Guild (Lagos State Chapter), coordinator of Gongbeat Productions and also the Director of Drumsview concept.
The organizers of IDD 2012  are two of the most vibrant members of the guild; Segun Adefila, leader of Crown Troupe of Africa and Adedayo Muslim Liadi of Ijodee Dance Company and Olori-Oko fame.
Contact: Gongbeat studio, National Council for Arts and Culture (N.C.A.C.), Artiste’ Village, National Theatre annex, Iganmu, Lagos.

Friday, April 27, 2012

The 11th Nigeria International Book Fair (NIBF 2012)

The 11th Nigeria International Book Fair (NIBF 2012) will hold from Monday, May 7 to Saturday, May 12, 2012 at the Multi-purpose halls of the University of Lagos, Nigeria. NIBF 2012 promises to be another epoch making in the trade and capacity building drive of the Nigerian Book Fair Trust - the organiser of the annual NIBF.

Nigerian Book Fair Trust is a coalition of the major stakeholders in the Nigerian book sector. NBFT seeks to empower the people by promoting the reading culture and bringing books and other instructional materials closer to the people for better education and self-improvement.

NIBF provides the platform for you to network in the book and publishing sector with direct contact with major players in the industry from within and outside the country. It is an avenue for you to showcase your products and services as well as meet with the target consumers. It is also an avenue to meet your educational needs under one roof in a conducive environment.

NIBF attracts over 150 exhibitors from Europe, America, Asia, other African countries and across Nigeria. Schools and schools’ children as well as the general public cutting across every human strata benefit from Nigeria International Book Fair.


The annual International Conference of Nigeria International Book Fair that brings together stakeholders in the book industry to rub minds on a topical issue that bothers on the stability of the industry will consider a crucial issue that threatens the growth of the book industry in Africa at its eleventh edition.

NIBF at its International Conference of 2012 will focus on: The State of Infrastructural Development in Africa and the Future of the Book Trade. The International Conference is scheduled to hold on Tuesday, 8th May, 2012 at Afe Babalola Auditorium, University of Lagos, Lagos State, Nigeria.

The conference will look at the infrastructural problems in Africa, how it affects the growth and stability of the book trade and what is to be done to address the situation.

NIBF 2012 International Conference is going to be stimulating and educating. Keep a date with us


NIBF is the major book fair in the country and indeed in West Africa where players in the book sector from within and outside, gather once in a year for networking and business transaction. It is a unique book event that a large percentage of over 150 million Nigerians and foreigners look forward to in the second week of May every year.


Nigeria International Book Fair creates the needed platform for stakeholders in the book and related sectors to showcase network and expand their business and access the latest development in the world of books. Publishers, Printers, Booksellers/Book Distributors, Presses (Institutional and Private), Library Equipment Suppliers, Libraries, Research Institutes, Literary Agents, Arts Galleries as well as ICT and Telecom Providers, Banks, Computer Software Manufacturers/Distributors, Private Book Developers, Printing Equipment Manufacturers/ Suppliers, Online Service Providers, Corporate Gift Manufacturers/Suppliers, Non-Governmental Organisations, Professional/Technical/Scientific Service Providers, Other Instructional Materials Manufacturers/Distributors are expected to exhibit at NIBF 2012.


NIBF is free and opened to:

General, Children, Educational, Professional, Arts and Religious Book Publishers, Bookshops and Book Distribution Outlet Operators, Computer Software Manufacturers/Distributors, Printing Equipment Manufacturers/Suppliers, Library Equipment Suppliers, Librarians, Illustrators, Authors, Editors, Rights Directors/Managers/Agents/Critics/ Reviewers, Academia, Professionals and Professional Bodies, Telecom Providers, Research Institutes, Public and Private Schools, Government Agencies/Parastatals and Non-Governmental Organisations.


Book Fair Opens: Monday, 7th May 2012, 9:00am – 6:00pm

Book Fair Closes: Saturday, 12th May 2012, 10:00am – 4:00pm

Opening Time: 9:00am to Exhibitors and 10:00am to the Public daily


For inquiries:


Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Kwani? Manuscript Project: New Literary Prize for African Writing

For at least 60 years the African novel has deconstructed, and even transversed, ideas and imaginaries of self, culture, society and nation across the continent. A self-reflexive continuum, shifting chameleon-like; a receptacle of letters, morphing through the cry of the griot, everyman's diatribe, madman's claim of truth or the politician's manic address. An oracle.

