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CORA takes on terror at 18th books’ festival


cora-2013-pix-prof-ebun-clark-sharon-james-and-j-p-clarkBy Ada Anioji


The adult continent of the 18th Annual Lagos Book and Arts Festival, LABAF will focus on interrogating the use of knowledge as a weapon for responding to the vagaries of terror and fundamentalism that continues to maintain a choke-hold on the world.

According to a schedule of activities released in Lagos recently by the organisers, the Committee for Relevant Art, the events will run from November 10-13, with pre-festival activities taking place from November 7-10. While the core activities will hold at the Freedom Park, Broad Street, Lagos, ancillary events will hold at The Goethe Institut and The British Council.

With a theme, ‘The Terror of Knowledge: Education as a terrifying weapon against the forces of darkness,’the festival will feature panel sessions like ‘How did this creep in on us: Breeding fields of terror,’ and ‘Campaigns of Purification(Ethnic Cleansing or Insurgency?)’

Another event that is billed for the festival this year is the opening #Booktrek event, a literary cocktail featuring readings from the 2016 festival books will hold at the Garden of the British Council, Ikoyi on Monday, November 7 while on Friday, November 11, the actress, Stephanie Linus will speak on The Book in My Life in the #Bookmentorship segment of the children’s and youth offerings at the festival.

#LagosofthePoets, a tribute session in honour of lagos State at 90 takes place also on Friday, November 11 whileOnyekaNwelue will screen his film, House of Nwapa on Saturday November 12.


Professor J.P Clark, his wife, Ebun and Sharon Oluebube James at the 2013 festival

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