New Nigerian Fiction
Sunday 5 July
12.15 – 13.15
With A. Igoni Barrett, Elnathan John, Irenosen Okojie, E. C. Osondu. Chaired by Ike Anya, co-founder TEDxEuston.
Launching four debut novels, Ike Anya talks to writers about their new releases and asks what new Nigerian fiction is. The session takes us from A. Igoni Barrett’s Blackass (Chatto & Windus) – a Kafka-esque satire of a Lagos man who wakes one morning to find he has turned into a white man – to the dual narrative of contemporary London and 18th century Benin in Irenosen Okojie’s Butterfly Fish (Jacaranda); from the story of African family and community told through one remarkable house in E. C. Osondu’s This House is Not for Sale (Granta) to a finely textured exploration of daily life and religion in Northern Nigeria told through a compelling coming-of-age story in Elnathan John’s Born on a Tuesday (Cassava Republic Press).
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