LAGOS – SHINE YOUR EYE. Lights, Camera, AFRICA!!! Film Festival is back this month

The Life House, Lagos in partnership with The African Film Festival, Inc (AFF) are proud to host the 2nd Lights, Camera, Africa!!! Film Festival in September 2012.

Our inaugural festival in 2011 brought to Nigeria some of the most exciting and original pieces of African cinema from within the continent and the Diaspora that explored independence through an African lens.

This year, Lights, Camera, Africa!!! Film Festival 2012 will hold over the Independence Day holidays from Friday, 28 September to Monday, 1 October with the theme, Shine your Eye’.

Check out the website and other links for more news on the festival and its highlights:
Stadium Hotel makes its World début at Lights Camera AFRICA!!! 2012 at 4pm on 1/10/2012
at Freedom Park
FEMI ODUGBEMI will moderate what we know will be a lively dynamic conversation with MAHEN BONETTI in the festival’sIn Conversation Series on Sunday 30th September 2012 at the British Council at 1.25pm
Acclaimed short film, Big Man, by award-winning director, JULIUS ONAH, shall continue its strong run on the global film festival circuit.

It shows at the Lights, Camera, AFRICA!!! 2012 Film Festival. on 30th September 2012 at 7pm.
Nigeria’s foremost cinematographer, TUNDE KELANI, will teach a Cinematography Masterclass as part of LCA!!! 2012’s arts education initiative. The workshop is FREE and holds on Sunday 30th September 2012 at the British Council at 3.45pm.

“WE WANT YOUR FILM!”: Announcing LCA 2012


Wherever you are in the world, and whether you are reading this at film school, in your basement, secret laboratory or elsewhere: WE WANT YOUR FILM!

The second Lights, Camera, AFRICA!!! (LCA) Film Festival takes place in the vibrant city of Lagos, Nigeria, from 28th September to 1st October 2012, with the theme “Shine Your Eye”.

Against a background of political movements, seismic and even incremental shifts across the African continent in the past year, we have witnessed a spreading spirit of community mobilisation with the growth of ‘Occupy’ movements, each one emboldening the ones that come after. This growing sense of urgency has fuelled the courage of ordinary citizens to actively participate in change that proves to be inevitable. ‘Shine Your Eye’ – a Nigerian pidgin English phrase used to encourage awareness – embodies the resolve of the active citizen asking questions, seeking answers and possessing their space.

LCA 2012 brings you the very best of the brightest ideas in African cinema, and this year we introduce a prize for Festival Favourite.

The start date for entries is 16th  July 2012, and you can send us your films via post to LCA 2012 Film Festival, Block A1 – A10, Suite 306, Sura Shopping Complex, Simpson Street, Lagos. You can find the online form for entries and all necessary information at

Please note that films need to have been made after January 2011, and must be received by us on or before 30th August 2012.

We look forward to watching your films.

This message is brought to you by the Life House Team. For more information, email or call +234 703 403 0683.


Eghosa Imasuen at Authors Talk

Eghosa Imasuen, author of Fine Boys, will be at the Authors Talk event this weekend. Authors Talk is organized by the Goethe Institut and The Life House, and presents a platform for emerging writers to mingle with publishers, journalists and lovers of the arts.

Date: Saturday, July 7, 2012
Venue: City Hall, Catholic Mission Street, Lagos Island
Time: 3pm

Entry is free!

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!

In Conversation with Segun Adeniyi

The March edition of The Life House’s “In Conversation” series comes up on Sunday, March 4 2012. This edition features Segun Adeniyi, journalist, columnist and author of the acclaimed book, Power, Politics and Death, in conversation with Tolu Ogunlesi. The discussion will touch on politics, governance, public service and the news media in Nigeria, and copies of Power, Politics and Death will be available for sale.

Date: Sunday, March 4 2012
Time: 7.00 pm to 9.00 pm
Venue: The Life House, 33 Sinari Daranijo Street, off Ligali Ayorinde Street, Victoria Island, Lagos

Entry is free, but reservations are recommended. For reservations and more information, please email

*Segun Adeniyi has previously served as editor of ThisDay newspaper, and Special Adviser on Communications to the late Nigerian President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua. He is currently the chairman of the ThisDay editorial board, and author of four books, including The Last 100 Days of Abacha.


*Until recently, Tolu Ogunlesi was features editor and editorial board member of NEXT newspaper. He is also an acclaimed writer.

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.

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!