Twenty-four writers. One nation. One book.
Of This Our Country is the brand new anthology which aims to tackle the ‘almost’ impossible task of defining Africa’s most populous nation through words.
Through the personal essays of acclaimed Nigerian writers on home, identity and the culture they know, they weave together a living-portrait of Nigeria that is beautiful, complex and a more accurate view.
In our hybrid event, audiences in-person or joining online will see talks from contributing writers Chikodili Emelumadu, Inua Ellams and Abi Daré as they unpack their essays in the anthology. The evening will also include special readings from J K Chukwu, Chigozie Obioma, Ayobami Adebayo and Umar Turaki.
Of This Our Country Reviews
‘The read I never thought I needed […] moving, funny at times, insightful and so relatable. It’s a necessary read’ Lizzie Damilola Blackburn, author of YINKA, WHERE IS YOUR HUZBAND? 2021
“It was everything it promised to be…I loved it.” Nikki May, author of WAHALA, 2021
‘This collection of 24 personal essays did what it needed to do! […] To be Nigerian is a complex and contradictory thing, but so many of these essays put into words things I feel in the fibre of my gut but haven’t quite worked out the language for’ Jendella Benson, author of Hope and Glory
Join us for an evening discussing patriotism, class, privilege and more. This event will be BSL interpreted.
Sunday 24 October, 12:00 – 13:30 (BST)
Venue: Knowledge Centre Theatre (in-person) and British Library Player (online)
Tickets: Included in Sunday Day Pass
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