In New Book, Ihidero Opens Window Into His Literary Mind
IN the business of entertainment in Nigeria, actor, producer, writer and broadcaster Chris Ihidero is one man that knows his onions.
Having been in the industry for years, working with credible organisations and individuals, the ever-vocal Chris has the industry on his fingertips.
At this year’s Nigerian Entertainment Conference (NECLive) held on Wednesday, at the Eko Hotel & Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos, the influential producer and Chairman of the NET editorial board released a new book titled Wanderings Of A Rapidly Degenerating Mind.
Featuring the trademark sharp-tongued wit, sarcasm and self-deprecating humour of Chris Ihidero, the book is a compilation of 100 of the best articles from his weekly column ‘Chris Ihidero Unedited’ such as the tongue-in-cheek classic Before you Marry An Igbo Woman which generated hundreds of furious and amused reactions from readers. It is a six-part epic divided into sections, which are Music & Showbiz, Books, People, Music, Issues of the Heart and Daring the Heavenlies.
Few days after the official release, the book, which will surely set the stage for a fresh debate in the industry, has already gathered rave reviews from a number of frontline Nigerian literary personalities.
Speaking on the release of the new book, the Director of Arts of the British Council Nigeria, Ojoma Ochai said, “you would be hard pressed to find anyone with as much knowledge and insight into the history and inner workings of Nigerian film and TV and indeed the whole Nigerian entertainment scene as Chris Ihidero.”
Also speaking on the new book, Tolu Ogunlesi said, “there’s the compelling humor (Chuckler-in-Chief?), and then the rare breadth of knowledge. Indeed whenever I need to find out about the history of television and film in Nigeria, it’s Ihidero I turn to, because he knows the stuff; has spent time reading, researching and doing it.”
Chris Ihidero, on his part while speaking at the launch remarked, “writing a weekly column is hardest thing to do in life, second only to birthing a child. You do not always want to do it but when you have a waiting audience, you have to deliver, come hell or high water. When I was informed that the editors had picked about 100 from my articles for this book, it suddenly dawned on me that I had written enough articles from which a hundred could be picked. It was a humbling moment.”
NET publisher and NECLive convener Ayeni Adekunle congratulated the award winning writer on an exciting new chapter in his literary journey while announcing the launch of NET Books.
“Today we are kicking off a sojourn into books with the NET Book Series and ‘Wanderings’ is the first of this. This is a careful collection of Chris Ihidero’s works, which showcase him at his page-turning, toe-curling, infuriating and fascinating best. Chris is such a character,” he said.