The DADA bloGazine is a perfect platform for delivering in part on our promise to break fresh talent on the scene and to serve up delighful reading! We would also post news snipets, updates and photos from our activities at various events and activities involving our authors from time to time.
This season, we will bring you fresh writing from three of our authors starting with the Short Story The Morning After by Jumoke Verissimo, yes you've enjoyed her poetry, now read spankling new prose from her, courtesy the DADA bloGazine!
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|Posted by DADA books on January 28, 2014 at 6:35 AM|
We're having a book party to welcome the LAGOS_2060 sci-fi anthology published by DADA books to the universe. It's a party, so come prepared to dance and of course, you've got to buy loads of copies of the book as gifts for people.
It's happening at British Council, at 20 Thompson Avenue, Ikoyi Lagos, on Saturday, 8th February, 2014, from 5pm.
This Book Party is brought to you by DADA books and is supported by the amazing people at British Council.
Visit www.dadabooks.com for more information on LAGOS_2060.
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|Posted by DADA books on January 17, 2014 at 2:55 PM||comments (1)|
(January 2014 Press Release from Gluejar, owners of the unglue.it platform.)
The first "Buy to Unglue" ebook went on sale this week as Unglue.it's new crowdfunding mechanism reached Beta. This is the first step in unglue.it's effort to become "the bookstore for books that want to be free".
The campaign page is at https://unglue.it/work/128685/
"Buy-to-Unglue" uses ebook purchases as a crowdfunding mechanism. Every ebook downloads comes with a future dated Creative Commons license. Every purchase brings that Creative Commons effective date, the date the ebook becomes free to everyone, closer to the present.
The first ebook to be sold using this mechanism is "Lagos_2060". In 2010, eight writers - 5 men and 3 women - came together to contribute stories to an anthology with futuristic takes on the city of Lagos via a workshop tagged LAGOS_2060, conceived to commemorate Nigeria's golden jubilee. The anthology that grew out of the workshop is remarkable for the different versions of the future it imagines.
The authors are Afolabi Muheez Ashiru, Okey Egboluche, Chiagozie Fred Nwonwu, Kofo Akib, Ayodele Arigbabu, Adebola Rayo, Terh Agbedeh, Temitayo Olofinlua. The collection is curated by Ayodele Arigbabu and published by DADA books.
Libraries are an important focus of the Buy-to-Unglue program. Libraries that participate in Unglue.it can buy the ebooks and lend them through the free unglue.it distribution platform. In addition, verified library users can purchase buy-to-unlgue books for their libraries.
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For information about DADA books, contact Ayodele Arigbabu at email@example.com, or visit http://www.dadabooks.com
|Posted by Fred Nwonwu on December 5, 2012 at 10:10 AM||comments (0)|
Most people who go on to become great writers started reading as children. It is a proven fact that people who start reading early have a greater chance of developing sound minds as well and a balanced worldview. It is also true that literature is a very important tool for mental development—children who read tend to do better than their peers.
It is December, time for another edition of iRead, and this time we are looking at that cross-genre classification, Children’s Literature. To better understand what children literature entails we will be asking key questions., What exactly is Children’s Literature ? Who decides what children want to read and the language it should be written in? What is the best way to approach age specific writing? Do children have a choice when it comes to literature, or must adults select what they think is appropriate for them?
To get the right kind of answers we will be interacting with two writers with ample experience working with children, Sola Alamutu and Mama Agbaa herself Mobolaji Adenubi.
Mobolaji Adenubi: Mama Agbaa actually needs no introduction to anyone familiar with children literature in Nigeria. Decades ago, she retired from the Federal Civil Service Nigeria to devote her time to writing. She’s been promoting creative writing, particularly the children genre for over two decades. She was the pioneer president of the Women Writers of Nigeria (WRITA) and a past vice-chairman of the Association of Nigerian Authors, Lagos State Chapter.
