Wednesday, October 19, 2005


Sefi Atta is a Nigerian writer based in the United States. She is here on a nationwide tour for her first novel, Everything Good Will Come, just published in Lagos by Farafina. The novel has been published in the United States and the United Kingdom, to enthusiastic reviews and popular acclaim. Confident and original, Everything Good Will Come revolves round the lives of two Nigerian girls born into privileged families in different circumstances in Lagos of the 1960s.The narration, styled in a very accomplished and elegant prose, follows the growth of the two girls from childhood to adulthood, and explores with the keen sensitivity, the limited options presented to Nigerian women by a patriarchal society.
Atta's story has an authentic and nostalgic sense of time and place that many can relate to. Salted with a cutting wit and clever humour, she expertly unveils the major social issues and the tensions of dynamic cultural diversity Lagosians have dealt with for the past forty years. It is a familiar story told with that involved, engaging and a peculiar stridency that marks out Nigerians anywhere they are in the world. Sefi's language is bold, evocative, lyrical and her subject-matter serious and universal. With this book, she has earned a place next to great writers like Buchi Emecheta and Alice Walker.
Furthermore, Sefi Atta has appeared in magazines like Glendora Review, Farafina Online, In Posse Review, Carve, Eclectica, Los Angeles Review, Mississippi Review, Story South and Crab Orchard Review. Like her radio plays, Sefi's short stories have won prizes from the BBC, Commonwealth Broadcasting Association, Zoetrope, Red Hen Press, and most recently IN Roar Softly and Carry a Great Lipstick.
Born in Lagos, Sefi Atta was educated at Queens College Lagos, in England and in the United States. A former accountant, she has an MFA in creative writing from Antioch University, Los Angeles. She lives in Meridian, Mississippi, USA with her husband Gboyega Ransome-Kuti and daughter, Temi. She teaches at Mississippi State University and Meridian Community College.
The Jazzhole ReadingFriday 21st OctoberVenue: Jazzhole, 168 Awolowo Road, Ikoyi, LagosTime: 5 pm
The author will take on questions and engage in discussions with the audience. Also she is open to exclusive interviews with members of the press.
Autographed copies of the novel Everything Good Will Come will be available for sale at the various events.


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