Welcome to 2015. We’re starting the year with science fiction!

2015

The New Year arrived right on schedule…..
…and 2015 is off to a roaring start already!
Being election season, the year has got everyone anxiously trying to get a glimpse into the future. At DADA, we believe our creative energies as a society can provide a potent tool for visualizing and shaping the future of our dreams. So just like we started 2014 with the launch of LAGOS_2060 (if you don’t have it yet, get it here or here) this year, we are warming up the engines with a book event on science fiction, fantasy and speculative fiction, hosted in partnership with Goethe Institut, Lagos. Our guest author will be Geoff Ryman.

The event holds at 5pm on Wednesday 21st January 2015 at Goethe Institut, 4th Floor, City Hall, Catholic Mission Street, Lagos Island.

Find more information about this event and about Geoff Ryman below, and remember, you can now get your favourite books and have them delivered to you in Nigeria through our online store front. Here’s a toast to a peaceful and fruitful year ahead! If we can dream it, we can make it happen!

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And to get you started, you are cordially invited to a special book reading / discussion on science fiction and fantasy featuring Geoff Ryman.

*Geoffrey Charles Ryman is a writer and promoter of science fiction, fantasy and surrealistic or “slipstream” fiction.

Ryman currently lectures in Creative Writing at University of Manchester’s English Department. His most recent full-length novel,The King’s Last Song, is set in Cambodia, both at the time of Angkorean emperor Jayavarman VII, and in the present period. He is currently at work on a new historical novel set in the United States before the Civil War.

Born in Canada and moved to the United States at age 11, he earned degrees in History and English at UCLA, then moved to England in 1973, where he has lived most of his life.

In addition to being an author, Ryman started a web design team for the UK government at the Central Office of Information in 1994. He also led the teams that designed the first official British Monarchy and 10 Downing Street websites, and worked on the UK government’s flagship website http://www.direct.gov.uk.

He is best known for his science fiction; however, his first novel was the fantasy The Warrior Who Carried Life, and his revisionist fantasy of the “Wizard of Oz” Was has been called “his most accomplished work”.

Much of Ryman’s work is based on travels to Cambodia. The first of these The Unconquered Country (1986) was winner of the World Fantasy Award and British Science Fiction Association Award. His novel The King’s Last Song (2006) was set both in the Angkor Wat era and the time after Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge.

Ryman has written, directed and performed in several plays based on works of other writers.

He was guest of honour at Novacon in 1989 and has twice been a guest speaker at Microcon, in 1994 and in 2004.[7][8][9] He was also the guest of honour at the national Swedishsf convention Swecon in 2006, at Gaylaxicon 2008, at Wiscon 2009, and at Åcon 2010.

Mundane science fiction is a subgenre of science fiction focusing on stories set on or near the Earth, with a believable use of technology and science as it exists at the time the story is written, the Mundane SF movement was founded in 2002 during the Clarion workshop by Ryman amongst others. In 2008 a Mundane SF issue of Interzone magazine was published, guest-edited by Ryman, Julian Todd and Trent Walters.

*Courtesy wikipedia.

Ryman is the moderator of the African Fantasy Reading Group, a growing meeting / discussion place for writers and readers interested in African Science Fiction and Fantasy, hosted on popular digital platforms like Facebook, Twitter and Whatsapp.

The event holds at 5pm on Wednesday 21st January 2015 at Goethe Institut, 4th Floor, City Hall, Catholic Mission Street, Lagos Island.

Come with your teleportation device as ours has very limited capacity!

RSVP:

Ayodele Arigbabu (dreamarts.designagency@gmail.com)

for: DADA books

Oluwaseyi Akerele (info@lagos.goethe.org)

for: Goethe Institut.

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LAGOS_2060: THE BOOK PARTY

We’re having a book party to welcome the LAGOS_2060 sci-fi anthology published by DADA books to the universe. It’s a party, so come prepared to dance and of course, you’ve got to buy loads of copies of the book as gifts for people. 
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It’s happening at British Council, at 20 Thompson Avenue, Ikoyi Lagos, on Saturday, 8th February, 2014, from 5pm. 

This Book Party is brought to you by DADA books and is supported by the amazing people at British Council.

RSVP: books@dadaenterprises.net
Visit www.dadabooks.com for more information on LAGOS_2060.

