Monthly Archives: November 2012

Inviting You To Lifelines Arts Show


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The public is invited to the monthly  Lifelines Art Show (LAS) with Tolu Fagbure; show of ALL arts: music, poetry, short story, fashion, dance, traditional chants, painting, batik design, pottery, etc. The show which holds last Sunday of every month at an exclusive Ibadan joint; Spider Cafe and Lounge Agbowo Shopping Complex Ibadan debuted on Sunday 25th March 2012 and is currently going into the ninth (9th) edition on Sunday 25th November 2012.

The eclectic art show which is a concept of MACROME Nigeria; a multimedia entertainment content provision outffit based in Ibadan, provides the platform for group and individual entertainment in an exhibition capsule. various artists/artistes are showcased for further patronage from prospective customers who have come to relax in this artistic ambience.

This Sunday 25th November 2012 is another opportunity for the people of Ibadan and environs to have great fun at the 9th edition of the monthly Lifelines Art Show with Tolu Fagbure at Spider Cafe & Lounge Agbowo Ibadan. Time is 4:30pm and content include Highlife / Juju / Fuji / Folktunes / Chants / jazz / Dance / Poetry in Performance / Visual Arts & Indoor games!!! Admission is PAY WHAT YOU WILL. Come & chill out!!!

Five Nigerian Authors Under 35

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–          Tolu Ogunlesi

Tolu Ogunlesi was born in 1982. He has written poetry since his Univetsity days. Tolu is the author of a collection of poetry, Listen to the Geckos Singing From A Balcony [Bewrite Books, UK, 2004]. His fiction and poetry have appeared in The Obituary, Wasafiri, Tango [Caine Prize Anthology 2006], Sable, Orbis, Eclectica, and elsewhere, and are forthcoming in Poesia and Jelly Paint. In 2007, he won a Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg poetry prize. He currently lives in Lagos, and works 8 to 5 as management consultant.


–          Jumoke Verissimo


Jumoke, born 26 December 1979, Lagos, is a Nigerian poet and writer. She won First Prize, Carlos Idize Ahmed Prize for a first book of poetry 2009, Second Prize, Anthony Agbo Prize for poetry 2009 and Honourable Mention Association of Nigeria [poetry] 2009.

The Punch describes Jumoke as, ‘one of those who will change the face of literature in Nigeria.’


–          Chibundu Onuzo


Chibundu Onuzo was born in Nigeria in 1991 and is the youngest of four children. She is currently studying History at Kings College, London. When not writing, Chibundu can be found playing the Piano or singing.

According to Seyi Gesinde of the Nigerian Tribune, Nigeria’s internal crises may be denting the country’s image abroad; yet, young Nigerians outside the country keep doing the country proud.

Last month, she was voted the United Kingdom’s number one Best Black student of 2012, by Rare Rising stars. This award made Chibundu the first woman to top the list.

Before now, Chibundu, in 2010 became the cynosure of all eyes when at 19 she made headlines globally as an undergraduate at King’s College, London, after signing a two novel deal with United Kingdom’s publishing giant, Faber and Faber which has published books by 12 Nobel Laureates and 6 Man Booker prize winners. For being signed on the publishing company’s label, Chibundu became the youngest female author to seal a deal with the prestigious UK Publisher.

Chibundu, who grew up in Lagos, attended Corona, Gbagada and Atlantic Hall Secondary schools, after which she traveled abroad to attend St. Swithuns school in Winchester and later attended King’s College, London

–          Uzodinma Iweala

Uzodinma Iweala was born November 5, 1982 is an author and Physician who hails from Washington, DC and Nigeria. His debut novel, Beast of No Nation, is a formation of his thesis work at Harvard. It depicts a child soldier in an unnamed African country.

The book published in 2005, has received considerable critical acclaim from sources like Time Magazine, The New York Times, Entertainment Weekly, The Times and Rolling Stone.

The son of Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Iweala attended St. Albens School in Washington DC and also attended Harvard College at Harvard University earning an A.B., magna cum laude, in English and American Literature and language in 2004 while at Harvard, Iweala earned Hoopes Prize and Dorothy Hicks Lee Prize for outstanding undergraduate Thesis, 2004; Eager Prize for Best Undergraduate short story, 2003; and the Horman Prize for creative writing, 2003.

He is a graduate of Columbia University college of Physician and surgeons, class 2011. He is currently a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced study at Harvard University. He won the New York Public Library’s 2006 Young Lions Fiction Award. In 2007, he was named as one of Granta magazine’s 20 best young American novelists.

–          Onyeka Nwelue

Onyeka Nwelue was born on January 31, 1988. He is a Nigerian writer and filmmaker, who divide his time between India and Lagos, Nigeria. Nwelue was born in Ezeoke Nsu, Imo State, the son of a politician father, Chief Sam Nwelue and school teacher, Mrs Kate Nwelue, also an Anglican Lay Reader and cousin to notable Nigerian writers Flora Nwapa an Chukwuemeka Ike. He leaved his village and attended Umonohu Primary school until he gained admission to Mount Olives Seminary, Umuezeala Nsu. He spent six years in the seminary, and in March 2006, at the age of 18, travelled to India to pursue a career in writing, living in the house of writer Abha Iyengar, before he became famous and made friends with writers and artistes of his generation, including Jyoti Guptara, one of the Guptara Twins, who was introduced to him by young Indian Scientist, innovator of Glabenator, Apurv Mishra. His first novel, The Abyssinian Boy was written within the three months of his six months stay in India, where he had gone to write, at the invitation of the India Intercontinental cultural Association [IICCA].

In India, Nwelue practiced Hinduism before turning to atheism. He writes mainly on religion and sexuality.



Introducing The Grasshopper Race by Folarin Olaniyi

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About The Book

When the boy and his friends, Ibeze, Shina, and Simbi runs playfully after a Grasshopper and it leads them to a land of the unknown, a land never plied for hundred years, their white teacher, Reverend Father Green Bottle, goes after them and realizes it is a trap. A trap predestined for many years.

The Grasshopper Race is the first book of Folarin Olaniyi, the Editor of Book Republic. The long book is published by Emotion Press, Ibadan.

To order for a copy of the book, mail A copy of the book goes for N500 0nly.

Turning Off Literary Agents From Reading Your Manuscript

Werewolves and Shotglasses

Pulling an article from Writer’s Digest, we are privy to another window into the minds of literary agents – that behind-closed-doors transparency that seems, at times, so difficult to obtain.

I don’t want to take away from the article, written by Livia Blackburne – which sounds like the real name of a X-Men – but I want to point out a few major pitfalls that turned off literary agents.

2. Slow beginnings: Some manuscripts started with too much pedestrian detail (characters washing dishes, etc) or unnecessary background information.

5. Clichés: “The buildings were ramrod straight.” “The morning air was raw.” “Character X blossomed into Y.” “A young woman looks into the mirror and tells us what she sees.” Clichés are hard to avoid, but when you revise, go through and try to remove them.

These two examples seem like no-brainers, but they must obviously be overused enough that literary…

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The First Agent Tweets of November

Live In Ibadan!

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Inviting you to the Arts  Theatre , University of Ibadan tomorrow and today. Come and enjoy this two plays directed by young stars of the prestigious school of higher learning.

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