The friends and colleagues of Victor Ehikhamenor and Nkem Ivara request the presence of book lovers and enthusiasts to a UK public reading from their new books and conversations on African writing and publishing. Ehikhamenor will be reading from his bestselling nonfiction book Excuse Me, and Nkem Ivara will read from her romance novel e-book Closer than a Brother. The event will be held on 6 April, 2013 and is to be moderated by writer Ike Anya, with conversations led by literary critic Ikhide Ikheloa.
Victor Ehikhamenor, author of Excuse Me, is a Nigerian artist, writer, photographer, and news media designer. In 2006 the department of English at the University Of Maryland, College Park awarded him a fellowship/scholarship to pursue a Masters of Fine Art in Creative Writing. His art and photographs have been used as book covers by award-winning authors like Chimamanda Adichie, Helon Habila, Unoma Azuah, Tony Kan and many others. He worked at NEXT newspapers as the creative director, as well as at the Daily Times Nigeria as CEO/Editor-in-Chief. His short story, The Supreme Command, won the Association of Commonwealth Broadcasters Award; and his poetry collection, Sordid Rituals, was published in 2002.
Nkem Ivara (nee Ugoji) was born in the UK and spent her formative years in Port Harcourt, Nigeria. She holds a BA in Foreign Languages from the University of Port Harcourt. She is passionate about words and grammar and enjoys reading, playing word games and working out. Her first novella, Closer than a Brother, an e-Book published by Whispers Publishing in March 2013, is a contemporary romance set in London. She lives in the UK with her husband and two sons and maintains a blog, The Wordsmythe’s Weblog where she writes about anything that takes her fancy.
Ehikhamenor’s nonfiction book Excuse Me! (Parresia Publishers, 2012) is a collection of humorous essays and keen observations about being Nigerian by Victor Ehikhamenor. Touching on politics, love, immigration, as well as other broad subjects, the book successfully weaves a satirical narrative around contemporary African experience. He has been featured on the BBC and CCTV.
Nkem Ivara’s Closer than a Brother (Whispers Publishing, 2013) is a contemporary Nigerian romance novel.
The public reading event will be held between 2.00 p.m. and 5.30 p.m. at Africa Centre, 38 King Street, Covent Garden London, WC2E 8JT United Kingdom.
In addition to the readings from the work, there will be interactive Q & A sessions with the authors on their writing lives and the business of sharing their work. The audience will also be welcome to contribute to discussions centred on contemporary African literature.
Inua Ellams, a word and graphic artist, will animate the event with his poetry performance, described as work of “deeply original beauty.” Ellams is an acclaimed performance poet, who has appeared at events organized by the BBC, Tate Modern, British Museum, The Royal Opera House, amongst others.
For more information, please write firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also call 08060050835 or +44 (0) 20 7836 1973. The Twitter hashtag for the event is #ExcuseUsLondon. Updates on the event can be found on the ‘Excuse Us London’ event page on Facebook.