In 1995, her first published book Splendid, the biography of a young physically challenged boy, won the Professor Wole Soyinka's sponsored Christopher Okigbo Prize for Literature. She currently gives talks to secondary school children on creative writing and reading for leisure. She also tells stories weekly to blind and hearing-impaired primary school children.
Sola Alamutu: Ms Alamutu is the brain behind Children and the Environment (CATE), an organisation that creates awareness in children about the importance of the environment. She is a co-author of CATE Saves the Ikopi Rainforest, a children’s book that won the 2004 ANA Prize for Children’s Literature. Alamutu, is also author of two activity books for children aged four to eight and nine to fourteen. Sola Alamutu facilitates the children creative writing workshops at the Garden City Literary Festival (GCLF).
To give us the right kind of atmosphere and to generate sector specific feedback, we will be joined by the major stakeholders, children.
In addition, DADA Stores, our gracious hosts, end of the year sales starts same day. As such, come prepared to buy gift items such as kiddies books, shoes, bags and loads of other gift items.
Mazi Chiagozie Nwonwu and Nike Arigbabu will moderate event.
Venue: CORA House 95 Bode Thomas Surulere (Upstairs)
Time: 2-6 PM
Date: Saturday, 15th December 2012
Bring a child with you and stand a chance of winning DADA Stores’ end of the year gift.
|Posted by Fred Nwonwu on October 25, 2012 at 7:15 AM||comments (14)|
Ifedigbo, Olisakwe, Fasua For ALS October BookJam
The Abuja Literary Society features three fast-growing and debut authors in its monthly book feast, known as BookJam. The October edition of the popular and innovative BookJam will headline new authors Sylva Ife Nzedigbo, a vetinary Doctor-turned-writer; mother of three Ukamaka Olisakwe; and, hard-hitting columnist, Tope Fasua, on the 26th at the Lifestyle Bookstore of Silverbird Abuja. Joining them will be Abuja Slam Champion and dancehall poet, MacFather G, who recently released a musical album. MacFather G will be performing some of his most popular slam poems and new songs from his debut musical album.
Nzedigbo, known for his love of social commentary, following his Sunday columns in Daily Times, blog sites and Twitter, recently channeled his passion to the creation of a full-length short story collection,The Funeral Did Not End, a collection of 20 captivating short stories ranging from current and persisting issues of politics, religion, social injustice, culture and tradition. Aba-based Ukamaka Olisakwe is the author of Eyes of a Goddess, her debut novel which throws light on the imperfections of a democratic system that emasculates the people. Tope Fasua is a well-known newspaper columnist, who has put his creativity to the production of the non-fiction, Crushed, an introspective book on the issues debilitating economic and social development, with Nigeria as a case study.
The BookJam@Silverbird Abuja is a collaboration of the Abuja Literary Society and Silverbird Lifestyle. It holds every last Friday of the month and is anchored by co-host of the Abuja Poetry Slam, Jide Attah. The BookJam consists of book readings, book signings, musical presentations, raffle draw and a discussion by the guest writers. In addition, there is usually a special Slam poetry performance by some of Abuja’s finest Slam champions.
Sylva Ife Nzedigbo:
Apart from being a regular blogist and columnist, Nzedigbo has been writing creative non-fiction for several years, gradually honing his craft and building a loyal fan base. His first published work a novella, Whispering Aloud was published in 2008. Several of his works are published in local and international Literary Journals including MTLS, StoryLine, Swale Life, Life As a Human and Sentinel, Nigeria.
He has won several awards as a writer and an essayist. The most recent, 2012 Grand Prize winner,National Youth Essay Contest. He won the second prize at the Ken Saro Wiwa, Candle Light Vigil Poetry and Writing Competition 2010,an Honorable mention, 2010UNESCO/GIO Peace Foundation Essay Contest for Young People, by Microsoft Internet Safety, Security and Privacy Initiative for Nigeria (MISSPIN) and YGC, Africa, National Essay Competition on CybercrimeCompetition and the Abuja Writers Forum, Short Stories Contest.
