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2nd Online book discussion with author Abubakar Adam Ibrahim on "Whispering Trees"

On Thursday 18th of June at 2pm., IFRA-Nigeria and the Alliance Française of Lagos/ Mike Adenuga Centre will host an online book discussion with renowned author Abubakar Adam Ibrahim through the Instagram page of the Alliance Française of Lagos. Abubakar Adam Ibrahim will discuss The Whispering Trees, a collection of short stories which just was republished in ebook format by Cassava Republic. The discussion will be facilitated by Julien Roland (PhD candidate in Translation Studies at Kent State University). 

We encourage all literature students, Nigerian literature amateurs, or any curious minds to join us on Instagram (@af.lagos) on Thursday 18th of May at 2pm sharp for the live discussion.

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About the author

Abubakar Adam Ibrahim is a Nigerian writer and journalist. His debut short story collection The Whispering Trees (Parresia Publishers, 2012) was long-listed for the Etisalat Prize for Literature in 2014. The title story was shortlisted for the prestigious Caine Prize for African Writing in 2013. Ibrahim has won the BBC African Performance Prize and the Amatu Braide Prize for Prose. He is a Gabriel Garcia Marquez Fellow (2013) and a Civitella Ranieri Fellow (2015). He was listed by the Hay Festival in the Africa39 list of the most promising sub-Sahara African writers under the age of 40. He judged the Writivism Short Story Prize in 2014 and was a judge for the Short Story Day Africa Prize and the Etisalat Flash Fiction Prize in 2015. His debut novel Season of Crimson Blossoms won the NLNG Prize for Literature 2016.

About the book

“The magical tales in The Whispering Trees capture the essence of life, death and coincidence in Northern Nigeria. Myth and reality intertwine in stories featuring cat-eyed English witches, political agitators, newly-wedded widows, and the tormented whirlwind, Kyakkyawa. The two medicine men of Mazade battle against their egos, an epidemic and an enigmatic witch. And who is Okhiwo, whose arrival is heralded by a pair of little white butterflies?”

Where to find the book?

How to participate ? 

Date: Thursday 18th of May, 2pm-3pm

Online platform: join the Instagram live through AF-Lagos Instagram page

After a conversation between author Abubakar Adam Ibrahim and facilitator Julien Roland, there will be room for a short Q&A session, where you could ask questions directly commenting on the live chat. 

If you have already read the book and would like to ask specific questions to Abubakar Adam Ibrahim, please send us your questions beforehand by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with email titled “Questions for author Abubakar Adam Ibrahim”.

We look forward to hearing from you and seeing you in great numbers participating in this second online book chat co-organised by IFRA-Nigeria and the Alliance Française Lagos.

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