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.
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
laspapi will be the compere for the Lagos reading
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