If you are in Abuja and you want to relax in an artistic ambience this evening, then the BookJam@Silverbird is the event. The book for review is Lola Shoneyin’s hilarious narration of a polygamous home, The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives.
The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives is a story that explores polygamy in the Nigerian context. ‘For a polygamist like Baba Segi, his collection of wives and a gaggle of children are the symbol of prosperity, success and validation of his manhood. Everything runs reasonably smoothly in the patriarchal home, until wife number four intrudes on this family romance’ and threatens to reveal a devastating secret.
Joining Lola at this event is the popular actor, Femi Branch, whose collection of plays and fifty poems was recently published in his anthology, From Senbora. Poet, Kufre Ekanem, would also be reading from about his debut poetry book, The Ant Eaters: a collection of rants and anthems.
The BookJam@Silverbird Abuja is a book party, a collaboration of the Abuja Literary Society and Silverbird. It is anchored by co-host of the Abuja Poetry Slam, Jide Attah, and consists of book readings, book signings, raffle draw and a discussion by the guest authors. In addition, there will be special Slam poetry performance by some of Abuja’s finest Slam champions.
Held on the last Friday of every month at the Silverbird Entertainment Centre, Central Area, Abuja, at 6pm, the monthly book feast has become a stable staple in Abuja’s literary calendar, promoting book sales, author-fan interaction and a literary culture in Nigeria’s federal capital city.