Wednesday, July 25, 2012

CORA Parades Nigerian Authors In London


For Olympics, CORA Parades Nigerian Authors In London
•culled from The Guardian, Sunday July 22, 2012

In  the spirit of the Olympics, the newly opened Nigeria House in London is currently playing host to a showcase of arts and cultural products and expressions from Nigeria. 
  Planned to span July 23 through August 15, the event is to showcase Nigerian Arts, Culture and Lifestyle in the course of the Olympics in London at Theatre Royale, Stratford East.
   The Literature segment which is to feature book display and sessions with top Nigerian writers is being anchored by the Committee for Relevant Art, CORA, organisers of the quarterly Art Stampede since 1991, as well as the yearly Lagos Book and Art Festival, LABAF since 1999. 
  Titled Nigeria House Literature Showcase, the event is designed to exhibit the best of Nigerian Literature through book readings, conversations on literature and a display of a wide range of books by Nigerian authors at home and in the Diaspora. 
  Select Nigerian authors being featured include:  Diran Adebayo, Sefi Atta; Helon Habila, Ade Solanke, Zainabu Jallo, Nnorom Azuonye, Cibundu Onuzo, and Rotimi Babatunde, whose recent win of the Caine Prize is still being celebrated.
  The authors would be on parade on the 26th, 30th and 31st of July 2012 at Theatre Royale Stratford East. 
   Their books will be on display and available for sale, alongside other books by Nigerian authors, at the same venue from the July 24 through  August 3 2012.
  The event is sponsored by the Bank of Industry and is produced by British Council and CORA Art & Cultural Foundation.

Please find below links to relevant eventbrite pages we've created for the Nigeria House Literature Showcase.

Also find below basic information on the event as contained in the links below:
The Nigeria House Literature Showcase is a showcase of Nigerian Literature  presented through book readings, conversations on literature and a display of a wide range of books by Nigerian authors.

This event is part of a showcase of Nigerian Arts, Culture and Lifestyle holding during the Olympics in London, from 23 July – 15 August at Theatre Royale, Stratford East.

Nigerian authors being featured include: Diran Adebayo, Sefi Atta, Helon Habila, Ade Solanke, Zainabu Jallo, Nnorom Azuonye, Cibundu Onuzo, and Rotimi Babatundewhose recent win of the Caine Prize is still being celebrated.

Meet these authors on the 26th, 30th and 31st of July 2012 at Theatre Royale Stratford East. Their books will be on display and available for sale, at the same venue from the 24th of July till the 3rd of August 2012.

For further information, kindly mail:

This event is sponsored by the Bank of Industry and is produced by British Council andCORA Art & Cultural Foundation.

The Schedule for the actual 3 days when the writers will be in attendance is as posted below:

Participating Authors
6.30pm to 9.00pm
Diran Adebayo
Nnorom Azuonye
Ade Solanke
Seffi Atta

Lookman Sanusi
*Conversation on ‘Imagine Nigeria!’
* Interaction with audience
*Book signing
Headley Room, Theatre Royale Stratford East
4.00pm to 6.00pm
Diran Adebayo
Nnorom Azuonye
Chibundu Onuzor
Rotimi Babatunde
Zainabu Jallo
Ike Anya
*Conversation on ‘The  London I know’
* Interaction with audience
*Book signing
Auditorium, Theatre Royale Stratford East
4.00pm to 6.00pm
Helon Habila
Ade Solanke
Chibundu Onuzor
Rotimi Babatunde
Zainabu Jallo
Sola Adeyemi
*Conversation on ‘Gains and pains of multiculturalism’
* Interaction with audience
*Book signing
Auditorium, Theatre Royale Stratford East

Information on the writers is as contained below:

Meet the Nigeria House Authors

Ade Solanke is a playwright and screenwriter, and founder and creative director of Spora Stories, developing and producing high-quality, entertaining, socially-engaged plays and films about the African diaspora. Ade gained her MFA in Film and Television at the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts, where she was a Fulbright Fellow and Phi Beta Kappa International Scholar. She worked as a story analyst for several Hollywood studios and has taught scriptwriting at the University of London and Pan-African University, Nigeria.
  Earlier in her career, Ade was voted 'London's Top Young Entrepreneur' for her writing business by Nat West Bank and Shell UK. In collaboration with other diaspora storytellers, Spora explores new story-delivery systems.

