Us Versus Them: A Review of Safe House

AiW Guest: Jovia Salifu

safehouse_twitterpic-v1The essays in this anthology, Safe House: Explorations in Creative Nonfiction (Dundurn 2016), address the very topics that have made Africa the centre of the world’s attention over the years for all the wrong reasons — disease, political violence, racism, homophobia, neocolonialism, slum development, and war. But grim as they are, these stories depict the reality. And for optimists like me, this sort of publication bodes well for African writing that is not Achebe, Ngugi, or even Adichie. It is a good thing to see the name of a familiar nonfiction writer like Kofi Akpabli on a major publication. For years I enjoyed reading his articles in Ghanaian newspapers before the plethora of online news outlets took all my attention away from the conventional newspaper. I have no doubt that readers from other parts of Africa can express a similar familiarity with the work of the…

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Meet me again soon.

diekaraBy Diekara Oloruntoba-Oju.

Meet me again soon
Will you?
In our usual old spot
Beyond the confines
Of our garrulous world
Above the redish-brown horizon
Of our blood-spewing earth

Will you meet me
again? and soon?
Beneath the fiery spell
Of our untameable fire

Will we meet
Soon again soon
Astride escape and ecstasy
In known and unknown places

Places
Where we can heal
Charred skin, chargrinned souls
Where we can access
Feelings, fierce
Passions
Palliative
Until
We meet again
Until
We don’t…

Freedom Spoke Words 17

The 17th Edition of Freedom Spoke Words will feature Echezonachukwu freedom-spoke-wordsNduka. Nduka is a poet, pianist, writer, and burgeoning actor who was born in Nigeria and educated at the University of Nigeria and Kingston University London, England. Winner of the 2016 Korea-Nigeria Poetry Feast Prize, his works have been published in Saraba, Jalada, Sentinel Literary Quarterly, African Writer, Bombay Review, The New Black Magazine, Afridiaspora, Ake Review, A Thousand Voices Rising: An Anthology of Contemporary African Poetry, and several other reputable magazines and anthologies of fiction and poetry. He has performed as a stage poet in Kingston University London, Anambra Book & Creativity Festival, Ake Arts & Book Festival, Goethe-Institut Lagos (Open Mic), and has three poetry films to his credit. He is a columnist at Praxis Magazine for Arts & Literature.

The event will also have AJ House of poetry crew, Samurai (an upcoming spoken word poetry artist), and an Open Mic session.

Date: 21st Oct. 2016

Time: 4:30pm

Venue:  Goethe-Institut Nigeria

Lagos City Hall,
Catholic Mission Street
opposite Holy Cross Cathedral
Lagos Island
Lagos, Nigeria.

Admission+Refreshment is Free!

Music & Poetry Night 2016!

In line with activities for Lagos_Live Festival, and in celebration of one year anniversary of the platform Freedom Spoke Words, Goethe-Institut Lagos in collaboration with AJ House of Poetry Presents the finest night of poetry and music tagged Poetry & Music Night. Lined up for performances are some of the the most insightful, inspiring and fascinating voices of this generation.
Make it a night with us tomorrow, Saturday, 25th June, 2016 at 8:30pm in Freedom Park Lagos as we lift, break, inspire, entertain, mend and tune you with words of AJ Dagga-Tolar, Efe Paul Azino, Titilope Sonuga, Donna Ogunnaike, Akeem Lasisi, Elizabeth Ayoola, Dami Ajayi, Jude Idada, Soonest Nathaniel  and many many more…flyer