Barely 28 days to the end of the year, poet and prose writer, Iqou DianaAbasi has Tuesday unveiled the book cover of her new book -Efo Riro and other stories.
The Lagos based author and spoken word performance artiste, via her Facebook account @Iqou DianaAbasi, did the unveiling while announcing the coming of her book. In her post, Iqou called on her fans and book lovers to anticipate the launch come January 2020, which is only a few weeks away.
From the title, critics can anticipate a collection of thought-provoking, masterpiece stories as Iqou’s experience in writing has (over time) been praised within the Nigerian/African literary circles with a long list of mentees roping onto the female writer for mentorship and guidance in the art and writing industry.
Iqou, in her post, while sharing the news, further revealed the name of the publishing house working on her book project. According to her, the new book would be packaged and published by Parresia Publishers Ltd, a Lagos based book publishing firm with four imprints -Regium, Origami, Cordite and Omode Meta.
“I’m excited to share this good news: I have a new book– “Efo Riro and other stories” and my publishers @parresiapublishers have just revealed the cover today,” the author posted.
On the availability of the book for orders, Iqou noted that pre-order would begin the following day, December 4th, 2019.
Iqou’s post reads: “Efo Riro will be available in January 2020, but you can start pre-ordering from tomorrow.”
Who is Iqou DianaAbasi?
In 2018, the author was featured among 100 most influential writers in Nigeria by the Nigerian Writers Award (NWA) platform. Placed 42 between Ifesinachi Okpagu and political commentator Japheth Omojuwa, she was described in her profile as a household name in the spoken word poetry circle.
Iqou writes prose, poetry and scripts for radio and screen. She often performs her poems with a touch of culture-rich Ibibio folklore. Her first collection of poems, “Symphony of Becoming”, was shortlisted for the NLNG Nigeria prize for literature, and the ANA poetry prize; both in 2013.
Iquo has graced poetry platforms such as Lagos International Poetry Festival, Ake Arts and Book Festival, Wole Soyinka at 80, etc. Her writings have also appeared in Kalahari review, Saraba magazine, ANA Review and Olisa.tv.
As an avid student of human nature, Iquo’s writing explores socially cognizant themes, pain, love, womanhood and indeed the trials of the griots of this age. In 2018, she was longlisted along with 8 other African poets for the Wole Soyinka Prize for Literature.
Will this Iqou’s “Efo Riro and other stories” book be Nigeria’s first published book for the year 2020? Will it go on to stir up conversations and make it onto bookshelves across the country? Fingers crossed.