17th Lagos Book & Art Festival (ADULT) Programme

The 17th Lagos Book & Art Festival (ADULT) Programme



(Inspired by the 20th anniversary of the death of Ken Saro Wiwa, a matyr for Nigerian Democracy)

Note: The Adult Programme is run separately from the Kiddies’ Programme, itself a huge literary harvest

Main Festival Dates: November 13 – 15, 2015

Venue: Freedom Park, Broad Street, Lagos.




11am: The BOOK IN MY LIFE: BEN MURRAY-BRUCE (Senator of the Federal Republic)-In Consultation

1pm: COLLOQUIUM  @ Kongi Harvest’s Art Gallery

Theme: Democracy and Self Determination

Democracy in Self Determination

Chairman: Fred Agbeyegbe (Confirmed)

Keynote: GG Darah (In consultation)

Discussants: Confirmed:  Nnimmo Bassey, Sanya Osha

2-4pm: SYMPOSIUM @ Kongi’s Harvest Art Gallery:

Theme: Ken Saro-Wiwa & Nation Building

Featuring: On A Darkling Plain, Similia, Peter Dumbrock’s Prison, A Month and A Day (Saro Wiwa’s  major non-fiction narratives focusing on the theme of self-determination and nation building)

Reading: In The Shadow of a Saint, by Ken Wiwa. Book reading confirmed, Ken’s  presence, not confirmed

Reviewers/Discussants: In Consultation


Theme: Joy of Reading

Performed readings from the following books by actors, writers and activisists: Sozaboy, A Forest of Flowers, Adaku and other stories, Basi and Company: A Modern African Folktale and Mr. B Is Dead

(Produced in partnership with LAIPO Productions)

5.30pm-7.30pm: CONVERSATION @ Kongi’s Harvest Art Gallery

Theme: My Homeland Is in Your Country (Global Experiences of Self Determination)

Readings, Reviews and Discussions of: (1) I Saw Ramallah, By Mourid Al Bhargouti and (2)My Promised Land, by Ari Shavit;

Moderator: Ogaga Ifowodo. Confirmed Reviewers: Niran Okewole, Damola Mabogunje(More in consultation)

7pm- Command performance + Cultural Encyclopedia@ Main Stage

  — IWALEWA NIGHT — Qudus & Keziah Jones

9pm:  Openoing Concert Musical journey through the ears of Keziah Jones.



Freedom Park, Lagos

10.30am- 12.30pm:  SYMPOSIUM @ Kongi’s Harvest Art Gallery

Theme: Dispatches from the Creeks  

Reading and conversations around works of three Significant Writes from the Niger Delta Region- Ogaga Ifowodo’s Oil Lamp, Obari Gomba’s  Ascent Stone; Igoni Barrett for   Blackass, 

NB: Ifowodo, Gomba (confirmed). Barret (yet to)

1.30pm-3.30pm – COLLOQUIUM @The Food Court

Theme: Oil Pipelines and Their Malcontents.  

Reading and Discussions around: (1) Tom Burgis’ The Looting Machine; Warlords, Tycoons, Smugglers, and the Systematic Theft of Africa’s Wealth  (2) Andrew Rowell, James Marriott and Lorne Stockman’s The Next Gulf: London,  Washington and oil conflict in Nigeria.

NB: Tom Burgis (confirmed). Rowell (still considering).

Confirmed reviewers/discussants: Femi Aisida, Jide Bello

1.30pm-3.30pm – COLLOQUIUM — @ Kongi’s Harvest (Parallel Session)

Theme: Our Land, Our Resources (African Chronicles of Self Determination)

What is the What? (The Story of South Sudan’s Struggle) by Dave Eggers; When Citizens Revolt: Nigerian Elites, Big Oil and The Ogoni Struggle For Self Determination, by Ike Okonta

 Reviewers: Bunmi Oyinsan, Toun Williams (Others in consultation)

4pm-5.30pm – CONVERSATION — Kongi’s Harvest’s Art Gallery

The Festival Conversation

Session: Keys To The Knowledge Economy

Reading and Discussions around Kenneth Onwuka Dike’s Trade And Politics In The Niger Delta (1830-1885)

Chair: Abdulaziz Ude. Discussants: Temi Halim, Damilare Williams Shires…(Others In Consultation)

4pm-5.30pm: AUTHORS’ CONVENTION Venue: Esther’s Revenge,

Theme: Boko Bombings and notions of self preservation. Readings and discussions around Elnathan John’s ‘Born on a Tuesday’ (Cassava Republic) and Abubakar Adam Ibrahim ‘Season of Crimson Blossoms’ (Parresia Books)

Facilitated by Bibi Bakare-Yusuf, Publisher, Cassava Republic

6pm: New Nigerian Fiction: Status Update

Produced in partnership with British Council

7.30pm: THE FESTIVAL PARTY – Main Stage/ FoodCourt

Beautiful Nubia & Friends in EMU FEST

Special feature: Celebrating landmark birthdays of distinguished contributors to the Nigerian cultural Life: Fred Agbeyegbe @ 80, Sam Amuka @ 80, Frank Aig-Imoukhuede@80, Demas Nwoko@80, Muyiwa Oduyoye@80, Gbenga Sonuga@70, Dele Jegede @ 70.



Freedom Park, Lagos

11.00am – 1:00pm @ Kongi’s Harvest Art Gallery

Film Screening: Under consideration

2:00pm – CONVERSATION  @ Food Court,

Theme: My Lagos, Old and New

Interview with Dr. Patrick Dele Cole around his old/new book: Modern and Traditional Elites in the Politics of Lagos

Author/Special Guest, Moderator and Discussants: (in consultation).

2:00pm – 5:00pm —  ART STAMPEDE @ Food Court

Theme: Fate & Fortune of Culture Sector in the regime of ‘CHANGE’

A parliamentary gathering of artists, culture workers, art advocates and bureaucrats examine the position and status of the Culture sector under the current dispensation of CHANGE

6:00pm – 10:00pm – FESTIVAL WRAP @ The Main Stage

Poetry Slam

Being hosted at LABAF for the FOURTH year running, 100,000 Poets and Musicians for Change is a universal movement that offers Poets, Musicians and other Artists the Platform to express themselves freely against the prevalent socio-political, and economic ills that pervade the world in particular and fight against every other thing that inconveniences humanity on the whole. The message is peace, equality, justice and pursuit of the overall happiness of humanity irrespective of race or color whatsoever is of primacy. The medium is the artistry of the poet or musician/artist as the case may be which is seen as a viable weapon for effecting change in a world almost gone chaotic. The Movement is headquartered in San Francisco, USA where it is superintended by the founder; Michael Rothenberg. Motto: Poets and Artists Worldwide Unite for Peace and Sustainability.

Produced by Efe Paul Azino & Samuel Osaze.

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