Bibi Bakare-Yusuf, Co-founder of Cassava Republic Press

Bibi Bakare-Yusuf, Co-founder of Cassava Republic Press

So when I heard African writers were convening at Ake, a small south-western town in Nigeria and home to Wole Soyinka, I thought I knew what to expect.

They were going to strut around saying a whole bunch of smart things about African literature and other serious matters. When they were not edifying audiences in workshops and panel sessions, they’d chat amongst themselves about African issues of world historical importance.

{A little bit of that happened, as I hear from the grape vine. Click HERE to get the scoop on the festival.}

What I didn’t expect is that they’d arrive in Ake with a bit of their inner fashionista, taking time out to pirouette before the camera all dressed and dolled up. 

Well, they did! With a colorful adire collage in the background, writers and other industry folks struck poses for Victor Ehikhamenor’s camera.

The result is this stunning burst of dazzling smiles and beautiful faces.

Enjoy and do share!

{This glam edition of photographs is a continuation of Brittle Paper’s exclusive coverage of the recently concluded Ake Arts and Books Festival, which took place November 18-22All images are courtesy Victor Ehikhamenor}

akefestival2014-ehikamenor-nnedi-okorafor

Nnedi Okorafor, Author of Lagoon

akefestival2014-ehikamenor-05

Naa-Ahiney

akefestival2014-ehikamenor-molara-wood

Molara Wood (wearing Ituen Bassey), Author of Indigo

akefestival2014-ehikamenor-hawa-golakai

Hawa Jande Golakai, Author of The Lazarus Effect

akefestival2014-ehikamenor-bantu

Ade Bantu, Musician

akefestival2014-ehikamenor-Beverley-Nambozo-Nsengiyunva

Beverley Nambozo, Author of Unjumping

akefestival2014-ehikamenor-bassey2

Bassey Ikpi, Poet

Ukamaka Olisakwe, Author of Eyes of a Goddess | Michael Peele, Author of Swamp Full of Dollars | Molara Wood

Ukamaka Olisakwe, Author of Eyes of a Goddess | Michael Peele, Author of Swamp Full of Dollars | Molara Wood

akefestival2014-ehikamenor-wainaina-binyavanga

Binyavanga Wainaina, Author of One Day I Will Write About This Place

Mukoma wa Ngugi, Author of Nairobi Black Star

akefestival2014-ehikamenor-toni-kan

Toni Kan, Author of Night of the Creaking Bed

akefestival2014-ehikamenor-dami-ajayi

Dami Ajayi, Poet

akefestival2014-ehikamenor-ayodele-Morocco-Clarke

Ayodele Morocco-Clarke, Writer

akefestival2014-ehikamenor-01

Vera Botterbusch, Writer, director, filmmaker and photographer

akefestival2014-ehikamenor-Sylva-Nze-Ifedigbo

Sylva Nze Ifedigbo, Author of The Funeral Did Not End

akefestival2014-ehikamenor-okey-ndibe

Okey Ndibe, Author of Foreign Gods, Inc and Olufemi Terry, 2010 Caine Prize Winner

akefestival2014-ehikamenor-zukiswa-wanner

Zukiswa Wanner, Author of Lodon, Cape Town, Joburg

akefestival2014-ehikamenor-pat-okigbo

Patrick O. Okigbo III, Principal Partner at Nextier Capital Limited

akefestival2014-ehikamenor-12

Abubakar Adam Ibrahim, Author of Whispering Trees

akefestival2014-ehikamenor-09akefestival2014-ehikamenor-10akefestival2014-ehikamenor-03
akefestival2014-ehikamenor-02akefestival2014-ehikamenor-08akefestival2014-ehikamenor-06akefestival2014-ehikamenor-04akefestival2014-ehikamenor-11

 

 

 

Click HERE to like Brittle Paper on Facebook

Click HERE to follow Brittle Paper on Twitter

Click HERE to follow Brittle Paper on Instagram

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

I hold a doctorate in English from Duke University and recently joined the Marquette University English faculty as an Assistant Professor. I love teaching African fiction and contemporary British novels. Brittle Paper is the virtual space/station where I play and experiment with ideas on how to reinvent African fiction and literary culture.

3 Responses to “African Writers Never Looked So Good! | See the Stunning Photo Shoot at Ake Arts and Book Festival” Subscribe

  1. Robert Atuhairwe 2014/12/04 at 10:20 #

    model writing could be a new genre

Trackbacks/Pingbacks

  1. Memories from Ake (i): Okey and the Students « ktravula – a travelogue! - 2014/12/03

    […] week, between November 18 and 22, writers and thinkers converged on Abeokuta for the second edition of the Ake Arts and Book Festival. It was also my second time of […]

  2. Hot of the Press: Read an Excerpt from HJ Golakai’s New Novel, The Score | NB - 2015/10/29

    […] Author image courtesy of Brittlepaper and Victor […]

Leave a Reply

I hold a doctorate in English from Duke University and recently joined the Marquette University English faculty as an Assistant Professor. I love teaching African fiction and contemporary British novels. Brittle Paper is the virtual space/station where I play and experiment with ideas on how to reinvent African fiction and literary culture.

Subscribe to Blog via Email

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Archives

The Three African Books on The NYT 100 Notable Books of 2016 List

ibrahim-abubakar-morland-3

The New York Times has released its prestigious 100 Notable Books of the Year list, and there are only three […]

Adichie Talks Dior, Paris, and Her Fashion Week Experience in New Interview with Elle.com

ibrahim-abubakar-morland-1

In October, Adichie sat front row at a Christian Dior fashion show in Paris and watched models strutting the run way […]

Adichie, Selasi, Teju Cole, and Others Share their Favorite 2016 Books

ibrahim-abubakar-morland-2

2016 is coming to an end and, as is their tradition, The Guardian UK has asked some of the globe’s top […]

The New Yorker Profiles Kenyan Online Bookseller Magunga Williams

magunga-williams-new-yorker

A LITTLE over a week ago, The New Yorker ran a story on Magunga Williams, Kenyan bookstore owner and blogger, […]

Life after Ake Festival Is a Drab Thing | By Ogbu Godwin Ikechukwu | A Memoir

Copy-of-Chinese

…but the powerful memories of Ake Festival, like a good old film, come at me, and I am too weak […]

Shortlist Announced for the 2016 Morland Writing Scholarship

ibrahim-abubakar-morland

Three months ago, we announced that The Miles Morland Foundation was accepting applications for a writer’s scholarship. The shortlist for […]