29 Dec 2014

Life Hacks: Top Five Mobile Apps for Students.

Top Five Apps for the Tech Savvy Student

Google Apps
Hey there, welcome to our weekly Top Five Apps for the Tech Savvy student! My name is Ezim Osai and I shall be your tour guide on this so nerdy a journey.

In lieu of recent surveys, it has been found that over 40% of youths in Nigeria who currently use the internet on mobile phones, rock the Android Operating System. The Android OS is the brain baby of Google and was much commercialized in Nigeria with the dawn of Tecno and several other phone providers, who provided Androids for the masses at very pocket-friendly prices sometime between 2008-2012.

As this is the preferred Operating System of most youths, and my own preferred operating system, our apps will be Android apps which may or may not be available on iOS, Windows, BlackBerry or Java. As a beginning week, this week all the apps on my list are Google Apps (Apps developed by/in Google Inc) and while it was a bit tough selecting just five, I believe the under listed will be of immense use to a tech savvy student (or anyone in general, really).

Google Drive
Topping my list this week is Google Drive. GDrive is an app and service that lets users save files (pictures, videos, texts, folders, apps etc) on a cloud system with a free 15GB storage!
Not only can these files be saved, but they can be shared with other users to 'collaborate' without ever being downloaded by the other user.
What this means is that for some of us who are very concerned about Intellectual Property, someone we choose can view and edit certain accessible files but will be unable to download them to his or her own device. Pretty neat huh?

An added advantage is the ease of access of Drive. Once you have it downloaded to any device running Android OS (or any computer at all), all you have to do is sign into your Gmail and have all your saved files at your fingertips to be viewed, edited, shared or downloaded whenever you want.

While Drive may not be the best Cloud service ever, it is very easy to use and very functional. Top choice for me.

Google Chrome
Chrome is the web browser from Google which comes preinstalled on some devices but certainly not all of them.

Although Chrome is not my favourite web browser, it does bring a useability and sleekness that other browsers are yet to match. Particularly, it made this list because of one simple function: Shared Tabs/History.

Wherever you download and sign into your Gmail with Chrome, all your old bookmarks and history can be imported into the new device. This is very useful for some of us who do a lot of web-work and can't always save URLs.

25 Dec 2014

Waiting for Santa Claus


By Samuel Oluwatobi Olatunji

She has vowed to wait and meet Santa Claus this time – no going out, no sleeping, and no leaving the sitting room. Her dream must break forth into reality; she is tired of waiting. Since Odun was two, she has been dreaming of meeting Santa Claus. She has been awaiting the day she will look into Santa Claus's eyes to see the colour of his eyeballs. She wants to pass her fingers like a comb through his fluffy white beard. She also wants to put her ear on his stomach to know if there are coins jingling therein. Or maybe notes. She imagines he vomits money like an unbridled ATM for him to be able to purchase so many gifts that he distributes. She wants to feel the tenderness in his palms too.
She has waited for six years, but something always happened that would be the reason she could not see Santa Claus. Last year and the one before, she fell asleep. That was her parents' justification for her not seeing him. When she asked her parents why they did not wake her, they claimed Santa Claus restrained them, saying he does not like disturbing children sleeping on Christmas day. Why is Santa Claus avoiding me, she wonders.

24 Dec 2014

At What Point Do You Let Go?

The question of parents choosing careers for their children has been the reason behind many debates and arguments in times past. More parents have begun to see the reason and logic behind allowing their children follow their dreams and passions while only acting as supporters and guardians in the pursuing of these dreams. It is however sad to note that some parents still have the mindset that they hold the remote control over their children’s destinies and therefore exercise all their power in determining their wards’ future.

With school exams over and nothing to do but laze around during this festive season, I was quick to accept an old high school friend’s invitation to go swimming with him and a course mate of his. Although we study at the same university, we rarely get to see and I saw it as a good opportunity to try bonding with him and catch up with how university life has been since graduation from secondary school. I got to the pool all excited and met my friend already there with the aforementioned course mate of his.

22 Dec 2014

Inspiration: Odun Orinmolade

There is a lot to get inspired by in Nigeria; art, fashion, culture, academic excellence. Everyone says, there is nothing and no one to be inspired by and we at 9jeducation disagree this is why we are profiling our most inspirational Nigerians in different fields. Our inspiration for today is mixed media artist, Odun Orinmolade. 


