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Ake Review is Accepting Submissions for its 2020 Edition

Ake Review is the annual publication of the Ake Arts and Book Festival. The publication is currently accepting submissions for their 2020 edition. The 2020 Ake Arts and Book Festival, which will be held online, is themed “African Time.” Writers are invited to submit poetry, fiction, non-fiction and visual art exploring the theme. The editors […]

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The 2020 Ake Arts & Book Festival Moves Online

The 2020 Ake Arts and Book Festival will now be held online. Themed “Black Magic,” the festival, which is in its eighth year, was earlier announced to be scheduled for Lagos, from 22 to 25 October. The massive change is in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the social-distancing protocols it necessitates. Ake Arts and […]

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Apply to Be Logistics Manager for Book Buzz Foundation, Ake Festival, & Kaduna Festival

Book Buzz Foundation, the NGO behind the Ake Arts and Book Festival and the Kaduna Arts and Book Festival, is looking for a Logistics Manager for its projects. Founded by the novelist Lola Shoneyin, Book Buzz Foundation promotes literacy through reading initiatives for children, creating new reading spaces, and organising cultural festivals in Nigeria. “We are […]

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The 2020 Ake Festival Is Themed #BlackMagic, to Focus on Political Memoirs & Children’s Writing

The Ake Arts and Book Festival has announced its 2020 theme: “Black Magic.” Founded in 2013 by BookBuzz Foundation director Lola Shoneyin, the festival is the biggest annual gathering of writers in the continent, with panels, performances, book launches, and film screenings taking place over four days. Supported by Sterling Bank, the 2020 showpiece, the […]

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Watch Lola Shoneyin Discuss Ake Festival on CNN’s African Voices

Lola Shoneyin was recently featured on CNN’s “African Voices: Changemakers,” in a video in which she discussed the essence of the Ake Arts and Book Festival, which she founded in 2013. Shoneyin’s running of the Ake Festival and its sister showpiece, the Kaduna Book and Arts Festival, coupled with her founding of the publishing press […]

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African Literary Digest: 101 Notable Pieces of 2018

It was inevitable: compiling a list as monstrous as this would consume time, cause a delay. But here we are. 2018 came with its own firsts and highs. A new major publishing house came on board: The Indigo Press, founded by the distinguished Zimbabwean editor and critic Ellah Allfrey. A new major magazine: Kabaka, dedicated to publishing queer-centered […]

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In Poetry: After LIPFest and Aké Festival, What Next for the Upcoming Nigerian Poet? | Ebenezer Agu 

The event corner of the Nigerian literary scene has again gone quiet after our two major literary festivals have come and passed. Aké Arts and Book Festival—in its sixth year—happened only four days before the Lagos International Poetry Festival—in its fourth year—both in Lagos. In the time that these festivals have existed, there has been […]

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Ake Festival 2018 Begins, Headlined by Nuruddin Farah, Featuring Paul Beatty, Nnedi Okorafor, Jennifer Makumbi, Frankie Edozien, Mona Eltahawy

The 2018 Ake Arts and Book Festival begins today. Themed “Fantastical Futures,” this year’s event, moved to Lagos from Abeokuta where it had always been held, will focus on a reimagined Africa and will last from October 24 – 27. The festival is headlined by Somali novelist Nuruddin Farah, whose newest, 14th novel is North of […]

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Video | Zimbabwean Novelist Tsitsi Dangarembga Released After Her Arrest on July 31

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Days after Zimbabwean novelist Tsitsi Dangarembga was longlisted for the Booker Prize, she was arrested while protesting. The arrest took […]

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