Jude Idada, a winner of an AMAA best screenplay award, ANAA prize for Drama, Goethe Institut Afrika Projekt and the first runner up of the NLNG Nigeria Prize for Literature, has continually blazed a trail in the art scene. He was a finalist in the New Directions Filmmakers of the future project by MNET in addition to being selected as one of the playwrights for the British Council’s Lagos Theatre Festival. Amongst many, Jude was also selected as one of the screenwriters for the Toronto International Film Festival’s ‘ADAPT THIS!’ and the Afrinolly/Ford Foundation ‘Cinema4Change’ projects. Jude who bursts with enviable energy and artistic prowess is always on the move, churning out new forms of art.
As the resident director of the Africa Theatre Ensemble in Toronto, Canada, Jude directed the stage plays “Flood,” “Brixton Stories,” “Lost” and “Coma”, the later which he adapted for screen is currently in pre-production. Alongside several optioned screenplays, he has written and published a collection of short stories “A Box of Chocolates”, an anthology of poetry “Exotica Celestica”, and a stage play “Oduduwa – King of the Edos.”
The erudite writer and filmmaker is set again to launch two of his new works: the first of a trilogy novel 1) “By My Own Hands,”
and a children’s book “Didi Kanu and the Singing Dwarfs of the North.”
The books are scheduled to be unveiled at a grand launching the details of which is so furnished:
BOOK LAUNCH – EVENT DETAILS
AUTHOR: JUDE IDADA
BOOK TITLES/ TYPES/PAGES/PUBLISHER:
BY MY OWN HANDS – ADULT NARRATIVE FICTION/DRAMATIC THRILLER/410/CREOTERNITY BOOKS
DIDI KANU AND THE SINGING DWARFS OF THE NORTH – CHILDREN NARRATIVE FICTION/MAGICAL FANTASY/256/CREOTERNITY BOOKS
DATE: THURSDAY APRIL 30, 2015
TIME: 6.45PM TO 9PM
VENUE: THE HANDLE BAR 159 AUGUSTA AVENUE, TORONTO, ONTARIO CANADA
ACCOMPANIEMENT: SPOKEN WORD PERFORMANCES BY CELEBRATED AFRICAN-CANADIAN POET ANITA BAKER AND ACTRESS KEARSTIN PLEMELJ OF POEMS FROM JUDE IDADA’S COLLECTION OF POETRY; EXOTICA CELESTICA
MUSIC BY MULTI-AWARD WINNING MUSICAL SENSATION KOBENA HARRISON
BOOK REVIEWS BY DAMILADE CALLISTO, SUME EYOH AND SANDRA WHITELEY
SPECIAL GUESTS: CELEBRATED CANADIAN SUPER MODEL YASMIN WARSAME,
MULTI-AWARD WINNING FILMMAKER LONZO NZEKWE,
MULTI-AWARD WINNING FASHION DESIGNER CHINEDU UKABAM,
JUNO AWARD WINNING SINGER AND GLOBAL MUSIC SENSATION LORRAINE KLAASEN,
AWARD WINNING ACTORS KENNETH TAYLOR, JENNIFER POGUE, BRIDGET OGUNDIPE;
REPRESENTATIVES OF THE NIGERIAN HIGH COMMISSION, CANADIAN LOCAL AND NATIONAL AGENCIES AND THE WRITERS GUILD OF CANADA
Praxis Magazine for Arts and Literature will be there to cover the event.
It is worth noting that Jude Idada has guest lectured at the Caroll University in Wisconsin, USA, York University in Toronto, Canada and the Mofilm/Unilever Sunlight Foundation Film Project in Lagos, Nigeria, alongside chairing several panels at International Film Festivals and writing for various magazines.
Jude Idada: Two Stories At A Time.