Olympics: Azuonye, others read at Nigeria House


Poet, dramatist and editor, Nnorom Azuonye, and five other Nigerian writers are expected to read at the Nigeria House, London on July 26, 30 and 31 as part of the cultural programmes the house is hosting to mark the Olympic Games.

Also reading at the programme being anchored by the Committee for Relevant Arts are Diran Adebayo, Helon Habila, Ade Solanke, Sefi Atta, Zainab Jallo, Chibundu Onuzo and winner of 2012 Caine Prize, Rotimi Babatunde.

The organisers say each of the three sessions will be moderated by three UK-based Nigerian artistes and culture advocates, Dr. Sola Adeyemi, a theatre artiste/ scholar; Lookman Sanusi, theatre artiste and founder of the Bubbles FM, London;  and Ike Anya, a medical doctor, creative writer and literary critic.

 Mr Ayo Arigbabu, writer and publisher of DaDa Books, and director of projects for CORA, is coordinating the event.

  In  the spirit of the Olympics, the newly opened Nigeria House in London is currently playing host to a showcase of arts and cultural products and expressions from Nigeria.

Planned to span July 23 through August 15, the event is to showcase Nigerian Arts, Culture and Lifestyle in the course of the Olympics in London at Theatre Royale, Stratford East.

The literature segment which is to feature book display and sessions with top Nigerian writers will also be anchored by CORA, organisers of the quarterly Art Stampede since 1991, as well as the yearly Lagos Book and Art Festival, since 1999.

Titled  Nigeria House Literature Showcase, the event is designed to exhibit the best of Nigerian literature through book readings, conversations on literature and a display of a wide range of books by Nigerian authors at home and in the Diaspora.

  The event is sponsored by the Bank of Industry and is produced by British Council and CORA Art & Cultural Foundation.


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  • DELE AJAO July 24, 2012 at 12:49 pm

    It is necesaary to let us know the time and place It is a welcome idea God bless Nigeria;

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