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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 Obi-Young was born in Aba, Nigeria, and attended the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. A finalist for the 2016 Miles Morland Writing Scholarship, his short stories include: “A Tenderer Blessing,” which appears in Transition Magazine and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2015; “Mulumba,” which appears in The Threepenny Review; and “You Sing of a Longing,” which was shortlisted for the inaugural Gerald Kraak Award and appears in Pride and Prejudice, an anthology by The Jacana Literary Foundation and The Other Foundation. His essays appear in Interdisciplinary Academic Essays and in Brittle Paper where he is Deputy Editor. His interviews appear in Africa in Dialogue, Bakwa Magazine, SPRINNG, and Dwartonline. 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 Nigerian cities. The second, Work Naija: The Book of Vocations (June 2017), focuses on professions in Nigeria. A postgraduate student of African Studies, he currently teaches English at Godfrey Okoye University, Enugu, Nigeria. When bored, he blogs pop culture at naijakulture.blogspot.com or just Googles Rihanna.

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I hold a doctorate in English from Duke University and recently joined the Marquette University English faculty as an Assistant Professor. I love teaching African fiction and contemporary British novels. Brittle Paper is the virtual space/station where I play and experiment with ideas on how to reinvent African fiction and literary culture.

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