When the Lagos Book and Art Festival (LABAF) 2017 kicks off on Monday, November 6 at the British Council, Ikoyi, Lagos with Book Trek Niran Adedokun will be one among the writers slated to read. The Lagos-based public relations consultant, lawyer and writer will be reading from his book Ladies Calling the Shots, billed to have a formal launch in Lagos a week later on November 13. The book chronicles the exploits of 16 female film and television directors in Nigeria. It profiles these directors right from their early days through their educational career and eventual choice of filmmaking.
The writer, one of the early reporters of the home video revolution now popular the world over as Nollywood, said the book was inspired by the irrepressible spirit of ladies who have forged on in this male dominated area of endeavour in spite of all the challenges that they face.
Published by Grace Springs Africa Publishers, the over 290 pages zero in on the relatively obscure nature of the director’s role in the filmmaking process and the need to celebrate the women who are making Nigeria proud on this front. It features female directors like Lola Fani Kayode and the late Amaka Igwe amongst others.
In its sixth edition, Book Trek traditionally opens the weeklong LABAF. The organisers, Committee for Relevant Art (CORA) said it is framed as a literary party in a lush garden amidst wining, dining and general conviviality. It usually features readings and conversations around books of the festival and literary works published by various authors in the particular year, in this case, 2017.
According to LABAF’s Programme Directorate, “The general belief is that not enough literary works are being written and published in Nigeria. CORA observations, however, show that a good degree of effort is going on in this direction. The BookTrek is a tribute to authors, who are pushing out works in spite of all the odds against writing and publishing. About 20 authors will be present to share their works with the public.”
The event is powered by British Council, Lagos and will begin at 5pm in the garden at the cultural organisation’s office in Ikoyi.
The other writers who will feature are Ugbede Paul (Our Son the Minister), Aduke Gomez (While I am Here Let Me Tell You About…), Jimanze Alowes (The Genocide Against the Igbos), Roy Lan Uzoma (My Nigerian Dream), Ololade Ajayi (We the people), Sylvester Akhaine (Pain of A Nursing Father), Ese Walter (Naked), Benson Idonije (Dis Fela Sef), Chuma Nwokolo (The Extinction of Menai), Ibitola Ojoye-Adebayo (Acceptance) and Folu Agoi (I Know the Smell of My Lover’s Skin).
Bayo Olupohunda (Are You Not a Nigerian), Supo Shashore (Possessed & A Platter of Gold), Tunji Omowunmi (Inside Nollywood), Mufu Onifade (Nnabra’s Curse), Nina Iphechukwude Anyanuka (Disowned), Pelu Awofeso (White Lagos) and the collection by Art Writers Association of Nigeria (AWON) Members (Route 234) complete the list.
The 19th edition of LABAF focusing on the theme: ‘Eruptions: Global Fractures & Collective Humanism,” will hold November 6-12 at the Freedom Park, Lagos. The pre-festival events hold November 6-8 at various venues, while the main festival is November 9-12.