WHILE her sportsmen and women continue to record dismal performances — save a few sparks —at the ongoing London Olympics, Nigeria’s creative artistes and culture producers have been winning hearts of thousands who daily troop to the designated ‘Nigeria House’ located at the Theatre Royale in Stratford East.
Ever since the House was declared open by the country’s representatives at the Nigeria High Commission assisted by guests that included the Managing Director of Bank of Industry (BOI) mid last month, scores of Nigerian artistes have been showcasing their wares.
Yet a top bill is the Literature Showcase produced by the Committee for Relevant Art, CORA and facilitated by the British Council and the BOI. The Showcse in its three sessions (Juy 26, 30, 31) has featured notable young writers including two winners of the Caine Prize for African Writing —- Helon Habila and Rotimi Babatunde. Others are UK-based Ade Solanke, Diran Adebayo, Chibundu Onuzo and Nnorom Azuonye; and Zainabu Jallo. In an extension of the Showcase, the Nobel laureate Prof Soyinka had also had an evening of interaction with a live audience.
Most of the events were broadcast by www.bubblesfm.com owned by a UK-based Nigerian artiste, Lookman Sanusi.