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Baileys Prize-nominated novelists, Ayobami Adebayo and Yewande Omotoso, will be in conversation in Lagos. Their discussion, which can be attended for free, is part of the Goethe-Institut Nigeria’s “Literary Crossroads—Conversations with African Writers,” a series which “brings  together African writers on the continent and from the diaspora to discuss contemporary trends and themes in literature.”

Ayobami Adebayo, author of Stay With Me.

Ayobami Adebayo is the fourth African to be shortlisted for the Baileys for her debut novel Stay With Me, while Yewande Omotoso made the longlist with her second novel The Woman Next Door.

Yewande Omotoso, author of The Woman Next Door.

The conversation will be moderated by Molara Wood.

Here is more information.

Date: 19 May, Friday.

Time: 4 p.m.

Venue: Goethe-Institut Nigeria, 4th Floor, City Hall, Catholic Mission Street (opposite Holy Cross Cathedral Church), Lagos Island, Lagos.

Admission: Free.

Visit Goethe-Institut’s Website.


Update: Our previous announcement stated that the time for this event is 12-6 p.m., and that it would be moderated by Kadaria Ahmed. This information was gotten from the Goethe-Institut Website this morning but, as our update shows, has been changed by them.

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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.

3 Responses to “Watch Baileys Prize Nominees Ayobami Adebayo and Yewande Omotoso in Conversation | And It’s for Free” Subscribe

  1. Gbolahan 2017/05/17 at 03:31 #

    It has been moved to Friday, 4pm. May 19

  2. Atanda 2017/05/17 at 09:33 #

    Friday, Saturday – which is it?

  3. Otosirieze Obi-Young 2017/05/18 at 11:06 #

    Thank you for the update, Gbolahan. Thanks, too, Atanda.

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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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