It is the precursor to many contemporary urban African genres and forms. From the ubiquitous FM station, the graffiti of rage, the new painter's electronic brush, the characters of transnational cable T.V. and the growing fan-tribes of European soccer. The African novel determined Us, created an autonomy of expression and became the said curse of dictators.

To celebrate the African novel and its adaptability and resilience, Kwani Trust announces a one-off new literary prize for African writing. The Kwani? Manuscript Project calls for the submission of unpublished fiction manuscripts from African writers across the continent and in the Diaspora.

Beyond the foundations laid by Soyinka, Ngugi and Mahfouz, in remembrance of Yambo Ouologuen's pre-colonial quest and Mariam Ba's bending of form, to the urban journeys of Meja Mwangi, the precocious post-everything of Kojo Laing and the musical rhythms of Ahmadou Khrouma. This prize seeks to recognize the possibilities of form in an ongoing genre that has re-emerged in the work of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Alain Mabanckou, The Kwani? Manuscript Project is a conversation, an ill guised attempt at growing its own list. For there is no greater celebration of emergent forms than in publishing our own, thanks to those who have existed before us and helped us believe. We look forward to your submissions

  • 1st Prize: 300,000 KShs
  • 2nd Prize: 150,000 KShs
  • 3rd Prize: 75,000 KShs

In addition Kwani? will publish manuscripts from across the shortlist and longlist, including the three winning manuscripts, as well as partnering with regional and global agents and publishing houses to create high profile international publication opportunities.

Deadline: 20 August 2012

Winners will be announced in December 2012 at the Kwani? Litfest.

  • Word count: 60,000-120,000 words
  • Submissions should be adult literary or genre fiction (in the sense of not being 'children's fiction')
  • The work should be in English or 'Englishes'
  • The manuscript must be new in the sense that it is unpublished in book form (we will accept previously published submissions if circulation has been under 500 copies and limited to one national territory)
  • Eligible participants should have at least one parent born in an African country who holds citizenship of the same

  • Name of author (Times New Roman, 12. Bold left justified)
  • Contact address, telephone number and email (Times New Roman, 12. Bold left justified)
  • Title of manuscript (Times New Roman 14. Bold, centered)
  • The manuscript should be in Times New Roman, black, size 12, justified, 1.5 line spacing
  • Page numbers and name of author on every page please
  • Word count at the end of the manuscript, bold and left justified
  • Please also include a cover letter providing an overview and synopsis of the manuscript, and a brief author biography.

For inquiries:

For submissions: send submissions by email, attached as a WORD document to


Monday, April 23, 2012


Happy World Book and Copyright Day!!!

TEDx events are created to share ideas that change our world and that is what TEDxIfe is all about - bringing geniuses and intellectuals who through experience, vast knowledge and skill have gathered ideas worth telling the world. This is so exciting! The biggest ideas conference in the world is coming to Ile-Ife, Osun state in Nigeria! 

In the light of this, we want to engage young people in participating in this event and they would get rewarded for that! 

From wherever you are, in Nigeria or outside Nigeria, all you have to do is send in your own original idea and stand the chance of winning $50! Our focus is on the youth and our theme is CREATE/REDEFINE/CHANGE. 

How can the government and the people of Nigeria help our country's youth, the emerging leaders of tomorrow? What changes do you think should be made? What new areas are unexplored? There are so many questions we need answers to.

Nigeria has a sea of brilliant minds yet undiscovered! Send in your piece and let Nigeria hear your voice. You are the change we are waiting for! One short piece of writeup can cause a revolution and bring about a change.

Post your ideas on our facebook page Note: Your piece shouldn't be more than 250 words. You can send in as many entries as you want. The person with the best idea who also has the highest number of comments would get rewarded. Participants should endeavour that they are fans of the facebook page. Entries close 30th May, 2012.

