Amos Tutuola to be immortalized at the Lagos book fiesta’s ‘Profiles at the Lagoon’.
By Tajudeen Hamzat
Delta Publications (Nigeria) Limited, organizer of the annual celebration of literary and creative arts tagged Profiles at the Lagoon, is set to organize this year’s books’ celebration relocating from its Enugu base to Lagos as a way of honoring the late Yoruba author, Amos Tutuola.
The literary event which will hold on 30th of May 2018 at the Art Galler,y Kongi Harvest, Freedom Park, under the Chairmanship of Communications Consultant, Akin Fatunke is a move to honour the first African novelist to be published in the English language outside Africa with his 1952 novel, The Palm-Wine Drinkard.
President of The Delta Book Club, Dillibe Onyeama while speaking on honoring the African creative legend, said: “Amos Tutuola has never been accorded his proper place on the horizon of Nigeria’s great poets, if because few people understand the true meaning of ‘Poetry’. This humble attempt to immortalize him with ‘The Tutuola Palm for Poetry’ is an overdue apology for our misguided mindset in regard to the proper perspective of his hallowed status of poet extraordinaire.
Profiles at the Lagoon is a celebration of Nigerian artistes who have recorded outstanding achievements in their chosen disciplines, which the organisers hail as a major contribution to “the aesthetics of ‘Poetry’”.
As part of ways to acknowledge Nigerians doing well creative workers, celebrated stage actress Taiwo Ajai-Lycett, Dutch-born Ibadan-based publishing guru Joop Berkhout, and legal luminary-turned author celebrants will also be given awards at the event. Dignitaries’ expected at the event include Nobel Laureate, Wole Soyinka and former Governor Segun Osoba, amidst other eminent guests.
Part of the events billed to hold on the day are also readings of new modern poetry and short-stories from the latest edition of THE WRITER magazine, the celebration of a technocrat-turned-children’s novelist, London-based British-Nigerian Frederick Nwokedi, among other educative programs billed for the day.