Our book readings will feature diverse authors from around Nigeria with texts that embody Nigerian Culture and realities.
Authors would be present at the festival to read from their books, give you an insight into their philosophies and of course answer any questions you may have!
Love Does Not Win Elections By Ayisha Osori
Love Does Not Win Elections is Ayisha Osori’s dispatch from the frontlines of partisan grassroots politics. A revealing snapshot into how the cookie is baked and a detailed, almost cynical, autobiographical account of her foray into the murky waters of politics when she took the plunge and contested for the primaries for the AMAC/Bwari constituency at the Federal House of Representatives.
The Harvard trained lawyer lost the ticket but her experience and insight, distilled into this confection of a book is a rewarding side effect.
Seasons of Crimson Blossoms By AbubakarAdam Ibrahim
Season of Crimson Blossoms tells the captivating story of an illicit affair between a twenty-five-year-old street gang leader, Hassan Reza, and a devout fifty-five-year-old widow and grandmother, Binta Zubairu, who yearns for intimacy after the sexual repression of her marriage and the pain of losing her first son. This story of love and longing—set in a conservative Muslim community in Nigeria—reveals deep emotions that defy age, class, and religion.
This novel gives a unique perspective on life and relationships in Northern Nigeria, a region vastly under-represented in the body of world literature.
Against the Run of Play By Segun Adeniyi
Against the Run of Play takes an intense look at Nigerian politics at a time when an entrenched political party was defeated in a presidential election after 16 unbroken years in power. This book offers the reader a narrative explanation and an unusual insight into the major human and institutional factors that led up to the defeat of President Goodluck Jonathan in 2015.
Equally important is the author’s detailed recall of the major political developments that made the outcome inevitable while shaping the very expectations that brought President Buhari to power. Adeniyi enhances the credibility of his narrative through an extensive set of interviews with living key players in the drama he relates. The hindsight of these key players throws the events into bolder relief and illuminates the road ahead.
A Conspiracy of Ravens By Othuke Omniabohs
A Conspiracy of Ravens is the second novel by Othuke Ominiabohs (author of Odufa), a political thriller. As suggested by the title, the novel follows the players and the pawns in a high-echelon conspiracy connected with every historical threat to the Nigerian State, from the Civil War to Boko Haram insurgency and Niger-Delta militancy.
A bunch of militants led by the charismatic Tari Kemeasuode kidnap nine expatriates from an oil rig in the Niger Delta, and what follows is a rat-race against time to meet the militants’ demands and rescue the hostages. Enters DSS Agent, Alex Randa, who is summoned by President Sylva to procure the release of the hostages. Between Alex Randa’s investigation and the discoveries made by BBC journalist, Brooke Cochlain, one of the hostages who is released by the militants to convey their demands to the Nigerian government, a disturbing jigsaw starts to come together, far-reaching in its consequences, not only for the hostages, but for the entire country. Anarchy is good business, and a cabal led by an enigmatic, masked figure known as “The Fixer” would stop at nothing to see the country up in smoke.