Odun Orinmolade is an alumnus of the Yaba College of Technology based in Lagos Nigeria and graduated with stellar results. She is currently teaching there, the university where she first learnt to appreciate art in their department of Fine Arts. Odun is brilliant speaker and an even better artist. Her work is inspired by nature and the environment around her, and her representation of this inspiration is usually abstract or dystopian and sometimes bears similarity to scientific photographs due to the intricacy of the details in her work.


Odun Orinmolade has exhibited her work extensively across Nigeria and beyond. In 2006 she had her first solo exhibition at the art exhibition centre TerraKulture. Her most recent exhibition was at the Freedom park in November 2014 as part of an artist collaboration at the Lagos Book and Art Festival.  She has also had a recent solo exhibition at the Unisa Space Art Gallery in Pretoria, South Africa. She is a recipient of several academic awards, including the Prof. Y. A. Grillo award (1998), Nigerian Cards Ltd Award (1998), Rector’s Award for Academic Excellence (1998), Jeromelaiho and Associate Award (1998), Insight Communication Award (1998), Fasuyi Art Prize (1998) and Conrad Theys Bursary Award, South Africa (2011). In addition to her independent practice, Orimolade has taken part in several artistic collaborations in Nigeria.




There are strong African influence in Odun Orinmolade's work, with a number of her art pieces centred around women and interactions with space. Odun is brilliant and beautiful and we cannot get over the fact that she is a alumnus of Yaba Tech, a college that younger generations of Nigerians thanks to current sentiment have been led to believe is inferior to Nigeria's universities. Orinmolade is proof that all our educational institutions are capable of training greats. Odun Orinmolade is our inspiration. She is brilliant and we celebrate her.

19 Dec 2014

GIVE BACK THIS CHRISTMAS



Want to try something totally unexpected this weekend?

Give back this christmas by going here.

We promise you won't regret it.

The Smile Care initiative is a charity that specifically targets children and young adults in difficult circumstances and try to reintegrate them into society through mentorship programmes and direct contact as well as gifts and assistance. Their work is achieved through a network of volunteers. We at 9jeducation commend their efforts and ask that you do too.

Give back this holiday.

17 Dec 2014

Hot On Our Radar: Ways To Have Fun And Give Back This Holiday

Yeah, we hear it all the time, that young people don't have enough to give back. We at 9jeducation do not believe that. We believe in young people coming together to create avenues where they can impact other young people and the larger society. Young people are the largest demographic in Nigeria right now and what most of us lack in financial mobility we have in spades in time and effort. So we at 9jeducation have rounded up a few events happening this holiday period where you can have fun and give back. 

1. THE TWITTER PREMIER LEAGUE (TPL)

In it's third 'season' the Twitter Premier League is an football event organized entirely online. Its a football tournament that draws its players and audience entirely from social media like twitter and facebook, The first edition held on the 29th of May 2014,  a one day event that involved four teams. 

The second event held four months later in September hosted it's first female teams. Like a real football league, there are transfers between clubs and club rivalries and lively conversation around the whole event on twitter and facebook. The next TPL event will hold on the 20th of December with six male teams and two female teams and tickets for the tournament cost 1000 naira. 


It's an amazing way to give back this year as a portion of the proceeds from the event will be donated to various children and women's charities in Nigeria. So you get to watch good football and connect with new people while supporting the good cause. A win on all fronts. To get tickets for TPL3 go to www.thetpl.org.

the 2013 Christmas on the Streetz volunteer team at Makoko Lagos.

CHRISTMAS ON THE STREETZ

Christmas on the streetz is a non-denominational charity event that happens across three cities in Nigeria, Lagos, Benin City and Abuja. The way this event works is that a day is set aside during the Christmas holiday, usually Christmas day in Lagos where people gather with gifts and supplies and a handful of volunteers travel to the impoverished parts of the city to spend Christmas with the inhabitants of the town, which is where the charity gets its name. Right now, the Christmas on the Streetz team is looking for supplies in anticipation of the event, there are many ways to donate; you can either pay directly to their official account:

Munachi Aniemena; UBA; 2059093752

Or call 08120974315 or email  cots.ng@gmail.com for other donations. 

