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Apply Now To Attend A Workshop On How To Start And Run A Publishing Company in Nigeria!

Posted by Samuel Osaze on November 5, 2013 at 7:15 AM Comments comments (0)


Do you want to run a publishing company in Nigeria?


As part of the 15th Lagos Book & Arts Festival, British Council is running a workshop for people interested in setting up and running their own publishing house.


The workshop will be facilitated by Ms Sarah Odedina Managing Director of the UK Children’s publishing house, Hot Key Books. Sarah has worked in some of the major UK publishing houses and, notably, over-saw the publication of the entire Harry Potter series which was successfully published in English around the world by Bloomsbury.


The workshop will focus on:


LAUNCHING A NEW PUBLISHING HOUSE


A theoretical overview of the process of launching a publishing house from finding a name, building a team, to acquiring titles will be discussed.  The workshop will focus on the logistical side of budget and planning in advance of a launch as well as the important role of marketing and social media in establishing a presence in the market.  The workshop will set your profile in context and help you to understand how you fit into the publishing scene before you start. It will encourage you to use all means possible to make sure that that message is understood by booksellers and readers. There will also be a focus on marketing and social media and how this can help you to achieve success.

Event Information


Date: Wednesday 13th November 2013


Time: 09.00a.m – 5.00p.m


Eligibility:


We are looking for


Creative practitioners with a proven track record of working within the literature sector, e.g. magazine editors, literary editors, sales and marketing professionals etcExisting publishers or staff of publishing houses interested in building their capacity to run their publishing organisationsTo apply candidates need to:


Name and or show links to published materials and demonstrate a good knowledge and understanding of publishing practice in an attached supporting statement.


Provide a 200-400 supporting statement detailing their background in publishing/ literature. This may detail previous positions held in the sector, literary initiatives they’ve been involved in or other relevant opportunities pursued.

Be available on the 13 November 2013 from 10.00am till 5.00pm


Click here; http://www.britishcouncil.org.ng/apply-now-attend-workshop-run-publishing-company-nigeria/application-form-for-publishers-workshop-2 ; to download application form, fill and send to cep.nigeria@ng.britishcouncil.org on or before 11 November 2013


Unfortunately, we are only able to contact selected candidates and will do this by November 8, 2013.


Sarah Odedina Profile

Sarah Odedina began her publishing career working in the adult rights department of Penguin Books.  She moved into children’s books in 1992 and quickly realised that she had found her niche.  After four and a half years working as Rights Director for Orchard Books she moved to Bloomsbury in January 1997 as Editorial Director and during her time at Bloomsbury she commissioned and edited many prize-winning best-selling authors including Neil Gaiman, Louis Sachar and Celia Rees.  She also over-saw the publication of the entire Harry Potter series which was successfully published in English around the world by Bloomsbury.  In September 2011 Sarah left Bloomsbury to start a new fiction list for Bonnier Publishing and has already enjoyed considerable success with one of the Hot Key Books titles winning the Costa Book Award.  She feels now that a start-up is an incredibly privileged place to be allowing for greater integration between editorial and marketing and sales in order to ensure that there is a seamless approach to getting authors books in to the hands of readers

5th CORA BOOK PARTY fixed for August 18, 2013 @ Eko Hotel, Lagos

Posted by Samuel Osaze on August 9, 2013 at 5:10 AM Comments comments (0)

 

The shortlist for the $100,000 Nigeria Prize for Literature (NLP) will be announced nextweek, according to the promoters, the Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas, NLNG. The Prize this year is devoted to Poetry.

 

As its traditional, the CORA BOOK PARTY organised annualy as complementary programme to the announcement, has been tentatively scheduled for August 18 at the EkoHotel, Victoria Island Lagos in anticipation of the announcement.

 

This is the 5th edition of the Book Party, and the CORA, is setting up an elaborate feast to honour the shortlisted works and authors, expected to emerge from the near 200 entries, which  the organisers said they received for the 2013 prize.

 

The essence of the Party is to enable thepublic encounter the poets and engage the works that have been adjudged fittingto earn the $100,000 (N16million) prize money.


