PROGRAM OUTLINE DURING LIPFEST

Masterclass with Rudy Fransisco
(Thursday 27 th October 11am – 1pm WAT)

Join American spoken word poet and writer Rudy Francisco for an exclusive in-person spoken word masterclass. Multiple slam champion, Rudy Francisco is one of the most recognizable names in spoken word poetry. Rudy’s impeccable gift for translating the unsaid into sound has been received on stages around the world. Suitable for writers and performers at every level of experience, this Masterclass will run the full gamut of what it takes to write original and honest poems that sing on stage.

Venue: Goethe Institut, 7, Anifowoshe Street, Victoria Island

The Language of Healing: A Writing Workshop with Titilope Sonuga
(Thursday 27th October 1:30pm – 3:30pm)

Titilope Sonuga is an award-winning poet and performer whose work has graced stages and pages across the globe. She is the author of three collections of poetry, Down to Earth (2011), Abscess (2014), and This Is How We Disappear (2019) and has released two spoken word albums, Mother Tongue (2011) and Swim (2019). Titilope has written three plays, The Six; an intergenerational exploration of womanhood, Naked; a one-woman play, and Ada The Country, a musical. She has scripted advertising campaigns for global brands and was an actor on the hit television series Gidi Up, which aired across Africa. She is the first poet to perform at a Nigerian presidential inauguration and is currently the Poet Laureate of the City of Edmonton. Titilope is a seasoned facilitator whose workshop will open you up to new dimensions in craft and confidence. Follow the link below to register.

Venue: Goethe Institut, 7, Anifowoshe Street, Victoria Island
Only 20 slots are available

Poetry of Place: A Writing Workshop with Romeo Oriogun
(Thursday 27th October 3pm – 5pm WAT)

Romeo Oriogun is the author of Sacrament of Bodies, Nomad, and the forthcoming collection A Gathering of Bastards. Winner of the 2017 Brunel International African Poetry Prize, the Poetry Society of America’s Alice Fay Di Castagnola Award, and The Chukwu Prize For Poetry. He has been longlisted for The NLNG Nigerian Prize for Literature, and was a finalist for the Lambda Award for Gay Poetry and The Future Awards African Prize for Literature.

Venue : Online
Only 20 slots available

Opening Cocktail and Performance
(Thursday 27th October, 7pm – 8pm WAT)

The festival opens with its first in-person event with an exhilarating evening of poetry, spoken word, and music, featuring Titilope Sonuga (Nigeria), Omar Bin Musa (Australia), Nadine Aisha Jassat (Scotland), Siphokazi Jonas (South Africa), and Nigerian singer Ric Hassani.

Venue: Terra Kulture, Plot 1376 Tiamiyu Savage St, Victoria Island, Lagos.
Free Entry (Registration required)

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Keynote Panel: Babel… A New Language
(Thursday 27th October 8:20pm – 9:30pm WAT)

Join Mukoma wa Ngugi, Sylvia Arthur, Kola Tubosun, Aja Monet, and Raymond Antrobus, as they consider how the technology of language underscores our sense of identity and facilitates our understanding of the relational universe. The festival’s keynote panel will explore the power dynamics that subordinate language for language, the ongoing reclamation of default languages from the rubble of colonialism, the implication of re-imagining language in local education, and the possibilities it presents for the liberation of stories and societies.

Venue: Terra Kulture, Plot 1376 Tiamiyu Savage St, Victoria Island, Lagos.
Free Entry (Registration required)

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Native Tongue: A Writing Workshop with Chekwube Danladi
(Friday 28th October 1:30pm – 3:30pm)

This workshop will encourage poets to include and celebrate local, colloquial, non-standard languages (i.e. pidgin, creole, and indigenous languages) in their poetry, as a subversive anti-colonial process as well as a lyrical tool. Chekwube Danladi is the author of Semiotics (Georgia, 2020), winner of the Cave Canem Poetry Prize. She has received support from Kimbilio Fiction, the Lambda Literary Foundation, the Brunel International African Poetry Prize, the Vermont Studio Center, and the Wisconsin Institute from Creative Writing. Her chapbook, Take Me Back, was included in the New Generation African Poets: Nne boxset. Her visual work has been commissioned by the Center for Afrofuturist Studies (a program of PS1), Already Felt: Poetry in Revolt and Bounty, Langer/Dickie, and the Black Poetry Review. She is the 2022-25 Writer-in-Residence at Occidental College and lives in Los Angeles.