Chibundu Onuzo was born in Nigeria in 1991 and is the youngest of four children. She is currently studying History at King's College, London. When not writing, Chibundu can be found playing the piano or singing. The publication of her first novel, The Spider King's Daughter, in 2012 by Faber and Faber was greeted with acclaim for her achievement at getting such a coveted publishing deal at a young age. In June 2012, she was named UK’s Number 1 best black student. The award was given by Rare Rising Stars. She proved to be the first woman to top the list.  Chibundu has since started a blog to promote her book and chips in commentaries on Nigeria, notably a recent article published on the website of the UK Guardian, on the resilience of Nigerians in the face of widespread terrorism.

Diran Adebayo is an acclaimed novelist, short fiction writer and cultural critic best known for his vivid, picaresque takes on modern Britain, and his distinctive style. His debut novel, Some Kind of Black, was one of the first to articulate a British-African perspective, and was hailed as breaking new ground for the 'London novel'. It won him numerous awards, including the Writers Guild of Great Britain's New Writer of the Year Award, the 1996 Saga Prize, a Betty Trask Award, and The Authors' Club's 'Best First Novel' award. It was also long listed for the Booker Prize, serialised on radio and is now a Virago Modern Classic. His second novel, My Once Upon a Time, a dazzling slice of neo-noir set in a re-imagined city, was also widely acclaimed, and solidified his reputation as a groundbreaker. In 2004 he co-edited 'New Writing 12', the British Council's annual anthology of British and Commonwealth literature, with Blake Morrison and Jane Rogers. Diran has also written for television and radio, including the 2005 documentary 'Out of Africa' for BBC2. As a critic, he's written extensively in the national press and appeared as a guest on shows such as 'Newsnight', 'The Culture Show', 'This Week' and the 'Today' programme, discussing everything from sport and race to politics and popular culture.

He is currently writing his third novel, The Ballad of Dizzy and Miss P, and a sports-based memoir. He is a member of the National Council of the Arts Council of England and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. He studied Law at Oxford University.

Helon Habila studied Literature at the University of Jos and lectured for three years at the Federal Polytechnic, Bauchi, before going to Lagos to write for Hints Magazine. He is a poet and prose fiction writer. Extracts from his collection of short stories, Prison Stories, were published in Nigeria in 2000. The full text was published as a novel in the UK under the title Waiting for an Angel in 2002 and received a Commonwealth Writers Prize (Africa Region, Best First Book) in 2003. Also in 2002, he moved to England to become a Writing Fellow at the University of East Anglia.
   Helon Habila also won the MUSON Poetry Prize in 2000 and was the arts editor of the Vanguard Newspaper. He is currently teaching Creative Writing at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, where he lives. His second novel, Measuring Time, the tale of twin brothers living in a Nigerian village, was published in 2007, and his latest novel is Oil On Water (2010), shortlisted for the 2011 Commonwealth Writers Prize (Africa Region, Best Book)..  
   Helon Habila’s novels are stories of individuals discovering and dealing with loneliness, ennui, love affairs that don’t quite work out, political corruption, brutality and violence, and the enduring importance of freedom of expression.

Nnorom Azuonye is a poet, writer, dramatist, essayist, interviewer, literary editor and publisher. Founder and Administrator of Sentinel Poetry Movement, publishers of ‘Sentinel Literary Quarterly’, ‘Sentinel Nigeria’, and ‘Sentinel Champions’ magazines, he is the author of the poetry collections: ‘Letter to God and Other Poems’ (2003), and ‘The Bridge Selection: Poems for the Road’ (2005). His play ‘A Tasty Taboo’ received its world premiere in 1990 at the University of Nigeria Arts Theatre, Nsukka, and ‘Funeral of the Minstrel’ (a short play) was published in the Sentinel Annual Literature Anthology (2011). His poems, short stories, essays, and interviews have appeared in several international journals including: Opon Ifa, Sunday Statesman, Weekly Star, Agenda, Theatre Forum, Orbis, DrumVoices Revue, Maple Tree Literary Supplement, African Writing, Flair, Sentinel Literary Quarterly and Eclectica. His works have also appeared in the anthologies: ‘Voices Against Racism: 100 Poems Against Racism’ (Edited by Thomas O’Flaherty), ‘For the Love of God’ (Edited by Desmond Kon et. Al.), ‘Songs for Wonodi’ (Edited by Dike Okoro), ‘Not Only the Dark’ (Edited by Jo Field and Nicky Gould), and ‘Sentinel Annual Literature Anthology’ (Edited by Nnorom Azuonye, Unoma Azuah and Amanda Sington-Williams). Azuonye lives in South London with his wife and children. 

