Saturday, July 2, 2016 was a good day for several reasons. One of the reasons being I finally took that leap and hosted my first book club meeting in Lagos.
I’d been talking about it for a while, but procrastination held me back for a whole year and then the spirit of perfection held on for another four months. Managed to shake off perfection and procrastination and I did it!
The Sunshine Book Club‘s June read was ‘Odufa’ by Othuke Ominiabohs. A group of us (friends and strangers) met up at Quintessence in Ikoyi to discuss this book.
Not everyone who came had read Ominiabohs’ book however everyone seemed genuinely interested in hearing what it was about so of course I rocked my storyteller sash well.
(I’ll share my review of the book with you all at the end of the week).
In the meantime, I might be the founder of the book club but it’s a democracy so we voted for our book of July at the meeting. The options were: ‘Ghana Must Go’ by Taiye Selasi, ‘Baron of Broad Street’ by El Nukoya and ‘We Need New Names’ by NoViolet Bulawayo. And the winner was ‘Ghana Must Go’ by Taiye Selasi.
Thanks to everyone who came, sent me text messages and emails. Special thanks to Quintessence for hosting us. A big thank you to Young Adult Professionals And Entrepreneurs, OloriSuperGal and Nothing To Do in Lagos (while I was busy stalling and coming up with all kinds of excuses, at different points this year, (unknown to them), the founders of these awesome organisations had said something to me that encouraged me to just do it!
See you all at the next meeting!
15 Nov 2017
24 Sep 2017