British actor and model, Dudley O’Shaughnessy (popular for his role in Rihanna’s We Found Love video) and Nigerian-British actor, Chris Obi, the voice from Snow White and the Huntsman, are set to storm Nigeria for the Bayelsa Book & Craft Fair and the Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) holding on the 18-19th and 20th of April, 2013 respectively, in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State.
Director of the Fair, Onyeka Nwelue said, “Both the 23-year old and Obi will tour a number of schools in the state and give books and writing materials to several children during their stay in the state and have a heart-to-heart chat with them too.”
The Bayelsa Book & Craft Fair, an initiative of the Africa Film Academy, curators of the AMAAs, is being organized by Blues & Hills Consultancy with support from Bayelsa Tourism Development Board and Century Energy Services Limited (CESL) and will bring several personalities including Indian writer and supermodel, Shobhaa De and her business tycoon husband, Dilip De, former FCT minister, Nasir El-Rufai, entertainment personalities, Denrele Edun, Uti Nwachukwu, Bryan Okwara, O.C. Ukeje, Jeremiah Gyang, Kemi Lala Akindoju, Asa Asika, Akin Alabi, Beverly Naya; writers Gabriel Okara, Professors Chukwuemeka Ike, Olu Obafemi, Akachi Adimora-Ezeigbo; Wale Okediran, Eghosa Imasuen, Nze Sylva Ifedigbo, Toni Kan and Teresa Oyibo-Ameh, among others.
Some of the sessions will be coordinated by CNN Multichoice African Journalists of the Year, Pelu Awofeso and Tolu Ogunlesi, editor of FAB Magazine, Sinem Bilen-Onabanjo, ex-Big Brother Africa housemate, MalVina Longpet, DADA Books publisher, Ayodele Arigbabu and West Indian writer and poet, Debbie Edwards.
Afrobeat star Seun Kuti will perform at the fair, together with Haitian artiste, Jay-B Special, Syndik8 Records’s Black Magic, Aduke and Glo Naija Sings 2010 winner, Casey Ed to raise books to distribute to schools in Bayelsa.
It will be a feast of literature and music and will be a departure from the regular monotonous nature of literary events. Craft-makers and booksellers will be able to exhibit their works too.
For stands and sponsorship, call Blues & Hills Project Manager on: 08030596918.