Channels Book Club Features Samuel Kolawole, Myne Whitman

The Channels Book Club was part of Meet – Chat – Buy, an interesting gathering to celebrate and promote Nigerian literature. Today’s episode of the programme shows a bit of how that fun-filled event went.

Also, we had an interview with two of Nigeria’s brightest emerging writers who discussed their involvements and views on Nigerian literature.

Samuel kolawole is one of the rising stars of Nigerian literature. He has contributed short fiction to various journals and anthologies. He is the author of the collection of stories titled ‘The Book Of M’ and the brain behind Writers’ Studio, Nigeria’s flagship creative writing school.

Myne Whitman is the pen name of Nkem Okotcha Akinsoto who is perhaps the most popular romance fiction writer in Nigeria.

She is the author of the romance novel titled, ‘A Heart To Mend’ which made number one on the amazon bestselling romance fiction list.

She is the founder of a story sharing and critique website for aspiring Nigerian writers called

Recently, telecoms giant, Etisalat, announced the 2013 shortlist for the Etisalat prize for literature.

On the shortlist are:  Finding Soutbek by Karen Jennings; We Need New Names by Noviolet Bulawayo and Bom Boy by Yewande Omotoso which made The Channels Book Club’s shortlist of 15 top Nigerian books in 2013;

The prize is the first pan-African literary prize created to recognize and reward debut fiction writers in Africa. The winner will be presented with a cheque of £15,000 and other exciting prizes.


To Say Nigerians Don’t Read Is ‘The Biggest Lie’ – Founder, Okada Books

On this edition of Channels Book Club, Tunde Leye and Okechukwu Ofili, shared their thoughts on their works and happenings in the publishing industry in Nigeria.

The chat took place at the popular Patabah bookshop at Shoprite, Surulere.

Tunde (banker), a prolific fiction writer and a blogger. He is the author of a few intriguing novels including his newest one titled: ‘Burden of Proof’.

Okechukwu is the engineer who founded the revolutionary ‘Okada Books’ which is helping thousands of readers to easily access Nigerian books on their mobile devices. Okechukwu is also the author of two books with the most eye catching titles you will ever find: ‘How Stupidity Saved My Life’ & ‘How Laziness Saved My Life’.

Also check out some smart little kids who were ‘window shopping’ at the bookshop as part of their summer holiday activities.