Tailor-made project development workshop for Nigerian writers & producers 

Goethe-Institut Lagos, together with EAVE, announces a call for applications for developing Nigerian film projects and scripts. 

EAVE ON DEMAND in Lagos will consist of one four-day workshop and online feedback taking place in Lagos from April 8-11, 2014.

The Goethe-Institut Lagos and EAVE will select a maximum of 6-8 producer-writer teams from Nigeria with feature or documentary film projects in development. 


EAVE offers tailor-made workshops ON DEMAND.

EAVE ON DEMAND in Lagos will consist of group work for the selected 6-8 projects in development (documentary and feature films) and master-classes on script development, co-production and finance and legal issues of development and co-production for a larger group of professionals. 

After the workshops, the participants will be working on project development and will have been set specific tasks. Feedback will be given during workshop via online/ SKYPE sessions. 

Half-Italian, half-British journalist, Michela Wrong, has spent several years in Africa working for news organisations including Reuters, British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) and the Financial Times.  In 2000, she published her first book, ‘In the Footsteps of Mr Kurtz’, the story of Mobutu Sese Seko’s ‘s rise and fall; her second book, ‘I didn’t do it for you’ on Eritrea, came out in 2005 while her  third book, ‘It’s Our Turn to Eat’, about  Kenyan corruption whistleblower, John Githongo, was published in 2009. The award winning writer was in Lagos for the recently concluded Ake Arts & Book Festival where she spoke with AKINTAYO ABODUNRIN about Africa, governance and development, among other issues. Excerpts:

Posted by Golden Baobab on Thursday, 05 December 2013

Our Golden Baobab Prizes coordinator, Nanama B. Acheampong, had the pleasure of attending the Ake Arts and Book Festival in Nigeria. She shares her experiences in this new blogpost!

The Ake Arts and Book Festival, if you haven’t already heard, was a tremendous success. It took place in Abeokuta, Ogun State, Nigeria, from 19-24 November, 2013 and was organized by writer and women's rights activist, Lola Shoneyin. The theme of the festival was 'Shadow of Memory.'

When at work we decided it would be a great idea for Golden Baobab to be at the festival, I did a little dance in my head. I had been stalking the Ake Festival website for a while and was intrigued by all the activities that promised to be memorable. I wanted to attend for this reason and for some others:

Written by Abubakar Adam Ibrahim

The Ake Arts and Book Festival was aptly themed: The Shadow of Memory. Little did participants know that in truth, they would leave Abeokuta with lingering memories of what is shaping up to be the biggest literary festival in Nigeria.

This is only the first, and like all tottering establishments, it had its missteps. But in the grand picture, those missteps have been easily swept aside by the participants, who are busy focusing on the positives.
Festival director Lola Shoneyin brought her organisational skills to the fore to put together such an event. Almost 100 writers, local and international, not to forget the Nigerian diaspora literati visited the rock city for the fiesta.
Highlight of the festival was Kongi himself. Nigeria’s Nobel Prize winner Wole Soyinka was quizzed by four under 21 students who wanted to know how winning the Nobel Prize had affected his writing, his hair regimen, his first love and the place intoxicants hold in inspiring his great works.
Cornered? Soyinka, mindful of the age of his interviewers, skilfully dodged some of the questions.

Author: Olisakwe Ukamaka

December 1, 2013

I could not find a bus from Aba to Abeokuta and so I boarded an Ibadan bus. My extended family lives in Ibadan. They said Abeokuta is only 45 minutes away. So I bought a ticket. It has been a long time since I took a bus to some place so far away from home. I could fly, but after my last experience with Aero Contractors, God knows it will take Him to convince me to ever board a domestic flight again.

The Aba businessman has little or no business to do with serene places like Ibadan and Abeokuta. Lagos, they throng to. Lagos is this fat hulking being that swallows their money and spits out goods they cargo to Aba and retail to the Ariaria petty traders. The Lagos bus fills up in minutes. And after the fifteenth Lagos bus had left, I still sat in an Ibadan bus, waiting for it to fill up.

We left around 11am and what kept me sane was my expectation. I would be meeting old friends, people you’d think I have known like forever; people from that crazy planet called Facebook.

I got to Ibadan at around 8pm, and the following morning, I travelled to Abeokuta.

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By: Solomon Elusoji

Gorgeous and courteous, Aita Ighodaro is one of Nigeria’s finest writers based in the Diaspora. She was one of the keynote discussants at the recently concluded Ake Festival, where she spoke at length on genre fiction and the place of sex in African literature.
“It’s been really wonderful,” she said, “I have really enjoyed and I have been impressed with it in terms of the content; but also with the logistical side of things, the organisation of the festival. You know it can be difficult in terms of organisation but everything has been timely, and the food and drinks, everything, has been wonderful.”
Aita is in love with international thrillers and she explained that the genre helps her to maximise her audience. “I have written a few novels. All my novels are all international and I like to have some Nigerian characters, but I also like to have some British characters, and also characters from all over the world. Because that way, my book then finds a global audience. So, I have been maximising the number of people that read my book. I also think that the world is moving in that direction, because every major city around the world is becoming increasingly international.

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