Like to purchase the book in advance? 
For paperback (free delivery in Lagos) Go to: http://www.jumia.com.ng/Lagos_2060—Paperback-92193.html

For International sales, buy from Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Lagos_2060-Ayodele-Arigbabu/dp/9789344112/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1390905259&sr=8-1&keywords=lagos_2060

Also support our digital publishing campaign buy buying a digital edition here:https://unglue.it/work/128685/

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LAGOS_2060? The future is here!

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LAGOS_2060 is out! And at DADA books, we are proud to launch the anthology with a campaign that has been a long time coming. As part of an ongoing collaboration with Afrelib, a social enterprise working to make reading material widely available to young people in Africa (www.afrelib.com), we are proud to announce our unglue.it campaign for LAGOS_2060. The Afrelib vision is to make it as easy and fun for the child in the rural area as one in the urban setting to read fantastic stories, write intelligently and learn about their world, regardless of circumstance. The Afrelib approach is in order to collate the best educational content, curate relevant programs and facilitate easy access for all.

Follow this link for more on what we are doing with Afrelib:

http://www.afrelib.com/afrelib/ebook_initiatives/

The campaign seeks to raise sufficient funds to keep producing more books like LAGOS_2060 and in return for this support from the reading public, we will release a digital edition of LAGOS_2060 under creative commons (on a date determined by how soon our target is reached), making it accessible to all and free to share.  The campaign is made possible by the amazing people at http://www.unglueit.com and can be accessed through this link:

Click here to help unglue LAGOS_2060 by buying a digital edition!

Also available in print and digital versions via Amazon and other major international online retail channels.

WHY UNGLUE.IT

We want our stories to travel far…to villages hidden away in yet to be ‘discovered’ parts of Nigeria, to habitation pods orbiting Mars, to remote space stations and yes, to numerous earth bound digital devices, hungry for content. When that is done, we want to start another project just like LAGOS_2060, and do it all over again.

WHAT’S UNGLUE.IT?

What if you could give a book to everyone on earth? Get an ebook and read it on any device, in any format, forever? Give an ebook to your library, for them to share? Own DRM-free ebooks, legally? Read free ebooks, and know their creators had been fairly paid?

At Unglue.it, you can pledge toward creating ebooks that will be legally free, worldwide. These books have already been traditionally published, but they’re stuck: legal restrictions keep you from being able to enjoy and share them.

Unglue.it gets them unstuck. Authors and publishers decide what amount lets them freely share their books with the world while still making a living. We raise that fee here through crowdfunding: people like you chipping in. When campaigns succeed, authors and publishers get paid, and they issue a free electronic edition under a Creative Commons license.

What if you could give your favorite book to the world?

What if you could unglue it?

HOW TO UNGLUE.IT?

By purchasing one copy (digital edition) of LAGOS_2060 through this link, you effectively bring the date closer when the book will be made available under a creative commons licence for free distribution. Your purchase also empowers the creators of the anthology to do more. We have taken the first step by setting an unglue.it date of January 14, 2060. Every purchase brings the release date closer, so buy one now and buy for all your friends.

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 Click the link below to view our Welcome to: LAGOS_2060 video.

INTRODUCING LAGOS_2060

Title: LAGOS_2060

Publisher: DADA books (Design And Dream Arts Enterprises)

ISBN:978-978-934-411-6

Genre: Short Stories

Length: 242 pages

Format: Paper back /ePub

Publication date: October 2013

In 2010, eight writers came together to contribute stories to an anthology on fictional / futuristic takes on the city of Lagos via a workshop tagged LAGOS_2060, conceived to commemorate Nigeria’s golden jubilee. We asked ourselves, what will Lagos evolve into in the next fifty years taking into consideration the mega city’s rich history and on-going urban renewal efforts by the State Government? What will it be like to live in Lagos 100 years after Nigeria gained independence from the British?

The anthology that grew out of the workshop is telling in the different versions of the future it foretells. In LAGOS_2060, an unusual scenario planning exercise achieved through the power and magic of a creative writing programme; there are climate change induced natural disasters actively plugged by doomsday preachers of the day, there are serious government institutions involved in first rate science and more often than not, these institutions tackle and solve the energy crisis to various degrees of success. There are wars and near wars as Lagos threatens to secede from the Nigerian state to have full control of its own economy. There are robots, amphibious speed trains, psychedelic drugs and highly trained security operatives with conflicts of interest, but more importantly, there are the ubiquitous Lagos people, whose industry and inventiveness seems largely unchanged, despite how much their city has travailed in the intervening half century.

