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Caine Prize-winner Rotimi Babatunde’s long-awaited UK stage adaptation of Lola Shoneyin’s novel The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives is coming soon. The Facebook page, The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives 2015 – A UK Workshop Production, recently made the announcement.

Published in 2010, the novel is an eye-opening story of intrigues, rivalries, and the intricate family relations in a polygamous household. It was longlisted for the 2011 Orange Prize and was awarded the 2011 PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Literary Award and the 2011 ANA/NDDC Ken Saro-Wiwa Prose Prize.

Lola Shoneyin is the creative director of Ake Book and Arts Festival, Africa’s largest annual literary gathering.

Caine Prize winner Rotimi Babatunde.

This is what The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives 2015 – A UK Workshop Production posted on Facebook.

Here’s that big Announcement.
We now have dates and a new venue for

The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives
By Lola Shoneyin
Stage Adaptation by Rotimi Babatunde
in a Co-Production with The Elufowoju jr Ensemble

Previews Friday 1st – Tuesday 4th June 2018
Opens Wednesday 5th June.
Closes Saturday 14th July 2018.

Venue. Arcola Theatre. London.

We are absolutely ecstatic!!

Bookings opens from 8th January 2018.

Lola Shoneyin, author of the Orange Prize-longlisted The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives.

This is the second time that the novel is being adapted. The first was time was in Nigeria in 2013. We are wondering how the story would look on the stage four years on, how many changes might be made.

Congratulations to both Rotimi and Lola. We just can’t wait.

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Otosirieze Nnaemekaram is a writer, an academic, and Deputy Editor of Brittle Paper. His fiction has appeared in The Threepenny Review ("Mulumba," 2016), Transition ("A Tenderer Blessing," 2015), and in an anthology of the Gerald Kraak Award for which he was shortlisted ("You Sing of a Longing," 2017). His work has further been shortlisted for the Miles Morland Writing Scholarship in 2016 and a Pushcart Prize in 2015. He attended the 2018 Miles Morland Foundation Creative Writing Workshop facilitated by Giles Foden. He is the curator of the ART NAIJA SERIES, a sequence of themed e-anthologies of writing and visual art exploring different aspects of Nigerianness. The first, ENTER NAIJA: THE BOOK OF PLACES (October, 2016), focuses on cities in Nigeria. The second, WORK NAIJA: THE BOOK OF VOCATIONS (June, 2017), focuses on professions in Nigeria. He studied History and Literature at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, is currently completing a postgraduate programme in African Studies and Pop Culture, and teaches English at Godfrey Okoye University, Enugu. He has completed a collection of short stories and is working on a 600-page novel. When bored, he just Googles Rihanna.

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