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CORA 2016 EVENTS

LABAF 2017 holds November 9-12 on the theme: ‘ERUPTIONS: Global Fractures & Collective Humanism’

LABAF 2017 holds November 9-12 on the theme: ‘ERUPTIONS: Global Fractures & Collective Humanism’

At the end of a four-day fun-filled “fiesta of Ideas and Life”, the 18th edition of the Lagos Book & art Festival, LABAF adjourned to next year, which would be its 19th edition and focusing on the theme: ERUPTIONS: Global FRACTURES & Collective Humanism”. The 2017 will hold November 9-12 at its traditional home, Freedom Park, Lagos. Toyin Akinosho, Secretary General of CORA, while unveiling the theme said the 2017 festival will be dedicated to the Poet laureate, Professor Niyi Osundare, who he described as “true national and cultural icon.” He said Osundare has influenced generation of younger poets and[...]
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LAGOS@50: Third Festival Colloquium Holds Tommorrow

THIRD FESTIVAL COLLOQUIUM Theme: “Tourism Potential in Yorubaland: Landmarks, Culture & History”  by His Imperial Majesty OBA ADEYEYE ENITAN OGUNWUSI Ojaja II, Ooni of Ife Date: AUGUST 20 Venue: SHELL HALL, MUSON CENTRE, ONIKAN, LAGOS Time: 10AM  Followed by the screening of EKO: IWURE OLOFIN (THE BLESSING OF OLOFIN) PROFILE OF OBA OGUNWUSI, OJAJA II Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi  (born October 17, 1974) is a Nigerian accountant and the 51st Ooni of Ife. He succeeded the late Oba Okunade Sijuwade who died on July 28, 2015. He is described him as “an astute entrepreneur driven by turning impossibilities to ‘possibilities’”. Professional background: Adeyeye is a trained accountant.[...]
General BRIEF on the 18th Annual Lagos Book & Art Festival 2016

General BRIEF on the 18th Annual Lagos Book & Art Festival 2016

Prepared by: CORA ART & CULTURAL FOUNDATION   THEME “ The theme of the 18th LABAF is: THE TERROR OF KNOWLEDGE. Through this, we hope to address rising extremism against acquisition of knowledge and brain empowerment. The inspiration derives from the immortal words of the Nobel laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka that: “Books and all forms of writing are terror to those who wish to suppress the truth” ”  SNAPSHOTS OF PAST  LABAF   BACKGROUND The annual Lagos Book and Art Festival (LABAF) is a three day culture picnic with a high book content. Pre-Festival events  take place in several venues[...]
Synopsis: EKO: Iwure Olofin

Synopsis: EKO: Iwure Olofin

“EKO: IWURE OLOFIN (The Blessing of OLOFIN) captures the life and times of OLOFIN, the founder of Lagos. It is the first of a trilogy comprising — “EKO: The Reign of the OBAS” (on the life and times of all Lagos Obas); and, “EKO: Governments in POWER.” It narrates how a brave Ile-Ife Prince left his ancestral home in pursuit of fame, honour and glory as was the common practice then. OLOFIN (Yemi Blaq) was told by the diviner Adifala (Peter Fatomilola) to leave Ile-Ife with his wife AJAYE (Kehinde Fasuyi) and follow a calabash on a river journey. He[...]
From abandoned crime novel to TV Fame

From abandoned crime novel to TV Fame

On air personality tells how book success led him to Ghostwriting By Toyin Akinosho, LABAF Kunle Kasumu, presenter and co-producer of the Channels Book Club, says his weekly TV programme is not a chore. He read the Pacesetter series like any teenager growing up in any Nigerian city in the 80s, “but it was ‘hip’ to tell your friends that you read the famous foreign novels and books like the James Hardley Chase series, the Agatha Christie crime series, the Harold Robbins series, Mills and Boons (for the girls), the Famous Five series (for the younger teens)”, he confessed to[...]
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Molara Wood Reads from “Indigo”, Other Works, At Quintessence

Molara Wood will be reading from her work, including stories from the collection “Indigo“, at the Quintessence in Ikoyi, on Saturday, July 9. at 4pm. Ms. Wood’s short stories, flash fiction and poetry have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including African Literature Today, Chimurenga, Farafina, Sentinel Poetry Online, The New Gong Book of New, Nigerian Short Stories and One World: A Global Anthology of Short Stories. In 2008, she won the inaugural John La Rose Memorial Short Story Competition, and received, in 2007, an award from the Commonwealth Broadcasting Corporation for her fiction. She was a member of the panel[...]
Why Goethe Is Keen About the Lagos Book and Art Festival – Mac Andre

Why Goethe Is Keen About the Lagos Book and Art Festival – Mac Andre

Marc-André Schmachtel, Director of the Goethe Institut  in Nigeria, will be leaving the country  in July after a densely packed Five and half year tour of duty. In a wide ranging discussion with Toyin Akinosho, he engages ideas around identity, definitions of culture spaces, and the place of Goethe Institut in the pecking order.   Interview by Toyin Akinosho You’ve spent around five years in Nigeria and you’ve crammed so much activity into those years. It is always a question of perspective. Five years are a long time if you look at it from the beginning of a career. The[...]
The Benson Idonije @ 80 Celebration

The Benson Idonije @ 80 Celebration

Themed: The Benajay Phenomenon June 16th-19th 2016 Venues: MUSON Centre, Freedom Park, Goethe Institut Time: 11am; 4pm-9pm tmebelts
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