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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 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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