LITERARY EVENTS IN NOVEMBER 2014… Su’eddie Vershima Agema


  • Pius Adesanmi to give keynote…

The 4th edition of the Muazu Babangida Aliyu (MBA) International Literary Colloquium comes up from 10th – 12th November, 2014. This year’s Colloquium will run for two days; Pre-colloquium day (for commissioning of Multimedia and Arts Gallery) and the Colloquium proper which will have in attendance notable writers from home and abroad, literary critics, social activists, politicians, students and academics across the nation to grace the event. This year’s theme is Literature Culture and Social Re-engineering for National Development. Scholars, writers, creative performers and literary journalists from across the country would grace the occasion.

2014 colloquium will feature a pre-colloquium lecture with the theme: Post Centenary Nigeria: New Literatures, New Leaders, New Nation to be presented by Professor Pius Adesanmi of the University of Carleton, Canada. There will also be an Interactive session on Literature, Creative writing, Leadership and Democracy among students, writers and politicians. It looks like the long awaited first books of the Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA) Nigerian Writers’ Series books would be unveiled there…

Nigerian writers remain grateful to Prof. Mohammed Kuta Yahaya who facilitated all of the above.

Venue would be Justice Idris Legbo Kutigi Hall on 11th and 12th, 11am  and 10am respectively for the lectures… UK Bello Arts Theatre would host the writers on 10th and 11th, 7pm…


-Biodun Jeyifo, Chuma Nwokolo, Toni Kan, Rotimi Babatunde, Kola Tuboson, Sage Hasson to feature prominently…

The 16th Lagos Book and Arts Festival (LABAF) is set to hold on the 14th to 16th November, 2014. LABAF this year is in honour of Wole Soyinka at 80. The three day event would feature a variety of events that writers and readers would find desirable and memorable. The theme for this year’s festival is ‘Freedom and the Word’. The official website for the festival explains that this theme was inspired by the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, 20th Anniversary of the South African Democracy and 15th anniversary of Nigeria’s 4th Republic. The Festival largely interpretes how the published text has interrogated the notion of human freedom.

The event would include addresses by Professor Biodun Jeyifo and Prof. Chidi A. Odinkalu in honour and exploration of Soyinka—the man and his books. There would also be book and writing discussions, panel conversations led by distinguished writers like Chuma Nwokolo (editor of African Writing and author of Diaries of a Dead African, The Ghost of Sani Abacha among other titles); Toni Kan, Kola Tuboson, Rotimi Babatunde (Caine Prize Winner 2012), and the spoken word maestro, Sage Hasson among others.

Every year, the Lagos Book and Arts Festival brings together writers from around the year to interact with each other and explore particular theme. It is

The main festival date for this year is 14th to 16th November 2014 and would take place at Freedom Park, Broad Street, Lagos. For more information, please visit


Ake Festival, judged one of the best literary festival for 2013 is back this year to hold 18th to 22nd November 2014

Organised by Lola Shoneyin and the Book Buzz Foundation, the festival would bring writers from around the world in Master Classes where the skills of writers would be honed. The theme for this year is Bridges and Pathways. Discussions this year will focus on building bridges between African peoples, especially along language, ethnic and gender lines, and charting new paths with the aim of creating synergy and cultural cross fertilization on the African continent.

The guest list for the festival this year includes a full who-is-who cast of literary and social giants. Expected guests include Former President of Nigeria, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo; Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka; President of the Association of Nigerian Authors, Professor Remi Raji for starters. Others include Lizzy Attree, Molara Wood, Mukoma wa Ngugi, Okey Ndibe, Rodney Saint Eloi, Abubakar Adam Ibrahim,  Chijioke Amu-Nnadi, Nnedi Okoroafor, Rotimi Babatunde, Toni Kan, E. E. Sule, Eghosa Imasuen, Dami Ajaiyi, Efe Paul Azino, Stella Duffy and Uche Peter Umez, Wale Okediran, Ukamaka Olisakwe among several other distinguished writers, critics, leaders, thinkers, teachers, academics and distinguished personalities from around the world.

The event would include Book Chats, Panel Discussions, Master Classes, Art Exhibition, Drama, Film, Dance, Documentaries, Poetry, School Visits and a tour of Abeokuta.

The Ake festival, in its second year now, is a yearly literary and cultural festival that takes place in Abeokuta. The main official venue for this year is the June 12 Cultural Centre, Kuto, Abeokuta, Ogun State. More information? Visit


The 33rd International Convention of the Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA) which was scheduled to hold in Port Harcourt, Rivers State from 30th October to 2nd November, 2014 has been postponed indefinitely. The reason given for the postponement was given by the President of the Association, Remi Raji, as being the inability of the proposed host state, Rivers, to meet deadlines on preparations. The National Executive has apologized for this postponement and promised that a new date, and possibly, a new venue would be announced in due course. Meanwhile, there are indications that the convention would be held in the first week of December somewhere in the Niger-Delta…

More information when that comes up.

So,  have a great November people and wherever it is the literary muse takes you…Bon  voyage.



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