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!