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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 a writer, literary journalist, former academic, and Deputy Editor of Brittle Paper. A judge for the 2019 Gerald Kraak Award, he is an editor at 14, Nigeria’s first queer art collective which has published two volumes: WE ARE FLOWERS and THE INWARD GAZE. He is the curator of ART NAIJA SERIES, a sequence of themed e-anthologies of writing and visual art exploring different aspects of Nigerianness: ENTER NAIJA: THE BOOK OF PLACES (October, 2016) focuses on cities in Nigeria; WORK NAIJA: THE BOOK OF VOCATIONS (June, 2017) focuses on professions in Nigeria. His fiction has appeared in The Threepenny Review and Transition, and has been shortlisted for the Miles Morland Writing Scholarship and the Gerald Kraak Award, both in 2016, and a Pushcart Prize in 2015. He attended the 2018 Miles Morland Foundation Creative Writing Workshop. He has completed a collection of short stories, YOU SING OF A LONGING, and is working on a novel. He is represented by David Godwin Associates literary agency. He combined history and literature at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka and taught English at Godfrey Okoye University, Enugu. When bored, the boy just Googles Rihanna. Find him at otosirieze.com, where he accepts editing and writing offers, or on Instagram or Twitter: @otosirieze.

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