The stories are listed below:
1. Amphibian Attack by Afolabi Muheez Ashiru
2. Animals on the run by Okey Egboluche
3. Annihilation by Chiagozie Fred Nwonwu
4. A starlit night by Kofo Akib
5. Cold Fusion by Ayodele Arigbabu
6. Coming Home by Rayo Falade
7. Mango Republic by Terh Agbedeh

8. Metal Feet by Temitayo Olofinula

Visit: http://cinemaandfictionarticles.blogspot.com/2010/04/lagos-2060.html for background gist on this ground breaking project brought to you by DADA books

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iREAD on Youth Migration: Moving Development Forward

Design and Dream Arts Enterprises (DADA), Positive Development Foundation (PDF) and Freedom Park present iREAD with the theme ‘Youth Migration: Moving Development Forward’, holding on Saturday, September 7, 3pm-6pm, at Freedom Park, Broad Street, Lagos Island. Image

iREAD is a social gathering of creative thinkers, authors, and book lovers convened periodically to discuss books, the creative process that produces them and the social issues they address. This time, iREAD is focusing on the theme ‘Youth Migration: Moving Development Forward, in line with the 2013 International Youth Day.

The International Youth Day (IYD) was established by the United Nations in 2000 as a means of raising awareness of issues affecting young people around the world. IYD forms part of the UN’s wider World Programme of Action for Youth (WPAY), an initiative that aims to promote the wellbeing and livelihood of young people. Its 15 priority areas include: education, employment, poverty and hunger, the environment, drug abuse, juvenile delinquency, leisure-time activities, health, girls and young women, HIV/AIDS, information and communications technology, inter-generational issues, armed conflict, the mixed impact of globalization, and the full and effective participation of youth in society and in decision-making.

Why Youth & Migration?

Youth are recognized as one of the most mobile social groups in the context of migration – they form about 30% of international migrants! Yet very little is known about the livelihood struggles and opportunities that migration presents for young migrants and other youth who are affected by migration. We need to raise awareness about the situation of these young people as well as the role of youth-led organizations in addressing migration issues!

This month’s edition of iRead will initiate a round table discussion among adults and young people to promote intergenerational understanding and partnerships on the issue of youth migration. The event will also feature an art exhibition which showcases the challenges of young migrants today or how young migrants including returnees are contributing to development at home and abroad. The conversation will involve young people in the domains of culture, arts and music; and will raise awareness on youth migration related issues.

Theme/focus areas:

• Does migration benefit the Nigerian youth? What are the possible risks?

• How can youth embark on migration safely?

• What are the dangers of irregular migration?

• What are the rights of young migrants?

• What role can youth in the diaspora play in promoting development at home and abroad?

• How can youth promote positive public perceptions on migration and migrants?

• How does migration affect youth who are left behind by migrant parents?

Attendance is free and open to all.

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iRead: The May Edition: The place of Non-Fiction Narratives in the literary cosmos

Last year, a young American scholar, Hefzibah Israel threw a challenge to Nigerian and African writers. It happened that Hefzibah connected with some Nigerian writers on Facebook and while acknowledging their dexterity with fiction, wondered why that skill was not being applied to the wide gap of knowledge about the continent. The challenge from Hefzibah was simple: there is a serious dearth of information about you, why don’t you provide it.

Ms. Israel, like many others, had tried before to get information about the continent, and aside from bits here and there, drew several blanks, especially when the search goes beyond flora and fauna.

This is not to say that nothing is being written about the continent, but to stress that what we have out there is like a drop of water in a very thirsty Sahara. Beyond the challenge of the American scholar, we acknowledge that though we tell our stories, or are trying to tell our stories, we urgently need to tell more.

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Authors Nze Ifedigbo and Nwachukwu Egbunike to Read @ Patabah

Two writers with medical science backgrounds, Sylva Nze Ifedigbo and Nwachukwu Egbunike, will be reading from their works at Patabah Bookshop on March 16, 2013.

Nze Sylva’s short story collection ‘The Funeral Did Not End’ has been making waves since it was published in mid 2012. TFDNE is remarkable for having social commentary as a major theme and the skill of the author in depicting the largely ignored everyday life of the average Nigerian.

Nwachukwu Egbunike’s ‘Dyed Thoughts’ is a collection of essays that mirror the author’s view on the state of the Nigerian society. ‘Dyed Thoughts’ slices open the underbelly of a country in need of redemption and shows the hows , the whys and ultimately the why nots, which will serve as a guide for anyone pondering the way forward.

