A Tale of Two Cities: Jozi and Las Gidi in the imagination



By the end of the twentieth-century Lagos had become established as one of the world’s pre-eminent fictionalized cities, as with London and Paris by the end of the previous century.”

– Prof. Chris Dunton, National University of Lesotho (2005)

“When people go to Johannesburg, they never come back”

– Rev. Stephen Kumalo in Alan Paton’s Cry the Beloved Country (1948)

As part of the Nigeria-South Africa Week holding in Lagos in the first week of October, theCommittee for Relevant Art (CORA) presents two literary events of the ‘Week’ tagged ‘A Tale of 2 African Cities – LasGidi and Jozi in the Imagination’. CORA is collaborating with Inspiro productions and the South African Consulate, Lagos on the events.

EVENT 1:
Thursday 4th October, 2012 at Freedom Park, Lagos; 5pm

Author Conversation: The cities of LAGOS and JOHANNESBURG are the undoubted commercial and cultural capitals of their respective countries, and of sub-saharan Africa. In this event, four writers active in one or the other of the two cities hold conversation on how the cities affect and is reflected in their works. These are Nigeria’s TONI KAN and JUMOKE VERISSIMO and South Africa’sSIPHIWO MAHALA and KGEBETLI MOELE. The literary activist and social entrepreneur ANWULI OJOGWU will moderate the conversation.

EVENT 2:
Friday 5th October, 2012 at the poolside, Federal Palace Hotel, Victoria Island; 7pm.

Poetry Reading/Performance and Wine-tasting: This is part of the wine-tasting event billed for that evening and will celebrate not just the two cities, but the countries in which they play such important cultural roles as well as African fraternity generally. Among the poets proposed for that evening are Ayodele Arigbabu, Samuel Osaze, Toni Kan and Jumoke Verissimo.

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