ZAM Reporter

Meet & Greet | Nigerian writer and festival director Lola Shoneyin

She is one of the driving forces behind the country’s and continent’s literary renaissance. 

“Lola Shoneyin’s light and ironic touch exposes not only the rotten innards of Baba Segi’s polygamous household in this cleverly plotted story; it also shows how women not educated or semi-literate, women in contemporary Nigeria can be as restricted, controlled and damaged by men – be they fathers, husbands, uncles, rapists – as they’ve never been”. 

This is what Cassava Republic, Nigeria’s leading publishing house wrote about Lola Shoneyin’s groundbreaking novel The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives. Published in a range of countries and reviewed enthusiastically, the novel established Shoneyin’s name as an acclaimed author.

Today Shoneyin is also the director of Lagos Aké Arts and Books, one of the biggest literature festivals on the continent. As a partner of the festival, ZAM is delighted to participate in a Meet & Greet with Lola Shoneyin. Hear all about Lola’s writing, the festival and the continent’s literary renaissance. 

Date | Sunday 14 April, 2019, 17h30–20h00
Venue | Bijlmer Parktheater, Anton de Komplein 240, Amsterdam

Dutch journalist Wim Bossema wrote about the recent Aké festival on his blog here.

Watch the trailer of the stage adaption of Shoneyin’s novel here.