by Hauwa Gambo
The city of Yenogoa is known to host the world at the African Movie Academy Awards every year. This time, the city takes art one step forward as Blues & Hills, the arts consultancy, in collaboration with All Media International, in conjunction with the Bayelsa State Culture & Tourism Bureau brings the first edition of the Bayelsa Book & Craft Fair from 24th – 26th March, 2011.
“We will share in the joys of creativity, with craft-makers exhibiting their works and booksellers making sure every book sell. The publishers who are looking for raw and promising talents will meet authors and their manuscripts! There will be creative writing workshops. However, only registered participants will be allowed to take part. Filmmakers will speak about films, politicians, like Dele Momodu will talk about the books they’ve read and visual artists will draw from their experiences too. One of the world’s highest paid flutists, Tee Mac Iseli will exclusively speak about classical music and jazz and do some salsa,” said Fair Director, Onyeka Nwelue.
Attending and speaking at the fair are some great contemporary writers and thinkers, including Professors Damian Opata, Akachi Adimora Ezeigbo, Dr. Agabus Nwachukwu and Wale Okediran. Writers such as Jude Dibia, Toni Kan, Eghosa Imasuen, Joy Bewaji, Jumoke Verissimo, Adelakun Adunni Abimbola are also invited guests to the event. All in all, the Bayelsa Book & Craft Fair will be a feast of literature and music.
“At the long last, I say, Expand Your World. Read a Book. This is an order!”, Nwelue said.