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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.


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

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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:


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 for more information.

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British Council announces first edition of 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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