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.