Rotimi Babatunde is a poet, playwright and fiction writer. His short stories have been published in Little Drops, Fiction on the Web, and Mirabilia Review, among other publications, and broadcast on the BBC World Service. He is a fiction award recipient of New York’s Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation, a winner the Abuja Writer’s Forum Cyprian Ekwensi Prize for short stories, and his story Bombay’s Republic was shortlisted for the 2012 Caine Prize for African Writing. Rotimi Babatunde’s plays include An Infidel in the Upper Room (presented at the Royal Court’s Jerwood Theatre Downstairs, at the Institute for Contemporary Arts (ICA), and broadcast on the BBC World Service); The Bonfire of the Innocents (commissioned by Riksteatern, the Swedish National Touring Theatre, and staged in Swedish translation as Elddopet); and A Shroud for Lazarus (world premiere at Halcyon Theatre, Chicago). He is currently working on a new collaborative theatre project, part of the London 2012/World Stages London, jointly produced by the Royal Court Theatre and the Young Vic. His poems have been published in Daybreak on the Land, A Volcano of Voices, NT Lit Mag, and translated into German. His writing has been recognised with literary fellowships by the Fondazione Pistoletto’s Unidee Program and the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Centre in Italy, and by Ledig House and the MacDowell Colony in the United States. Rotimi Babatunde lives in Ibadan, Nigeria.

Sefi Atta was born in Lagos, Nigeria. She was educated there, in England and the United States. 
A former chartered accountant and CPA, she is a graduate of the creative writing program at Antioch University, Los Angeles. Her short stories have appeared in journals like Los Angeles Review and Mississipi Review and have won prizes from Zoetrope and Red Hen Press. Her radio plays have been broadcast by the BBC. She is the winner of PEN International's 2004/2005 David TK Wong Prize and in 2006, her debut novel Everything Good Will Come was awarded the inaugural Wole Soyinka Prize for Literature in Africa.
   Her short story collection, Lawless, received the 2009 Noma Award For Publishing in Africa. Lawless is published in the US and UK as News From Home. She lives in Mississippi with her husband Gboyega Ransome-Kuti, a medical doctor, and their daughter, Temi. 

Zainabu Jallo was nominated in 2011 by the Royal Court Theatre London, British Council and Ford Foundation Nigeria to join nine other young Nigerians to begin a ‘New Writing from Nigeria project’.
In 2008 she was nominated by the same bodies to attend a summer writing residency at the Royal Court Theatre in London. In 2009, she was awarded a fellowship for a three –month residency at The Global Arts village New Delhi, India where she had readings of some of her work. Onions Make Us Cry, her second play got published in 2010. The play had a reading at the Contacting The World International Theatre Forum in the same year got nominated for the 2010 Nigeria Prize for Literature.
  Onions Make Us Cry was read at the festival of new international plays in March 2011 at the LARK in New York. The play had full performances by the Crown Troupe of Africa in Lagos, Nigeria. In November 2011, Onions make us Cry was announced as one of the six winning plays of the National Studio London, Africa Project.  Zainabu is one of the playwrights whose work will be featured at the 9th Women Playwrights international conference in Sweden, August 2012. She has recently been offered a place at the Sundance Theatre Lab as writer in residency 2012 as well as a place in the 2012 Château de Lavigny, Maison d’écrivains Fondation Ledig-Rowohlt Residency Laussane, Switzerland. Her new play HOLY NIGHT has received a few readings and made it to the final round of the internationalist Playwright Contest with readings in New York later in the year.

