Former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Nasir el-Rufai and one of Nigeria’s best comedians, Julius Agwu will be headlining the 15th Lagos Book and Art Festival (LABAF).
The annual event which is scheduled to run from November 15 to 17, 2013, will take place at the Freedom Park, Broad Street in Lagos. Organised by the Committee for Relevant Art (CORA), the LABAF is a grand cultural picnic with heavy book content.
According to a release made available to Daily Newswatch, Agwu, who has just published his biography, Jokes Apart – How Did I Get Here?, will open the Green Festival (children) segment of the three day Festival with a mentoring talk and performance skits to a throng of 8-15 year olds. The Book In My Life is the working title of the Comedian’s engagement with the kids.
El Rufai, author of the much-debated book The Accidental Public Servant, a searing insight into governance in Nigeria, will interact in a conversation with some participants.
With the theme: Nigeria’s Centenary, The Lagos Narrative, the event will feature 10 panel conversations around 20 fictional and non fictional books on politics, art, romance, the economy, business, religion in the course of the three days.
Other highlights that will spice up the event among others include book displays, a visual art exhibition, a jazz concert, live poetry and spoken word sessions, an art party, a film documentary for adults and lots of workshops, readings and excursions for children.