Several reviewers and commentators have described his stories as ‘well delivered with an understanding of where the ordinary blends with the profound.’ Perhaps, a better description is Australian writer and literary critic’s insightful view, ‘The stories in The Funeral Did Not End are varied in scope and theme, but all show the restless energy of a young author struggling and succeeding at encapsulating the tumultuous awakening of a nation convinced it is mighty and willing to show the world exactly what it can achieve.’
Nzedigbo wields successfully, the narrative voice, symbolism, simple diction, Irony, Imagery and allusions in telling reality with a dollop of the hyperbolic to deliver in a fresh light the mundane and an open-end technique bound to excite or irritate readers.
Born in November, 11, 1984, Nzedigbo attended the School for the Gifted, Gwagwalada, and obtained a degree in Veterinary Medicine, in 2007, at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. Nzedigbo hails from Agulu, Anambra State, the south eastern part of the country which its landscape richly featured in the stories. He also employs a thin line between fiction and realism in his characterization of places, people and scenery. Nzedigbo works in the corporate communications industry; is single, and likes tweeting with like minds, when he is not writing or reading.
For Olisakwe, creative writing began after much encouragement from her friends and while trying to find an escapist means to create, and direct the world to the benefit and empowerment of females and the voiceless in society. She started out with flash fictions published in NaijaStories, an online based blog site for budding writers. Girl to Woman ignited the interest of Sentinel Nigeria, which later published her short story, Running. It was re-published by a South African Magazine, Short Story Day Africa.
Olisakwe has come some ways and waxing stronger. She is the moderator, AfricaReadsWritesTheVision, an online book club initiated by Dr. Claudette Carr of the Jethro Institute, London. The Book Club aims to encourage reading and thinking in Africans and successfully runs monthly book reading for its writers and readers the world over.
Her debut prose fiction, Eyes of a Goddess, is the story of a fifteen year old girl, Njideka, whose family gets mired in political intrigue when her father, broken and disillusioned after a peaceful protest, underwent drastic changes. It is the story of hardship, abuse and most importantly the resilient spirit of those gasping for freedom.
Olisakwe was born and raised in Kano State where she had her primary and secondary education. She moved to the south east for higher education and currently resides in Aba, Abia State, where she works in a bank. After a hard day’s work at the bank, Ukamaka spends time with her family and relaxes with a book or pen and paper.
Fasua has been writing for the past six years in the Sunday Trust, newspaper where he has a weekly column. He is also published by other weeklies across the continent like Modern Times, Ghanaian Magazine, Africa Development Magazine, Inside Watch, This Day, Champion , The Sun Newspaperamong others.
In writing his book, CRUSHED, Fasua seeks to examine the peculiar issues militating against economic and social development in Africa, using Nigeria as a case study. It is a hard-hitting book, which emphasises the need for self introspection, pragmatism, selflessness, a knowledge of history, as well as a vision for the future, on the part of Africans themselves, as well as evidence-based appeals to the more advanced countries, for them to see that a better Africa is ultimately necessary for the good of all. The book has been acclaimed by pundits to be one of the best to have come out of Africa, in the non-fiction genre.
A graduate of Economics from the University of Ondo State, now Ekiti State University, in the year 1991, he became a member of the prestigious Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN) in 1996. After a-thirteen-years experience in the banking sector, in 2005, he gained a Masters Degree in Financial Markets and Derivatives at London Metropolitan University. He has also attended executive programmes on Leadership and Strategy at the prestigious London Business School, and Harvard Business School.
