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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 deputy editor of Brittle Paper. He is a judge for the 2018/19 Gerald Kraak Prize and the 2019 Miles Morland Writing Scholarships. He is an editor at 14, Nigeria’s first queer art collective, which has published volumes including We Are Flowers (2017) and The Inward Gaze (2018). He is the curator of the Art Naija Series, a sequence of e-anthologies of writing and visual art focusing on different aspects of Nigerianness, including Enter Naija: The Book of Places (2016), which explores cities, and Work Naija: The Book of Vocations (2017), which explores professions. His fiction has appeared in The Threepenny Review and Transition. He has completed a collection of short stories, You Sing of a Longing, is working on a novel, and is represented by David Godwin Associates literary agency. He combined English and History at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, is completing a postgraduate degree in African Studies, and taught English at Godfrey Okoye University, Enugu. Find him at otosirieze.com, where he accepts writing and editing offers, or on Instagram or Twitter: @otosirieze. When bored, he Googles Rihanna.

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