TED began in 1984 as a conference devoted to the converging fields of Technology, Entertainment and Design (hence its name). Over the years, the scope has broadened. The Conference now brings together the world’s leading thinkers and doers. Past speakers include Bill Gates, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, evangelist Billy Graham, Chimamanda Adichie, Chris Abani, finance minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala etc.

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED instituted TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. 

At TEDxIfe, we wish to add a local flavour to a global event. Our focus is on webtechnology, arts and creativity. The speaker line-up for TEDxIfe has been specially selected to reflect our vision. They are: co-founder of Nigeria’s hottest job website,Opeyemi Awoyemi; the founder of an art collective, Emeka Okereke; a top radio show host, Tosyn Bucknor; acclaimed political cartoonist, Mike Asukwo, among many others like Victor Ehikhamenor, Qudus Onikeku, Gbenga Sesan, Nkemdilim Uwaje, Tolu Ogunlesi, Segun Adefila, Eghosa Imasuen and Omotola Fawunmi.

This is more than a penny for your thoughts - we are offering $50 as a reward! Just drop your idea on our facebook page, interact with other Nigerian youths and most importantly, be part of the wind of change set to take over Nigeria!

Friday, April 20, 2012

2012 World Book and Copyright Day

World Book and Copyright Day is coming up (April 23rd, 2012) and local publisher Paperworth Books has a great idea to help you celebrate.  They want to get as many people as they can to give out at least 5,000 Nigerian books to everyone their community.
What you do is purchase copies of any of the following Nigerian novels and children’s books:
Then, on Monday, April 23rd give out a book to everyone you can think of. And when we say everyone, we mean everyone! So your parents, children, relatives, friends, neighbours, colleagues, employees, bosses, customers – you name it.

It won’t break your bank: the average children’s book won’t cost more than N500 and the adult titles are no more than N1,500 each.You can pick up copies of any of these books in stores all over Nigeria or you can email for information about local stockists and discounts on bulk orders.
World Book and Copyright Day was designated by UNESCO to promote reading, publishing and the protection of intellectual property through copyright all over the world and we want Nigerians to make their mark. So tell your family and friends about this initiative; get them to buy a book and tell others about it too.

We can do this!

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Launch of IF YU HIE SE A DE PRIZIN Anthology

Arising from our call for submission of poems in Nigerian pidgin for the publication of an anthology of poems in Naija, a panel of five was constituted to select poems worthy of publication viz; Denja Abdullahi – Chairman, Chiedu Ezeanah, Chris Otaigbe, Spencer Okoroafor and David Abraham.

We are pleased to announce that the anthology, IF YU HIE SE A DE PRIZIN containing 93 poems from 32 poets will be formally unveiled and presented to the public on Thursday, 19th April, 2012 at the REIZ Continental Hotel, Central Business District, Abuja.

While we sincerely thank you all for responding to our call, we look forward to your esteemed presence at the event.


For inquiries:


Sunday, April 15, 2012

Apply for the 2012 Farafina Trust Creative Writing Workshop

Farafina Trust will be holding a creative writing workshop in Lagos, organized by award-winning writer and creative director of Farafina Trust, Chimamanda Adichie, from August 14 to August 24 2012. The workshop is sponsored by Nigerian Breweries Plc. Guest writers, including the Caine Prize-winning Kenyan writer, Binyavanga Wainaina, and Jeffery Allen, will co-teach the workshop alongside Adichie.

The workshop will take the form of a class. Participants will be assigned a wide range of reading exercises, as well as daily writing exercises. The aim of the workshop is to improve the craft of Nigerian writers and to encourage published and unpublished writers by bringing different perspectives to the art of storytelling. Participation is limited only to those who apply and are accepted.


All material must be pasted or written in the body of the e-mail. Please DO NOT include any attachments in your e-mail. Applications with attachments will be automatically disqualified. The deadline for submissions is June 25 2012. Only those accepted to the workshop will be notified by July 31 2012. Accommodation in Lagos will be provided for all accepted applicants who are able to attend for the ten-day duration of the workshop. A literary evening of readings, open to the public, will be held at the end of the workshop on August 24, 2012.

To apply, send an e-mail to Your e-mail subject should read: ‘Workshop Application.’

