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Literary feast holds today at Goethe Institut’s maiden Book Party

LEADING foreign cultural centre in Nigeria, Goethe Institut, stages its maiden Book Party today, coincidentally ‘World Children Day’.

The event, holding from 3pm at the Institut’s home at 7 Anifowoshe Street, Victoria Island, Lagos, aims to be a recurrent major contribution to development of literature in the country.

Coordinator of the project, Georges Guillaume Gambadatoun, the institut’s head of Information, stated that the event promises to be “an immersive experience, and will feature launch of If An Eagle Cannot See by John Pascal Anakwe, a poetry book that explores socio-economic and political realities in contemporary Nigeria from the writer’s perspective.

As part of the launch, the work will be dramatically performed by a group of professional voice actors, set to a background of ambient music.

Other works to be performed include:

  • Kome Otobo’s Nigerian Gods, which details the rich diversity of divinity across Nigerian ethnic groups
  • Who’s Who in the Yorùbá Pantheon by Peju Akande, Toni Kan & Jahman Anikulapo, which showcases the mythologies and worlds of the Orisa
  • The Women in the Mirror by Achalugo Chioma Ilozumba, which explores the process of family and reconciliation
  • It’s Not About The Burqa, an edited anthology by Mariam Khan, which is composed of essays by Muslim women seeking to challenge stereotypes about their identity
  • People live here by TJ Benson which explores the life-changing circumstances of a 25-year-old single mother on a quest to raise her son in the post-PMS subsidy removal crises of January 2012 in Nigeria
  • L’Otor – The Devil’s Pilgrimage by Jude Idada about a dramatic and cathartic reunion between a mother and son in Benin, Nigeria, following a harrowing 10-year road trip to Spain

“There will also be games made available including: Akọwe, a word game similar to scrabble created by Beninoise creative Kevin Agbasso, which aims to increase players’ literacy in Yoruba; Ayo, a popular indigenous game that demands high intellect and mathematical skills; and Checkers, a popular strategy board game whose players often come from every walk of life.”

In his conceptual note to the project, Gambadatoun stated further:

“Imagine sitting in a lush garden in Victoria Island Lagos, feeling the balmy air, enjoying passionate dramatizations of books you might or might not have read, all set to atmospheric background music.

“Books in the cultural imagination in Nigeria are often connected with the idea of an efiko -a colloquial term for someone who cares only about books with no social life. You might remember that guy or girl in your school who was always quiet, always in the library, not considered the life of the party, wearing glasses maybe?

“Yet, the majority of Nigerian book lovers we’ve met are the opposite of that stereotype! Nigerian readers include the young, the old, the student, the white collar and informal worker, male, female, and all genders in between. So, whether you’re a book lover or simply looking to expand your social circle, the upcoming Book Party is the perfect place for you.”

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