Rainbow Book Club Blog

WHERE IS THE PORT HARCOURT WORLD BOOK CAPITAL CITY?

WHERE IS THE PORT HARCOURT WORLD BOOK CAPITAL CITY?

Three years after Port Harcourt became the UNESCO World Book Capital, poet and activist, Odia Ofiemun called on the Rivers State Government to ensure the city rises to its status as a former World Book Capital. He made this statement at the Gabriel Okara Literary Festival which held from the 25th to the 27th of April at the University of Port Harcourt with the 96-year […]

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NIGERIAN AUTHOR LONGLISTED FOR THE BAILEYS WOMEN’S PRIZE

NIGERIAN AUTHOR LONGLISTED FOR THE BAILEYS WOMEN’S PRIZE

29 year old Ayọ̀bámi Adébáyọ̀̀ is among six contenders for the Baileys Women’s Prize for her book Stay with Me.   ‘‘The book weaves a devastating story of the fragility of married love, the undoing of family, the wretchedness of grief and the all-consuming bonds of motherhood’’  The Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction was founded in 1996 to celebrate excellence, originality and accessibility in writing […]

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APRIL 2017 BOOK-OF-THE-MONTH is AND AFTER MANY DAYS by JOWHOR ILE

APRIL 2017 BOOK-OF-THE-MONTH is AND AFTER MANY DAYS by JOWHOR ILE

‘‘And After Many Days is a novel of childhood, of the delicate, complex balance of power and love between siblings; the unique ecosystem of a family. It is also a portrait of a society, as the old world gives way to a new status quo. A novel of quiet, devastating force, And After Many Days holds at its centre a profound story of life, loss […]

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RAINBOW REMEMBERS DEREK WALCOTT AND BUCHI EMECHETA

RAINBOW REMEMBERS DEREK WALCOTT AND BUCHI EMECHETA

At its March reading, the Rainbow Book Club paid tribute to the memory of Derek Walcott and Buchi Emecheta who passed on in January and March respectively.     Derek Walcott was a poet and playwright from the West Indian Island of St. Lucia. In 1992, he received the Nobel Prize for Literature. Walcott came to limelight mainly as a result of his collections: In […]

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NIGERIAN NOVEL SHORTLISTED FOR KINGSTON UNIVERSITY BIG READ 2017

NIGERIAN NOVEL SHORTLISTED FOR KINGSTON UNIVERSITY BIG READ 2017

 Radio Sunrise by Anietie Isong is one of six shortlisted titles to be considered by a panel comprising staff and students from all faculties and departments for the Kingston University (London) Big Read in April, making the London-based Mr. Isong the first Nigerian author to have his novel shortlisted. The 140 titles initially suggested included books by authors from Scotland, Nigeria and Kenya. The other […]

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RAINBOW BOOK CLUB CELEBRATES THE INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY

RAINBOW BOOK CLUB CELEBRATES THE INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY

International Women’s Day (IWD) is set aside to celebrate women’s achievement each year on March 8. The 2017 IWD Global Theme is “Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50:50” by 2030 In line with the celebration of the International Women’s Day, The Rainbow Book Club chose Arese Ugwu’s The Smart Money Woman as Book-of-the-month for March. This book of fiction teaches financial Literacy […]

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RAINBOW AT INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL MANAGEMENT TRAINING

RAINBOW AT INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL MANAGEMENT TRAINING

The British Council and the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture organised a 2-day training for festival managers around Africa. Rainbow Book Club founder, Koko Kalango, represented the book festivals on the continent.             The workshop held at the National Theatre, Lagos on 1 and 2 March and was delivered by the London International Festival of Theatre, Edinburgh Napier University, […]

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MARCH 2017 BOOK-OF-THE-MONTH is THE SMART MONEY WOMAN by ARESE UGWU

MARCH 2017 BOOK-OF-THE-MONTH is THE SMART MONEY WOMAN by ARESE UGWU

‘The Smart Money Woman’ is an entertaining way to learn about money. Ushering a new narrative of Africa, specifically of the African woman in the 21st century;  her perspective, her ambitions, her journey, her flaws and all, but wholly hers’.   Review by Aliko Dangote, The Dangote Group and CEO. This month, as we celebrate International Women’s day, this novel will make for an interesting read, […]

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‘LOVE MADE THE DIFFERENCE’ – RAINBOW BOOK CLUB FOUNDER, KOKO KALANGO, INTERVIEWES HER EXCELLENCY MRS DOLAPO OSINBAJO AUTHOR OF THEY CALL ME MAMA AND WIFE OF NIGERIA’S ACTING PRESIDENT

‘LOVE MADE THE DIFFERENCE’ – RAINBOW BOOK CLUB FOUNDER, KOKO KALANGO, INTERVIEWES HER EXCELLENCY MRS DOLAPO OSINBAJO AUTHOR OF THEY CALL ME MAMA AND WIFE OF NIGERIA’S ACTING PRESIDENT

  On 14 TH February, as the world celebrated Valentines Day, Rainbow Book Club founder, sat with Her Excellency, Mrs Dolapo Osinbajo, wife of Nigeria’s Acting President, to discuss her book, They Call Me Mama, alongside Channels Book Club presenter, Mr Kunle Kasumu. They Call Me Mama, which can aptly be described as a love story, was the RBC Book-of- the-Month for February 2016. In […]

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FEBRUARY 2017 BOOK-OF-THE-MONTH is NIGGER AT ETON by DILLIBE ONYEAMA

FEBRUARY 2017 BOOK-OF-THE-MONTH is NIGGER AT ETON by DILLIBE ONYEAMA

Nigger at Eton by Dillibe Onyeama narrates the author’s experiences as the second black boy in one of the world’s most prestigious public schools, in England, in the 60’s. The Rainbow Book Club discussed this book at its February reading moderated by Mrs Daniella Menezor. The issue of ethnicity, which someone described as racism without colour drew interesting reactions especially since, in the book, the […]

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