Book N Gauge 11: No Holds Barred

Book N Gauge 11: No Holds Barred promises to be a beautiful blend of literature and music, and of fact and fiction. Get set to encounter writers that have more to themselves than just being writers, and performers that are fully committed to their art.

The writers

Kenneth C. Madiebo is the author of The Kwerekwere Testament: The Complete Chronicles, a fictional work. As the product of a thirteen-and-half year study on the socio-economic and health impacts of forced migration on black Africans, The Kwerekwere Testament: The Complete Chronicles has its roots in fact.

Ukamaka Olisakwe is a writer, mother and banker. Her forthcoming debut novel, Eyes of a Goddess, will draw tears out of her readers. Eyes of a Goddess is a story of hardship, abuse, and the resilient spirit of those desperate to breathe in the air of freedom.

Babatunde Sule has lived most of his life in Lagos and has always mused about the complexities that both attract and repel millions from the city. His first work of fiction, Half This, Half That, is an expression of his inner musings about the millions of untold stories the city of Lagos harbors.

The performers

Aramide has written over 100 songs. In 2008, she was part of a show called ‘Divas Unplugged’ in the city of Jos; the show had all the leading female artistes in the Nigerian music industry. Aramide is also a guitarist and saxophonist, and has worked with artistes like M.I. and Jesse Jagz.

Olumide Holloway, better known as “Olulu, the King not from Zulu”, is a writer, poet and spoken word artiste. He is a regular performer at Lagos open mic events such as Freedom Hall, Chill and Relax and Taruwa. He’s also a member of a Christian Performance Poetry group named “CODE.”

As always, expect:

• One-on-one interaction between authors, performers and readers
• A platform for book enthusiasts to meet, interact and network
• Freebies! Invite five friends, ensure that they come for the event and win a free book.
• Live Musical performances
• Book signings

DATE: 28th April, 2012
TIME: 2pm – 5pm
VENUE: Debonair Bookstore, 294, Herbert Macaulay Way, Sabo, Yaba.

2012 Golden Baobab Prize call for entries

The Golden Baobab Prize was established to encourage the writing of African literature for children and young adults by recognizing gifted authors of the genre. It invites entries of unpublished short stories written by African citizens irrespective of age, race, or country of origin.

The three prize categories this year are: best story written for ages 8-11 years ($1000), best story written for ages 12 -15 years ($1000), and promising writer below age 18 ($800). Outstanding stories will also be connected with publishers all over the world.

Entries should be submitted in Microsoft Word or PDF format. The deadline for submissions is June 24, 2012 and winners will be announced in November 2012.

Please visit their website here for more information and submission guidelines.

No 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction

This year, for the first time in 35 years, the Pulitzer Prize board failed to select a winner for the highly coveted award for fiction. The Pulitzer prizes, announced on April 16 2012, include prizes for investigative reporting, photography, editorial cartooning and more.

Having narrowed the field down to three novels – David Foster Wallace’s The Pale King, Karen Russell’s Swamplandia and Denis Johnson’s novella, Train Dreams – Pulitzer Prize administrator, Sig Gissler, said none of the works received a majority from the three-man panel. This has generated mixed reactions from writers, publishers and the general public: while some are disappointed, others see it as a call to writers to be more innovative. This brings to mind the 2009 Nigeria Prize for Literature, for which no winner was announced and no prize awarded.

Ann Patchett, author and entrepreneur, has this to say about the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for fiction:

What goes on during a deliberation is a private matter for the jurors alone; the rest of us are privy only to the verdict. That holds true for book awards as well as murder cases. So when the Pulitzer Prize Board announced on Monday that there were three finalists for the fiction prize and no winner, we were left to draw our own conclusions.

So far I’ve been able to come up with two: either the board was unable to reach a consensus, or at the end of the day the board members decided that none of the finalists, and none of the other books that were not finalists, were worthy of a Pulitzer Prize.

What I am sure of is this: most readers hearing the news will not assume it was a deadlock. They’ll just figure it was a bum year for fiction.

As a novelist and the author of an eligible book, I do not love this. It’s fine to lose to someone, and galling to lose to no one.

Read the rest of the article here.

What are your thoughts on this?

Announcing the 2012 Farafina Trust Creative Writing Workshop

Farafina Trust will be holding a creative writing workshop in Lagos, organized by award-winning writer and creative director of Farafina Trust, Chimamanda Adichie, from August 14 to August 24 2012. The workshop is sponsored by Nigerian Breweries Plc. Guest writers, including the Caine Prize-winning Kenyan writer Binyavanga Wainaina, and Jeffery Allen, will co-teach the workshop alongside Adichie.

The workshop will take the form of a class. Participants will be assigned a wide range of reading exercises, as well as daily writing exercises. The aim of the workshop is to improve the craft of Nigerian writers and to encourage published and unpublished writers by bringing different perspectives to the art of storytelling. Participation is limited only to those who apply and are accepted.

Submission details:
All material must be pasted or written in the body of the e-mail. Please DO NOT include any attachments in your e-mail. Applications with attachments will be automatically disqualified. The deadline for submissions is June 25 2012. Only those accepted to the workshop will be notified by July 31 2012. Accommodation in Lagos will be provided for all accepted applicants who are able to attend for the ten-day duration of the workshop. A literary evening of readings, open to the public, will be held at the end of the workshop on August 24, 2012.

To apply, send an e-mail to Your e-mail subject should read: ‘Workshop Application.’

The body of the e-mail should contain the following:
1. Your name
2. Your address
3. A few sentences about yourself
4. A writing sample of between 200 and 800 words. The sample can be either fiction or non-fiction.

The Farafina Trust Creative Writing Workshop is now open to writers from all nationalities. Please do not hesitate to send in your entries.

The deadline for submission has been extended to July 8 2012. 

Easter Weekend Events

Hello, everyone. If you’re looking for places to relax and have fun with friends and loved ones this long weekend, here are a few ideas.

The Life House presents “In Conversation with George Osodi”
The Life House is proud to have Nigerian photographer, George Osodi, for the April edition of the In Conversation series. George and Toni Kan Onwordi, a author of Nights of the Creaking Bed and Songs of Absence and Despair, will discuss with attendees all the details of George’s new book, Delta Nigeria: The Rape of Paradise. The book centers around the exploitation of oil in the Niger Delta. Attendees will get a copy of this book at a discounted price. Admission is free for all, but you have to RSVP by sending an e-mail to

Date: Friday 6th April 2012
Time: 6 PM – 8 PM
Venue: The Life House, 33 Sinari Daranijo Street, off Ligali Ayorinde Street, Victoria Island, Lagos

Terra Kulture presents “Oh! How Dearly I Detest Thee”
Terra Kulture and Paws will be showing a mind-blowing stage play, Oh! How Dearly I Detest Thee, this Sunday. The play, which was written by Jeane Ngo Libondo and directed by Kenneth Uphopho, is a must watch for every Nigerian man and woman.

Date: Sunday 8th April 2012
Time: 3 PM & 6 PM
Venue: Terra Kulture, Plot 1376, Tiamiyu Savage Street, off Ahmadu Bello Way, Victoria Island, Lagos
Ticket Price: N 2,500

For more information and general enquiries, call 08037177106 | 08034448812

Happy Easter!