Introducing the 3G Series by Prof. Remi Sonaiya

Governance and politics have always been  hot topics in Nigeria, and with the 2011 elections and the recent fuel subsidy issue, this is even more so. The 3G series presents an opportunity for Nigerians, young and old, to get together and plot Nigeria’s future.

3G (Getting Good Governance) is a series of symposia that seeks to engage with the challenges confronting Nigeria. It will be held periodically and is born out of a commitment to seeing good governance instituted in Nigeria. The first forum is tagged “Governance and the Crisis of Trust in Nigeria,” and will involve three segments:

a. Leadership Evolution: cultural impediments to democratic leadership; qualifications (training, skills, competencies) required for leadership; internal democracy in political parties; etc.
b. Practice/Conduct of Governance: general behaviour of elected officials; transparency in policy formation and implementation; provision of services to the populace; “diaspora” politicians; etc.
c.  Citizens’ Rights and Responsibilities: mechanisms for citizens’ empowerment in terms of their rights and responsibilities and how to demand accountability from those they have elected into office.

As part of the proposed symposium, there will be a public presentation of the book, A Trust to Earn: Reflections on Life and Leadership in Nigeria, written by Remi Sonaiya. Copies of the book will be available for sale at the venue.

Details of the event are as follows:

Date: Saturday, March 10 2012
Time: 10.00 am to 4.00 pm
Venue: Banquet Hall, Lagos Airport Hotel, Ikeja

For more details, please contact Prof. Remi Sonaiya on 08034958487, or

An Evening of Readings: New African Writing II

Hello, everyone. We hope you had a lovely weekend.

If you missed the New African Writing reading last Friday at The Life House, then you missed out on a fun evening. Eight out of the selected fifteen writers were available to read their work. Also, we had five distinguished writers – Tolu Ogunlesi, Jude Dibia, Eghosa Imasuen, Toyin Akinosho and Toni Kan – with us to help critique the stories and offer constructive feedback to the writers. The audience also contributed by sharing their comments and impressions on the stories. Please see photos of the event below.

The audience

The audience

The panelists (L-R): Tolu Ogunlesi, Jude Dibia, Eghosa Imasuen, Toyin Akinosho, Toni Kan

Akumbu Uche

Akugo, reading for Ema Iruobe

Egbe Nnamdi Fred

Vivian Atureta, reading for Juliana Aja

Pemi Aguda

Amiola Aguda, reading for Valerie Ekpo

Gboyega Otolorin

We say a big thank you to the judges and attendees for their support, and to everyone who sent in their submissions. We plan on making the New African Writing initiative a continuous one, and our goal is to help bring new African writing to the fore through it.

Book n Gauge 9: Nine and Still Counting

The ninth edition of Book n Gauge is here! This edition will feature one writer, El-Nukoya, author of Nine Lives, and two performers, Nayo Soul and Razaq Ivori.

Book n Gauge 9 will hold at Debonair Bookstore, 294 Herbert Macaulay Way, Sabo, Yaba, Lagos, on Saturday, 25th February 2012, from 2pm to 5pm.

It will be a fun time of book readings, auctions and signings, and live performances (music and spoken word). There will also be lots of freebies! You do not want to miss this.

Book n Gauge is hosted by Pulp Faction Book Club, in collaboration with Debonair Bookstore, Yaba, Lagos, and Wordsmithy Media

New African Writing: The Second Reading

Hello, everyone.

There will be a reading tomorrow to mark the close of the second phase of the New African Writing call for submissions. The selected fifteen writers will read excerpts from their stories and get feedback from our panel of esteemed writers. It promises to be a fun evening, and we invite all book lovers and art enthusiasts to join us.

Venue: The Life House, 33 Sinari Daranijo Street, off Ligali Ayorinde Street, Victoria Island, Lagos
Time: 7.00 pm
Date: Friday, 24th February, 2012

Entry is absolutely free!

New African Writing: The Second Fifteen

The second phase of the New African Writing call for entries has ended, and another fifteen short stories have been selected. Subject to further review, the writers stand the chance of getting their stories published in our e-book collection coming out later this year.

They are, in no particular order:

Simsim Halwa by Claudette Oduor
Curiosity by Akumbu Uche
Atonement by Valerie Nene Asuquo Ekpo
Fallen Embers by Egbe Nnamdi Fred
Secret Wars by Gothataone Moeng
Maurice by Gboyega Otolorin
The Queue by Tendai Huchu
The Hawker by Juliana Aja
The Vortex by Pemi Aguda
Mother’s Milk by Ema Iruobe
Gatecrashing by Joy Nwiyi
Nothing but the Truth by Osakwe Nwamaka
Incubus by Edwin Ifechukwu Okolo
Violent by Zainab Omaki
The Pink Chick by Uche Okonkwo

Congratulations to the selected writers, and we say thank you to everyone who sent in submissions. Please join us for a reading of the selected stories this Friday, where they will also be critiqued by our panel of esteemed writers.

Date: Friday, 24th February 2012
Time: 7.00 pm
Venue: The Life House, 33 Sinari Daranijo Street, off Ligali Ayorinde Street, Victoria Island

Entry is free!

