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The Bakwa Reading Series, organised by Bakwa Magazine editor Dzekashu MacViban, is a public event featuring writers, translators and editors, aimed at connecting them to local communities in different cities in Cameroon. It debuted in May 2017, featuring the writers Nkiacha Atemnkeng, A. Bouna Guazong, Bengono Essola Edouard, and Dipita Kwa. Its second edition, moderated by Monique Kwachou and Socrates Mbamalu, featured Dami Ajayi, Murielle Simone Wonja, Howard M-b Maximus, Nkiacha Atemnkeng, Sada Malumfashi, Tochukwu Okafor, and Caleb Ajinomoh.

The Series’ third edition, organised in partnership with the University of Bristol, featured the Cameroonian writer Florian Ngimbis, the Kenyan writer and Kwani? editor Billy Kahora, and the Ivorian writer and translator Renee Edwige Dro. It was held on 6 June, at Kazi Hub, Yaounde. On sale at the event was Limbe to Lagos: Nonfiction from Cameroon and Nigeria, the anthology collaboration between Bakwa and Saraba.

Here are photos from the event, courtesy of MacViban.

L-R: Florian Ngimbis, Edwige Dro, Dzekashu MacViban, and Billy Kahora.

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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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