Born George Obinna Ononiwu, MacFather G is a dance hall poet and singer. A former seminarian and graduate of the Delta State University Abraka, MacFather G is the founder of Love Motion, a youth-focused NGO that seeks to develop the talents of young people for national and global advancement. His creativity has led him into slam and spoken word poetry, radio presentation, facial art, and now, music with the release of his album, Came to Do. In 2011, he won the famous Abuja poetry slam competition.
|Posted by Fred Nwonwu on October 25, 2012 at 3:05 AM||comments (0)|
Award winning author Sylva Nze Ifedigbo will this weekend headline two literary events in Abuja the Nigerian Capital. Sylva, whose short story collection The Funeral Did Not End is making waves in the Nigerian literary scene, Will be a guest of the Abuja Literary Society and the Abuja Writers Forum.
Dates and time:
Friday 26th October 2012
Abuja Literary Society (ALS) BookJam.
Venue : Lifestyle Bookstore SilverBird Galleria, Abuja.
Time : 7pm.
Saturday 27th October 2012
Abuja Writers Forum (AWF) Guest Writer Session
Venue : The International Institute of Journalism, Hamdala Plaza, Jimmy Carter Street, Asokoro, Abuja.
Time : 4pm
|Posted by Fred Nwonwu on October 7, 2012 at 12:30 AM||comments (0)|
In a nation where many have come to view works of art, be they visual, auditory or the written word, as an escape from harsh reality, some have argued that making these problems the main thrust of works or art constitute a form of double torture. They argue that the man on the street would rather read about happy people, rich people, people in love and people having fun, rather than the problems that stare them in the face every day. They don’t want to read about poverty, sickness, corruption and the like, because they know all about it, these ills stare at them from their mirror, and from the eyes of every stranger they meet on the street.
No matter how plausible these arguments sound, the truth is that they are a very false premise with which to judge what one should write or should not write about. That people want an escape is something that everyone can readily agree with, but that they still have to come back to the same reality is another that should not be ignored. It is therefore of great import to record the society as it is, not to mock, but to show. And by showing, attention can be brought to these ills and perhaps a redress began. Perhaps it is with this need to show and become a catalyst for the much needed societal change that a crop of new age Nigerian writers are shunning the urge to pander to the wishes of those who advocate for writers to provide escape for the average man on the street, by making social commentary an integral part of their work.
With the support of Coca-Cola’s “1 Billion Reasons to Believe in Africa” campaign, iRead will be hosting some of these young people whose writing have given ample voice to a new generation seeking to change their society for good. Four writers, drawn from across Nigeria, all with strong elements of social commentary in their works published this year will be reading from their work and interacting with the audience about the Nigeria they see now and the one they hope to usher in through their writing.
1: Ukamaka Olisakwe:
Ukamaka Olisakwe is a new generation Nigerian novelist with amazing talents. Her debut novel Eyes of a Goddess will draw tears out of her readers. She is a banker in Nigeria with a degree in Computer Science. Ukamaka is currently pursuing a graduate degree in Communication and Linguistic Studies at the University of Port Harcourt. She is a young mother of two daughters and one son, and lives with her husband in Eastern Nigeria.
2: Richard Ali:
Richard Ali is a lawyer who hails from Idah, Nigeria. He was born in Kano, lives in Jos, Nigeria, and is presently Publicity Secretary [North] of the Association of Nigerian Authors. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the Sentinel Nigeria Magazine. His novel “City of Memories” was published this year.
3: Emmanuel Iduma:
Emmanuel Iduma was born in Akure, Nigeria. He obtained a degree in Law from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife. His interests range widely, including web technology, digital art, visual art, and creative writing. Emmanuel 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 February 2009. His work in Saraba has been acclaimed globally, including in The Guardian (UK). He is currently the editor of 3bute.com an online mashable anthology of African modernity. He is the author of the novel “Farad”.
4: Sylva Nze Ifedigbo:
Sylva Ifedigbo is a Doctor of Veterinary medicine, a writer and a Corporate Communications professional. He is an award winning essayist and author of the novella, “Whispering Aloud” and collection of short stories “The Funeral Did Not End”.Sylva’s Essays have appeared in The Punch, The Nation, 234Next, Nigeria Village Square, Nigeria Dialogue, amongst others. He manages a weekly column on Daily TimesNG. He is also the features & Reviews Editor of Sentinel Nigeria and an Ambassador for the Coca-Cola A Billion Reasons To Believe in Africa Campaign.