Each of the three sessions would be moderated by three UK-based three Nigerian artistes and culture advocates: 
Dr Sola Adeyemi, a theatre artiste, scholar and lecturer at the Goldsmith Colege, London; 
Lookman Sanusi, theatre artiste, and founder of the Bubbles FM, London;  and 
Ike Anya, a medical doctor and creative writer and literary critic. 

 Mr Ayo Arigbabu, writer and publisher of DaDa Books, and director of projects for CORA, is coordinating the event that is aimed at showcasing the best of Nigeria’s creative industries to the teming crowd expected throughout the duration of the event. 

---EniOlorutidak'oseFarawek'oseF'enutembelek'oseBinuk'oseNa'kaiwosisiWiwol'aawoFor Olympics, 

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

See Me, See You... Africa From Fresh Lenses

See Me, See You... Africa From Fresh Lenses

IT was a day to remember recently at the Nike Art Gallery, Lekki Lagos; as it hosted AFRICA: See You, See Me, an exhibition of over 200 pictures, featuring an array of renowned photographers from the older generation to those of the contemporary period.
The touring exhibition — a section of which featured on the sidelines of the recently concluded Lagos Black Heritage Festival under the theme NAIJA ITALIA — provided a platform for African photographers and the peers from other parts of the world to put in perspective the images of an emerging continent.
The pictures optimistically captured the rich and diverse social, political and cultural  lives of Africans, with many at the event enthusing that black peoples were no longer objects of misrepresentative imaging as was the case during the colonial period.
Africans, it was the consensus, have now turned the curve, and have forced the world of photography to take them as subjects worthy of quality discourse and attention.
This object to subject transition is well reflected in the collections of photos  exhibited in the on-going show (ending April 21) from the continent’s colonial past, and from realities of the present. On display are the works of such legends as JD Ojeikere, Seidu Keita and Malik Sidibe
Towards the end of the brief opening ceremony,  the young female assistant curator from Haiti, Madala Hilaire, who had worked tirelessly to make the show successful could not stop the lone tear rolling down her cheek. She was overwhelmed. Her raspy voice was filled with emotions as she made her speech, thanking those who had come for their support.
Not far away, JD Ojeikere, the grand old man who donned a black bowler hat made a speech. Described as one of the legends of photography in Africa, he accepted the accolade with appreciation and thanks. He was elated for the honour of being so recognised and expressed his wish that many more of such shows would be done to promote the art of photography in the country.
The touring exhibition, curated by the US-based Nigerian professor of African Studies, and expert in Post-Colonial researches, Professor Awam Amkpa with assistant by the Haitian culture researcher, Madala Hilarie, both of New York University (NYU), is sponsored by AFRICA.CONT of Lisbon, Portugal.  It is hosted in Nigeria by the Culture Advocates Caucus, CAC, with support of the Centre for Contemporary Arts, CCA, Yaba Lagos, which last Friday hosted a symposium on Visual Activism as part of the touring show; and Goethe Institut, Lagos.
It had been mounted in Portugal, Italy and China before coming to Nigeria on its first of tour of the continent. After Lagos, which ends at the National Museum, Onikan, Lagos (April 23-May 2), it will move on to Dakar Senegal, where it will feature as part of the Dak’Art Biennale.
