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Olabode Ogunlana’s Yoruba Tales

Book launch of Olabode Ogunlana’s The Rare Leaf: Yoruba Legends & Love Stories. Chaired by Ade Solanke, writer and founder of Spora Stories.

Foreign Gods, inc by Okey Ndibe

Launch of Okey Ndibe’s critically acclaimed novel, Foreign Gods, inc. Chaired by Richard Dowden, director of The Royal African Society.

100 Years of The Mugu

Marking the centenary of Nigeria’s amalgamation in 1914, this session launches Chuma Nwokolo’s two latest books, How to Spell Naija and The Final Testament of a Minor God. Chaired by Dr Mpalive Msiska, Reader in English & Humanities at Birkbeck…

KINTU by Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi

Launch of Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi’s KINTU, winner of the 2013 Kwani? Manuscript Project. Chaired by Kate Haines, associate editor of Kwani Trust.

“AND CROCODILES ARE HUNGRY AT NIGHT” BY JACK MAPANJE

Malawian-born poet, university lecturer and former Amnesty prisoner of conscience Jack Mapanje talks about his memoir with Becky Nana Ayebia Clarke MBE (Founder, Ayebia Clarke Publishing Ltd). In 1981, Jack Mapanje was a budding poet and scholar in Malawi. His…

“LABYRINTHS” BY CHRISTOPHER OKIGBO

Book launch led by Christopher Okigbo’s daughter, Obiageli Okigbo (Founder, the Christopher Okigbo Foundation), chaired by Lynette Lisk (Commissioning Editor, Pearson). Christopher Okigbo’s words have often been described as prophetic and have inspired generations of writers in Nigeria and beyond….

“CROSSBONES” BY NURUDDIN FARAH

Book launch with author Nuruddin Farah, chaired by Richard Dowden (Director, RAS) Nuruddin Farah is one of Africa’s most highly acclaimed international writers and a key voice from contemporary Somalia. In his new novel, Crossbones, Jeebleh returns to Mogadishu with…

“STERILE SKY” BY E. E. SULE

Book launch with author EE Sule, chaired by Dr Mpalive Msiska (Reader in English & Humanities, Birkbeck College). As the gifted young Murtala comes of age in Kano, violent riots and his family’s own woes threaten to erase all he…

“HOW SHALL WE KILL THE BISHOP?” BY LILY MABURA

Book launch with author Lily Mabura, chaired by Fiammetta Rocco (Literary Editor, The Economist). An artist in mourning for a brother who died fighting in Bosnia, a restless young woman alerted to the possibility of life outside her tight knit…