AKE ART AND BOOK FESTIVAL IS UNDERWAY

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The Ake Art and Book Festival kicked off on Tuesday 19th November and no one is more excited than us! We really, really would like to meet you at the Festival. Five of our Authors, Igoni Barrett, Abraham Oshoko, Binyavanga Wainaina, Olusegun Adeniyi and Eghosa Imasuen along with other literary voices, Teju Cole, Yewande Omotoso, Molara Wood, Victor Ehikamenor and others will be buzzing about at the various discussion panels and events.

If that’s not enough, the will be art exhibitions and plays; including the stage adaptation of the Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives based on the book by author and Festival organiser, Lola Shoneyin.

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Cast of #BabaSegi’s at rehearsal

The Festival ends on Sunday 24th November after a truly amazing weekend line up. Checheck out the full programme here.

For directions to the Festival click here.

Want to know more about the Festival?  Read on…

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Question: What is the Ake Arts and Book Festival all about?

Answer: The Ake Arts and Book Festival is a six-day programme of cultural, artistic and literary events. These will include readings, master classes, workshops, performances and talks delivered by both Nigerian and international authors, thinkers, poets, filmmakers, actors, artists and academics.Events will also include a comprehensive book fair, schools visits, a stage play, film showings, a musical concert, and library openings to pupils, publishers and book-buyers will be invited. Members of the public will be invited to participate in these events to promote social inclusion.

Question: Do I need an invitation to attend the festival?

Answer: No, you do not need an invitation to attend the festival. However, you need to register and registration costs N1000/ $6.50. Registration gives you access to the festival venue and to some of the free events. You will also be entitled to the festival welcome package. The registration fee is a one-off payment. We have both free events and events that can be booked and paid for online/in person prior to the event or in person at the venue. Because of the generosity of sponsors, most events are free.

Question: How do I register for the master classes?

Answer: You apply on the website, and you are required to have foundational knowledge of the classes you wish to apply for. You will be notified if you have been accepted by October. Please note that the selections will be made by the facilitators on a first come, first serve basis. We encourage you to apply early.

Question: How can I participate in the online competitions?

Answer: The online competitions is open to everyone. All you have to do is create an account on the website and you can start sending in your answers. You will be notified by email if you are one of our lucky winners.

Question: Will the books of participating authors be available at the festival?

Answer: Yes, books written by visiting authors will be available at the festival and you will be able to get your books autographed. From October if you are interested in a particular author, you will be able to buy the books online, or pick them up at our Lagos office or the Ibadan or Abuja depot.

Question: Is it only the books that I buy at the book fair that the authors will autograph?

Answer: No. You can come with copies you bought previously or the books that you ordered before the festival.

Question: I am an author and I would like to participate in the festival and showcase my work, how can I do this?

Answer: Please send an email to office@akefestival.org. We invite our guests to participate ten months before the actual festival.It is unlikely that you will be invited to the 2013 festival but there’s always next year. Each year, we will have a different theme. It is important that your work is in line with our criteria, and that your work is given the go-ahead by our guest selection committee.

 

Welcome To The New Quintessence

Kachifo is really excited to introduce the stunning new business location of an old friend. Quintessence, that 30 plus year old Lagos institution, has moved from Falomo Shopping Centre to Parkview Estate in Ikoyi.

Just about every publisher of good literature in Nigeria probably lists Quintessence as a friend and business partner and Kachifo is no exception. We’re very proud to be in the line up of the inaugural events at their new location. This Saturday 19th of October, Quintessence hosts two critically acclaimed Farafina authors, Binyavanga Wainana and Igoni Barrett on the release of  the Nigerian editions of their books One Day I Will Write About This Place and Love Is Power Or Something Like That.

We recently visited the new store and were very pleased to find that the address is the only major change in our long time friend. Quintessence is still the top destination for superior African arts, crafts, fashion and books. And we have the photo evidence to show it!

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This Saturday is as good a day as any to come and experience all this and more for yourself.

The new Quintessence is right at the entrance of Parkview Estate on Gerard Rd in Ikoyi.

Busy October – events and readings

It promises to be a hectic few weeks for staff and friends of Farafina. We finally release Nigerian editions of two titles that have taken the world by storm.

Binyavanga Wainaina’s memoir, his debut book, One Day I Will Write About this Place has been named as a Book of the Festival at the 2013 edition of the Port Harcourt Book Festival which will run from 21st to the 26th of October in, you guessed it, Port Harcourt, Rivers State. Formerly known as the Garden City Literary Festival, the PHBF will be the gracious hosts to the Nigerian launch of Binyavanga’s books on Friday, the 25th of October at the Royal Banquet Hall of The Hotel Presidential. This event, which with Binyavanga and his book as its subject promises to be super, will be followed by a book signing at the Atlantic Hall.

