The 2nd Annual Ake Arts and Book festival holds 18th-22nd November in Abeokuta, Ogun State. The festival features five days of book chats, panel discussions, school visits, art exhibitions, art performances, competitions, book sales, dances, films, and much more.The first edition of the festival took place at the June 12 Cultural Centre in Kuto, Abeokuta.
This year’s theme is ‘Bridges and Pathways’ aimed at ‘building bridges between Africa peoples, especially along language, ethnic and gender lines, and charting new paths with the aim of creating synergy and cultural cross fertilisation on the African Continent’ The festival unveils its list of 77 guests which includes: Former president of Nigeria Olusegun Obasanjo; Nobel Laureate, Wole Soyinka, Producer/Actor/Director, Adekunle Ayodeji Afolayan , Winner of the Wole Soyinka Prize for African Literature, Nnedi Okorafor, Radio Presenter, Wana Udobang, Executive Director of Alliances for Africa Iheoma Obibi among others. The festival will feature 13 panel discussions on "Teacher, Don't Teach me Nonsense": Taming Colonial Tongues,” “Poisonous Gas: The Crude Politics of Oil in Africa” to "Writing Back/ Writing Forward: Representations of Africa in New Fiction” involving a host of Nigerian and international authors, thinkers, researchers and academics. Also, three documentaries made by Yaba Badoe, Barnaby Phillips and Heinrich Böll will be screened. The Ake Arts and Book Festival is organised by Book Buzz Foundation; a non-governmental organisation founded by teacher and writer, Lola Shoneyin and targeted at promoting literacy, especially amongst children of school-going age. Click here to learn more.