While the controversy rages on over Achebe’s new book, we remember his poignant description of Okonkwo as a man of a few words. But surely, we wonder, ‘a few words’ cannot express the act that led to the conception of his children.
If good fiction closely reflects reality, or makes the surreal seem so real as the case maybe; what does Nigerian fiction say about the way Nigerians approach sex as a reality of life? Do writers shy away from interrogating sex, an integral part of reality, in their work or do they paint an alternate reality far removed from the reality of most Nigerians? We’re asking this question of Literature: what’s sex got to do with it???
We do not jest here, at the November edition of iRead, the monthly writers’ reading and interaction series, sex will be exposed….strictly from the writers’ perspective!
To tackle this topic and read from their work (or showcase their art) we have Akilola Moronfolu, Iweka Kingsley, Andrew Eseimokumo Oki and since it not our intention to bore you to death with sex talk we have Team GhenGhen on hand to spice things up and bring it all down to earth (you know writers and how we like big big grammar).
(1) Andrew Eseimokumo Oki
Andrew Eseimokumo Oki started writing at age 13 in Command Secondary School, Apata, Ibadan. His first novel “Bonfires of the gods” was published by Serene Woods, India in May 2011 and later released in Nigeria by Griots Lounge, in 2012. Andrew’s 13-month epileptic travels and research in the sub-continent of India is what inspires and forms the backbone of his next novel soon to be released. Andrew loves to sing and has a passion for living. He lives in Nigeria.
(2) Atilola Moronfolu:
Atilola Moronfolu is a multi-faceted entrepreneur. She is a Writer, Editor, Neighbourhood Magazine publisher, spoken word artist, and popular writing blogger on atilola.blogspot.com.
She also edits books for fellow writers and bloggers and gets them ready for publishing.
She is the author of Antonyms of a Mirage, the now popularly trending short stories collection in Nigeria, and is on the verge of releasing her second novel.
(3) Team GhenGhen:
Team GhenGhen is made up of The Reptile, The Panda, The Walker, The Mallam, Luminus, & DJ Klem.
their weekly podcast is becoming another can’t-do-without Nigerian social media innovation. The purpose of the podcast is to use humour as a means to speak about the things that make human beings tick & the things that drive us crazy.
With a growing number of listeners and downloaders spanning from Lagos to Eket, Peckham to New York, the GhenGhen show speaks to the consciousness of the youth as well as the young at heart.
The GhenGhen weekly podcast that is available for download at www.ghenghen.com.
(4) Iweka Kingsley:
Iweka Kingsley works as a Freelance Writer and PR & Media Consultant, with engagements with CP-Africa and a few other platforms. He is a YNaija SuperBlogger, while managing his own blog: http://www.iamscopeman.wordpress.com.
Date: 25th November 2012
Venue: CORA House, 95 Bode Thomas, Surulere, Lagos.