The body of the e-mail should contain the following:

1. Your name
2. Your address
3. A few sentences about yourself
4. A writing sample of between 200 and 800 words. The sample can be either fiction or non-fiction.

For inquiries:

For submissions:


Friday, April 13, 2012

Call for Entries for Proposed Free Creative Writing Course: Society of Young Nigerian Writers

The Society of Young Nigerian Writers welcome entries from Young Nigerian Writers between the ages of 15 and 35 who resides in the country or abroad. This contest is organized in order to make a free and simple creative writing correspondence course by e-mail for upcoming and aspiring young Nigerian Writer. The fifty shortlisted entries, mainly poems, short stories and one act plays will be transformed into the Society’s proposed Free Creative Writing Correspondence Course by e-mail. Entries are free. A writer can only submit one work per genre.



Form: Sonnet, Lyric, Ode, Ballad, Epic, Dirge – not less than 40 lines
Language: Entries must be in English Language


Form: Comedy, Tragedy, Tragi-comedy, Farce – One Act Play
Language: Entries must be in English Language

Prose/Short Stories

Form: Fiction, Science fiction, detective, horror – 1000 words
Language: Entries must be in English Language


• Entrants must be between the ages of 15 and 35. The following information must be included:

1. Age
2. Telephone Number
3. Address
4. Short Profile
5. Web link of works
6. Where he/she heard about the contest
7. Short comment/advice on the proposed course.

• Submit entries online to:

• Submission deadline: May 31st, 2012.

• Individual participant should include his/her letter of permission to make use of his or her entry(s).


• Award of Certificates of Participation to all participants


* Award of Certificate of Excellence + 1 year free membership of the Society (Automatic Associate Membership if unpublished), (Automatic Full Membership if published).


• To promote creative writing and works of Nigerian Writers between the ages of 15 and 35.
• To contribute toward the growth and development of creative writing among Young Nigerian Writers.
• To encourage creative writers and literary artists
• To give recognition, reward and award (RRA) to deserving writers
• To highlight the roles of creative writing in the Society.

For inquiries:

For submissions:


Wednesday, April 11, 2012

The Committee for Relevant Art Reading Challenge

To mark the World Book And Copyright Day, Cate Creativity Green Club and Cora Art Foundation invite young people of ages 6-16 to take up the challenge of reading at least ten (10) books over the Easter Break.

THEME: Once upon a time, there was a story that the whole world told...

  • Fill in a Green Reading Challenge Form
  • Obtain a Sponsorship Form
  • Read TEN (10) Books of your choice
  • Review the TEN (10) Books you have Read
  • Submit your Books & Reviews to the Librarian
  • Collect Your Green Reader Prize
  • Show Your Prize to Your Sponsor

The greenest reader receives a prize and certificate at the green day gala!

Registration fee is 500 with 2 passport photographs. Children will interact with: Publishers like Toyin Akinosho and Ayodele Arigbabu, Poets like Samuel Osaze and Iquo Eke, Animators such as Ibrahim Ganiyu,and Writers such as Sola Alamutu etc.


For inquiries: call 0803 655 4119 and 0802 308 7725


Monday, April 9, 2012

The Loudthotz Open Poetry Readings

Independent Poets Concerns(IPC) believes strongly that “everyone can write poetry..., and we demonstrate this faith by creating opportunities and avenues for published and unpublished poets – closet poets, hobbyists, career poets, poetry performers, and peaceful activists – to express themselves through poetry, and perhaps make a difference in their generation with the same tool that created the universe. This is one of the reasons why we started Loudthotz Open Poetry Readings – our once-a-month rendezvous where wordsmiths come to showcase their newly crafted masterpieces or freshly exhumed lyrical antiques for the world to enjoy.

Once, at the end of every season (1 year), all the works that have been presented by poets in each episode (1 month), are collated into an anthology and published by IPC or in partnership with a publisher.

Independent Poets Concerns open poetry reading is powered by Orange Academy The First Practical School of Integrated Brand Experience. You are welcome.