Venue: CORA House, 1st Floor, 95 Bode Thomas Street, Surulere,Lagos.
Date: Saturday 13th October 2012
|Posted by Fred Nwonwu on September 26, 2012 at 8:30 AM||comments (0)|
Book N Gauge, the monthly Book Culture event, will feature Nze Sylva Ifedigbo author of the recently published collection of short stories, “The Funeral Did Not End" and Atilola Moronfolu, author of Anatomy of Mirage. The event, in its sixteenth edition, will draw from the theme: “Unending conversations”. The event will explore how literature is fuelling never-ending conversations about issues that are dear to our hearts. In the boundless spirit of unending conversation, the 1t6th edition will also feature Nigeria’s premier spoken word Poet, Sage Hasson and Violin aficionado, Ernest Bisong. Book N Gauge is organised by the Pulpfaction Book Club, a group of literary-minded individuals driven by a passion to make reading hip again. The event is scheduled for the Saturday, 29th September 2012 at the Debonair Bookstore, Sabo, Yaba, Lagos.
Sylva Nze Ifedigbo
Nze Sylva Ifeigbo is an “Out-of-Practice” Doctor of Veterinary medicine, a writer with ample experience in Project Management, Creative Writing, Public Relations and Corporate Communications. He is an award winning essayist and author of the novella, “Whispering Aloud” and collection of short stories “The Funeral Did Not End”.
Sylva Nze Ifedigbo represents an image of a young man, equipped to inform and discuss the socio-political issues. He has proven his mettle as an essayist on several media platforms, such as The Punch, The Nation, 234Next, Nigeria Village Square, Nigeria Dialouge, amongst others. He manages a weekly column on Daily TimesNG where he dispenses the medicine of logic and deep thinking to a wide range of issues. His blog bagged the 2010 Best Personal Blog by the Nigeria Blogs Awards.
Nze, as he is fondly called by friends has contributed to different international literary Journals, amongst which are MTLS, StoryTime, Swale Life, Life As a Human, Sentinel Nigeria, and Saraba.
Multi-faceted entrepreneur, writer and editor. She is the Publisher of Neighbourhood Magazine, a spoken word artist, and popular blogger on atilola.blogspot.com.
Atilola Moronfolu plays an editing and advisory role for fellow writers and bloggers who are prepared to publish their books.
Because of her style of writing, which borders on the reality of the societal ills, she has been described by readers and reviewers as a social commentator. She sometimes calls herself “The Character Thief”. She is also one of the leading spoken word voices in the country.
She is the author of Antonyms of a Mirage, the now popularly trending short stories collection. Atilola is currently working on her second novel.
Ernest Bisong. (Emythang!)
Ernest Bisong also known as Emythang! is arguably Nigeria’s best violinist. Emythang’s control of the violin is phenomenal. This has endeared him to musicians and enthusiasts alike. He has performed as a multi-genre violinist in the United States of America, as well as parts of East Africa.
As a violin Guru, he has worked with some of Nigeria's best Producers and Artistes such as Cobhams, Wole Oni, Asa, Bez, Mode 9, to mention a few. Early this year, he featured in a Nollywood movie starring Ashionye and Dakore titled 'Journey to Self'. He is currently recording a joint hip-hop album with IBK a.k.a spaceshipboi.
Sammy Hassan is a pioneer and leader of a new poetic movement called Spoken Word. HE describes Spoken Word “…Giving poetry wings to fly”. Sage launched professionally into Spoken Word in 2005 and has since featured in different events such as HipHop World 2006, Big Brother, Word Up, Unchained Voices, amongst other social and corporate engagements.
Sage Has.Son is his stage name. Sage has boldly released a 16 track spoken word album titled the “The Poet” and plans to wax more lyrical and poetic in subsequent releases.