On the walls of the gallery, pictures hung feeding the eyes of those who turned out for the show with cheery and hopeful shots about the current and coming greatness of Africa. Some of the photographers as well as other art enthusiasts shared their thoughts about the exhibition and photography with ARMSFREE AJANAKU ONOMO.
JD Ojeikere, African photography legend
PHOTOGRAPHY is a very strong medium of expression such that when you see a photograph, you don’t need to be told what is there. When you see it, it is real, unlike graphic arts, where the artiste has to explain to you the details of what he has done.
Photography is self explanatory; a picture is a picture, if it is a girl there or a boy in it, you will see it. It is the most real medium of expression. Photography has not been well recognised by the government; even the art world has not recognised photography to an extent. But we are just growing to the point of recognition, and I thank God that things are changing for the better.
My pictures in this exhibition depict our old cultural heritage. As you can see, our girls are no more plaiting their hair. These pictures take us back to where we were before, and put us in the map of the older generation, such that the younger generation can see what the younger generation has done. The pictures are documentaries to show our past.
Marco Ambrosi, Italian photographer
THE See Me See You concept is an interesting challenge because normally, we usually think that taking pictures is a one way act of registering or expressing someone’s sensitivity. But the sights are almost not less than two, and it is interesting to consider that the vision is influenced by many factors, one of which is the culture of the photographer, and the other is the culture of the viewer. I cannot say much about the colonial period; I know something about that period, but I am not a scholar for that topic. But what I can say is that I have never found anybody so happy to be photographed like Africans, and Nigerians in particular because they have no fear, and always move to being protagonists of the performance.
So they perform in front of the camera; it is very rare that you find somebody  who doesn’t want to be photographed here. One of the things that I noticed when I came here, is that the African, Nigerian world is full of signs that have a meaning and something to say. Here, reality is much richer, than we are used in Europe where we are used to images that are done by somebody else… we live in a continuous flow of images, which are passive compared to the ones here. These signs here are things that I notice with pleasure because they reveal a good talent for representation, and also the pleasure to represent.
        (Picture Gallery)
We Want Our Continent To Be Seen     Beyond The ‘Bad News’ — Curators
Awam Amkpa, curator
THE objective of the See me See you exhibition is to really ask, how do we want to be seen as Africans; and that is not just because we have something original; we don’t just like what other people are showing of us. So it is combination of our own original view of ourselves, and also, contradicting the way others show us.
It also talks about the history of photography; with this works, Africans are contributing to the contemporary way of doing photography. That’s why I made a bold statement, which somebody was not happy about: that photography is as old as Africa. African photographers started a long time ago, but their photography was not known. The one that was known was the colonial photography, which saw Africans as barbarians, and it is that image Africans had to fight, and they fought so well, and brought different people into their fight, such that even people who are not Africans joined them in the fight.

