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LABAF 2018: CORA Unveils the First Set of Books of The Festival

By Toyin Akinosho

The Committee for Relevant Art (CORA) has unveiled the first 10 of the 15 books it has selected for discussion at the 20th  Lagos Book and Art Festival next November.

The books are largely those whose concerns tie to the theme of this year’s edition of the Festival: Renewal: A World That Works For All.

“After the dark, brooding theme of last year’s edition, we thought we should take an optimistic view”, says Jahman Anikulapo, CORA’s Programme Chair and the director of this unique annual feast of the written word.

“The country is going for elections next year, in the 20th year of our democracy and the least we can do is examine options for building a society that works, and we do this by reviewing and discussing books in which the story is about building and constructing nations”.

The Festival runs from November 5 to November 11 and the events take place at the Freedom Park, with the exception of the Publishers’ Forum, at Goethe Institut and the Book Trek, at the British Council,

Some of the Books of The Festival:

Kingsley Moghalu, a former deputy governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, has taken a look at how the Nigerian economy could take advantage of new demands of the global population, to grow itself and develop its own people through two booksBuild, Innovate and Grow: My Vision for our Country (Bookcraft, 2018) …

 

…..And// Emerging Africa, How the Global Economy’s ‘Last Frontier’ Can Prosper and Matter

 

In There Was A Plan, a panel in the course of the Festival,  senior Nigerians aged 70 and above, reminisce about the country they were born into and what they saw as independence loomed while they grew up

One of the books for that panel is

A Measure of Grace – Akin Mabogunje – BookBuilders Editions, Africa.

 

A second book to be discussed on the panel There Was A Plan, is

Our Fathers’ Land by  Titus Okereke – Bookcraft.

 

It is in the context of re-examining what the Nigerian leadership thought was possible, as the country grew in the 60s, that Obafemi Awolowo’s  The Strategy and Tactics of the People’s Republic of Nigeria will be discussed

– (will be discussed at the Lagos Book and Art Festival in November 2018.

As the elders reminisce in what they left out, a panel of young Nigerians aged less than 40, will discuss This is Our Plan, telling the Festival audience, through books how this generation intends to take the challenge.

One such book is Chude Jideonwo’s Are We The Turning Point Generation? – Farafina Books.

 

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THE NIGERIAN NOVEL is usually a fictional review of the terrible narrative that is the Nigerian experience, but once in a while, there comes a work of prose fiction that is hopeful about the country. One such work is Sarah Manyika’s Like a Mule Bringing Ice-Cream to the Sun -.

 

The Festival organisers have had to look outside Nigeria, to get a novel that describes the possibility of hope.

 

THERE ARE SCORES OF NON FICTION works that explain, in cases, how some countries grow to success and in others, the struggle for building a capable state. The following three books fit into either of these two categories:

The Fierce Urgency of Now: Lyndon Johnson, Congress, and the Battle for the Great Society – Julian Zelizer.

 

This is one of those significant works of historical nonfiction that  help better understand how political system works (or doesn’t) and develop fresh new views on history…

 

 

Singapore: From Third World to First – Lee Kuan Yew.

The late Lee Kuan Yew was Singapore’s first prime minister, and he controversially led the 1965-founded city state for 31 years, shepherding it from the Third World to First…

 

Not Without A Fight – Helen Zille.

In the book Zille details her life, from her early start as a liberal journalist and staunch opponent of apartheid to her lengthy career in local, provincial and national politics in South Africa…

 

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