Sylva Nze Ifedigbo is a Doctor of Veterinary medicine, a writer and a Corporate Communications professional.  He is an award-winning essayist and author of the novella, “Whispering Aloud” and collection of short stories “The Funeral Did Not End”.Sylva’s Essays have appeared in The Punch, The Nation, 234Next, Nigeria Village Square, Nigeria Dialogue, amongst others. He manages a weekly column on Daily TimesNG.  He is also the features & Reviews Editor of Sentinel Nigeria and an Ambassador for the Coca-Cola ‘A Billion Reasons To Believe in Africa’ Campaign.

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Nwachukwu Egbunike studied Medical Laboratory Sciences (specializing in Hematology and Medical Microbiology) at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka; and Communication and Language Arts in the University of Ibadan, respectively. His essays have been published in the GuardianThisDay,Vivantes VivaBuisnessdayEvans School Supplement and the Nigerian Tribune respectivelyOn the blogosphere, he has written posts for Fast Editions,MercatornetNigeria Plus and Nigeria Village Square respectively. Nwachukwu has been blogging in Feathers Project since 2006.  In 2011, he became an author with Global Voices (– an international community of bloggers, translators, and citizen journalists that follow, report, and summarize what is going on in the blogosphere in every corner of the world.) He is currently the Executive Editor of Feathers and Ink, Ibadan.

Date: Saturday March 16 2013

Venue: Patabah Bookshop, B18 Adeniran Ogunsanya (Shoprite) Shopping Mall, Ground Street, Surulere, Lagos

Time: 3-6PM

For more information contact: books@dadaenterprises.net, info@patabah.com

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Lola Shoneyin and Samuel Tosin Kolawole for iRead this February

After a very successful run in 2012, iRead is back and better!

iRead, is a platform that brings aspiring writers and book lovers together with established voices in an environment where books, writers and the writing process get highlighted.

In pursuance of our thematically structured readings, this edition of iRead is themed: The Literary Affair. What makes relationships tick in the world of creative writing? What helps sustain interest in the relationships between characters? What relationships exist between writers themselves and the characters they create? We’re getting to the bottom of this tricky part of writing that is all so important.

So if you are an aspiring writer and have always wondered about characterisation, and building interesting relationships between characters, mark the 23rd of February on your calendar.

This month we are happy to announce the participation of Lola Shoneyin and Samuel Tosin Kolawole as guest writers to share from their writing and from their experience.

Lola Shoneyin:

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Lola Shoneyin is the author of the best selling novel- The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives. She is also the author of three volumes of poetry. Her first volume of poetry, So All the Time I was Sitting on an Egg, was published by Ovalonion House, Nigeria in 1998. Her second volume of poetry, Song of a Riverbird was published by Ovalonion House in 2002. Shoneyin’s third poetry collection For the Love of Flight was published by Cassava Republic in February 2010. Cassava Republic also published Mayowa and the Masquerades, a children’s book in July 2010. Shoneyin’s writing has won numerous awards.

Samuel Tosin Kolawole:

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Samuel Tosin Kolawole is one of the rising stars of Nigerian literature. He has contributed short fiction to Eastownfiction,Translitmag, Superstition review, Sentinel literary Quarterly, Short Story Day Africa amongst other literary journals. Samuel featured as author of the month for his story “Memories and Penitence” at Tea with George, a project from Desperanto and Kanev Books in New York interested in showcasing the amazing talent of writers of poetry and short stories. He is a contributor to Jungle Jim, a groundbreaking African Pulp fiction Magazine based in South Africa. His story has been published in “Behind the shadows” an anthology of African and Asian writers and forthcoming in ISFN anthology, a Canadian-based imprint where his writing life will be also showcased. Samuel also contributes regularly to South Africa based efrika journal, and recently the Guardian, Uk featured his work. His collection of stories “The Book of M.” was published in 2011. Samuel lives in Ibadan, where he has recently completed work on his first novel.

Note that books by Nigerian authors will be on sale at the venue.

Venue: CORA House, 1st Floor, 95 Bode Thomas Surulere (Opposite Thermocool House), Lagos.

Date: Saturday, 23rd February 2013

Time: 12.30 – 3.00 PM

Call: 08030908311 or mail books@dadaenterprises.net for more information.