Venue: Goethe Institut, 7, Anifowoshe Street, Victoria Island
Only 20 slots available

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Masterclass: Pushing Formal Boundaries in Poetry with Dami Ajayi
(Friday 28th October 11am – 1pm WAT)

Poetry yields itself to experimentation. Convention and boundaries could be stretched to the extremes of their tensile strength. This masterclass is to help you think about constraint and restraint in the craft of poetry. Diverse forms of poetry would be discussed as a refresher course and I hope to help you think outside the comfort zone of your current poetics.

A comprehensive reading list would be provided and  author of the critically-acclaimed poetry collections Clinical Blues, A Woman’s Body is a Country and Affection & Other Accidents, Dami Ajayi, is the facilitator.

Open to poets in all stages of their careers.

Venue: Goethe Institut, 7, Anifowoshe Street, Victoria Island
Only 20 slots available  

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Lagos to London
(Friday 28th October 4pm – 5pm WAT)

Place and identity are intimately bound together. This is never more apparent than when they pull apart and press up against each other. In partnership with the Poetry Translation Center London, we open up a cultural conversation between poets in Nigeria and the UK, who share heritage, culture, and even languages. The session will feature readings and conversations that express multiple, sometimes contradictory, sometimes revealing perspectives on ‘homecoming.’

Venue: Online
Free Entry (Registration required)

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A New Spelling of Our Names
(Friday 28th October 5pm – 6pm)

Four brilliant queer poets explore the power of poetry to deconstruct and reinvent the language of sexual and gender liberation from an
African/diasporic perspective.

Online
Free Entry (Registration required)

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Africa Aloud: An Evening of Poetry and Spoken Word (Friday 28th October 6pm – 7:30pm WAT)

Africa comes alive in beauty, language, and song, as an assembly of some the continent’s finest performance poets take us through an evening of spectacular performances. Don’t miss Africa Aloud with Nana Asaase (Ghana), Dike Chukwumerije (Nigeria), Mbali Malimela (South Africa), Renaud Dossavi (Togo), Jolyn Philips (South Africa), and Aremu Gemini (Nigeria).

Venue: British Council, 20 Thompson Avenue, Ikoyi, Lagos
Free Entry (Registration required)

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American Slang
(Friday 28th October 8pm – 9pm WAT)

We explore a range of American poetics with some of the best poets and spoken word artists in the world. Join Aja Monet, Rudy Fransisco, Amy Shimson, and Joel Franscois for a riveting evening of words and magic.

Venue: British Council, 20 Thompson Avenue, Ikoyi, Lagos
Free Entry (Registration required)

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Call and Response: In Conversation with Nature Feat – Su’eddie Agema, Umar Sidi and Samuel Osaze
(Saturday 29th October 2:45pm – 3:45pm WAT)

Umar Sidi’s lyrical second collection, Like Butterflies Scattered About by Art Rascals ( Masobe, 2022), is steeped in Sufi traditions. He is joined by Su’eddie Agema (Memory and the Call of Waters), and Samuel Osaze (The Strange Moon of Yenagoa), both reading recent collections that lean into memory through the totems of rivers and land.

Venue: Rovingheights Bookstore, Landmark Event Center,
Plot 2 and 3 Water Corporation Drive, Lekki, Lagos
Free Entry (Registration required)
Limited spaces available

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Geographies of Place and Feeling
(Saturday 29th October 12:30pm – 1:30pm WAT)

Join Mukoma wa Ngugi, Dami Ajayi, and Toni Kan as they read and discuss geographies of place and feeling from their extensive oeuvres and most recent collections. Mukoma’s second poetry collection, Logotherapy is a tribute to family, place, and bodily awareness. He writes unflinchingly about love, war, violence, language, immigration, and exile. In Songs For Bar Beach we are transported into the psychosis of Bar Beach in the 90s and what it meant to a generation of Nigerians. Affections and Other Accidents, Dami Ajayi’s most recent offering, is hot off the press and trails the poet across several continents as he finds and loses love at the onset of a pandemic. The session will be followed by book signings.

Venue: Rovingheights Bookstore, Landmark Event Center,
Plot 2 and 3 Water Corporation Drive, Lekki, Lagos

Free Entry (Registration required)
Limited spaces available

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Language and Memory: with/Raymond Antrobus and Omar Bin Musa
(Saturday 29th October 1:30pm – 2:30pm WAT)

A Guardian Best Book of the Year Finalist for the T. S. Eliot Prize, Raymond Antrobus’ All the Names Given has been described as a direct, open, and formally sophisticated collection that moves deftly between tenderness and violence, hope and grief, praise and lament. He is joined by the enigmatic Omar Bin Musa who’s Killernova charts a journey with humor and vulnerability through the colonial history of South-East Asia, environmental destruction, oceans, bushfires, race in Australia, the isolation and addiction of COVID lockdown, family, lost love and, ultimately, recovery. Raymond Antrobus and Omar Musa will read from their collections in conversation with Ghanaian writer and curator Elizabeth Johnson.