Christmas on the streetz is a great way for Christians and especially non-Christians to get into the spirit of the holiday and give back. For further information  and if you want to join the volunteers who will go to to the towns on the day of the event you can also contact the Christmas on the Streetz official twitter handle @cots_ng.


BALL FOR BORNO 2
Ball for Borno is a charity Basketball event organized by young Nigerians to source relief materials for the over 800 Internally Displaced Children who have fled their homes and villages in Borno state for refugee camps as a result of the religious insurgency being perpetuated by Boko Haram.


In it's second 'season', Ball for Borno is aimed at gathering items that the internally displaced children need such as bathing soap, body cream, detergents, sponges, tissue paper, antiseptics (e.g Dettol), laundry soap, tooth paste, tooth brush, clothes, footwear, and other toiletries and sanitary materials. This is a press release from the Ball for Borno team. 

" The first Ball for Borno event was held on the 31st of March, 2014 at the Syrian Club, Ikoyi. We were able to fill 2 buses with items for the IDPs! We’re hoping that with your help, this second one will be even more successful! If you can't make it to the event, you can drop your contributions at the MADC office (No 13 Ayodeji Otegbola Street, Gbagada Phase 2, Lagos). 

For more information on this event and how you can be part of it, please contact @msnemah #BallForBorno2."

If you want to contribute to the cause in Borno state and love Basket Ball, this is the perfect avenue for you to give back and have fun. Use it. 


These three events are great, fun and give back, we’ll be there, hope to see you guys too. 

Image credit: jaguda.com, www.thetpl.org

Edwin Okolo 
(Alum) 

12 Dec 2014

H.O.O.R: The Goethe Institut Library and Information Centre.



One of the big complaints I hear every day in Nigeria is the absence of adequate facilities to encourage interest in self education. Our national libraries use outdated practices and stock books that are quite frankly archaic and barely useful. We at 9jeducation have been looking for an alternative to that and we have stumbled on greatness in the form of the Goethe Institut's Library and Information Centre.

Fascinated with Germany? Love the German Language? Looking for a way to learn about German History, Culture and Socio-political and Economy impact over the last Century? Interested in opportunities to access German Writers and Poets? Looking for a way to keep abreast of current affairs in Germany and how it affects Europe and the world at large, the Goethe Institut's Library and Info Centre is for you. In collaboration with several indigenous Education boards and Charities, The Goethe Institut seeks to foster interest in reading as well as fostering a positive outlook on German life and Culture. These are some of the services they provide.

10 Dec 2014

REVIEW: AMBASSADORS OF POVERTY

Umeh Onuorah’s “Ambassadors of Poverty” is a political poem which seeks to ridicule the ill of corruption in the society. Although the persona the poet dons in the poem does not mention a particular setting, it is not hard to figure that the country in question easily passes for Nigeria. The poem addresses two classes of people; the rich (political elite) and the poor masses who are all natives of the same land. The political elite hold public offices that democratically puts them in positions of stewardship but sadly they end up only serving their own selfish interests.

In the first stanza of the poem, the poet persona expresses his anger by likening them to thieves when he says in lines 3-4  

                                    ‘Patriots in reverse order
Determined merchants of loots”

3 Dec 2014

INFOGRAPHIC: MYTHICAL CREATURES



Ever wondered where your favorite mythical creatures come from. Unicorns and Leprechauns and Kelpies? Well, I found this interesting Infographic from the site Venere.com that tracks the origins of most of our favorite mythical creatures as well as  few obscure ones as well. I am a little disappointed that there are no mythical creatures from Africa and Egypt was somehow added to Western Asia. But I won't dismiss their effort altogether.

1 Dec 2014

DISCONNECTED: THE ART EXHIBITION


For 30 years, a man has expressed himself via different media, perpetually bringing into light the immense variety of form and formlessness which co-exist – sometimes in perfect balance; sometimes bringing about utter chaos – within his head.
This is me. Artist. In word, in sound and in imagery. And it is time that you witnessed… The Disconnect.
On Saturday, 13th December, I stage my first art show at The Osh Gallery. 381 Herbert Macaulay way, Yaba. 4pm. 
Come and see some of the characters and entities who play around in my heart, soul and mind and have somehow managed to escape unto canvas. You might even want to take some of them home with you. They are that intriguing.
Drofu will also be showing their art and merchandise. You want to see and purchase that too.

