It was a tweet out of the blue, and while I still can’t explain what pushed me to respond‎ to it, I’m mighty glad I did.

Give or take a few days, three years ago a random tweet brought me in contact with arguably the craziest bunch of book lovers ever. Right from the first meeting at Spurs, we struck a rhythm, I mean, I took to the gang like bread to aganyin beans, which was strange because I usually don’t bond that easy with new people. We had a common love of books (and for the most part, writing), we were open to fellowship and that was enough.

It’s been three years now since that first time, and I can only say the ride has been worth it. I have met and made friends, fantastic people whom I’ve shared love, laughter and even tears with. I’ve met helpers and enablers, people who push me to be better, and who daily challenge me to aspire to greatness. I’ve met people who make my eyes water with their humanity and who take my breath away with the depth and versatility of their talent.

I have met family.

Yes, we lost a few of the original crowd along the way (one permanently – RIP Safriyat), but life in line with its abhorrence of vacuums has brought even more interesting replacements. Three years on and we’re not even contemplating toning down on the congenial air of bibliophilic madness. Our love is waxing stronger and we’re just getting started on our march to bigger things in the literary world.

Come the 29th day of October 2017, Mainland Book Café (MBC) will be celebrating its third anniversary. Normally all we do is have fun at our monthly meetups, but come this Sunday, we plan to really turn it up a notch or two, or even more. Lined up as part of the program is a dissection of our book of the month (The Maestro, The Magistrate and The Mathematician by Tendai Huchu), Spoken word performances by various artists, Poetry, and readings from the works of some of our in-house authors (one of whom is my humble self).

There will also be giveaways, cake, lots of bonding and networking, discounted book sales, and the best part of it all – artic level chilled drinks and the world famous Bar enclave turkey. Even google knows what the deal is about that spicy treat, but if you don’t then it’s time to drop the ‘L’ and come find out. I can bet you won’t be the same afterward.

Join us as we celebrate our third anniversary and you’ll be glad you did. Don’t come alone, bring your friends and loved ones along. New members are also very welcome.

MBC is three, and the venue of the shindig is Bar Enclave, 1 Adeola Adeleye Street, off Coker Road, Ilupeju, Lagos. Time is 2.00 p.m. prompt.

I’ll be there, will you?

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