Thursday, April 03, 2008



Attended a Press briefing/Dinner at Yellow Chilli last night with the farafina publishing house crew. The occasion was the presentation of the London-based Biyi Bandele, and his novel, Burma Boy , published by farafina in Nigeria. It is a story based on a 14 year old Northern Nigerian, Ali Banana, who fought in the 2nd World War. Biyi is the writer of many plays and novels including the critically-acclaimed stage adaptation of "Things Fall Apart".

In attendance were Muhtar Bakare, C.E.O. of Farafina, Jide Bello the lawyer and almost unequalled arts enthusiast, Makin Soyinka, Tunde Aladese and laspapi amongst several others. Biyi Bandele, modest and soft-spoken, discussed his book and the Nigerian literary situation with all present.

The book tour is in collaboration with the British Council.

Tour dates:

Lagos - Saturday the 5th of April at 5pm.
British Council- 20 Thompson Ave, Ikoyi

Kano - Tuesday the 8th of April at 6pm
British Council- 10 Emir's Palace Rd, Kano

Abuja - Wednesday the 9th of April at 6pm
British Council - Plot 3645, IBB Way, Maitama

Port Harcourt - Friday the 11th of April at 6pm
British Council Information Centre - Plot 127 Olu Obasanjo Way
GRA II

laspapi will be the compere for the Lagos reading

RSVP- Nkemjika Ojiji- 0803 409 7613

8 comments:

Uzo said...

I would love to see the stage adaptation of Things Fall Apart....

Jaycee said...

Again, making me LONG that I was right there in Naij to attend!

*sigh*

laspapi said...

@ uzo- who knows? It might happen again soon.

@ jaycee- sooner than later, jaycee, we'll bring it to you.

Woomie O! said...

got ur e-mail...couldn't come to see 'Sizwe Bansi is dead'...something (good) came up.
i'll most def see one of these April shows...and i'll say 'hi' to you if i get the time+chance.

be good and abound.

ttyl.


PS: u were right bout this blogging thingy...my problem is uploading images...it never works for me(...and my stupid dial-up)

Sha said...

dis is d 2nd time i'm seeing this book on blogger. I need to get one

anonymous gal said...

so i guess i hv to read burma boy.i wonder why i have been reluctant, mayhaps its coz it does not strike me as a good read.well im off to nu metro...afta work that is.

Free-flowing Florida said...

my only problem is why r publishers in najia more focused in publishing foreign-based writers. look at cassava republic here in abuja. it's discouraging

Renegade Eye said...

Looks like a great event.