26 Nov 2014

EBOLA MEMES


There is no doubt that Ebola epidemic that has plagued in Nigeria over the last two months was a very serious issue, leading to the medical quarantine of thirty plus people as well as the death of Dr Ameh Adadevoh and six others.
Special Salt, wanna buy?

Seriously?

24 Nov 2014

The Dancil Anime Guide

What is anime?
P: What is anime? That’s kinda simple I guess. It’s Japanese animation, usually presented as hand-drawn scenarios. In other words, they’re cartoons but with the Japanese zeal injected into them. Sometimes anime comes as computer animation, but it’s usually hand-drawn stuff.
D: Couldn’t have said it better, bro. Simply put, anime is Japanese animation, as in Japanese cartoons, while most cartoons/animation that comes out of America/Europe etc. is known as Western animation. Anime is iconic because its spirit is infused with that particular Japanese culture and charm that can't help but be compelling to the rest of the viewing world.

P: And now we’ve established that basic fact, the next step is to know what types of anime are available for viewing pleasure.


 What are the types of anime?
D: As with any form of entertainment out there, anime has its own illustrious cornucopia of genres and subgenres, some more popular than others. In a broad spectrum, anime genres include: Mecha, Shonen, Magical Girl, Card Battle, Harem, Idol, Yaoi, Yuri and Hentai. Of course keep in mind these are anime specific genres, and most of them usually fall into these AND have a few Western-familiar genres thrown into the mix, so you can have a Mecha anime, with elements of romance, thriller, action comedy etc, you grab the punch.
P: Well… Detanfy seriously punched a hole through that one. There’s little for me to add to this. Of course, there can be a mix of types every now and then, and it’s not an abnormal thing to happen. Even 3 types can get mixed in the same pot. Some clarification though, hentai and ecchi don’t have any particular demographic that responds to them. Hentai’s hardcore animated pornography while ecchi is the softcore version. Just decided to place this here because of an earlier discussion with someone.
D: Yup! We wouldn’t want you to get mixed up and see something you don’t wanna (or do wanna?) see. So we’ll spell it out just a little bit for you:


21 Nov 2014

BOOK REVIEW: THE LAST DUTY


Isidore Okpewoh’s African Arts Prize for Literature winning novel“The Last Duty” is what any reader would find an interesting read regardless of tribe or race. The novel explores the effects of war on Aku, a young woman whose husband is imprisoned on allegations of collaborating with rebel soldiers. Alone and with a son to cater for, Aku struggles to survive in a town she is hated as she belongs to the tribe of the rebels, Simbia. This makes things even harder for her in Urukpe, as she can hardly venture out for fear of being attacked by a mob incited by the violent and traumatic experiences of war.

19 Nov 2014

The Ebola Debate. Education Or No.


Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) previously called Ebola Haemorrhagic Fever is a highly infectious viral disease which is fatal in about 5 of every 10 cases. Ebola was first discovered in 1976 in parts of tropical Africa and Central Africa, but was successfully contained.
Since March 2014, the outbreak of Ebola in West Africa has claimed more lives than all the other outbreaks combined, and has spread to more countries than previously seen. Recent statistics showed that Nigeria had 20 cases of Ebola, with 8 deaths. It is believed that EVD first arrived in Lagos, Nigeria through a ‘Mr Sawyer’, a Liberian traveller who was infected with the virus.
Ebola can be contracted through direct contact with diseased animals or humans carrying the virus but only when the human has started to show symptoms. The transmission is majorly through bodily fluids (blood, mucous, breast milk, semen, etc), secretions organs or even infected clothing or bedding. It has been seen that men who recover from the virus can still transmit EVD for up to 7 weeks.

14 Nov 2014

The Etisalat Prize Finally Has It's Long List



The Etisalat Prize for Fiction, an award open to all first novel authors of African descent, in it's second year has just announced it's long list for chosen authors. Africa has so few fully actualized novels come out each year that any recognition, financial and otherwise that these authors get is welcomed. Last year, the Etisalat Prize for fiction was won by No-Violet Bulawayo for her almost afro-punk inspired, gritty novel called We Need New Names. We have fingers crossed to see who will get shortlisted this year.

