Sanya Osha


The 17th edition of the Lagos Book and Art Festival (LABAF) commemorated the twentieth anniversary of the hanging of Ken Saro-Wiwa and his eight compatriots over three long days in November 2015. The event whose theme was entitled, ‘Texts of Self-Determination’- a reference to the Ogoni quest for semi-autonomy- had elaborate readings of his work, discussions of books by various other authors on his life and work, more discussions of books on Nigeria and the events that led to Saro-Wiwa’s unfortunate fate and a host of varied cultural activities involving poetry, dance and music. Sometimes, it felt like too much within a short period of time. There was even a couple of literary competitions, one for the best review of a literary work by Saro-Wiwa and the other by school children honing their writing skills.