I think it (emancipation of African photography) started when Africans began to clamour for their own image because if you look at Pa Ojeikere, Seidu Keita and Malik Sidibe, theirs was the early period when Africans really wanted to be the subject of photography, not just to be objects. As such, it was their desires that were captured in the photographs, and so you notice that some of these pictures are deliberately trying to say ‘see me as I am posing.’
And that is the essence of this See Me, See You exhibition. All of them are very playful photographs; they are not just looking at reality as it is, but are looking at the power Africans have over reality. I don’t think Africans are guests in this century; there are two Africas: there is Africa of the nation states, governments and so on — if you look at that Africa, they are late, they are not in the 21st century. But there is the other Africa, where we have our informal economies, people crossing borders, and life just goes on a faster pace than the life of the government.
So if you look at every African country, you will see two different Africas — the Africa of informal citizens, who are constantly reinventing themselves, and trying everyday against all odds. You see that Africa, and you also see the Africa of the governments. For us, the former is the Africa that is dynamic, that does not stop. And that is what we want to tell people that that is the Africa they should pay attention to because this dynamic Africa is ahead of the curve. They are not late comers; they are actually at the frontier, and they are telling you, ‘see us as we are changing the world, and our own world first.’
For me, that is the Africa that is important.
Think about it, if you look at Africa from the government down, we are bad news. Name one government that you can say is the best example of governance for the people who live in that country — that’s just one out of about 54 countries now. But look from below, and you will see people against all odds; starvation, government deprivation, oppression, no roads, no hospitals, no electricity, but the people still makes a living. They wake up in the morning, go to work, and they just say, ‘I am not going to take this,’ and that Africa is the real Africa.
I think African photographers have been doing well to capture all of these. There are a lot of incredible African photographers; if I had a magic wand, I would want all of them to be in this show; even in Nigeria, there are so many of them. It is not just the photographers; it is the people who would appreciate it, by putting the photos in their homes, not just in photo albums. It is a moment where we should capitalise on something we have, and that is visual literacy. We are very visually literate, that is why Nollywood succeeds; it is because the population knows how to watch images; and so how can we make that our element of strength? That is what we are trying to say with photography.
Madala Hilarie,  Associate Curator
EVERY exhibition comes with its own challenges; here, the challenge was to make it a true representation of the continent and its ever-fleeting growth and development, and it was that challenge that I really wanted to meet. It is the same works, but it is a different narrative when you bring it to another site. That is why it is important to do this as a global project, and we have had amazing, and different responses, with many unique types of dialogue about how Africa and black people are represented.
Having brought it to Europe, and China, the dialogue and the questions that have been raised about the photographs that people had never seen, the conversations have been truly profound. The challenges logistically always happen, and it has been a learning experience. It will be a better show in Senegal next month, and it will be bigger because I would have learnt from this one, and I would have gotten critics‘ appreciation and questions that would help me on how to make it better. But also, it is to show that we are a people that are changing, and again, when we show pieces from the past, and contemporary works, it is contemporary, but it is a future of the African art, and our people.
Africans have not seen enough of themselves; they have probably looked at themselves through a certain lens, and we need to change that gaze, and do that in any form that is possible. So one of the great objectives of the show, having the number of artistes that we do, is to show us through a different lens. There is so much to be seen, and each picture tells a different story, and has a different representation because it is been shown through a different lens. So we show it through African, and non African lenses. And we will show it at the beginning, the very beginning, when we raise questions about how we represent ourselves. You could see the colonial photographs; I remember when we brought this show to China, they were perplexed as to why we would show them, asking whether we don’t think they were negative representation of ourselves. It was a great and profound question; we must raise these questions, and in the end, we cannot change the fact that these were in fact representations, and we juxtaposed that we the contemporary works, and answer those questions. We must show the old, to show the new light, so as to show that there is a new way of showing Africa, and that we are not sick of showing ourselves. If anything, I hope the show proves that there is more to be seen.
Bisi Silva, Artistic Director, Centre for Contemporary Art (CCA), Lagos (collaborator on project )
I THINK (the exhibition, See me, See you) is really important in the sense that (before now) a lot of the images of Africans were actually being taken by non Africans, and they don’t give the sort of wide overview of the diversity and the complexity of Africans. So I think it is important when Africans actually begin to take pictures of themselves, and show who they are, the way they are, without embellishing anything, just presenting it to show the good, the bad and the ugly, and the different facets of our daily lives. This exhibition has some extremely interesting artistes from the older generation, like Malik Sidibe, Seidu Keita and JD Ojeikere to the younger generation of artistes who are practising, not just within the traditional photographic context, but also within the contextual art context.
It is about seeing ourselves the way we are. I always say that you need to show the ugly because if you don’t then you are lying, but it is the way in which you show the daily grind that really counts…This exhibition shows that we do need to show the diversity of who we are. Just as we have images of the molue, and the daily grind, we also have these beautiful images of a wedding, and you can see the beauty and the glory of our culture. And that is extremely important; you can see the children playing football from these pictures. That is a universal game that is played everywhere and anywhere. There is also this image that shows us with our mobile phones, which have become a very important part of who we are, especially in Africa, where there are no landlines. The mobile communication is what allows us to do our business, move from one place to the other, and keep in touch, not just with our close friends and family, but also people in other parts of the world. We are part of the digital revolution of the 21st century.