Doreen Baingana at The Life House

It was a lovely evening with Doreen Baingana at The Life House last Friday. The award-winning author, read from her book, Tropical Fish, and treated the audience to a lovely piece fresh from her just-concluded residency in Iseyin, Oyo State.

Doreen shared her experiences as a writer, and talked about her time in Nigeria. The audience was a lively one, and discussions often veered from literature to politics and governance, and on to a variety of subjects. All in all, it was a splendid evening. See pictures of the event below:

Doreen Baingana

Doreen with Lanre Shasore, the moderator

The audience

An Evening with Doreen Baingana

Hello, everyone.

As part of the New African Writing initiative by Kachifo Limited and the ABC Literary Cafe at The Life House, award-winning writer, Doreen Baingana, will be spending time with us at The Life House this evening. She will be reading from her work, sharing about life and writing and taking questions from the audience. Aspiring writers and all lovers of literature and the arts are welcome to attend. Entry is free!

The Life House is located at 33 Sinari Daranijo Street, off Ligali Ayorinde Street, Victoria Island, Lagos, and the event will kick off at 6 pm. See you there!

New African Writing: The first reading

The first phase of New African Writing ended with a reading of some of the selected short stories by the writers at The Life House last Friday. Our esteemed panelists, Jude Dibia, Ike Oguine and Toyin Akinosho, were on hand to give the writers constructive criticism and feedback on the stories. Here are some photos from the event:

Agbonmire Ifeh Clement

The panelists, Jude Dibia, Ike Oguine and Toyin Akinosho

Remi-Roy Oyeyemi

Timendu Aghahowa

Funke Ogundimu

Banjo Bankole Sijuade

Another reading will be taking place at The Life House on February 24, so if you couldn’t be at the last one, please keep your diaries open.

If you are a writer, you have another shot at getting your stories critiqued by our panel. Send your short story of no more than 5,000 words to Emails should include your name, phone number and email address. Please note that only short stories of 5,000 words or less will be considered, and multiple entries are not allowed. The deadline for submissions is February 19.

Also for writers out there, Doreen Baingana will be speaking on writing and reading from her work on Friday, February 17. The event is open to all, and it takes place at The Life House, 33 Sinari Daranijo Street, off Ligali Ayorinde Street, Victoria Island, Lagos.

Call for New African Writing: The Second Phase

The first phase of the New African Writing initiative is almost over, with fifteen of the best entries selected for review. We now announce the start of the second phase, and for writers who did not get a chance to submit the first time, this is another opportunity. Kachifo Limited and ABC Literary Cafe once again call on emerging African writers to send in their submissions.

The submission instructions are same as before. Send in your short stories of not more than 5,000 words to, and include your name, email address and phone number. Please note that nonfiction entries and stories over 5,000 words will not be considered. Also, writers are not allowed to send in more than one entry; where they do, we will accept the first and disregard any others. The deadline for this phase is midnight on the 19th of February. From the entries submitted in this second phase, another fifteen of the best will be selected and critiqued by our panel of esteemed writers. Writers who sent in submissions for the first phase are free to participate again, provided they send in a different entry.

New African Writing is aimed at promoting and showcasing new writing out of Africa, and as part of this initiative, Doreen Baingana will be hosting a session at The Life House on February 17, where she will talk about writing and give writing tips and lessons for emerging writers, read from her work and answer questions from the audience. Doreen won the 2006 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize and the AWP Award in Short Fiction for her book, Tropical Fish. She was also a two-time finalist for the Caine Prize for African Writing.

Meanwhile, don’t forget to join us for the first phase of readings at 6 pm today at The Life House, 33 Sinari Daranijo Street, off Younis Bashorun Street, off Ajose Adeogun Street, Victoria Island Lagos. See you there!

New African Writing: The Top Fifteen Entries

Hello, everyone. We are glad to announce the fifteen short stories selected for the first phase of the New African Writing contest. They are, in no particular order:

Across the Third Mainland Bridge by Aaron Akinyemi
Kissing Susan by Bankole Oluwole
Chief Bridesmaid by Nkem Awachie
Widows’ Close by Funke Ogundimu
Three Birds and a Nest by Timendu Aghahowa
The Unyielding Sacrifice by Adaeze Osuizugbe
The Governor’s Visit by Saratu Morolayo
Fifty Years of Sweet Memories by Kechika Nomu
The Boy with the Broken Teeth by Bode Asiyanbi
Springboard from the Past by Remi-Roy Oyeyemi
Of Lemons and Lemonade by Aderonke Taiwo
Once Upon a Rapping Shotgun by Akpoveta Valentine
Slingshot by S.A. Sabo
A Miracle Scorned by Banjo Bankole-Sijuade
Ajebutter Dilemma by Adebayo Adegbembo

Congratulations to the writers, and thanks to everyone who sent in their stories. The selected entries will be critiqued by our esteemed panel and, pending further review, stand the chance of being published in our e-book collection of short stories later this year.

There will be an evening of readings, where the selected short stories will be read and critiqued. The event holds tomorrow, 10 February, at 6 pm. The venue is The Life House, 33 Sinari Daranijo Street, off Younis Bashorun Street, off Ajose Adeogun Street. Entry is free and everyone is invited.