|Posted by Don DADA on November 5, 2012 at 2:35 AM|
Ali Baba, the country’s top comedian and Matthew Kukah, the nation’s spiritual guide and confessor, will speak back to back at the opening ceremonies of the 14th Lagos Book and Art Festival scheduled for Freedom Park on Broad Street on November 16, 2012. Mr Ali Baba, who symbolizes the possibilities of a successful career in an intangible vocation, will deliver this year’s My Encounter With The Book speech, at 10am prompt, to open the Children segment of the three day fiesta. The speech has become some sort of the Festival’s keynote address, even though it is designed to mentor children on the role books have played in the life of the speaker. Past keynoters have included Professor Pat Utomi, Professor Femi Osofisan and Professor Tunde Babawale. Shortly after Mr Ali Baba’s message, Bishop Kukah will be led to the podium, in a parallel session, by the poet Tolu Ogunlesi, for the Festival’s Opening Conversation. The discussion, around the Bishop’s latest book Witness To Justice; An Insider’s Account of Nigeria’s Truth Commission, will kickstart the Festival’s 10 panel sessions and conversations over the next three days. LABAF will feature over 10 book events, three music concerts, two theatre shows, 11 workshops for children and a visual art exhibition. There are over thirty books being discussed at the festival including Fela: This Bitch of a Life by Carlos Moore, Catch a Fire: The Life of Bob Marley by Timothy White. Power, Politics & Death by Segun Adeniyi, Bitter-Sweet My Life with Obasanjo by Oluremi Obasanjo, A Measure of Grace by Akin Mabogunje, Bomboy, by Yewande Omotosho, 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 the Shadows by Kayode Fayemi, Roses and Bullets by Akachi Adimora Ezeigbo and Witness To Justice by Bishop Mathew Hassan Kukah.