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British Council announces first edition of Lagos Theatre Festival

LAGOS THEATRE FESTIVAL

British Council Nigeria, in conjunction with three of Nigeria ‘s most exciting theatre companies, and award-winning British Nigerian actor, Inua Ellams, presents the Lagos Theatre Festival 2013. For 2 days, on the 16th and 17th of February, 2013, Renegade Theatre, Black Soul Performance Company, House of Tales andFuel Theatre will bring to life amazing performances across a number of unconventional spaces – the Presidential Suite, Car Park, Petanque Area, and Casa Chianti Restaurant – at the Eko Hotel & Suites.

 

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iRead December: Nigerian Literature: What do Children Want?

The monthly book reading/discussion session, iRead is happening again and this time, we are focusing on children and their rights to a good education, to mark Human Rights Day – Dec 10.

iRead is a monthly writer/reader interactive session hosted by DADA Books and the Committee for Relevant Art (CORA). The December edition of iRead is being held in collaboration with Children And The Environment (CATE), an organisation committed to promoting child and environmental health issues amongst children and young people.

The December edition of iRead will provide the platform for young, emerging writers to meet and interact with established writers. The gathering will focus mainly on children literature and writing for children and will feature activities such as reading stories, sharing stories, discussions around literary works, quiz, film screening (dedicated to the rights of the child) etc.

Two established authors of children literature, Mobolaji Adenubi and Sola Alamutu will be facilitating the interactive session.

Mobolaji Adenubi

Mobolaji Adenubi retired from the Federal Civil Service Nigeria to devote her time to writing. She has been promoting creative writing, particularly the children genre for over two decades. She was the pioneer president of the Women Writers of Nigeria (WRITA) and a past vice-chairman of the Association of Nigerian Authors, Lagos State Chapter.

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Sola Alamutu: Ms Alamutu is the brain behind Children And The Environment (CATE), an organisation that creates awareness in children about the importance of education and the environment. She is a co-author of CATE Saves the Ikopi Rainforest, a children’s book that won the 2004 ANA Prize for Children’s Literature. She is currently Publicity Secretary of the Women Writers of Nigeria (WRITA) Lagos branch and member of the Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA), Lagos State Chapter.

To give us the right kind of atmosphere and to generate sector specific feedback, we will be joined by the major stakeholders, children.

DADA Stores is supporting this event with interesting gift items for every child that participates in the event.

Date: Saturday December 15

Time: 2-6 PM

Venue: CORA House (1st floor) 95 Bode Thomas, Surulere, Lagos.

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Crown Troupe of Africa to Launch Music album

At Dream Arts & Design Agency, we are proud to present a remarkable music collection titled Ariwo Oja– the debut album of The Crown Troupe of Africa, led by Segun Adefila.

The versatile and energetic dance theatre company has taken the same ethos they have fed into theatre productions for over a decade and spun it into what is now being identified by a new coinage in music categorization- Culture Pop. Crown Troupe is known to take its influences from contemporary realities, especially as dictated by the day to day hopes, dreams, aspirations, disappointments and conflicts engaged with in our urban existence. These realities provide a template for addressing the nuances, foibles and excesses of those in authority and the citizenry at large with evocative ‘street speak’ that finds its roots in our rich cultural expressions and heritage.

In grafting their virtuoso art to the medium of music, Crown Troupe gets the job done with panache. The 13-track album is an impressive compilation that combines a sampling of lots of musical genres like jazz, reggae, afro-beat, juju, hip-hop, and rap with profound indigenous musical expressions and instrumentation, delivering messages of wisdom, caution, and some play on satire, referencing bad governance, irresponsible behaviour, social and environmental decadence, and so on. The album features a robust line-up of star acts including Yinka DaviesKoffiAdunni and NefertitiAduke, amongst others. These artistes will be headlining the album launch concert alongside Sound SultanDaddy Showkey and many others.

The Album Launch Concert will hold at the 14th Lagos Book & Art Festival on Saturday 17th November, 2012 at Freedom Park, 1 Hospital Road, Opp. General Hospital, Lagos Island, from 7pm till 10pm. It is the festival celebration concert where great art patrons / artists who have clocked landmark birthdays in 2012, led by Bruce Onabrakpeya and including Segun Adefila himself will be celebrated by the chief hosts and sponsors of the concert- CORA Art & Cultural Foundation.

Copies of the album will be available for sale at the event.

For further information, please call: 01-7451990.

or mail: dada@dadaenterprises.net.

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