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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 is deputy editor of Brittle Paper. He is a judge for the 2018/19 Gerald Kraak Prize. He is an editor at 14, Nigeria’s first queer art collective, which has published volumes including We Are Flowers (2017) and The Inward Gaze (2018). He is the curator of the Art Naija Series, a sequence of e-anthologies of writing and visual art focusing on different aspects of Nigerianness, including Enter Naija: The Book of Places (2016), which explores cities, and Work Naija: The Book of Vocations (2017), which explores professions. His fiction has appeared in The Threepenny Review and Transition. He has completed a collection of short stories, You Sing of a Longing, is working on a novel, and is represented by David Godwin Associates literary agency. He combined English and History at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, is completing a postgraduate degree in African Studies, and taught English at Godfrey Okoye University, Enugu. Find him at otosirieze.com, where he accepts writing and editing offers, or on Instagram or Twitter: @otosirieze. When bored, he Googles Rihanna.

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