Sage is the quintessential “Poetushness”, and he is not alone, he is also a mentor to several upcoming Spoken Word Poets. He has also lent support to several creative events in the Spoken Word art industry. He strongly believes in the thrust that Spoken Word will be receive overreaching acceptance by Nigerians in the coming years.
Book N Gauge 16: Unending Conversations, holds on Saturday, 29th September, 2012.
VENUE: Debonair Bookstore, 294 Hubert Macaulay Way, Sabo,Yaba, Lagos
TIME: 2pm to 5pm
It’s an avenue to connect, enjoy, relax, to meet people and to escape on the wings of words.
This event is supported by Parresia Publishers | RovingHeights Nigeria | PrintStreet Media
The Funeral Did Not End: social commentary at its best
|Posted by DADA books on September 25, 2012 at 6:20 AM||comments (0)|
So, The Funera Did Not End had a fabulous launch on the 15th of September and copies are flying off the shelves at an impressive rate. We're so thoroughly pleased with ourselves that we're spicing your week with our offering of a sweet excerpt from Sylva Ifedigbo's collection of short stories...stories you're familiar with, written with verve and thoroughly enjoyable to boot! Read this excerpt from the story 'My Abroad Husband' below if you enjoy it, first share with friends, then get your copy of The Funeral Did Not End!
My Abroad Husband
………………….It was so when I was filling my Jamb forms, I had been in the science class, because Father wouldn’t sleep well if I did otherwise. He was a mathematician. He had a Bachelors degree and a masters to show for it. The myth at home while we grew up was that he was bald because he stayed up all night solving equations. I remember how he made me know the multiplication table by heart at age eight. If he was helping you with an assignment, and you couldn’t give him the answer to a multiplication quiz within seconds, you got a spank.
There was no way his Ada would be in the arts class. Mbanu! That class was for lazy and unproductive people. I had to give up literature and History. I worked extra hard to ace the physics and Chemistry.
After the school certificate I thought I had done enough to massage his ego. I thought I could study my dream course in the university. I filled the first JAMB form myself. My choice was Journalism. When he saw it, he got angry I feared he might cry. He bought another form which he filled himself. It sounded more fulfilling mentioning to his friends that his daughter was studying Engineering.
So while I was still grumbling, skipping meals and locking myself up in the room upstairs, crying my eyes out, a date was fixed for the wedding. I was being married off to a good man that I did not know. A man I did not love. A man they all loved.
That afternoon inside this same lounge of the Enugu International Airport, when I first saw him, I made up my mind that this wasn’t going to be. The wedding could be, but not the marriage. Nothing had happened to give the indication. It was a hunch in my heart. I had gone along with his mother Nkem in the red jeep with shiny wheels to receive him as he had requested the last time we spoke. It was as an hour journey from the village to the airport, and In had felt like Isaac must felt when Abraham wanted to serve him up tom God.
He walked into the airport waiting lounge where we had waited for close to two hours, a luggage in hand, and a smile playing at his lips. He was tall – too tall, and ,massive like an American football player. His hair was cut low, perhaps to hide the fact that he was bald. He wore a big dazzling neck chain, which didn’t sit quite well with the ‘good boy’ picture they had worked on so hard to paint and an air that said something like take note everyone, I am big boy. I stood in awe as I beheld my new husband . My feet threatened to give way.
That was five years ago. The wedding had gone on as planned. Everyone of note was there, even the executive Governor sent a representative. The occasion appeared in Ovation magazine. The cover page was paid for by his committee of friends. They turned up all clad in Italian style suits, complete with bowler hats.
The wedding got a special slot on the state television news and everyone seemed very excited about it. Everyone, but me. There was excess food, well chilled drinks, sumptuous cake and lively music. All that was left was a smile from me to complete the picture. I worked hard to push the ghosts away. I smiled.
