A night with Baba Segi

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n Friday 17th December, Cassava Republic Press and the French Cultural Centre, threw a party to celebrate the launch of Lola Shoneyin's “The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives.”

Literary enthusiasts including, Moncef Gouza, ambassador of Tunisia, gathered at the French Cultural Centre in Abuja for an evening of food and fun. The party began with an art show; six women artists from the nation’s capital displayed paintings, jewellery, and photography.

Then, jazz and soul crooner, Swat, dazzled guests with a short song. Finally, Shoneyin read passages from the book, which has won rave reviews in the United States and the United Kingdom, and answered questions from the crowd.

“It was colourful and nice,” said one guest.  “The use of the artists was very good. They have never had artists before.”

The artists included painters Millicent Osumo and Tyna Adebowale; artist, Pat Adidu, Rita St. John, a photographer; and Lami Abubakar, a ceramic sculptor.

Check out the photos here:

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