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An audience at the 2016 Ake Festival.

The 2017 Ake Arts and Book Festival is here.

Founded in 2013 by Lola Shoneyin, Orange Prize-longlisted author of The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives and director of Book Buzz Foundation, the Ake Arts and Book Festival is the biggest annual gathering of African literary writers, founders, editors, critics, readers, everybody on the continent. It is, quite simply, the Met Gala of African literature.

The festival is held in Abeokuta, and has proved quite the attraction for activists, musicians, dancers, actors, illustrators, and a range of artists and thinkers who storm the event to share their ideas and work. Here is information from their Website about the 2017 festival.

The fifth edition of Ake Arts and Book Festival will take place at the Arts and Cultural Centre, Kuto, Abeokuta on 14-18 November, 2017. This year’s theme is This F-Word and conversations will focus largely on creative women doing amazing things both on the African continent and beyond.

As part of our aim to develop, promote and celebrate creativity on the African continent, Ake Festival 2017 will feature 14 authors in 7 book chats, 1 art exhibition with 5 incredible female artists, 1 stage play, 1 in-depth interview, school visits, 14 stimulating panel discussions, 4 film screenings, 1 creative writing workshop, 1 music concert with 5 amazing women, a tour of historic sites and a night of poetry performance. Book-lovers and visitors will be thrilled by the range of affordable books at the Ake Festival Bookstore.

We will bring you information about the registration process and everything you need to know about participating. For now, you can check out some memoirs and photos from the festival over the years.

Read: Ake Festival Journal: Day 1 | Nmadiuto Uche

Read: Ake Festival Journal: Day 2 | Nmadiuto Uche

Read: Ake Festival Journal: Day 3 | Nmadiuto Uche

Read: How I Found My Greatness: Reflections on the 2016 Ake Arts and Book Festival | Nnamdi Ehirim

Read: Chronicles of Ake: A Firsthand Account from Nigeria’s Biggest Literary Festival

Read: Ake Festival 2016: A Musicaliterary Concert | Nmadiuto Uche

Read: My Ake Festival Video on the African Literary Scene is Out!

Read: African Writers Never Looked So Good! | See the Stunning Photo Shoot at Ake Arts and Book Festival

Read: President Obasanjo Hangs Out with Writers at Ake Festival

We look forward to this.

Visit the Ake Festival Website for more information.

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OTOSIRIEZE is a writer, literary journalist, former academic, and Deputy Editor of Brittle Paper. A judge for the 2019 Gerald Kraak Award, he is an editor at 14, Nigeria’s first queer art collective which has published two volumes: WE ARE FLOWERS and THE INWARD GAZE. He is the curator of ART NAIJA SERIES, a sequence of themed e-anthologies of writing and visual art exploring different aspects of Nigerianness: ENTER NAIJA: THE BOOK OF PLACES (October, 2016) focuses on cities in Nigeria; WORK NAIJA: THE BOOK OF VOCATIONS (June, 2017) focuses on professions in Nigeria. His fiction has appeared in The Threepenny Review and Transition, and has been shortlisted for the Miles Morland Writing Scholarship and the Gerald Kraak Award, both in 2016, and a Pushcart Prize in 2015. He attended the 2018 Miles Morland Foundation Creative Writing Workshop. He has completed a collection of short stories, YOU SING OF A LONGING, and is working on a novel. He is represented by David Godwin Associates literary agency. He combined history and literature at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka and taught English at Godfrey Okoye University, Enugu. When bored, the boy just Googles Rihanna. Find him at otosirieze.com, where he accepts editing and writing offers, or on Instagram or Twitter: @otosirieze.

6 Responses to “The 2017 Ake Arts and Book Festival Is Almost Here” Subscribe

  1. Tope Akintayo 2017/09/08 at 03:16 #

    We can’t wait. I hope to be there this year!

  2. Simzah 2017/09/09 at 07:38 #

    My first time and i cant wait to be there!

  3. John 2017/09/10 at 09:21 #

    Let me go’an sun-heat my bag, and clean my shoes.

    I am counting the days. 🙂

  4. Simeon Mpamugoh 2017/09/13 at 08:44 #

    It promises to be another fulfilled event

  5. Simeon Mpamugoh 2017/09/13 at 09:04 #

    This is one of the most exciting book and education tourism in Africa. Quote me!

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