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”.