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Isabella Akinseye tees off new TV show, Africana Literati


Isabella-Akinseye-23-4-16Africana Literati, a new arts and culture television show, which promotes African literature, has debuted on Africa Magic Family.

It premiered last Saturday and will show every other Saturday.

Award-winning essayist, writer and On Air Personality (OAP), Isabella Akinseye, is the host of the programme.

According to Isabella, who is also the brain behind the project, “Africana Literati television show is aimed at reviving the reading culture, with a focus on celebrating our own stories and culture.”

Isabella, who started her television career reviewing books on a weekly segment, Bookaholic with Bella on Silverbird television in 2009, gave up her corporate communications job at Nestle Nigeria PLC to focus on her company, Yellow Tamarind Productions.

A graduate of Education, with English and Drama, from the University of Cambridge, Isabella ran the popular Bookaholic Blog with award-winning essayist and writer, Temitayo Olofinlua, while the pair worked at leading publishing firm, Kachifo Limited.

She said: “We have very few art shows out there. Abroad, arts and culture are a big deal, but here in Nigeria, it is politics, music, sports, reality and fashion.

“Africana Literati is making reading and learning cool. On each episode, culture critic, Dr. Wilfred Okiche, reviews a book by an African author, and budding OAP, Harri Obi, handles the vox pop segment.

“I go back to my education roots on the ‘Back to School’ segment, which focuses on spelling, pronunciation and African slang.”

The 13-episodes series, with each episode running for half an hour, includes profiles of African literary greats, top five countdowns, African proverbs and giveaways to nurture budding writing talent.

The show will air every Saturday at 11 am on Africa Magic Family, Dstv Channel 154.

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