African Creatives

Book Cover Reveal of TJ Benson’s ‘The Madhouse’ from Masobe Books

TJ Benson has a novel, The Madhouse, being published in 2020 by Masobe Books. Huge congratulations to TJ🎉

The Madhouse vibrant, mysterious book cover was revealed on Twitter earlier this week. Its stunning art. I can’t wait to read, photograph and review it!

Book Cover Designer: Anderson Oriahi (Brand Consultant, ZBM.

Fun Fact: The Madhouse is (geographical) set in Kaduna state, Nigeria. A calm place I’ve visited a couple of times. I worked with KabaFest (Kaduna Book and Arts Festival 2019) in September. Grateful I met my Queen there. I have family and friends there and absolutely love Kaduna. The book cover reminds me of how the Kaduna weather can switch from bright and sunny to cold and rainy. Books set in none mainstream Nigerian cities, towns or states always excite me.

Book Blurb
The Madhouse chronicles the lives of an unorthodox couple; a young woman, her husband and two children, and an abandoned house which becomes both a place of refuge and a place of torment for them. This richly-written and dreamscape-y novel spans the military regimes of Nigeria in the eighties to the present.

(Culled from their Twitter account)

Visit Masobe Books for more information of book launch dates, book reading events, and more

KADUNA BOOK AND ARTS FESTIVAL 2019: PART 2- THINGS TO NOTE

The Kaduna Book and Arts Festival (Kabafest) is a four-day programme of Arts and book-focused events which will include ‘booklogues’, workshops, performances, an art exhibition, a film screening and panel discussions with Nigerian and international writers and thinkers.

What to Expect?

The third edition from 11-14 September, 2019, features up to 70 guests comprising writers, poets, actors, musicians, artists and filmmakers. With booklogues and stimulating panel discussions on a wide range of important issues, discussions will be fun, thought-provoking and enriching.

Food-lovers will be able to enjoy our food tasting events which will feature flavours from outside Nigeria and an opportunity to enjoy an array of Northern Nigerian desserts.

..culled from kabafest.org

Venue
The Kaduna Book and Arts Festival will take place at the beautiful premises of the Silversand Hotel which is located at Nos 19, Katuru Road, Off Isa Kaita/Rabah Road, Unguwar Sarki, Kaduna – Nigeria.

Registration

Registration for Kaduna Book and Arts Festival costs N1000. Every registered individual will receive:

  • a Kabafest Bag
  • a Kabafest Guide
  • a Kabafest ID card and Lanyard

Register here Gem.

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Images source: Kabafest.org

Visit official website kabafest.org for more info.

ALitFest 2019

I attended ALitFest 2019 hosted by the Abuja Literary Society from 11th-13th of July 2019 at Exhibition Pavilion, Area 10, Garki.

The festival had creative guests, writers, bookstores, literary enthusiasts, vendors enjoy Panel discussions, Book Reading, Wedlock of the Gods stage adaptation, Arts auction, Poetry slam and Music performance.

My friends, Amaka, Logan, Tolu were guests of the festival. I was esctactic hugging and laughing with them and also watching them on panels.

“The 21st Century Nigerian man is learning everyday how to be human.”-Tolu Daniel

Panelist, The 21st Century Nigerian man #ALitFest19

Poetry Slam

I attended a little part of the interesting Poetry Slam, the evening of 12th July. From social commentary poems to a scintillating erotic poem about Banga soup to poems about betrayal to love poems. Two volunteers from Lipfest18 were in the poetry slam with lyrical poems. I shared videos in my I.G story highlights.

Panel Discussions

Saturday 13th, I attended 4 panel discussions, 2 in full and 2 in part. I unlearned, released and learnt.

“We have a wrong perception of a sexual perpetrator, it isn’t a man but a human. A victim is human.” -Dorothy

Panelist, #NigeriaToo- Sexual Harrassment in Nigeria’s public & private spaces

The 21st Century Nigerian man is a man who is constantly at war with himself and at war with the society. Self actualization is important for this man but in the context of family -Michael

Writer and Comment made from audience.

Art Auction

I also networked, walked through the Art Auction and discussed with two artists.

Bookstores and Book shopping

Logan February was kind to autograph my copy of his full length poetry collection.

Books at the RovingHeights Bookstore stand.

The Booksellers Limited stand

I shopped these two books for my dear reader and divalicious friend who values my recommendations. She wanted more African Queer Fiction after reading Stab Love with Flower Stalks. I got autographed copies of ‘In The Nude’ by Logan February and ‘Lákíríboto Chronicles’ by Ayodele Olofintuade. I worked within her budget also!

New Friends!

It was a delight getting introduced to Ope Adedeji, creative non-fiction writer and TJ Benson, writer and author. I met Fatima and her sister. Also Onyinye who were great conversationalists and fellow literary enthusiasts.

If you can attend any literary festival, please do!

Hangout with Ella Writes Naija

Last Saturday, I hung out with my good friend Ella Chikezie (Poet, Content Creator, Script Writer, Blogger at Ella Writes Naija)

Ella and I met at LIPFEST’18. She coordinated Guest Welfare, a team I was a volunteer for. Since then our friendship has grown. I thoroughly enjoy her poems, content, art exhibition visits, literary event coverage, short films and our conversations. You can check out The Colour of Struggle, her spoken word and acoustic video.

Spending time with her gave me so much joy and inspiration!

She is one friend I really looked forward to hanging out with in Lagos. I was so happy we could have a food date, catch up and talk. We ate Abula at Amoke, Honey Foods on Bode Thomas, Surulere Lagos. Ella hadn’t eaten it in almost 15 years. During Lipfest she, I and another friend were supposed to eat it together on the last day but the nearby restaurant didn’t open. It was a delightful time eating delicious Abula together.

Afterwards, we took a bike to Cream Slices Cakes and Desserts at 109 Ogunlana Drive, Surulere Lagos for our initial planned icecream date. Because with Lagos traffic, bikes are a much more fun, time saving, expense.

One of the reasons we hung out was to celebrate Ella getting selected for the Accelerate TV Filmmakers project 2019. I’m uber proud of her actively pursuing film production. We talked about our goals, current reads and SHE CALLED ME WOMAN, juggling school and blogging and working more than one job. I noted that we both mentioned focusing on interests we are passionate about while in juggling these. As always our conversation was truthful, insightful, inspiring, witty and punctuated with pictures.

We had yummy Blueberry (lilac scoops above), White Truffle Chocolate and Rocky Road icrecream(in front bowl) and Red Velvet Grateau. All below N4k! There were these chunks of bitter chocolate that blessed my tastebuds.. “a bitter end to a rocky road”. The ambience was intimate and calm. With rectangular spaces, artsy seats, and really chic bulbs. A cosy place for working. Shout out to Elijah that attended to us. If you are in Lagos, check out Cream Slices.

Say Chinchin📸

What’s a celebration without cake?

Delicious Red Velvet Grateau layered with whipped cream.

Cream Slices had a wide range of unique, creative icecream flavours

Hydrate and Shine

Our cute creative, Ella

Melanin Magic!

Happiness is free!

I’ll advice make out time to spend with loved ones when you can. Because someday all that free time would be invested in yourselves.