A Special Invitation to attend the Committee for Relevant Art (CORA) Book Party

I have been asked by my friends @ the Committee for Relevant Art (CORA) to invite you specially to this year’s book party.

About the Committee for Relevant Art (CORA) Book Party

Committee for Relevant Art
Committee for Relevant Art (CORA)

This is a yearly event that was started three years ago by members of the Committee for Relevant Art (CORA) to honour those who make the Shortlist of the prestigious $100,000 Nigeria Prize for Literature. Membership is made up of artistes, art enthusiasts, art promoters and art writers committed to the development of the Arts of Nigeria and their enabling environment.

A statement from the Committee for Relevant Art (CORA) secretariat, says,

“The objective of the Committee for Relevant Art (CORA) Book Party as manifested in the past two editions is to ensure that we bring the Shortlisted writers and books of the Nigeria Literature Prize face-to-face with the Literary audiences, so that we could create conversations around the work and the author”.

It continues; “That way, we believe that we would be contributing to making the Shortlisted work and its author known to the members of the public — long before the final winner is announced in September.

“Our conviction is that being on the Shortlist is already a certification that the Writer with his work is one of the very best; and as such a Winner even at this stage of the competition”.

The shortlisted books and authors for the 2011 Prize focussing on Children Literature, are:

  • The Runaway Hero by Uche Peter Umez;
  • Aunty Felicia Goes to School by Philip Begho;
  • Eno’s Story by Ayodele Olofintuade,
  • The Great Fall by Chinyere Obi-Obasi,
  • The Missing Clock by Mai Nasara; (that’s my friend – all the best bro!)
  • Red Nest by Thelma Nwokeji,’

The panel of judges for this year’s prize chaired by Prof. Akachi Adimora-Ezeigbo, a professor of English, University of Lagos and past co-winner of the prize, also include, Prof. Lekan Oyegoke of Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye, Ogun State; Prof. Yakubu Nasidi of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria; Prof. David Ker, Vice Chancellor The Catholic University of Nigeria, Obehi, Abia State; and Prof. Ini-Obong Uko, Department of English, University of Uyo, Cross River State.

The the Committee for Relevant Art (CORA) Book Party hold thus:

Date: AUGUST 14, 2011
Time: 2pm – 6pm
Venue: Eko Hotel & Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos.

The the Committee for Relevant Art (CORA) event will feature:

  • READING from the individual work
  • REVIEWING the individual work
  • DISCUSSING the individual work by both adults and children audiences
  • PERFORMING EXCERPTS from the individual work (tentative)
  • CELEBRATING the authors on the shortlist.
  • CREATING Media interaction with the Shortlisted writers

About the Committee for Relevant Art (CORA) :

The Committee for Relevant Art (CORA), the Cultural ‘Landscapists’ was founded in June 1991 with the MISSION to create an enabling environment for the flourishing of the contemporary arts of Nigeria and to increase human capacity of the continent. VISION is to make Culture the Prime Investment Destination for the Country and the Continent by 2018.


Jahman Anikulapo
Programme Chair, the Committee for Relevant Art (CORA)

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