Literary Time Out

20 Jan 2013

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By Chinelo Chikelu, Zubairu Atta and Ken Ike Okere
With the festive over, Abuja Literary Society launches its activities for the year with Araceli’s No Sense of Limit - an escape to the dramatised Lagos living leading to an emotional end. The literary society also promises its members a rare treat with Abduljabbar’s pieces on life, death and historical events both local and beyond and experience the journey of self-discovery and purpose with Oluyemisi Nathaniel Hope. This is as the trio kicks off the first BookJam of the year on January 26, at the Lifestyle Bookstore in Silverbird Galleria.

When two sisters, Elizabeth and Victoria get caught in the web of one’s deceit and vengeance, who is to blame? Who is the instigator of/ and the secret that could nail shut the tragedy inevitable in their lives? Who has gone beyond the sense of limit?

Aipoh is a Filipino married to a Nigerian, Dr. Peter Aipoh – whom she met, fell in love with and married in the Philippines and has been living in Nigeria since 1987. She is a mass communication graduate of the University of Philippines and still practises the pen profession despite her day job with Julius Berger Construction Company. She writes for the print medium in different capacities, as editor-at-large for the Leadership Newspaper, adding a special flavour to the newspaper through her Metro Zone column which covers social events in the diplomatic circles and within the expatriate community. She is also the editor and administrator of a magazine blog Inside Track Abuja.

She is a member of the Filipino-Nigerian Families Association, the Abuja Branch of Niger Wives Nigeria, which she stated helped in her earlier adaptation to the culture shock of moving to a foreign country.

Araceli’s latest passion includes photography and book editing which reflected in the revised edition of her book No Sense of Limit. She has taken the time to fine-tune the characters and diction of the book and in imbuing deeper emotions to the characters and in effect the reader.

Nathaniel Hope is the author of A journey of Self-Discovery and Achievers Poet Handbook. She is the administrator of the Chiola Academy in Suleja, Niger State. Besides a BA in English (Education) from the University of Ilorin in 1991, she also holds a post graduate degree in journalism from the International Institute of Journalism Abuja, in 2004/2005 as well as a masters degree in international relations and strategic studies from Benue State University, Makurdi, in 2007.

Also the Managing Consultant/CEO VisionSharpeners Nigeria, Limited, a motivational consultancy services provider which aim to assist people in discovering themselves through the instrumentality of counselling and vocational guidance services to re-orientate and encourage unemployed graduates towards embracing self-reliance, wealth creation and entrepreneurship as better alternatives to wage employment.

The Journey of Self-discovery is an eight-part exploit into the journey of life which has eluded a lot of people and has placed them in wrong places hence their frustration, aggression, unproductiveness, anger, envy, depression and total dissatisfaction. The book gives an insight in clear and unequivocal terms, the creative and hidden potentials in an individual many of which remain untapped and makes him unfulfilled.

Achievers Poem Handbook is poetry pieces combination of hyperbolic, paradoxical, and ironic twists which can leave poetry lovers with the joy of attributing meanings and feelings to the words and imageries that abound in it. It is a collection of nine poems guaranteed to get the wheels of the mind turning page after page.

Mmaasa masai Massai –head is his pen name and he writes good poetry. He will be entertaining guests at the BookJam with his poetry anthology, Behold Your Scented Daughters, which trails death, love, and past events in Nigeria and beyond.

Born Omale Abdul-Jabbar on March 31, 1971, to Alhaji Jibril Omale Amedu of Ojokpama-Adoka, the former, NPN Chairman, Otukpo L.G.A Benue State, he is a poet, essayist, short story writer and novelist.

Indeed, he had the educational background to support his foray into literature. He holds BA English and an MA law and diplomacy degrees in the years, 1992-1997 and 2000-2002, respectively.

He has gained literary awards to his himself, which includes first prize, Dec 2011, Pen Nigeria/Saraba Magazine Poetry Prize in Lagos with the poem, Our Friendship Runs Away From Us, and third place winner, Korea/ Nigeria Poetry Prize 2012.

His works have been published in several literary media, such as News Gong Short Stories, ANA Review, Munyon Poetry Journal,, AWf Calvacade, Water Testament and many others.

He was the past Chair ANA Plateau State and past Chair, Pro ANA National. He is presently the Union Chairman NCCE. Abdul-Jabbar is married to Rahmah – Allah and is blessed with three “scented daughters”, (whom I imagine this book alludes to) Imani-Ajumayi, Medina and Aaliyah.

Rounding off the literary trio is the Kaduna based Stand-up Comedian, Mel Schnapper, who will make a cameo appearance at the BookJam. He is the ribald humor filled comedian on marriage, relationships and several shenanigans exhibited by Nigerians. His former introduction at the recent Poetry Slam sparked laughter and interest in participants.

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