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Igoni Barrett collection of short stories has received uncommon praise from many quarters. Love is Power or Something Like That was described quite succinctly by Nobel Laureate Nadine Gordimer as, “Something alive, like that.” As a writer who has had a long relationship with us, we are particularly proud to be presenting the Nigerian Farafina edition of this collection of short stories at an event in Abuja. Salamander Cafe has partnered with Farafina to host Igoni at a launch event-cum-book reading in their beautiful premises at 5 Bujumbura Street, off Libreville Street, Off Aminu Kano Crescent, Wuse 2 Abuja. Yes, folks, we are coming to Abuja. On the 2nd November at 2pm. Hey. It is close enough to October to count.

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All these events will be preceded by a preview of sorts. As the last post advertised, Igoni and Binyavanga will read together in Lagos on the 19th of October 2013. We all expect you to be there at Quintessence’s beautiful serene new premises at Parkview Estate (it is the first compound on the right at the estate gate) off Gerrard Road Ikoyi.

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So there. This is our October. We know that you, all of you, friends and family of Farafina, will be with us all of the way. Come to these events; make them a success. There must be one happening near you.

And a few more things are planned for November. There is a rumour making the rounds in the office that Kachifo and Farafina plan to launch two new imprints. Once we confirm this gist, you will be the first to know. *wink wink*

 

Igoni Barrett and Binyavanga Wainaina Read in Lagos in October

Quintessence will, on Saturday the 19th of October, host the first readings of the Nigerian editions of critically acclaimed books by two authors.

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Igoni Barrett’s Love is Power or Something Like That has been described as “Something alive, like that,” by none other than Nadine Gordimer. In this collection of short stories, Igoni, with humour and tenderness, introduces us to an utterly modern Nigeria, where desire is a means to an end, and love is a power as real as money.

Binyavanga Wainaina, storyteller, essayist, and force of nature won the Caine Prize in 2002 for his short story cum essay Discovering Home. This brilliant story would be fleshed out into the incredible memoir of life lived, and home found, One Day I Will Write About This Place.

Farafina presents these books at the event of the year: Igoni and Binyavanga under one roof. You do not want to miss it. We will see you at 2pm on Saturday the 19th of October 2013.

Venue: Quintessence, Plot 13, Block 44 Parkview Estate Entrance, off Gerrard Road, Ikoyi. (See photo for map)

Prizes will be one by the early birds.

 

African Novels To Look Out For

Samuel Kolawole has written a list of African novels to watch out for. The full list is published HERE by TheGuardian.

Read excerpt below:

This year is looking good for African writing. We should expect new discoveries and fresh voices to emerge from the continent as there are still stories yet to be told whilst those who have already proven themselves will likely wax stronger. This is who we expect to rock

Noviolet Bulawayo (Zimbabwe)

We Need New Names is the lovely title of the forthcoming debut novel by Noviolet Bulawayo (pen name of Elizabeth Tshele). Noviolet won the Caine Prize for African Writing in 2011 for her story Hitting Budapest

Igoni Barrett (Nigeria)

…Known for the raw energy of his prose and characters that feel alive on the page, Barrett’s new collection of stories Love Is Power, Or Something Like That is due to be published in the UK, US and Nigeria in June. I encourage you to put it on your list of must-reads for 2013.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (Nigeria)

Celebrated novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie returns with a new novel Americanah. The title comes from the word Nigerians use for those who have left the country for the US and become “Americanised” – a borderline insult…

Mehul Gohil, Teju Cole, Beatrice Lamwaka and Nnedi Okorafor are some of the other writers listed. Read more HERE

P.S. Adichie’s Americanah will be available for sale in April, Igoni’s Love is Power, or Something Like That will be available for sale in May, while Okorafor’s Zahrah the Windseeker is currently available for sale at N500.

 

The Guardian UK interviews Muhtar Bakare

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Muhtar Bakare, ex-banker, book lover and MD/CEO of Kachifo Limited, gave an insightful interview with The Guardian recently. Read an excerpt below:

Muhtar Bakare believes in the quietest of revolutions. He thinks what we read can change us. He has lived and worked in Nigeria all his life and passionately believes everyone has the right to tell their own story.

His own is remarkable. He gave up his position as a bank executive to start an independent publishing house because no one was publishing fiction. Did people shake their heads over the brave folly of his enterprise? “Definitely! But setting up a publishing company was always going to be a challenge. And it still is: we have no distribution network and there is blatant piracy – infringement of intellectual property. People have to struggle against this, which can inhibit the power to be productive.”

But nothing seems to inhibit Bakare. He cites his voracious reading as a spur – he studied architecture at university and was fascinated by politics and economics. This showed him the world was “ruled by ideas and I was concerned Nigerians were not contributing enough to their production”. He became a banker because finance was “part of the way the world was structured” and he understood its influence. But he maintains that, even as he joined, he knew he would one day leave to become a publisher.

Culled from The Guardian. Read the rest of this article here.