It is billed for Ibadan, 15th March 2014 at NuStreams Conference Centre, KM 110 Abeokuta road, Alalubosa GRA Extension, Ibadan. 3:00pm….
Who is Chuma Nwokolo? Are you asking me? Choi! One of the most gifted poets and short story writers from these parts. I was in a vehicle a few days back traveling. I clutched my ‘How to spell Naija in one hundred ways’… A passenger collected my somewhat ‘used’ copy of the book and insisted on paying for it… (Okay, it doesn’t happen everyday, abi?) but once you read him once, you usually want to get back. He is the publisher of http://african-writing.com … Find a full citation here… Read his short story ‘Diaries of a Dead African here or visit his blog … I should add that Chuma has a great height (only Geoff Ryman has given him competition in all the times I have done height competition for him and anyone around) and a great spirit. He’s someone whose presence fills any room with warmth which radiates from a beautiful spirit within.
Remi Raji is a tentative guest but one who even the slightest chance of an appearance should leave you smiling… He is the Dean of the Faculty of Arts at the University of Ibadan, and my Oga as National President of the Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA). An accomplished poet and scholar, Remi Raji counts off fascinating poems and sound scholarly papers like the chants in a full Latin mass. Hee hee hee! I don’t mean they are senseless. I mean he has a long list of very beautiful verse and great papers 🙂
There would be music accompaniment and lots of jolly. Artmosphere is put together by WriteHouse Collective in Ibadan and is managed by the paddies, Femi Morgan and Servio Gbadamosi. I was at Artmosphere last year with Reward Nsirim (ace short story writer and author of Fresh Air and other stories) and we both agree that it is one of the most intellectual gatherings you would come across… But don’t worry if you aren’t too intellectual, Chuma’s stories takes care of everyone leaving you laughing away every sorrow. Sure you don’t need a large dose of that now?
Venue again: NuStreams Conference Centre, KM 110 Abeokuta road, Alalubosa GRA Extension, Ibadan. 3:00pm… Date: Saturday 15th March 2014.
Trust me, you miss out on that if you can make the chance to come, you miss on an experience of a lifetime.
Now, where’s my traveling bag? Ibadan!