Join us for a conversation with the acclaimed author of The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives. Lola Shoneyin will be reading from her book and will discuss with us some of the main themes she covers in her books and poetry as well as touch upon some of the contemporary issues facing Nigerian authors today.
This event is part of our Special African Reading Group ARG! London Edition events. For more information on the ARG! London meetings click here.
Lola Shoneyin is a Nigerian poet and author who launched her debut novel, The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives, in the UK in May 2010. Shoneyin has already forged a reputation as an adventurous, humorous and outspoken poet (often classed in the feminist mould), having published three volumes of poetry. In April 2014 she was named on the Hay Festival’s Africa39 list of 39 Sub-Saharan African writers aged under 40 with potential and talent to define trends in African literature. She lives in Lagos, Nigeria.
In addition to her fiction and poetry writing, Lola also writes for newspapers, including The Scotsman, The Guardian, and The Times on issues such as racism, Nigeria’s tradition of polygamous marriage, the Nigerian terrorist group Boko Haram and the elections of now President Muhammadu Buhari.