As experienced in the past four editions of the Party, the shortlisted authors(Poets in this instance) will be brought face-to-face with the core of Lagos literary community as well as members of the public.


The shortlisted works would be reviewed, discussed and critiqued even as the individual poets read from their work. It is a package of literary feasting, featuring performances, wining and dining, where the shortlisted authors and their works are celebrated for emerging as some of the very best in the country.

 

The Book Party is usually staged to herald the announcement of the Final   THREE laureates, out of which the winner of the Prize money would emerge.

 

ABOUT THE CORA

The Committee for Relevant Art is a group of artistes, art enthusiasts, art promoters and art writers committed to the development of the Arts of Nigeria and their enabling environment.


Its projects include the quarterly ART STAMPEDE, the annual LAGOS BOOK & ARTFESTIVAL (LABAF), the quarterly LAGOS THE CITY ARTS GUIDE, and the annual LagosOpen Air CINEMA CARNIVAL. It also collaborates with other artistes, activists and enthusiasts to organise the annual LAGOS COMICS CARNIVAL and the GREATHIGHLIFE (Revival) PARTY (ELDERS' FORUM).


It continues to seek out, tend, groom and harvest the best of the old and emerging arts of Nigeria.

 

MISSION:To Create An Enabling Environment for the Flourishing of the Contemporary Arts of Nigeria and the Continent.

VISION:To Make Art & Culture the Prime Destination for Investment in Nigeria and Africa by 2018.

DEFINITION: We Are 'Cultural Landscapists. The CORA is the Winner of the Prince ClausAward, 2006.

 

FRD: Celebrating Essence of the Legend

Posted by Samuel Osaze on June 14, 2013 at 12:05 AM Comments comments (0)


 

The iREP Documentary Film Forum, iREP, the Committee for Relevant Art, CORA and the Freedom Park collectively regret the passing of the octogenarian Kokoma Highlife musician, Fatai Olagunju aka Rolling Dollar.

 

Fatai was one of the last mainstream practitioners of the music still very active, well to his death; giving the impression of immortality.

 

Highlife music is a unifying genre, a result of the introduction of the guitar and other wind instruments into traditional Nigerian music. It grew rapidly along the coastal towns of West Africa at the height of the demand for independence across the continent, benefiting from the mood and aspiration for liberty.

 

Fatai was one of the few Kokoma musicians, whose main instrument was the agidigbo (the thumb piano) coupled with the palmwine-type guitar  playing style, that embraced the new fusion of traditional beat and western form; and thus influenced and shaped the direction of Highlife music as it is known today.

 

Rolling Dollar’s symbolic death, on the20th anniversary of June 12, 1993, is instructive of the unique contribution that the artist brings to the discourse on National well-being.

 

A  tragic loss to the Nigerian world of music and the collective of the Creative Industry of the continent, Fatai's passing is a forceful reminder of the need for our countries to re-evaluate the essence of the Culture Producer and give the species its proper due.

 

FRD's legendary artistic life affects not only individuals but also institutions to which he lent his services as a performing musician and as well his humane, generous spirit

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Fatai Rolling Dollar should be mournedas an expression of our humanity --- for his life and career affected ourindividual beings in divergent ways. But FRD deserves more to be CELEBRATED bythe collective of the Creative Industry for the effect of his Artistry on our collective essence as Artistes and Creatives. 

 

The iREP Documentary Film Forum, iREP, the Committee for Relevant Art, CORA and the Freedom Park -- three institutions to which Fatai was affliated in the last years of his life -- have resolved to celebrate the essence of the legendary FRD  through a night of reflection on his life and career.

 

This would involve reflections on his life; reviews of his career; screening of perhaps the only documentary film on his life titled ROLLING DOLLAR: A LEGEND UNPLUGGED, produced and directed by Femi Odugbemi and released in March;and a session of musical tributes by his fellow veteran highlife musicians, and many young ones whose careers he affected, and to some extent helped to shape by his own exemplary service to the music industry.

 

Join on Wednesday June 19; at 5pm at the Freedom Park, 1 Hospital Road by Broad Street.Lagos for the event: 'FATAI ROLLING DOLLAR: Celebrating the Essence of the Legend'

 

Please come with your One-Minute tribute--  in Poem, Song; Chant; Reflection orother forms of tribute.

