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Ahead of the 2017 Ake Arts and Book Festival this month, the festival founder Lola Shoneyin will be in a Twitter chat with Ventures Africa magazine today at 12 p.m. to discuss “African Literature and Feminism.”

Lola Shoneyin is the creative director of Book Buzz Foundation which organises the Ake Festival, Africa’s largest annual literary gathering. This year, they further organized the Kaduna Book Festival.

The author of three poetry collections—So All the Time I was Sitting on an Egg (1998), Song of a River Bird (2002), and For the Love of Flight (2010)—and a children’s book, Mayowa and the Masquerade (2010), Shoneyin, in her writing career, is best known for her 2010 novel, The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives. An eye-opening story of intrigues, rivalries, and intricate family relations in a polygamous household, the novel was longlisted for the 2011 Orange Prize and awarded the 2011 PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Literary Award and the 2011 ANA/NDDC Ken Saro-Wiwa Prose Prize. It has twice been adapted as a play by Rotimi Babatunde.

Here are the details for the Twitter chat.

Date: Friday, 3 November 2017

Time: 12 p.m.

Topic: African Literature and Feminism

Venue: Twitter #VAHangout

Twitter Handles: @VenturesAfrica, @LolaShoneyin

Do join the conversation.

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Otosirieze Obi-Young 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. 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, YOU SING OF A LONGING, and is working on a novel. He is represented by David Godwin Associates literary agency. When bored, he just Googles Rihanna.

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