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What? The 1st Ever NaijaSistas Book Reading & Meet The NaijaSista Event
When? Saturday, 03 September 2011 from 2pm to 6.30pm NO AFRICAN TIME PLS
Where? The Daisy, 8 Idowu Martins Street, Victoria Island, Lagos
Why? You want to attend this because you love all things 'books' and by attending you are showing your support for Nigerian writers ESPECIALLY Nigerian WOMEN writers PLUS, you will get to meet some of the NaijaSistas! AND it will be like no other book reading event you have attended PLUS there will be loads of prizes to win! Plus, you will make me really happy if you attend.
About Naija Sistas Bookstore
The NaijaSistas Book-Stop is the brain-child of Bola Essien-Nelson, the author of the recently published ‘The Diary of a Desperate Naija Woman™ in the Year 20-Ten’ which is the second in ‘The Diary’ series. The concept for this store was born out of her own experience trying to get her books stocked in bookstores in Lagos.
‘I know how difficult it can be to get some of the bigger book stores to stock your books. There is lot of following up to do and sometimes after all that, your book still won’t be accepted. If it is tough for us self-published writers here in Nigeria, I can only imagine that it is near on impossible for those Nigerian female writers in the diaspora to find a ‘home’ for their books. So when God provided a space for me to stock my own books, I thought why not invite other Nigerian women to come stock their books with me? It just made perfect sense; I knew it would be a mutually beneficial relationship. So, in a nutshell that was how the seed of the ‘NaijaSistas Book-Stop’ was planted in the premises of Henry Nelson Consulting, 26 Festival Road, Off Adetokunbo Ademola Street, Victoria Island, Lagos.
The NaijaSistas Book-Stop is committed to stocking well written, inspirational and value-adding books published by Nigerian women home and abroad. Why ‘Book-Stop’ and not Book-Shop? ‘Because the books ‘stop’ over on their way to your home and heart and you ‘stop’ over to pick up a book or two! Also, it really is still just an office with a desk laden with wonderfully written books so calling it a shop seemed a bit much for now. But I know we will get there!’
And so far, the response to her invitation has been very encouraging. Here are the current members of the NaijaSistas Writers Club:
Call Upon Me - Bemigho Omayuku
The Mrs. Club - Ekene Onu
Can I Be Real? - Ekene Onu
Just Us Girls - Mildred Kingsley-Okonkwo
My God Even in the Last Minute - Dolapo Babalola M.D
Healthful Eating For the African - Lara Adejumo M.D
Tailed - Dupe Olorunjo
The Aireginana Dream - Dupe Olorunjo
Be God’s Gift to Your Husband - Adesuwa Anwuri PhD
Preserve My Saltiness & Other Poems - Jennifer Ehidiamen
The Only Way Is Up - Folake Taylor M D.
Twilight at Terracotta Indigo by Umari Ayim
The Quest For Purpose' by
A Love Rekindled by Myne Whitman
And of course, you can get all of Bola’s three books as well. She believes that this tiny seedling will thrive and grow into a mighty oak tree because its all about Sista-on-sista support and partnership rooted in a God given idea – Nigerian women working together towards a common goal – ‘wRighting lives one book at a time’. For more information on how to join the NaijaSistas Writers Club, contact Bola Essien-Nelson firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling +234 705 754 3679