Music, dance and drama will fuse with readings on Thursday at the 10th edition of the Macmillan Literary Night holding in Lagos. Various subject matters will be dramatised by Ihia Enakhimio, Joke Jacobs, Nobert Young, Tina Mba and the Crown Troupe of Africa led by Segun Adefila.
The event will particularly feature interesting discussions on salient issues as they affect the country with contributions from writers, politicians and opinion moulders.
Since its inception, organisers have been using the views and opinions of writers of the different genres of literature to portray issues relevant to the socio-political development of the country.
According to the Chairman of the Macmillan Literary Event Committee, Mrs. Francesca Emanuel, Blazing Hope was the theme for last year, indicating that in spite of the challenges Nigeria faces, it still has a reason to hope.
Emanuel adds, ‘‘But from what we are seeing in the country, not much has changed because the stumbling blocks to sustainable development in Nigeria are still there and the situation appears deteriorating. We have therefore decided that this year’s theme will be Break It: Stumbling Blocks to National Development. The world is changing and moving forward. If we do not change with it, we will be left behind. We must look forward in anticipation of likely global political changes and social demands.’’
Billed to hold at the Muson Centre by 6pm, the night will be anchored by poet and social critic, Odia Ofeimun. Other members of the committee include theatre director and culture activist, Ben Tomoloju; writer and founder, Lumina Foundation, Dr. Promise Ogochukwu; Adefila and the Managing Director, Different Aesthetics Arts and Culture Management, Tope Babayemi, who is also a consultant to Macmillan Publishers.
Former Permanent Secretary, Chief Philip Asiodu, will chair the event, which Emanuel describes as another manifestation of the total commitment to the publishers’ corporate social responsibility policy.
She says, ‘‘We believe firmly that if we are to get where we need to get to as a nation, all hands must be on deck to deal with the issues. We have unshaken faith in the possibility of a better Nigeria and believe that together with the media, civil society groups, public and private sectors, we can make significant contributions to the changes needed in attitudes, values and determination to ensure development in Nigeria.’’
Culled From :PUNCH