Elnathan John launches new book as he calls Nigeria out.
Writer and satirist Elnathan John, famous for his critical assesment of the peculiar Nigerian situation will tomorrow launch his unrestrained and outrageously funny book, Be(com)ing Nigerian: A Guide; at an event organized by the Royal African and Cassava Republic Press.
The event tagged “Sinking, Giggling into the Sea: On Satire and Politics” will unpack political comedy and weaponized satire and their role in advocating change.
Elnathan John, alongside chairperson of the event, Sarah Ozo-Irabor, host of the ‘Books & Rhymes’ podcast show, will tackle satire and its role in activism.
The event which will take place on Tuesday, 15th October, 2019, from 19:00 – 20:30, will be at the
Wolfson lecture theatre, Paul Webley Wing, North Block, Torrington Square, London WC1E 7HX
Elnathan’s book, “Be(com)ing Nigerian: A Guide”, is a searing and darkly entertaining look at how power operates in private and in public; in politics, business, religious institutions and in homes. From the exploration of religious hypocrisy to the pragmatic nature of ‘Nigerian love’, the collection is a jab at Nigerian society.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Elnathan John, is one of Nigeria’s most well-known contemporary satirists. He has twice been shortlisted for the prestigious Caine Prize for African Writing (2013 & 2015) and has been published in Per Contra, Evergreen Review and Chimurenga’s The Chronic. His debut novel, Born on a Tuesday, won a Betty Trask Award in 2017 and was shortlisted for the NLNG Nigeria Prize for Literature. He is also one of the judges for the 2019 Man Booker International Prize.
#LABAF2019 – COLLOQUIUM @Kongi’s Harvest
Hopelessness and hope has always been the preoccupation of humanity. But is there really hope in the face of so much hopelessness in the world? Cross from hopelessness to hope at this year’s colloquium with the theme: ‘Literature and the Return of Hope’ during LABAF. Below are the books for the colloquium.
Utopia for Realists and How We Can Get There, by Rutger Bregman
Afonja: The Rise, by Tunde Leye
We Were Eight Years in Office? by Ta-Nehi Coates
Moderator: Kayode Komolafe, Dep. MD, ThisDay Newspaper