 

Signed: Jahman Anikulapo,

for IREP, CORA AND FP

 

RSVP:

Sam Osaze, CORA (08036554119),

Lanre Olupona, iREP (08051702004i

Tola Ibeh, FP (08095006567)

 

 

 


Achebe: The African Perspective in the Global Conversation

Posted by Samuel Osaze on March 25, 2013 at 2:10 PM Comments comments (0)


(Short Statement by The Committee For Relevant Art, CORA, on the event of the passing of Professor Chinua Achebe)

 

The Committee For Relevant Art (CORA) commiserates with the family of Professor Chinua Achebe, the Nigerian arts community as well as the entire nation on the occasion of the death of the man deservedly referred to as ‘the father of the African Novel’ and founder of the Association Of Nigerian Authors (ANA).

 

Everything about Achebe’s career was geared towards contributing the African perspective to the global conversation on humanity’s ways of being. First, his Things Fall Apart (TFA), published in 1958, when he was 28, was the first novel to engage with European colonialism from an African perspective. The story spoke to an international audience.

 

As he worked on his second novel, Achebe took some time to bringing, into the literary pantheon, a vast number of other young, talented African writers through the African Writers Series, which he edited for Heinemann of London. He was always about us doing things in our own way.

 

Achebe led the way in the campaign for robust, world class, indigenous publishing. With the phenomenal success of TFA which gave him enormous influence over the British owned Heinemann’s Africa Writers Series, and three other successful novels, Achebe could, by 1971, demand that his books would henceforth be published, first by a Nigerian publisher, from whom a reprint could be requested by any British or American publisher. Granted, a tradition of request for rights to books from Nigerian publishers, by overseas publishing houses, had been established much earlier – the throbbing literary scene in Ibadan in the 1960s provided the impetus for foreign publishers to have a look in and buy rights to works of the emerging writers of that period, from the Mbari Club (which doubled as a society and a publisher) – but Achebe returned from the Civil war certain that homegrown Nigerian publishing ‘will make its way in the world’. 

 

It is that same lifelong pursuit of ‘our own thing for us’, that propelled his invitation of Nigerian writers to Nsukka, in 1983, to reconvene the body of writers now known as ANA.

 

The almost unanimous expression of grief by the entire nation at Achebe’s death, coming so soon after the frenetic debates over certain facts and opinions contained in his last book, the memoir There Was A Country, shows that, while opinions might be divided on the literary icon’s recollection of Nigerian history, his place in the pantheon of our men of ideas and ideals remain undiminished in the estimation of an appreciative people.

 

The Committee understands the grief that the family, the community of artists and the entire nation are going through. We share the feeling of loss and mourn the passing away of this true icon of the contemporary arts of Nigeria. We know that he is resting in peace.

 

  For: Committee for Relevant Art

 

Toyin Akinosho

Secretary General

 

An Arthouse Forum On Whiteman's Book On Lagos

Posted by Samuel Osaze on March 6, 2013 at 2:55 AM Comments comments (0)

An Arthouse Forum On Whiteman’s Book On Lagos

The poet and sometime painter, Deji Toye will moderate a conversation around Kaye Whiteman’s 'LAGOS: A Cultural and Historical Companion' at the Freedom Park (1 Hospital Road, by Broad Street, Lagos) at 4pm on Thursday, March 7, 2013.


The conversation is part of an arthouse forum, organized by the Committee For Relevant Art(CORA), in honour of Whiteman, who flew into town to launch the book. The author himself also turns 77 around that date and so there’d be a small musical show at the Park’s food court after the conversation.


The discussants are Tolu Ogunlesi, poet and journalist, and Toni Kan, poet Short story writer, journalist and publicist, and Femke van Zeiji, a Dutch Journalist who in recent years relocated to Lagos.


Whiteman first came to Nigeria in the 60s, but he fell for Lagos when he lived in the city for two years between 2000 and 2002.


