Date(s) - 24/04/2017
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
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Between 1985 and 1991, as a result of his anti-government writings, Nigerian author and poet Chris Abani was repeatedly thrown into prison and tortured by his country’s military dictatorship. During one such spell, Abani, who was 18 the first time he was sentenced, found himself imprisoned alongside musician Fela Kuti, whose own artistic output set him in almost constant conflict with Nigeria’s ruling elite. On hearing how his fellow inmate had wound up there, Kuti offered an ironic warning: ‘Truth, my friend, is a risky business.’
Abani, who has lived in London and the US since he narrowly escaped a death sentence in 1991, no longer targets his writing at immediate political goals, but he takes bold steps in search of a psychological truth. Kalakuta Republic, a collection of poems that dealt with his experiences in Nigeria’s maximum security prison, was described by Harold Pinter as ‘the most naked … expression of prison life and political torture imaginable’. Abani’s fiction has similarly dark themes, but it is always compassionate and written with a lyrical directness.
Just us as we read together his novel title “Song for Night”
Monday 24th April 2017
Location: Caffe Nero 126 Tottenham Court Rd, London W1T 5AT (Nearest Station Warren Street 1 minute walk from the Station).