But the smile soon faded as we retired for the night. Someone was eager to consummate the marriage the wedding-night style, but not me. It wasn’t like I was a virgin, but it simply didn’t feel right parting my legs for a total stranger-wifely duties or not. He on the other hand felt I was his for the asking. When he tried to touch me and I rebuffed him, his pleasant mien switched quickly from surprise to anger. He couldn’t understand why a girl, a common Nigerian girl, - his new wife- was denying him sex…………….
The rest of the story is in “The funeral did not end” by Sylva Nze Ifeddigbo
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As we count the days to the public presentation of Sylva Nze Ifedigbo's 'The Funeral Did Not End,' we're happy to share with you an interview he granted Griots Lounge and culled from: http:/griotslounge.wordpress.com/2012/09/04/a-feeling-of-fulfilment-djeli-interviews-sylva-nze-ifedigbo/
Enjoy the read and look out for The Funeral Did Not End from the 15th of September!
Patience is truly a virtue. Sometimes, we all need to wait to have the best of everything. A couple of days ago, a phrase became popular and trending on social media, Facebook and Twitter as well; “The Long Wait is Finally Over”. Everyone was talking about Sylva Nze Ifedigbo’s “The Funeral Did Not End”. This was because of how long literary worshipers had to wait for this work to be sent into the market. Two days ago, after a couple of years of announcing the much anticipated collection of short stories, Dada Books finally announced the release of TFDNE on Facebook. Djeli met with the humble, cheerful and talented author in an interview, to celebrate with him and get to know more about his thoughts about this release, which has been planned to take place on the 15th of September, 2012.
About Sylva Nze Ifedigbo
Trained as a Veterinary Doctor at University of Nigeria Nsukka, Sylva Nze Ifedigbo who now works in Coporate Communication, is an award winning fiction writer and essayist, he has written widely on Nigerian Socio-political issues both online and in the print media, with Next Newspaper and Daily Times having carried his by-line regularly. His novella- Whispering Aloud was published in 2008 by Spectrum Books Ibadan.
GL: Finally, “The Funeral Did Not End” is out on 15th September. How do you feel about this achievement?
NZE: Excited. I think that is one word that captures how I feel. For me like it is for every writer, having my book out is a significant personal achievement and an important milestone in my development as a writer. So I look forward to the date with joy and excitement.
GL: It looked like it took forever for it to come out. Your readers were becoming nostalgic about it. Did you ever feel the pressure?
NZE: Yeah, it really did seem like forever. This was one funeral that really refused to end (laughs.) You know at some point me and my publisher joke about having jinxed ourselves by selecting that title for the book when the initial delay became protracted. So yeah naturally I felt the pressure. So much of it I must say. Personally, it was like my writing was on a pause. You know, I am someone who always has very high expectations of himself and not having the book out when I planned it came with a feeling of disappointment. But more of the pressure came from the endless questions from friends and fans who wherever they encountered me, at readings, social gatherings or online never failed to ask when the book will be out.
GL: Why did it take such a long gestation period for TFDNE to be out?
NZE: As in all human endeavours, unforeseen events often spring up which hamper or halt the progress of a process. That is really what happened. As someone who believes in fate, I will like to simply say that there was a reason for the delay and that this time, is the right time for the book to be released.
GL: How many stories are in TFDNE?
NZE: There are twenty stories in all. I must state here that I did not set out one morning to write a collection of stories. No. After attending the Chimamanda creative writing workshop in 2007, I began to write more stories which I began to send out to various publications. Until sometime in 2010 when my publisher demanded to look at some of my stories. There were close to thirty of them but we arrived at the twenty in the collection. So you will notice that the stories are diverse, exploring various styles and themes but all of them aim at giving light to the mundane…telling everyday Nigerian stories that I feel strongly about.
GL: Which is the most heart tugging tale? And why do you feel so?
