BookJam@Silverbird 27th July 2012.
Richard Ali and Emmanuel Iduma will give readings from their debut novels for the first time at the famous Abuja BookJam while Kudo will read from his new inspirational book and open themselves to comments and questions from book lovers in the capital.
‘City of Memories’ by Richard Ali and ‘Farad’ by Emmanuel Iduma will be featured alongside Eresia’s work ‘How to be an A Student’ at the BookJam.
The trio are well versed and accomplished in the literary and academic world and have made a great many contribution to the advancement of the reading culture in the country. Dr. Kudo Eresia-Eke, born in Burutu, Delta State hails from Akabta, Ogba, Rivers State. He is the Manager, External Relations, Nigeria LNG Limited.
Eresia-Eke’s writing began with his career in several media institutions such as the Guardian Newspaper, Sunray Newspaper, Banner Weekly magazine and a national and state radio and television Network Station in the country as editor, newscaster and producer. His work in the media brought about a citation of his efforts and sacrifice alongside other journalists in upholding media ethics during the 1993 National Crisis, in the Nigeria Union of Jurnalists, NUJ’s book, *Violation of Freedom.*
His dedication to service led to his serving in key government positions including as Commissioner of Information and Culture and also the Director of the National Orientation Agency, all in Rivers State. A Mass Communication graduate from the University of Lagos, Kudo is both an inspirational writer, poet and music writer. He holds a Ph.D in Political Theory and is a visiting Professor at the University of Port-Harcourt. Also, he was the Programme Director of the Centre for Advanced Social Sciences in Port-Harcourt. Some of his published works include, Songs of Life, Bee Buzz and Baby Babble, collections of poems, Things Men Do, a collection of short stories and two inspirational books, How to Make It and Some Secrets of Outstanding Persons.
Emmanuel Iduma, a Lawyer and budding novelist, will feature his book, ‘Farad’ at the BookJam. Born in 1989, he is a graduate of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, and presently the publisher of Saraba Magazine, an acclaimed literary journal.
With a plethora of published articles and exhibitions on African Modernity, art criticism, and literature, he was a part of the Invisible Borders Trans-African Photography Organisation, during its road trip from Lagos to Addis Ababa in 2011. As a result, his works were featured in Arise Magazine, Africa Reports as well in the *New Museum* in New York’s *‘ The Ungovernables’ Exhibition*. A devout follower of new technology (a blogger), he is very active in Ktravula, Black Looks and Mantle Thoughts. Several of his writings have been published in some online media such as Storytime, African Roar, Sentinel Nigeria, New Black Magazine among others.
Iduma was the winner of the Al Mahdiya Essay Competition 2011 and the winner of Naija Stoies Independence Day Contest, 2010. He was also a finalist in the Words in Action International Literary Contest, 2008.
As the editor of 3bute.com, an online anthology of African Modernity that has adapted stories for the BBC African Focus magazine, Iduma is developing into a new technology literary force to be reckoned with, as he is currently churning into reality, Gambit, a conversation project on Mantle Thought, featuring Nigerian and African writers from Zimbabwe, Malawi, Botswana and Somalia.
Also a literary enthusiast and legal practitioner, Richard Ali, will feature his debut novel, City of Memories (2012) come July 27, at the Abuja SilverBird entertainment Centre. Born in Kano State, he holds an LL.B from Ahmadu Bello University in Zaria. He is the Editor in Chief of the Sentinel Nigeria Magazine, a specialized and quarterly online literary magazine and is the current Publicity Secretary, Association of Nigerian Authors (North).
Indicating his obvious love of literary works, he was the youngest editor of the Kaduna based Sarduana Magazine in the year 2004 to 2006. In 2008, he was a runner-up at the John La Rose Short Story Competition and in March, the same year he was amongst 50 emerging Nigerian writers to participate in the British Council’s Radiophonics Workshop.
He is currently furthering his latest desire towards promoting African Literature with his new publishing company, Parresia Publishers L.t.d founded in January 2012, in partnership with Mrs. Azafi Omoluabl-Ogosi. The company recently published two novels, a collection of short stories and the prestigious anthology of the Commomwealth Prize winner author Helon Habila’s, Creative Writing Workshop. He also recently resumed from a six- week residency at the Ebedi Writers Residency Programme.
The Abuja Literary Society and Silverbird BookJam holds every last Friday of the month and is geared towards promoting the literary works and readership of Nigerian, African and Non-African authors, attaining the greater purpose of cultivating a reading and writing culture in Nigeria.