Books in the cultural imagination in Nigeria are often connected with the idea of an efiko -a colloquial term for someone who cares only about books with no social life. You might remember that guy or girl in your school who was always quiet, always in the library, not considered the life of the party, wearing glasses maybe?
Yet, the majority of Nigerian book lovers we've met are the opposite of that stereotype! Nigerian readers include the young, the old, the student, the white collar and informal worker, male, female, and all genders in between. So, whether you're a book lover or simply looking to expand your social circle, the upcoming Book Party is the perfect place for you.
Goethe-Institut's upcoming Book Party promises an immersive experience. Imagine sitting in a lush garden in Victoria Island Lagos, feeling the balmy air, enjoying passionate dramatizations of books you might or might not have read, all set to atmospheric background music.
The event features the launch of If An Eagle Cannot See by John Pascal Anakwe - a poetry book which explores socio-economic and political realities in contemporary Nigeria from the writer's perspective. As part of the launch, the work will be dramatically performed by a group of professional voice actors, set to a background of ambient music.
Other works to be performed include:
- Kome Otobo's Nigerian Gods, which details the rich diversity of divinity across Nigerian ethnic groups
- Who's Who in the Yorùbá Pantheon by Peju Akande, Toni Kan & Jahman Anikulapo, which showcases the mythologies and worlds of the Orisa
- The Women in the Mirror by Achalugo Chioma Ilozumba, which explores the process of family and reconciliation
- It's Not About The Burqa, an edited anthology by Mariam Khan, which is composed of essays by Muslim women seeking to challenge stereotypes about their identity
- People live here by TJ Benson which explores the life-changing circumstances of a 25-year-old single mother on a quest to raise her son in the post-PMS subsidy removal crises of January 2012 in Nigeria
- L’Otor - The Devil’s Pilgrimage by Jude Idada about a dramatic and cathartic reunion between a mother and son in Benin, Nigeria, following a harrowing 10-year road trip to Spain
We invite you to join us and discover these and many other amazing works by both Nigerian and foreign authors. There will be book discussions after each performance, both as a collective and privately with other attendees.
So put on your favorite outfit and join us for a fun afternoon filled with intellectual and creative stimulation.
Date: May 27, 2023.
Time: 3pm WAT.
Venue: Goethe Institut, 7 Anifowoshe, Victoria Island.
Access is free to everyone.
Hope to see you there!