“If you’ve never been to a Joy event, you’ve been missing a lot,” Yvonne Anoruo, the compere said as part of her opening remarks at the NASCO-sponsored book reading of Joy Isi Bewaji’s ‘What Pain May Bring’.
It was Saturday, February 21, 2015 at Colonades Hotel, Ikoyi, Lagos and the hall was packed with an eager audience. Joy Isi Bewaji is gaining a reputation for organizing the some of the most engaging arts/literary events in Lagos.
Although it began an hour late, the presentations by spoken word poets Olumide Olulu Holloway and Rez tha Poet signaled the start of what turned out to be an evening of exciting discussions around the themes tradition and contemporary gender roles, love, feminism, sex, choices and identity as explored in Joy’s second book, What Pain May Bring. “Isn’t this supposed to be a book reading?” someone asked, because besides the reading of excerpts from the book by Funmi Akinsola, Evans Ufeli, Funke Phillips and the author, the evening was taken up by mostly talk.
NASCO representatives were at the event to talk about their incursion into the Lagos market with their new range of products and gave away goodie bags to all the attendees.
Members of the audience talked the most; almost everyone had something to say. The talk also continued on Twitter with the hashtag #JoyNascoRead.
At the event were some well known writers and artists including Okechukwu Ofili, Toni Kan, Dami Ajayi, Onyeka Nwelue, Seun Odukoya, Ayo Sogunro and Ibrahim Ganiy; all come to support one of their own.
Haroun Harry Audu, a consultant to NASCO had this to say about the event on his Facebook page: “We had a swell time at the Nasco-sponsored book reading of Joy Isi Bewaji’s new work ‘What Pain May Bring’. The racy, enthusiastic audience comprising mostly of writers and budding artistes of various hues, shapes and (yes!) sizes, was as vivacious and entertaining, as it was audacious in its dissection and proclamations of the various sub-themes covered in Joy’s equally bold new book on a subject many prefer to discuss in hushed tones. I suspect that for newbies like yours sincerely, the shock value was positively enthralling and sobering in its effect.”
To refer to this event as just a ‘book reading’ would be doing it an injustice. It was a party of words, a meeting of minds from all walks of life, old and new: it was a ‘Joy Event.’
‘What Pain May Bring’ is tells the stories of women dealing with pain brought on by the men in the lives. There is betrayal, regret and as the title warns, pain.
Joy Isi Bewaji is an editor, publicist, media entrepreneur and has a strong presence on TV, radio and social media. She is the author of Eko Dialogue, a collection of short stories and also has an audio series, Tina’s shoes and Love Issues.
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