The book’s blurb says that the author “explores a city that has constantly re-invented itself, from the first settlement on an uninhabited island to the creation of the port in the early years of the twentieth century…. The city’s melting-pot has ferti­lised a unique literary and artistic flowering that is only now beginning to be appreciated by a world that has only seen slums and chaos”.


Jahman Anikulapo @ 50

Posted by Samuel Osaze on January 8, 2013 at 8:25 AM Comments comments (1)


Jahman Anikulapo will be 50 onJanuary 16, 2013. This period also coincides with his exiting a long, stellarcareer at Guardian newspaper group as the Sunday Editor. In the last twodecades or so, Jahman has pressed his talent, position and material means to service in aid of the development of the cultural sector in Nigeria.

 

It is in light of the foregoing thatthe friends of Jahman Anikulapo, under the aegis of Committee of the Friends OfJahman @50, have planned a month-long programme of events to celebrate this cultural agent. The Committee has now released the timetable for the celebrations, with the overall theme: ‘3D-Jahman: The Three Dimensions of a Cultural Change Agent – Artist, Activist and Art Journalist.’

 

 Full Details of Events andActivities

 

·      January 13, 2013: Arthouse Forum

Arthouse ForumFor Jahman Anikulapo At 50: Apanel conversation around how the Interplay between Art Advocacy, ArtJournalism and Art Practice has shaped the evolution of cultural propagation inthe last 25 years. This will be followed by two other events later that evening

-      Tributes and Readings For Jahman Anikulapo

-      An evening of songs, theatre skitsand performances

 

Time: From 4.pm.

Venues: Kongi’s Harvest Gallery(Second Floor), Freedom Park, Broad Street, Lagos.

RSVP: Ayodele Arigbabu (08033000499).


 iREPRESENT INTERNATIONAL FILM DOCUMENTARY  ( Friends of  CORA) has also planned an event to celebrate Jahman Anikulapo. Date is FRIDAY, 18th of January, 2013, at Freedom Park, Marina, Lagos, 7:00pm prompt.

RSVP: Sam Osaze 08036554119

 

·      January 20, 2013: Invitational Dinner

Jahman’s colleagues in the Guardiangroup of newspapers host him to an evening of dining and tributes.

 

RSVP: Andrew Iro Okungbowa (08023152195)

 

 ·      January 25, 2013: Stripped Bare: Jahman Anikulapo, Warts and All

The celebrant in an intimate conversation with a whistleblower about childhood, upbringing, betweenarea-boyism and ajebotterhood, the promise of youth, the gap betweenexpectations and middle age reality, hooliganism, the secrets of journalisticsuccess, the challenges of advocacy, the hopes of culture advocacy, a peek intolife after the Guardian.

 

Time: From 5pm.

Venue: Quintessence Book andArtshop, Falomo Shopping Centre

RSVP: Sam Osaze (08036554119).

 

 It should be recalled that onDecember 30, 2012, Committee for Relevant Art (CORA) of which Jahman isProgramme Chairman held a celebration for him at its annual year-end party inFestac Town, Lagos, at which there was a symbolic cutting of cake and a pouringof libation superintended by Mr. Benson Idonije, patriarch of Nigerian artcritics.

 

Also, the artists Nkechi Nwosu-Igboand Toni Kan have already launched call for submission into a poetry collectionto be published in honour of Jahman Anikulapo, just as we understand that thecall for contribution of papers into a festschrift for a similar purpose willbe made in the next few days.

 

We look forward to your active participation in this season of celebrations.

 

Thank you.

 

Yours,

 

 DejiToye                                     

 

 


THE 3RD CORA PUBLISHERS' FORUM, 2012

Posted by Samuel Osaze on November 10, 2012 at 12:35 AM Comments comments (0)

THEME: FINANCING THE BOOK TRADE

 

As part of its 14th Lagos Book & Art Festival which holds from the 16th till the 18th of November 2012, Committee For Relevant Art (CORA) hereby announces its plans for the 3rd Publishers’ Forum which will hold on the 15th of November.

