Michelle Obama’s Becoming and Keith Richards’ Not Quite an Insider are two of the 11 books selected for the main panels at the 21st Lagos Book and Art Festival, running from November 4 to 10, 2019.

These are books which speak to the issue of Emergence, the festival’s central thesis.

Rutger Bregman’s Utopia for RealistsTunde Leye’s Afonja: The Rise; Tosin Gbagi’s Locomotif and Ta-Nehi Coates’ “We Were Eight Years in Office”? are up for discussion by reviewers and some of the authors at the Festival Symposium, which tackles the possibilities of hope.




At the Readers’ Assembly, which engages with the subject: ‘Obstacles to Emergence’, the featured books include Namwali Serpell’s The Old Drift, Pat Utomi’s Why Not? and Dele Farotimi’s Do not Die in Their War.




Obama’s Becoming and Ari Shavit’s My Promised Land are the resource materials for the panel conversation entitled: ‘Narratives of Emergence’.




The Festival’s colloquium tackles the subtheme Breaking into the New, and discusses two books Nnamdi Ezeigbo’s memoirs: The Rise and Rise of Slot and Dan Senor & Saul Singer ‘s Start Up Nation.

The Festival’s increasingly popular talkshop: Keys to the Knowledge Emenomy, features, this year, a conversation around Keith Richards’ new book Not Quite an InsiderBy Keith Richards

The Festival grounds are the Kongi’s Harvest Gallery, the Food Court and the Esther’s Revenge Hall, of the Freedom Park on Lagos Island.

Fuller details of the LABAF Festival Programme will soon be uploaded on the Festival website.

Watch this space.

 Michael Ologbenla

On behalf of Kennii Ekundayo and the LABAF Communications Committee