Imaginary Conversations @ Ake by Chuma Nwokolo

Chuma Nwoloko, author of Diaries of a Dead African, and brilliant humorist, was at the Ake Arts and Book Festival. HE went with his camera, and he did not leave his wit behind. See below for a series of photos depicting the festival from another angle.

Warning: These pictures are real enough, but the conversations only occurred within the precincts of a writerly imagination.

Lola Shoneyin, Molara Wood, Lewis?, and a "CIA Agent".

Lola Shoneyin, Molara Wood, Lewis?, and a “CIA Agent”.

Richard Ali, Lola Shoneyin, Pius Adesanmi, Remi Raji.

Richard Ali, Lola Shoneyin, Pius Adesanmi, Remi Raji.

Toads for Supper!

Toads for Supper!

Presidential Plot!

“Oh come on, President Rem Raj, Your fellow writers will never sign up to a Third-Term-Agenda!”
“True, I don’t know what’s got into me. Must be this Abeokuta wine…”

Seriously. One Day I Will Also Write About This Airline ~ Binyavanga Wainaina

Seriously. One Day I Will Also Write About This Airline ~ Binyavanga Wainaina

"So I said to her: my name is Eghosa Imasuen, I am a Warripolitan, and she said to me: which kain Waripolitan? You dey drink red wine? Dem born you for New York Siri?"

“So I said to her: my name is Eghosa Imasuen, I am a Warripolitan, and she said to me: which kain Waripolitan? You dey drink red wine? Dem born you for New York Siri?”

Efe Paul Azino

Efe Paul Azino

Chuma Nwokolo & Ikhide Ikheloa.

Chuma Nwokolo & Ikhide Ikheloa.

Teju Cole & Tolu Ogunlesi

Teju Cole & Tolu Ogunlesi

Lolo Shoneyin, The Secret Lives of African Writers.

Lola Shoneyin, The Secret Lives of African Writers.

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This Weekend: Author’s Talk

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One of the most exciting things for a reader is getting a chance to hear authors read from their works and ask them questions about their works or their writing process. Goethe-Institut Lagos is presenting an opportunity for book lovers to have a good time at this month’s edition of Author’s Talk which holds at 2pm on Saturday, the 23rd of February, 2013 @Goethe-Institut Lagos.

Authors presenting excerpts from their books are;

1.       Chuma Nwokolo, author of Diaries of a Dead African and The Ghost of Sani Abacha. Chuma Nwokolo is well-known for his humorous works.

2.       Victor Ehikhamenor is the author of Excuse Me! the deep, funny and insightful collection of short essays.

3.       Onyinye Muomah is a writer whose works have been published in several leading newspapers and magazines.

4.       Terh Agbedeh is a journalist and poet whose works have been published in several leading newspapers and magazines.

The moderator for this event is Ugoma Adegoke of The Life House, and co-organizer is film critic and journalist, Derin Ajao.

Goethe-Institut is located at Lagos City Hall, Catholic Mission Street, opposite Holy Cross Cathedral, Lagos Island, Lagos.

Farafina books will be available for sale at the event. See you there!

Book n Gauge X: Call it what you want. Xpect anything!

For all you book lovers, Book n Gauge X comes up this Saturday! Book N Gauge X will feature conversations with two writers: Chuma Nwokolo and poet, Ralph Tathagata; and Performance by Efe Paul Azino. There will be music, poetry, readings and more music.

Writers
Chuma Nwokolo: Lawyer, writer and the publisher of African Writing magazine. He is author of the poetry collection, Memories of Stone, the serial Tales by Conversation, and many novels, including Diaries of a Dead African, the Pulpfaction Club Book of the Month for October. He was writer-in-residence at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford. For this edition, he will read from his latest collection of short stories, The Ghost of Sanni Abacha.

Ralph Tathagata was born in Obiohia-Bende, Abia State. Presently, he lives in Lagos. He is largely self-educated: a poet, a writer, a journalist and former general secretary of the Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA), Lagos State.

Performer
Plumbline studied as a geo-scientist, but rather than digging oil pipes; he “mines” words. Influenced by poets like the late Mamman Vatsa and the late Ken Saro Wiwa, the songwriter and spoken word artist has been writing poetry from his secondary school days. He performs spoken word poetry at events like Wordslam, Anthill, Taruwa, and hosts Chill and Relax.

Auction Session
There will be an auction session where you can get the latest books and CDs. There is also a surprise ‘X’ auction item; come find out what it is. What are you waiting for? Let the bargaining begin.

Other attractions:                               

  • One-on-one interaction with authors and performers
  • A platform for book enthusiasts to meet, interact and network (members of PulpFactionClub on Facebook and followers on Twitter would have an opportunity to meet).
  • Freebies, lots of them. Let’s start with this: invite five friends, ensure they come for the event and win a free book.
  • Live musical performance by Jeffrey Plumbline
  • Book signing

DATE:  March 31, 2012
TIME: STRICTLY 2pm – 5pm
VENUE: Debonair Bookstore, 294, Herbert Macaulay Way, Sabo, Yaba

Remember, bring five friends and win a free book! Gifts are available for early birds too.

Book ‘n’ Gauge is organized by PulpFaction Book Club, and aims at creating a platform where reading is seen as hip and cool.