 

The Publishers’ Forum provides a concentrated space for key publishers in Nigeria to gain critical insight into their current operations within the context of the challenges facing their industry, brainstorm on their findings and identify key steps that can be taken as individual businesses or as a collective to improve their bottom line. At CORA, we picture ourselves as midwives to the different facets of the creative industries in Nigeria, therefore what we hope to achieve through the publisher’s forum is the blossoming of the nation’s book industry.

 

We like to see the Publishers' Forum as a 'focus group' or a strategy session with key facilitators as guide. The forum is targeted at principals of publishing houses who seek to grow their market and are willing to engage in creative thinking towards identifying strategies that can make this possible for them whether within a collective or through their individual operations. Our expectation is that cogent strategies would emerge from the session which can be immediately implemented or could be built upon in future.

 

In appreciating the importance of funding and cash flow management to any business, we have chosen to focus on the theme: FINANCING THE BOOK TRADE for this year’s Publisher’s Forum with the hope that ideas generated will serve well in empowering publishers in developing economies like ours to dramatically scale up their businesses.

 

Within the four hours marked up for the business forum, we intend the participants to add value to their businesses through the intervention of key facilitators, critical feedback on their processes, input on the most challenging areas they have to deal with and useful networking.

 

The Publishers’ Forum will be followed from 5pm to 6.30pm by a conversation (open to the public) where two publishers will share from their current work and experience in the publishing business. This year, we will have Otunba Lawal Solarin who established Literamed Publishers in 1969, in conversation with Muhthar Bakare who in turn founded Farafina Books in 2004. This conversation will be followed by a cocktail reception to help set the tone for the festival.

 

The Lagos Book & Art Festival is a comprehensive, four day programme of events; readings, conversations around books, art and craft displays, kiddies’ art workshops and reading sessions, book exhibitions, live music and dance. It will run from November 16 to 18 at the grounds of Freedom Park, 1 Hospital Road, (Old Broad Street Prison site) Lagos Island.

 

The Publishers’ Forum will hold from 10am – 6.30pm on the 15th of November at Goethe Institut, 4th Flr, City Hall, 30 Catholic Mission Str, Lagos Island.

 

The summary of the schedule is as follows:

 

THURSDAY 15TH NOVEMBER,

10am – 5pm @ Goethe Institut, City Hall, Lagos

CORA Publishers’ Forum

Theme: Financing The Book Trade

Nigerian Publishers workshop the opportunities the environment offers for financing of publishing. It’s a brain storming session that will lead to concrete, implementable solutions to be published as a document. Lead presentations by Muhthar Bakare and Deji Toye.

 

5pm – 6.30pm @ Goethe Institut, City Hall, Lagos

Publishers’ Interface with the public / Pre-festival cocktail

Farafina Books will have a conversation with Literamed Publishers on funding options they have employed in running their businesses amongst other pertinent issues.

Discussants: Otunba Lawal Solarin (Publisher, Literamed) and Muhthar Bakare (Publisher, Farafina).

 

INTRODUCING: TINA OKPARA'S MY LIFE HAS A PRICE

Posted by Samuel Osaze on November 9, 2012 at 3:15 PM Comments comments (0)


Amalion Publishing invites you to these two events as My Life Has a Price, a gripping tale of pain, strength and triumph is presented at the Lagos Book & Art Festival. Venue is: Freedom Park, 1 Hospital Road, Broad Street, Lagos. 16-18 Nov.

FRIDAY 16TH NOVEMBER

2pm – 3pm

My Life Has a Price

A panel discussion around the newly released personal memoirs of abuse victim- Tina Okpara and the theme of abuse, rape and how literature can fill the gap. Published by Amalion Publishers, the book My Life Has a Price is being introduced to the public at the 14th Lagos Book & Art Festival. Discussants include Emmanuel Iduma, Adaudo Osigwe, Dami Ajayi, Sylva Nze Ifedigbo moderated by Chris Ihidero. Produced by Saraba Magazine.


 

SATURDAY 17TH NOVEMBER,

10am – 11.45am

My Life Has a Price- Meet the author

Tina Okpara's memoir, MY LIFE HAS A PRICE takes us on her 5-year journey to hell; from a loving yet poor childhood in Nigeria to the ordeal of modern day slavery in wealthy, suburban Paris.  She was only 13 when celebrity footballer, Godwin Okpara and his wife Linda, lured her father into giving her up for a supposedly better life in Europe. Tina Okpara will share from that experience, especially on writing the memoir and the closure it brings.