NZE: Arrrghhhh, (scratches head) now that is a hard one. It’s like telling a mother to pick a favourite from a set of twins. Really, each of those stories means something special to me and are all products of a particular conception. They are my babies. So I wouldn’t pick one as a favourite without living with the guilt of having ignored the other. In many ways they are all heart tugging and i will rather leave the readers to pick which they connected with most.
GL: What and who inspires your writing?
NZE: More of what than who really. I am inspired by everything that happens around me from the scramble at rowdy bus parks, to the headlines in the newspapers and even game shows on the television. There are so many stories to tell around us and no one else will tell these stories but us. Someone once said we are often nauseated by the screams of the bus conductors that we fail to notice the poetry in it…the rhyme, the repetitions etc. All these inspire me.
GL: Your book will be launched in Lagos, at Kongi’s Harvest Gallery. Freedom Park, Broad Street, Lagos. What plans do you and your team (Dada) have for other parts of the country?
NZE: Certainly after the launch in Lagos, other activities are lined up for other parts of the country including readings, guest appearances, book signings etc. You will be informed as they unfold. Of course I am available for groups and clubs that wish to invite me to their location.
GL: Dada authors are known for touring internationally. Any plans of such for TFDNE?
NZE: Like you rightly noted, that is a DADA Books tradition and it continues. Indeed discussions with my publisher indicates that we will be taking it a notch higher. Let me not let the cat out of the bag at this point. Just watch out.
GL: How does it feel to be under the same publisher with the novelist and controversial personality, Onyeka Nwelue, and the poet Jumoke?
NZE: (Laughs) Onyeka will have your arm for that comment (Laughs again) Let’s just say I feel honoured to share the same publisher with these two and also with the young Ruby Igwe who has a fantastic children’s book published also by DADA books. We are like a family you know. I look forward to making great accomplishments together.
GL: What does it mean to you to be an author/writer? Which authors do you admire the most?
NZE: I have been published in the past. Spectrum Books published my novella, Whispering Aloud a couple of years ago so I am sort of used to that feeling. It is a feeling of fulfilment I must say. As for writers I admire most, hmmmm the space here wouldn’t take it ‘cos I love good writing and I have read quite a lot.
GL: With the recent revolution in the publishing industry in Nigeria, what good news do you reckon it brings?
NZE: Honestly I have not noticed any revolution. Revolution is a very strong word you know. At best what I can say really is that from almost nothing, we now have a number of new publishing houses in the country publishing creative works as against educational books. That is some progress not a revolution as yet. The direct implication of this progress is that many more talents from Nigeria, I mean those of us resident within the country, now have a greater opportunity to have their work in print. An increase in the number of good books published locally I believe will act in a positive feedback mechanism to improve reading culture in the country.
GL: What would you want your readers to expect from TFDNE?
NZE: Hmmmm, Complete enjoyment! I expect the reader to laugh, be moved to tears and be boiled by anger. I hope the anger or whatever other emotion readers get out of the book propels them to reach resolutions of making better life decisions or simply appreciating once more the beauty in the common humanness that we share.
GL: Your last words.
NZE: On a final note, I wish to once again encourage all that can be there to attend the book launch. You know, I feel particularly privileged to be riding on DADA Books. I have a fantastic young publisher who is not just passionate about books but also about growing young writers. There is also Blues & Hills Consultancy who represent me. I can assure you there is a lot being planned for the day. I believe you have already seen the nollywood style book trailer. That’s just a tip of the iceberg. I must highlight here that there will be an e-book version of my book which will be available on a home grown digital book platform, Takada that will be unveiled at the event. So you don’t want to miss this.
The Funeral Did Not End, his second published book which has been long anticipated, is published by DADA books and is being presented to the public on Saturday the 15th of September from 5pm-7pm at the Kongi’s Harvest Gallery, Freedom Park, Hospital Road, Lagos Island.
*Culled from: http:/griotslounge.wordpress.com/2012/09/04/a-feeling-of-fulfilment-djeli-interviews-sylva-nze-ifedigbo/
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