This year's long list has a Nigerian author published in Nigeria Reward Nsirim and two authors of Nigerian descent Chinelo Okparanta and Taiye Selasi. Also, not surprisingly, Taiye Selasi's Ghana Must Go is shortlisted, (which means I need to actually read it, I've been procastinating for the longest time).

These are the longlisted authors in no particular order.

An Imperfect Blessing by Nadia Davids

Whoever Fears the Sea by Justin Fox

The Thunder that Roars by Imran Garda

Penumbra by Songeziwe Mahlangu

Kintu by Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi



Fresh Air and other stories by Reward Nsirim

Happiness Like Water by Chinelo Okparanta

Ghana Must Go by Taiye Selasi


These ten long listed authors are in line to win £15,000, an engraved Montblanc Meisterst├╝ck and an 
Etisalat-sponsored fellowship at the University of East Anglia under the mentored of Professor Giles Foden, author of the Last King of Scotland. What wouldn't I do for a sponsored fellowship right now?

The long list is just the first in a round of choosing. The long listed authors will be pared down to five final authors before the winner is announced on the 23rd of February 2015. 

I'm rooting for Chinelo. Like a lot of people, I find Taiye Selasi mercurial, hopefully people look past the person and judge Ghana Must Go for the amazing first piece of work that is. I know I'm trying.

Bring it home Nigeria, we need someone to join Chimamanda in the upper echelons. 

Edwin. 

Additional information from: www.bookslive.co.za 


12 Nov 2014

Book Review: Measuring Time


BOOK REVIEW

HELON HABILA: MEASURING TIME

Helon Habila’s classic novel Measuring Time is a novel that cannot be hurriedly read neither is it a book that can be easily forgotten. Through the creative use of language, strategic setting and a complex yet simple plot and other literary devices, the writer through the lives and experiences of a single family paints us the history of Africa’s history, pain and leadership.

The titular character Lamang, is an renowned womanizer whose legendary promiscuity and skills with women earns him the nickname “King of Women” by the people of Keti, a local government in the northern part of Nigeria. Not only does he get nickname but a song is also composed to laud his conquest of the women of his town. Unexpectedly, Lamang settles down to marry Tabita, the daughter of a rich farmer; although he is in love with another woman, Saraya. He however marries Tabita because his marriage to her accords him the opportunity to benefit from his rich father-in-law who sets him up in the cattle business. Unfortunately his sojourn into the world of dirty politics brings him to a dishonourable end.       

We have the characters of twin brothers, Mamo and LaMamo. They are Lamang’s only children given birth to by Tabita who dies during childbirth. The twins despise Lamang, they have heard the numerous stories of how he cheated on their mother and never loved her back, driving her to despair. They indirectly blame him for their mother’s death and set on making his life a misery. They even go as far as putting a scorpion in his bed when they were children. While Lamang takes a big portion of the book, the novel’s true protagonists are the twins; Mamo and LaMamo are as different as chalk and cheese. Mamo is the sickly, frail and intellectual twin while LaMamo is the strong, healthy and adventurous one. Their health and intellectual differences maps out different destinies for them. Mamo stays back in Keti to be a village school teacher and later a renowned biographer, LaMamo becomes a rebel fighter who partakes of gory wars across Africa.

The novel Measuring Time expertly tells of the greed and corruption of African leaders and its resultant effect on the entire society. Through the shameful story of the Mai and Waziri, we see how African leaders carry themselves as demi-gods while in power living in opulence to the detriment of the citizens who suffer and live in abject poverty. Asides the theme of corruption and greed, the author tells of the aftermaths of war on a people and soldiers. We see that in the life of Haruna who returns to Keti deranged and finally commits suicide or even LaMamo himself who loses an eye. There is also the theme of misguided faith and man’s quest for happiness. Zaraya has a failed marriage and despite her sexual relations with Mamo, she is still unhappy and can’t seem to find peace. Not least is the theme of cultural retrieval which the author expertly uses the character of Mamo to talk about.

