Photos from #FarafinaReads with Lesley Arimah

The much anticipated #FarafinaReads events with Lesley Nneka Arimah, author of What It Means When A Man Falls From The Sky took place in Abuja and Lagos, on 18th and 20th January 2018. Following the excitement many readers expressed on social media after reading the collection, it was a thing for joy for many to finally meet the author and interact with her. Both book reading events were well attended.
Ileri lawal, an attendee described the event on Instagram as a ‘beautiful book reading’. Olaide Wangai Akin, said the reading was one with a ‘lovely atmosphere and lovely people’.
The Q&A session with the author, moderated by Adebola Rayo also proved to be insightful. When asked about her obvious emphasis on mother-daughter relationships in her collection, Arimah replied that she had “wanted to explore all the ways that such relationships could turn out.”
She also spoke on the use of magical realism in her work and its benefits. “[With it,] we are able to take social conventions in our world and put it in another dimension and see them take on another form.” One of her responses at the book reading that made the audience laugh for a while was when she admitted that she found it very easy to write about unlikeable characters.
The book reading in Lagos was held at Herbert Macaulay Library, Yaba and in collaboration with the You Read initiative of GTBank.
See pictures from the Lagos event below.

4 thoughts on “Photos from #FarafinaReads with Lesley Arimah

  1. It was an interesting event o – this Lagos one. Now, I am ‘jealousing’ them. It seems everybody came out for her. I was there at the Abuja version. I should be putting up a few pictures and a brief write-up. I had thought we would have maybe ten or so people since it was at lunch hour but you can imagine my surprise. We had at least forty people at Booksellers. And they were excited. I am reading the book and will do a review soon too. Well done Farafina and thanks for bringing Lesley Nneka to us. She is a gift.

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