Date: 12 April 2012

Time: 6:30pm until 8:30pm

Venue: Orange Academy, 3b Adesoye Street Mende Maryland, Lagos, Nigeria

For inquiries:


Friday, April 6, 2012

Calls for Submission: Sentinel Annual Literature Anthology (SALA)

Sentinel Annual Literature Anthology (SALA) is a yearly publication of new poetry, short fiction and plays by SPM Publications - the publishing division of Sentinel Poetry Movement.

We are now accepting submissions of previously unpublished poems, short stories and short plays for publication in the Sentinel Annual Literature Anthology 2012.

Subject: Work submitted may be on any subject, and approached in any style, but the editors will be looking for materials that creatively engage some of the burning issues in the world today from health and economy, through terrorism, war, domestic violence to children's welfare, ethnic and religious issues. Nothing is out of bounds.

Lengths: Send no more than 6 poems up to 65 lines long, short stories must not be more than 3000 words long, and short plays up to 6,000 words long including title page and dramatis personnae.

Submission: Send your work as Word or RTF attachment (NO PDFs PLEASE), together with your current biograhical information up to 100 words to

Closing date for submissions: 30th June, 2012

Proposed date of publication: 1st November, 2012

Payment: There is no financial payment for authors. Every author published will receive 1 contributor's copy. Authors published who have their own websites are welcome to sell the book from their sites and remit only 75% of the cover price to us. We will fulfil all orders. We can provide websites for authors who don't currently have their own websites. Conditions apply.

SALA 2011
The first book in the SALA series published in November 2011 was edited by Unoma Azuah, author of Sky-High Flames, and Edible Bones (Poems), Amanda Sington-Williams, author of The Eloquence of Desire (Short Stories), and Nnorom Azuonye, author of Letter to God & Other Poems and The Bridge Selection (Plays). The book also features additional poems chosen by Roger Elkin, author of Fixing Things and Blood Brothers, from the Sentinel Annual Poetry Competition (2010) of which he was judge.

Works featured in SALA have been contributed by authors from Hong Kong, Nigeria, the USA, Australia and the United Kingdom among other countries. Here we have an exciting mix of voices dealing with issues from everyday to the unusual.

Authors featured include: Nicholas Y.B. Wong, Byron Beynon, Hajo Isa, Rusyan Sopian, Nsuhoridem Okon, Abigail George, Katie McDermott, Zino Asalor, Nike Adesuyi, Unoma Azuah, Angel Propps, Amanda Sington-Williams, Mel Ross-Macdonald, Jill Richter, Tendai Tshakisani Makavani, Michael Spring, Catherine Smith, Callum Patrick Hughes, Angela Amalonye Nwosu, Nnorom Azuonye, Hannah Lowe, Gary Smillie, Derek Sellen, W.F. Lantry, Christian Ward, Wally Smith, Jane Moreton, Carolyn King, Jonathan Davidson, and Paul Groves.

For inquiries:

For submissions:


Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Book Reading: 'Tenants of the House' by Dr Wale Okediran

Dr. Wale Okediran, a co-winner of the Wole Soyinka Prize for Literature in Africa, will be reading from Tenants of the House on April 7, 2012 at Marietta, Georgia, USA at 6 p.m. Venue is FAD Restaurant, 3565 Austell Road Marietta, Georgia 30008.

His Excellency, Hon. Ambassador Geoffrey Teneilabe, Consulate General at the Nigerian Embassy in Atlanta, is the Special Guest of Honour, to be supported by other distinguished guests. Copies of the book will be available for sale at the event and for signing.

Tel: 770-431-8505 and 770-921-9433.


Monday, April 2, 2012

Calls for Submission: ANA Review

The Editorial Board of ANA REVIEW, the in-house journal of the Association of Nigerian Authors, invites contributions from writers across the country and in other continents, for publication in the association’s journal. ANA REVIEW will feature original works in any of the following areas: critical essays, (not more than 15 pages), short stories, poems, interviews, conference reports, book reviews, author/critic profiles, reports from beneficiaries of fellowships and grants, and miscellanea including evaluation of poetry and dramatic performances.

Contributors are advised to send entries by electronic means only, preferably in MS Word 2003/2007, including brief biodata, to Dr. Amanze Akpuda (Editor-in-Chief) at

Late submissions will NOT be entertained.

For inquiries:
For submissions: