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Last Sunday, two celebrated figures in the Nigerian literary community went head to head in a bid to settle scores between fiction and non-fiction.

Victor Ehikhamenor is an artist and essayist. Toni Kan is a Lagos-based fiction writer. In what many are calling an unusual literary event, they challenged each other in a reading duel hosted at Rele, a Lagos art gallery.

Both writers defended their respective genre in a friendly reading match refereed by none other than Wana Udobang, herself a writer and filmmaker.

According to The Sole Adventurer blog, the event was well-attended. Ehikhamenor read from his 2012 work titled Excuse Me!, a series of commentaries documenting various aspects of Nigerian life. Kan read from Nights of the Creaking Bed and from an unpublished selection of stories titled Carnivorous City.

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There were discussions about contemporary African writing in digital platforms. At the close of the event, a lucky winner took home an original artwork by Ehikhamenor. [Read full review of the event HERE.]

Kudos to the organizers for putting together such a creative and enriching literary event.

Here is a selection of photos of the event sourced from The Sole Adventurer.

Enjoy!

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Victor Ehikhamenor, Ms Wanwana, Toni Kan

 

Adebola Rayo, ArtyLiving
Adebola Rayo, ArtyLiving
Victor Ehikhamenor and Abraham Oghobase
Victor Ehikhamenor and Abraham Oghobase
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Femke Van Zeijl

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