 

One morning in the outskirts of Lagos, Nigeria, a lucky 13-year-old girl named Tina, who came from a modest family, is preparing to go to France to become part of Linda and Godwin Okpara's family. Linda is a home maker and Godwin is a footballer at top French club Paris Saint-Germain and for the Super Eagles, Nigeria's national squad. They have four children and Tina dreams of going with them to school and joining in their games and pranks, living the European dream. But soon after her arrival the reality becomes different.


 

Written in collaboration with acclaimed journalist, Cyril Guinet, Tina recounts how imprisonment, torture and abuse in a suburban house in the middle of gentrified Europe in the twenty-first century could not break her. Tina's gripping story of survival and escape is a moving testament to a remarkable woman, a true survivor.


My Life Has A Price is one of the books of the festival. To this effect, a panel of discussion is set around the newly released personal memoirs of the abused victim- Tina Okpara and the theme of abuse, rape and how Literature can fill the gap.


Published by Amalion Publishers Dakar, the book is set to make waves at the 14th Lagos Book & Art Festival.  This is a heartrending true lifestory that encapsulates the agonizing pains of a childhood servitude in the hands of adoptive parents. A-must-read, an eye-opener to those who place a high price-tag on humanity and the right of the child!


Entry to the Lagos Book & Art Festival is absolutely freee!

For more information, visit www.coraartfoundation.com, http://www.amalion.net/catalogue_en/item/my_life_has_a_price/ call: 08189417037.


CORA's Book Party For OCTOBER 7, FREEDOM PARK, Lagos

Posted by Samuel Osaze on October 1, 2012 at 2:35 PM Comments comments (0)


The Committee for Relevant Art(CORA) cordially invites you to its fourth annual BOOK PARTY holding on SUNDAY, OCTOBER 7 at the Conference/ExhibitionRoom of the Kongi's Harvest Gallery,Freedom Park , 1 Hospital Road, opposite General Hospital, Broad Street,Lagos. The event runs from 1pm to 5pm.


The session of readings, reviews, conversations and fraternization will featurethe Shortlisted Writers in the yearlyNigeria Prize for Literature who will be reading from their works as well as engaged in conversation among themselves and with members of the public.

 

The authors to be honoured andfeted are:

OnuoraNzekwu, (Troubled Dust); 

Vincent Egbuson ( Zhero); 

Lola Soneyin  (TheSecret Lives Of Baba Segi’s Wives), 

Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani (I Do Not Come To You By Chance);

Jude Dibia (Blackbird),

Chika Unigwe (On Black Sister’s Street),

Olusola Olugbesan’s (Only A Canvas),

Ifeanyi Ajaegbo’s (Sarah House )

E. E. Sule’s (Sterile Sky) and

Ngozi Achebe’s (Onaedo, The Blacksmith’s Daughter).


 NB: The list will be shortened to three by October 9. 

 

The readings/jam session/reviewwas started four years ago to honour those who make the Shortlist of the$100,000 Nigeria Prize for Literature, NPL. The objective is to make theShortlisted work and its author known to the members of the public by creatingconversations around the work and the author. Our conviction is thatbeing on the Shortlist is already a certification that the Writer with hiswork is one of the very best; and as such a Winner even at this stage of the competition. 


It promises to be a mini-Literary picnic – talking, wining, dining andfun -- celebrating Nigeria’s literature and the creative spirits of our land.


The gate is FREE but come promptly, please.


