The Book Party for 11 Novels in Lagos

Lagos is a beautiful place to be when art events are going on — just know when to get in and when to get out. Last Saturday, I was thorn between going to the Farafina Reads/Mainland Cafe event which hosted Efe Paul and Igoni Barrett because I wish I could ask Igoni some questions about his book, Black Ass.

There was a CORA/NLNG Book Patty to attend, 11 shortlist authors would be engaging the audience and my friend, Dami Ajayi would be making their seats burn one by one. I needed to go see Dami and Ifeoluwapo Adeniyi, shortlist of the 2016 NLNG Prize and fellow Ibadan folk.

This really makes me wonder how we can two events be happening at the same time, under the same traffic conditions? So as a literary enthusiast, I have to choose between CORA/NLNG at the shore in Onikan and the Mainland Book Cafe on the Mainland?

I enjoyed every bit of the conversation with authors who were quick to bare their mind on the strains of the publishing industry, and their individually unique works. These 11 writers picked from a pool of 147 entries have something great to offer and I am grateful I am not one of the judges deciding who wins the 2016 Nigeria LNG Prize for Literature.

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