Venue: Rovingheights Bookstore, Landmark Event Center,
Plot 2 and 3 Water Corporation Drive, Lekki, Lagos

Free Entry (Registration required)
Limited spaces available

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LIPFest 2022 Poetry Slam: Hosted by Dike Chukwumerije
(Saturday 29th October 6pm – 7pm WAT)

Wordsmiths from across the continent slug it out for N1million winner-takes-all at the second edition of the festival’s annual poetry slam. This event includes an open mic, sip and paint, drinks, and street food in a carnival-like celebration of the power of words and storytelling.

Venue: Terra Kulture, Plot 1376 Tiamiyu Savage St, Victoria Island, Lagos.
Free Entry (Registration required)

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Homebound and Other Stories
(Saturday 29th October 4pm – 5pm WAT)

Travel across Mumbai and the Western Cape with two phenomenal storytellers. Puja Changoiwala, award-winning journalist and author, holds us spellbound with Homebound, a story tracing the displacement that followed India’s Covid-19 pandemic lockdown and a family’s forced and sudden 900-km migration from Mumbai to Rajasthan. Homebound, like Jolyn Phillips’ startling debut collection of short stories, Tjieng Tjang Tjerries, center on the oft-ignored lives of individuals, families, and communities on the margins of society, and explore how the impact of love and loss define our lives and the world we live in. This session is moderated by writer and novelist TJ Benson.

Venue: Rovingheights Bookstore, Landmark Event Center,
Plot 2 and 3 Water Corporation Drive, Lekki, Lagos

Free Entry (Registration required)
Limited spaces available

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Babel: The Concert
(Saturday 29th October 8:15pm – 10pm WAT)

Wave making afrobeats sensation Fave is joined by a constellation of wordsmiths from across the world in the festival’s big night of spoken word, poetry, and music. In the last eight years LIPFest has featured only the best on stage and this year is no exception. Featuring Fave (Nigeria), Titilope Sonuga (Nigeria), Rudy Fransisco (USA), Raymond Antrobus (UK/Jamaica), Aja Monet (USA), Omar Musa (Australia), Joel Franscois (USA), Sboniso Dlamini (South Africa), Sunnah Khan (UK), Debris Stevenson (UK), Nana Asaase (Ghana), Nadine Aisha Jassat (Scotland), Dike Chukwumerije (Nigeria), and many more.

Venue: Terra Kulture, Plot 1376 Tiamiyu Savage St, Victoria Island, Lagos.

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Church of Poetry – hosted by Henneh Kwaku Kyereh
(Sunday 30th October 11am – 2pm WAT)

Join a congregation of poets and enthusiasts for a soft morning of reflection and camarederie. Bring a poem, bring a bottle, and read alongside Sunnah Khan, Toni Kan, Amy Shimson, Sboniso Dlamini, Henneh Kyereh Kwaku (Host), Dami Ajayi, Elizabeth Johnson, Efe Paul Azino, Obi Ifejika, Aja Monet, Mukoma Ngugi, and others.

Venue: British Council, 20 Thompson Avenue, Ikoyi, Lagos
Free Entry (Registration required)

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Film Screening: #WeAreDyingHere
(Sunday 30th October 4pm – 5pm)

#WeAreDyingHere chronicles the journey of three soldiers forced to survive in a war that they did not choose. As the war against women rages around them, they attempt to find solace to process their pain under the constant threat of their enemy lurking in the shadows. #WeAreDyingHere engages directly with the violent culture of harassment, abuse, rape, and femicide, it is a necessary pause, an exhale, and insight into the experience of living as a woman.

Venue: British Council, 20 Thompson Avenue, Ikoyi, Lagos
Free Entry (Registration required)

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Poetry After Dark: Festival Party Hosted by Debris Stevenson
(Sunday 30th October 8pm WAT)

Come rave with all your favourite poets at the festival’s closing party hosted by Debris Stevenson. We party into the night silent disco style, stopping intermittently for raunchy metaphors sultry words. Don’t miss Poetry After Dark.

Venue: British Council, 20 Thompson Avenue, Ikoyi, Lagos

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