In this Book-culture and Lifestyle edition, we consider literature as a vehicle for Conversations. Conversations are meant to stir questions, to challenge preconceived cultures and to create new and civil nuances. The March edition of Artmosphere is tagged Conversations.
What does fiction, fictiveness and literature hope to achieve in the social, political and cultural landscape of a nation? This will be the crux of our discourse in this edition. There will also be Poetry, Spoken Word and Music presentations from a longlist of emerging voices.
The March edition of Artmosphere tagged “Conversations” holds on Saturday, March 16, 2013.
Venue: NuStreams Conference and Culture Centre, KM 110 Abeokuta Road, off Alalubosa G.R.A., Ibadan.
TIME: 3pm to 6pm
Guests of the Month
” Excuse Me” Victor Ehikhamenor
Victor Ehikhamenor was born in Nigeria. His fiction and non-fiction have appeared in The Washington Post, AGNI Magazine, Wasafiri, The Literary Magazine, Per Contra and Elsewhere. He is also a news media designer, visual artist and photographer whose art has been widely exhibited internationally. His artworks and photography have been used for many notable book, magazine and journal covers.
Ehikhamenor graduated from Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma with a B.A. degree in English and Literary Studies. He holds a M.Sc. and a MFA in creative writing from the University of Maryland, College Park, USA. He is the author of the acclaimed widely-outsized portraiture of a nation, Excuse Me.
“Farad” Emmanuel Iduma
Emmanuel Iduma works mainly as a writer of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, and has won awards and received recognition in each genre. Emmanuel is the co-founder of Iroko Publishing, which has published Saraba as an electronic magazine since 2009.
In 2011, Emmanuel participated in the Invisible Borders Trans-African Photography Initiative, a road trip from Lagos to Ethiopia aimed at creating photographic and written material that addresses Africa from a more individualistic viewpoint. His debut novel, Farad has been widely likened to Plutarch Lives, as the narrator pieces together shades of personalities, events into a coordinated web of fatalistic accidents. He is working on a second novel.
“Gardens and Caves” Emmanuel Uweru Okoh
Emmanuel Uweru Okoh is a Nigeria- based writer and author of Gardens and Caves, a poetry collection. His works have been published in NEXT, Saraba Magazine, and Sentinel Nigeria. His works had also featured in Naijastories.com, ITCH Magazine and Mad Hatters’ Review of Iceland. Emmanuel lives and works in Lagos.
“Sprouting Again” Kayode Taiwo Olla
Kayode Taiwo Olla is a graduate of English and Literary studies, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State. During his undergraduate years, He played active roles in both religious and literary spheres. He was known for his dramatic poetry within and outside the university campus. He also served as Editor in charge of productions, at the Association of Nigerian Authors, Obafemi Awolowo University Chapter.
Taiwo Olla has evolved by also writing prose. His debut novel, Sprouting Again (2011) was published by Syncterface Media, a publishing house with operations in London. His first collection of poems will soon be published.