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Hey Guys,

I have been wanting to post this but time and chance won’t just let me.

On the 14th Of May 2017, Patabah Bookstore hosted a book reading for Ayobami Adebayo’s Stay With Me and Odafe Atogun’s Taduno’s Song.

It was a wonderful experience.

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The authors talked about their experiences, growing up and their Influences. Ayobami talked about her very encouraging mother and Odafe talked about his not so encouraging dad – He grew up writing lots of letters to his father and he thinks this act helped him developed his writing skills. Even though his father never lived long to see him published, he believes he is heaven smiling down at him.

We discussed Ayobami’s theme of Infertility and Odafe’s musical yet revolutionary theme. The discussion was curated by Kolatubosun, who asked some very interesting questions.

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Yeah, I said some very deep things which I would write about later.

I have read Stay With Me and it happens to be one of my favourite books. The story telling is one without hiccup. And It is on the Short list for the 2017 Bailey Women’s Prize. A win means Ayobami would sell more copies of her debut book. I have only just started Taduno’s song. So far, the read has been easy.

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With Ayobami.

Let’s pause for a minute and think about what life would be without Literature?!

I do not what to think about that.

Stay With Me, the Nigeria edition and Taduno’s song were both published by Ouida Books, a new name in the Nigeria Publishing Industry.

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With Odafe.

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Even though I looked really horrible in this picture, I was and I am still excited because I met LOLA SHONEYIN, author of SECRET LIVES OF BABA SEGI’S WIVES and the owner of Ouida Books. I think. During the reading, she talked about the Ouida Undergraduate Project Support Grant.

With the Undergraduate Project Grant, support would be given to Nigerian undergraduates who are interested in exploring new and exciting African novels when writing their final university projects. Every year 20 Nigerian applicants would be supported by providing:

  • a free copy of the book requested
  • an Undergraduate Project Support Grant of N10,000 only
  • support in getting an email interview with the author of the book

In return, they expect a bound, hard copy of the project for our archives AND the author’s permission to publish the project summary on our website so that other researchers who would like to access the project can contact the grantee directly. Click here for more.

If you are in Lagos, do well to stop by Patabah Book Store, Shop 18 Adeniran Ogunsanya Shopping Mall, Surulere, Lagos, Nigeria. Follow them on Instagram and Facebook and Twitter for book reading dates. You also get to meet a lot of book nerds.
Love and Light.