Monthly Archives: December 2016

#GrillandReadLagos2: Fun All the Way

#GrillandReadLagos2: Fun All the Way

Sunday, December 18 2016 will go down #GrillandRead history as the best event ever and the template by which other #Grillandread events will be measured. From the guests to the audience to the ambience to the palmwine, all things came together to produce a great show.

@tonypox was in his element as usual. I think he should be an auction master. The book auctions are fast becoming one of the most exciting features of #GrillandRead and this time, we had books from @Quramo_Limited, @Rovingheights and the anthology “Route234” for auctioning. We also had artwork supplied by @ToniKuyinu. All proceeds went to @TCL_lnitiative.

We can rightly say we delivered on our promise to make people see reading events as fun and have fun during a reading event. Spoken word by @Olulu4ever and @Rezthapoet was top notch. Authors, @moskedapages and @PeluAwofeso impressed the audience while talking about their books. The talk by @nkwocha_chris was quite enjoyable and in all you could see that everyone had a part of the event that impressed them and most, had two or three 😜.
 Of course, the book and food stands were again the points of convergence for a lot of our guests. Many, as usual, wanted the palmwine but we also had iced tea, water melon drink and water for the guests.

We must take out time to thank the people at @ethnicheritage. They were superb hosts and they have excellent customer service. I will not hesitate to recommend them to anyone wanting to host a book event on the island.
A low point for the event would be the timing. People did not arrive on time and this has been noted as we travel from city to city. Come 2017, we shall work around this so that people who arrive on time will not be forced to wait for those who are late. 


We ended 2016 with a bang thanks to all our friends, fans and supporters. It has been an exciting four months of learning and growing since the debut of #GrillandRead in August 2016. We look forward to greater collaborations in 2017 as we open new chapters in the book of Grill and Read.

We will use this opportunity to thank the publishers who worked with us this time. We thank @quramo_Limited and @rovingheights. Our guests, @nkwocha_chris, @tonikuyinu, @peluawofeso, @moskedapages, @olulu4ever and @rezthapoet. We thank members of the G&RVolunteers and the #GrillandReadingSupportGroup and all others who helped to promote and support #GrillandRead in cash and in kind. God bless you all.

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Posted by on December 20, 2016 in General


And So #GrillandRead Abuja Held…


All we feel is gratitude.

First to Hedge and Pembrook for sponsoring the entire show. #GrillandRead Abuja would never have happened without your funding it. Thank you for keying into our dream and believing.

To all the blogs that carried our Press Release without demanding a kobo from us. Thank you for your love @NewsWireNGR, @BTBreakingTimes, @LeadersNG, @BagusMutendi @SparkleWriters, @PeluAwofeso, @waka_about, @MobilityArena and all others.

To the publishers who partnered with us @KurdanP @Parresiabooks. Thank you.

Reports reaching us shows that the about sixty persons that attended the event had lots of fun. We sure are looking forward to see you all again in 2017! We hope each of you makes a #GrillandRead convert before we return. Just spread the gospel that #GrillansRead is set to encourage people to read for pleasure without pressure. Deal?

A Brief Report of the Day’s Event

It seemed the 2pm start time was too early for the laid back people of Buj(😒). So we busied ourselves with the grill and drinks until we were able to get a good number to start off. At about 4pm @Ruddapoet opened the show with a resounding performance that sent the audience clapping quite loudly. Our Compere, Ilemona @i_am_Anomeli was a toast and I heard someone say this lawyer had chosen the wrong profession.

Another major highlight of the show was @TJBensonNG’s presentation. A good number in the audience physically stood and followed as he talked about his artistic photography.

And then there was the wonderful performance put up by @richardalijos with a reading from his work “City of Memories”.

People could not stop talking about the food and drinks. There was lots of grilled chicken, chips, turkey, palmwine, orange juice, watermelon juice and other drinks available. No one could complain about this department.

Then there was the auction with books kindly donated by the bookshops/publishers working with us. Tabitha Heritage was handed the takings from the auction as part of #GrillandRead’s way of giving back to the community.

The day was wrapped up by another scintillating performance by @ruddapoet. He showed us why he had won the Abuja Literary Society Poetry Grand Slam!

The DJ/Sound guys on the other hand ‘showed themselves’- as we would say in Nigerian pidgin. The DJ was terribly late and when he arrived, his equipment refused to work 😦

To all who turned up for the party, to all who had advice to offer to improve the show. To all who supported by way of retweets and shares…you all are the reason we are.


Up next, #GrillandReadLagos2. This time we are hosting the event at Ethnic Heritage Centre, 35A Raymond Njoku Close, Ikoyi. We hope to see you all who enjoyed the first edition there and then more. If you would like to volunteer to work with our publicity team for the Lagos event please send either me or @joyceodukoya a Direct Message (DM). Our DMs are open. I am @Anabagail on Twitter.


Posted by on December 4, 2016 in General


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