Monday, April 2, 2012


The 3rd Lagos Black Heritage Festival, LBHF, presents A NIGHT OF POETS, featuring 16 Nigerian and 16 Italian Poets in a public reading and performances under the thematic framework: BLACK MEDITERRANEAN: THE NIGERIAN-ITALIA CONNECTIONS

Date: TUESDAY April 3, 2012
Time: 7pm
Venue: Food’s Court, Freedom Park,
              Broad Street, Lagos

The poetic dialogue will be captured in a collaborative anthology — already underway — on the theme of MIGRATIONS: poems by 15 Italian/Italo-African poets North of the Mediterranean, and 15 Africans south. This Coffee-table collection will be published in time for the Festival in an illustrated bi-lingual edition.

The public reading on TUESDAY night will provide a poetic fiesta as Italian and Nigerian contributors perform their own lines, punctuated by vintage Italian and Nigerian music snatches.

The cross-generational Nigerian poets featuring in the project are: 

Richard Ali, editor Sentinel Nigeria MagazineDivan of the Four Winds;

 Gimba Kakanda whose works  have been published in various local and international media, including the Indian Journal Prosopisia: An Anthology of Poetry and Creative Writing; 

 Razinat T. Mohammed, whose collection of short stories titled, A Love Like a Woman’s and Other Stories won the maiden prize for the Association of Nigerian Authors/ Lantern Book Prize 2005;  

Uche Peter Umez, an alumnus of the International Writing Program (IWP), USA, and  UNESCO-Aschberg Laureate; 

Tolu Ogunlesi's poetry, essays and fiction have appeared in World Literature Today,  Transition,  WasafiriThe Caine Prize Anthology and translated into Chinese, Italian, Norwegian and Turkish;

Jumoke Verissimo, author of the poetry collection I Am Memory, and  winner of the 2009 Carlos Idzia Ahmad Prize for a first book of poetry, second prize 2009 ; among other prizes;

Ify Omalicha (late), author  Amidst the Blowing TempestThey Run Still & Now that Dreams are Born;
NB: If passed on in  a tragic auto accident recently while this programme was being prepared.

 Tade Ipadeola, is author of A Time of Signs (2000) and The Rain Fardel; his third volume The Sahara Testaments is about to be published.

  Ben Omowafola Tomoloju, dramatist, poet, singer and author of Jankariwo, Askari among other works, and producer, director of the yearly poetry programme,  P.L.A.Y.;

Olufunmi Aluko, winner 1st Prize for Poetry in the Poetry/Painting Competition of the Communion and Liberation Movement;

Deji Toye’s  collection of poems Millennial Liege is awaiting publication;

Chiedu Ezeanah’s  first book of poetry, , Solar Energies (Book 1 of The Tristia Trilogy), is soon to be published;

Chris Abani is author of the collections Sanctificum (2010), There Are No Names for Red (2010), Feed Me The Sun - Collected Long Poems (2010)  and Kalakuta Republic(2001) among others;

Ogaga Ifowodo, poet and writer, teacher of  poetry and literature in English at Texas State University, USA is author of three collections of poetry:Homeland and Other Poems, Madiba, and The Oil Lamp; and

Odia Ofeimun whose numerous collection of poems include  The Poet Lied (1980), A Handle For The Flutist (1986), Dreams At Work and London Letter And Other Poems (2000).

Wole Soyinka, Playwright, Poet, Essayist and Human Rights activist, and Nobel laureate (1986);

John Pepper Clark Bekederemo, poet and dramatist, and recipient of  the Nigerian National Merit Award for literary excellence (1991).


Sunday, February 5, 2012

iREP Documentary Film Festival, March 22-25; Lagos

Dear Friend  in film,

We formally extend invitation to you to participate in the 2012 iREP Documentary Film Festival, slated for March 22-25, 2012.  We invite you to propose any of your films that you deem related to the theme of the festival, Democracy and Culture: The Documentary Intervention for screening during the festival (see attached poster).

Conversation during the festival will also be focussed on this broad theme; and we request that you participate as a speaker/discussant.

Prof. Jean-Paul Colleyn, director of Institute of African studies, Paris, has agreed to give the KEYNOTE as well as conduct a MASTER WORKSHOP during the Festival.

The Workshop session and a segment of the Conference will, however, consider the potentials of the Nigerian films as presently constituted to -- in their production scheme -- explore and exploit the documentary format in its production virtues; hence the workshop is schematised under the generic theme, IS NOLLYWOOD DOCUMENTARY? The idea is also to explore the potentials and possibilities of theNollywood movies to spur the vocation of documentary film making in Nigeria.

The unfortunate situation in the Nigeria polity has grossly undermined the economic prospects of the country and consequentially frustrated our ability to raise fund for the purpose of the festival, but we are resolved to proceed with our plans even as we continue to strive to get the support of potential supporters for the project.

Kindly let us know if you would be available to participate at the festival on the mentioned dates.

Executive Director, IREP

Further details on