Writings of the general word's body

Monday, July 14, 2008


Colin Grant will discuss his book on the life of Marcus Garvey, 'Negro With A Hat' with Petina Gappah - tomorrow 15th July at the South Bank Centre in London. Time is 7pm.

Colin Grant's book Negro With a Hat illuminates the life of Marcus Garvey, a vital, yet often misunderstood, figurehead of the black diaspora. Garvey rose to fame as leader of the Universal Negro Improvement Association in 1920s Harlem, and went on to inspire future black leaders and artists with his mesmerising speeches, yet his life was dogged by controversy and the whiff of corruption.
Thursday 17th July @ The Jazzhole, 168 Awolowo Road, Ikoyi Lagos @ 4pm
Odia Ofeimun, Reuben Abati, Toyin Akinosho will join Kunle Ajibade for an interactive discussion of his new book, 'What a Country!'
Kunle Ajibade’s new book, ‘What a Country! goes beyond the narrative aesthetics of his prison memoir, Jailed for Life: A reporter’s Prison Notes, published in February 2003, to grapple with questions of justice, popular welfare, human rights and good governance. It is eloquent and poignant. Its vision is broad, both powerfully anchored in local knowledge and robustly cosmopolitan. Its passion for the betterment of Nigeria – indeed, what a country! – is evident and infectious. Kunle Ajibade, never lets go the respect for human value, the shared space that the creativity of writers, human rights activists and pro-democracy workers – especially the leading lights, avatars and exemplars of the cause – have defended across the world at great risks to their own lives.

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