The language of the novel is advanced and definitely a book set to improve the vocabulary of its reader. Through the use of language, the author makes us aware of the social and intellectual strata of the various characters. The colourful use of language as well paints us vivid images of the things the author is writing about. Measuring time is set to be a Modern African literature classic and a must read for all as it cuts across a subject that affects both the rich and poor, the old and young, the ruler and the ruled.      

Akinyoade Akinwale. 

10 Nov 2014

GIVE BACK: INTERNING OPPORTUNITIES AT THE LAGOS BOOK AND ART FESTIVAL



GIVE BACK: INTERNING OPPORTUNITIES AT THE LAGOS BOOK AND ART FESTIVAL

The committee for Relevant Art (CORA) is one of the bodies behind the upcoming Lagos Book and Art Festival starting on the 14th to the 16th of November 2014. The book and Festival this year is celebrating Wole Soyinka at 80 amongst many other themes. This is an insanely good endeavour and one we at 9jeducation wholly support.

But the CORA organization can't do this alone, this is why the CORA organisation along with the organizing committee for LABAF 2014 has made available internship spots for this year's festival. This year young Lagosians from all walks of life who love writing will be given the opportunity to participate in bringing to life a Book and Art Festival while learning valuable skills about the literary industry works. There is also the added perk of being able to add this kind of work experience to one's resume. And finally you get to make connections working so closely with professionals and your Nigerian Literary idols and becoming a part of the CORA and LABAF communities, something I think every aspiring writer needs.

 I personally would intern if I could, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't. If you have time to spare this and next week and would like to contribute to a worthy cause, you can go over to www.coraartfoundation.com or just fill their volunteer application form here:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1jS-_LfPpPD-dzOITopFwKDPyXKB7HH_cC7EjjCRqHOk/viewform?formkey=dDk1bjdwa0w1Q3B3QkpFUm1iUnJYNWc6MA&fromEmail=true

Just fill it up and they will reach out to you, who knows, you might end up meeting Wole Soyinka himself.

From us, its Hello.

Edwin Okolo.

7 Nov 2014

Hot On Our Radar: Lagos Book and Art Festival.



HOT ON OUR RADAR

THE LAGOS  BOOK AND ART FESTIVAL


One of the major complaints I hear from young people who love to read and write is that there are no cultural events that celebrate a reading and writing culture. Add this to the not so slow decline of literacy and the terrible reading culture currently in Nigeria, book festivals are a great and welcome thing. This is why when I heard the first rumors that there was going to be a Lagos Book and Art Festival, I have to admit I was ecstatic. Well the LABAF is no longer a rumor, it’s been confirmed and even has a website and a date set. This is really happening people.

Imagine my surprise when I went trolling the internet for information on the festival and I stumbled on their website. It turns out that the Lagos Book and Art Festival has actually been running for fifteen years with varying degrees of publicity. The 2014 LABAF will be the sixteenth edition of the festival. This year’s festival is extra special because it’s a commemorative year organised in celebration of Prof. Wole Soyinka’s 80th birthday and will celebrate his achievements over the last fifty years he has been active as a writer. There have been a lot of events celebrating Prof. Soyinka’s becoming an Octogenarian, with the Ake Festival which holds in Abeokuta, his hometown on the 18th to the 22nd of November this being the culminating literary festival.


I could rephrase whatever I put up, but I think the blurb on their website is so well put together I’ll just replicate it here.

Each passing day brings down the curtain on 2014. How far have you come from 2013?

The Lagos Arts and Book Festival travelled a thematic journey from Lagos Story in 2013 to Freedom and the Word—the theme for this year’s festival. It is a natural progression, because to tell a story is to gift another with insight, and only in freedom can one truly give or receive.
This year marks the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall; the 20th anniversary of South African democracy; and the 15th anniversary of Nigeria’s 4th republic. These milestones remind us of paths humanity must never again tread. They also suggest that we appreciate the writers who used their art to protest a system of suppression or provided comic relief in a climate of oppression. The importance of reading their books should never be lost on us, as James Kelman—Booker winner 1994— said, ‘one of the few remaining freedom we have is the blank page. No one can prescribe how we should fill it.’
The 2014 Lagos Art and Book Festival is dedicated in honour of Prof. Wole Soyinka @ 80.
The pre-festival events kick off on the 10th and end on the 13th of November. The events to look forward to are: a book trek, creative writing workshop, and a publisher’s forum. The Book Trek will take place at British Council in Ikoyi, Lagos and it is designed to ignite a passion for reading amongst children, young adults and anyone with a suspicion for books. It will be followed by a one day creative writing workshop organised by British Council for aspiring writers. The final pre-festival event is the publisher’s forum. The discussions will be focused on cutting operational costs and making profits by taking advantage of the marketing opportunities e-media presents. CORA (Committee for Relevant Arts) and Goethe Institut will facilitate the forum. The forum ushers us into the main festival events which will run from 14th to 16th of November:

