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

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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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Fantastical Futures | Ake Festival 2018 Will Focus on a Re-Imagined Africa

The 2018 Ake Arts and Book Festival theme is “Fantastical Futures.” Previously held in Abeokuta, the 2018 event will be moved to Lagos. It will last from October 24 – 27.  Founded in 2013 by Lola Shoneyin—Orange Prize-longlisted author of The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives, director of Book Buzz Foundation, founder of the publishing house Ouida Books, […]

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Heaven Is a Place South of Here | Kanyinsola Olorunninsola | Memoir

And because no man is permitted entry into heaven without a sacrifice of his own. . . the story of your journey to Ake. 1. Abeokuta was not all too welcoming in the way that glorious Meccas were meant to embrace pilgrims. Its austere collection of distinct brown roofs arranged in military fashion served as […]

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Photos | Ake Festival: Day 3 | Saraba’s Launch of Its First Print Issue

At the 2017 Ake Arts and Book Festival, Saraba magazine launched its first print issue. Themed Transitions, the issue features short fiction, reportage, travel writing, poetry, and photography. Its cover art is by Ojima Abalaka, whose artwork has appeared in The New York Times. Among the contributors are: 2014 Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poets winner Ladan Osman; […]

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Photos | Ake Festival: Day 2 | School Visitation

The 2017 Ake Arts and Book Festival took place from 14-18 November 2017, at Kuto Cultural Centre, Abeokuta. It featured a workshop, concerts, visits to secondary schools, a festival of short films, and of course, panels of writers, filmmakers and other thinkers discussing everything around the festival’s theme, “This F-Word”: feminism, men who write women […]

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Dr Stella Nyanzi Receives Oxfam Novib/PEN International Award for Freedom of Expression

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The Ugandan academic and gender and queer rights advocate Dr Stella Nyanzi has been awarded the 2020 Oxfam Novib/PEN International […]

Itiola Jones Joins 20.35 Africa Poetry Collective as an Editor

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The American Nigerian poet Itiola Jones has joined the 20.25 Africa: An Anthology of Contemporary Poetry collective as an editor. […]

After One Comes Ten | Golden Anurika Ahuachaogu | Poetry

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Somewhere in the north, above red earth and foils of prayers, the smell of wet henna fights to outlive the […]

Sumbua | Gloria Mari | Fiction

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BEATRICE WATCHES THE parking lot, her ornamental beads jingling. “Is Sumbua coming?” she asks her mother standing beside her. Her […]

Americanah TV Series: Chinonye Chukwu to Direct First Two Episodes, Corey Hawkins Joins Cast as Blaine

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Chinonye Chukwu, the Igbo-born director of last year’s Sundance award-winning film Clemency, will be directing the first two episodes of […]

Photos | Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Is the Inaugural Recipient of the ILFU Festival’s Belle van Zuylen ring

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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has been honoured with the inaugural Belle van Zuylen ring, an award by the ILFU International Literature […]

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