New books presented, sessions raise multiple issues as the literati gather
By Nsikan Ikpe
The novelist, Chuma Nwokolo and the journalist, Dapo Olorunyomi are among Nigeria’s literary practitioners that are participating in the 2017 Lagos Book and Arts Festival, LABAF, which formally comes to a close on Sunday, November 12.
The 7-day event which opened with a Book Trek at the British Council, Ikoyi, Laagos, was put together by the Committee for Relevant Art, CORA and the theme for 2017 focussed on Rupture and Disruptions.
On Thursday, there was the Publishers Forum where Adewale Maja-Pearce, Eghosa Imasuen and Toni Kan featured as panel discussants. This was to be followed by a Special Session at the Freedom Park, Lagos to celebrate Premium Times Managing Editor, Dapo Olorunyomi@60 and this session was graced by, among others, Odia Ofeimun, Sola Olorunyomi, Kunle Ajibade and Niyi Osundare.
On Saturday, it was the turn of Tade Ipadeola, Sam Omatseye, Jimanze Ego-Alowes and Derin Ajao to dissect critical issues relating to the theme of the event. This was then followed by the presentation of Chuma Nwokolo’s ambitious new book, The Extinction of Menai; and a joining event on the new book ‘How to win elections in Africa,’ co-authored by the publicists and media and public relations consultants, Chude Jideonwo and Adebola Williams of RED Media.
Eminent poet and wordsmith, Professor Niyi Osundare is the star guest at LABAF 2017.