Day One
We celebrate the works of Nobel Laureate—Prof. Wole Soyinka. Prof. Biodun Jeyifo—Harvard don and foremost critic of Soyinka’s work—will deliver the keynote address on Soyinka’s contribution to the quest for Freedom and Justice for all people. The speech will set-off discussions on Soyinka’s non-fiction and its impact on freedom and nation building.
The second session is tagged Soyinka: the public intellectual. Prof. Chidi A. Odinkalu—chairman of the Nigeria Human Rights Commission—will set the tone for discussions with an address on Soyinka the great defender of freedom of speech.
And then there will be readings and performance of Soyinka’s plays and poems: Dance of the Forest, Madmen & Specialists, King Baabu, Beatification of an Area boy, and The Road. Also poets cum rap artistes will entertain the audience with poetry and spoken word recitation in tribute to Prof Wole Soyinka. A befitting finale to first day proceedings is the staging of Alapata Apata by Crown Troupe of Africa.

Day Two
Join Chuma Nwokolo, Adewole Ajao, Toni Kan, Kola Tubosun and co as they discuss books on the theme ‘In Search for Freedom’. Books to be discussed: 1. David Welsh—The Rise and Fall of Apartheid. 2. Nelson Mandela—Long Walk to Freedom. 3. Peter Schneider—The Wall Jumper. 4. Ala Al Aswany—Chicago. 5. Wale Adebami—Trials and Triumphs: The Story of TheNews
A panel of four coordinated by BusinessDay will anchor discussions on the theme ‘Keys to Knowledge Economy’. Books to be discussed: 1. Thomas Picketty—Capital in the Twenty First Century. 2. Dambisa Moyo—Winner Takes All: China’s Race for Resources and What it Means for the World. Also the following books will be discussed on the theme The Aftermath: What Happens after Freedom: 1. Ike Okonta—When Citizens Revolt. 2. Antjie Krog—A  Change of Tongue. 3. Naomi Klein—Shock Doctrine. 4. Wladimir Kaminer—Russian Disco.
British Council will anchor discussions on themes for young adults for example: do we entice them to read by writing fantasy or is reality equally bizarre and interesting? Then Cassava Republic and a panel of authors will discuss of a new digital romance imprint—Ankara Romance. Finally, Rotimi Babatunde—Caine’s Prize winner 2012—and a panel of four discuss contemporary Nigerian writing.

Day Three
Join Sage Hasson to explore the theme ‘The Book and Youth Empowerment’. Focus is on books published by authors under 35, like: 1. Okechukwu Ofili—How Stupidity Saved My Life. 2. Chude Jideonwo—Are We the Turning Point Generation. 3. Ayo Sogunro—The Wonderful Life of Senator Boniface and other Sorry Tales. Benson Idonije—veteran journalist and music critic—will present his book on Fela Ankulapo Kuti titled Dis Fela Sef.
We saved the screen for you on the last day! Come and watch The Supreme Price, a documentary film by Joanna Lipper that will make you appreciate 15 years of democracy in Nigeria, that will make you cry and make you laugh too. The movie segues in to the CORA Art Stampede—a free for all discussion on the importance of documentation to the quest of freedom.
For the last hurrah we present poetry slam by a 100,000 Poets and Musicians whose aim is to induct you as champion for change. The Lagos Art and Book Festival promises to be a picnic of books, and one book a day will keep senility at bay.
So there you have it guys, The three day event will start on the 14th and end on the 16th with a three day pre-festival event schedule that will reach out to children, aspiring young adult writers and a forum for the publishers and literary agents. The venue is Freedom Park at Broad Street, Lagos Island. 

If you need more information, and to make reservations and other enquires, check out their website, www.lagosbookartfestival.org