 With respect,

 

 SAMUEL OSAZE

RSVP: 08036554119 (SMS preferable, please)

 


CORA Launches the 14th Lagos Book & Art Festival

Posted by Samuel Osaze on September 14, 2012 at 8:05 AM Comments comments (0)



 

Toyin Akinosho, Publisher of Africa Oil & Gas Report and Secretary General of the CORA Art & Cultural Foundation has announced the dates for the 14th Lagos Book & Art Festival. The festival would hold from the 16th – 18th November 2012 at Freedom Park, Broad Street, Lagos Island with a pre-event Publishers’ Forum and Cocktail holding on the 15th. A theme has also been announced for the Festival: The Narrative of Conflict-which focuses on how the written word and the literacy it engenders interrogates the different conflicts that surround our current existence and recent past. The festival is dedicated to the veteran artist Bruce Onabrakpeyawho turned 80 this year and whose work and dedication to the arts continue to be a source of inspiration to generations of Nigerians.

 

 

 

TheLagos Book & Art Festival, or LABAF as it’s often called, is a landmark event on the nation’s culture calendar with sprawling book displays,exhibitions, live music and drama performances and of course, nuanced literaryevents that take time out to dig deep into the content of books. Says Akinosho-“LABAF is self-styled as Africa’s Biggest Culture Picnic because we don’t just put together a book fair, a performance concert, a literary festival or an art expo, what we do is a healthy fusion ofall four in a festival atmosphere, and for the past 14 years, the festival hasbecome an important destination for families, literary and art enthusiasts, cultureproducers, children and even lovers. We have had people who came as childrenyears ago still attending now as young adults. We have also had people who metat the festival grounds for the first time years ago, still attending asmarried couples. What keeps them coming back is the way the festival allowsthem to engage with culture in a fun atmosphere, that is why it is Africa’sBiggest Culture Picnic.”


 

Setto hold this year from the 16th – 18th November atFreedom Park, 1 Hospital Road, Lagos Island, LABAF will feature over 10 bookevents, 3 music concerts, 2 theatre shows, 11 workshops for children and 2visual art exhibitions. There are over thirty books being discussed at thefestival including Fela: This Bitch ofa Life by CarlosMoore, Catch a Fire: The Lifeof Bob Marley by TimothyWhite. Power, Politics & Death by Segun Adeniyi, Bitter-SweetMy Life with Obasanjo by OluremiObasanjo,  A Measure of Grace by Akin Mabogunje, Bomboy, by YewandeOmotosho, Voice Of America, by E. C. Osondu, Stealth Of Nations: The Global Rise Of The Informal Economy, by Robert Neuwirth, Steve Jobs, by Walter Isaacson, Open Graveyard by Wale Osun, Out of theShadows by Kayode Fayemi, Roses and Bullets by AkachiAdimora Ezeigbo and Witness ToJustice by Bishop Mathew HassanKukah. Because the LABAF book events usually engage with books at a deeperlevel beyond the star power of the authors that produce them, most sessions areusually driven by robust discussion panels, some of the writers and thinkersconfirmed for these panels include: Sola Olorunyomi, Bisi Arije, Femi AkintundeJohnson, Toni Kan, Femi Aisida, Toki Mabogunje, Odili Ujubonu, Tolu Ogunlesi,Wale Ajao, Derin Ajao, Tunji Lardner, Niran Okewole, Tade Ipadeola, LayiwolaAdeniji, Eghosa Imasuen, AnwuliOjogwu, Kayode Komolafe amongstothers.


 

But LABAF is not just about heavy book events to getyou giddy with book knowledge. The Childrens’ Programme coordinated by ChildrenAnd The Environment (CATE) usually draws children in their thousands and willfeature loads of activities, workshops, talks and performances centered aroundthe festival theme of The Narrative of Conflict while marking the National CreativityDay and UN Child Rights Day.


 

Ina tightly packed performance bouquet, The Crown Troupe of Africa would bestaging Zainabu Jallo’s ‘Holy Night’ while the internationally acclaimedRenegade Theatre will also be taking the stage during the course of thefestival. Add to that a Jazz Concert produced by Inspiro Productions,storytelling, spoken word, music and reading sessions produced by Pulp Faction,Image & Heritage and Laipo, a return of CORA’s Great Highlife Party in thebiggest Highlife Concert in a long while, all rolled into a scenic venue with acaptivating history then you know why Freedom Park is the place to be from the16th – 18th November at the 14th Lagos Book& Art Festival!


 

Formore information on the festival and to contact the organizers, please visit: www.coraartfoundation.com