“…my point is that the only authentic identity for the African is tribe…I am Nigerian because the white man created Nigeria and gave me that identity. I am black because the white man constructed black to be as different as possible from his white. But I was Igbo before the white man came.”
Quote by CHIMAMANDA NGOZI ADICHIE.
The Musers is a Book Club comprising of a rare collection of young booklovers and literary enthusiasts. We read books and post reviews right here on this blog. We do what we do for the love of books and in appreciation of the finer art of wielding words. The importance of words cannot be understated, the beauty of words if allowed can take us into parallel universes, subjugate or heighten emotions and so on. With words we become transcendent and escape the harsh realities of the present, we develop attachments to characters; fictional or otherwise and we travel to locations miles away thereby making use of the one gift we all possess as humans – imagination. I could go on and on.
The Musers are organizing a Book Meet, the first one in the history of the book club. After inhouse consultations and a good measure of brainstorming, we came up with a theme that seems to be gaining more and more clout in the sphere of public opinion. Almost everybody has an opinion on color. Truth is whether we like it or not, issues of color continue to play important roles in today’s society. The recent online pseudo-craze for ‘lightskins’, the increasing number of girls ‘bleaching’ their skin to lighter shades and the recent surge of Lupita Nyong’o in Hollywood which has raised quite a few eyebrows as many young African women refuse Lupita as a standard for African beauty are but a few examples.
The Musers present ‘The Darkskin Problem?’
The Book Meet will happen at B18 Adeniran Ogunsanya Shopping Mall, Surulere Lagos, on Saturday the 24th of May 2014. A panel of discussants are going to be on ground, headed by a moderator to thrash issues raised at the event. The theme is based on African Literature for the most part; the books are meant to guide the discussion. A short list of the books in view include ‘Yellow Yellow’ by Kaine Agary, ‘Americanah’ by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and ‘The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives’ by Lola Soneyin amongst others. The discussion will be based on excerpts from the various books. The Book Meet is targeted at book lovers of all ages willing to share knowledge and learn in turn, it will begin at 4pm African time.
Admission is free and you can reserve seats by sending an email comprising of your name and contact information to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We do hope you make it a date with us. For enquiries about the event please send a mail to email@example.com, contact us on twitter at @TheMusers or check out our page on facebook. Thank you for taking the time to go through this and see you there.