September 28, 2023

The Aké Arts & Book Festival brings poets, musicians, actors, filmmakers, artists and thinkers together to  celebrate creativity.

By Editor

The 2022 edition of the Aké Arts and Book Festival is scheduled to be held from Thursday the 24th to Saturday the 26th of November, 2022. This year, the festival themed “Homecoming,” will be held in Lagos, Nigeria.

Now in its tenth year, the Festival has brought over 1000 writers, poets, musicians, actors, filmmakers, artists, and thinkers together to celebrate creativity. It includes panel discussions, book chats, poetry, and music. 

Introduced in 2013 by Nigerian writer, Lola Shoneyin, the Aké Arts & Book Festival was hosted in the town of Abeokuta and brought writers from across Nigeria and Africa in panels, readings, poetry events, and book launches.

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Ake Arts and Book Festival

Some of the headliners over the years have been Wole Soyinka, Niyi Osundare, Ngugi wa Thiong’o, Ama Ata Aidoo, Nuruddin Farah, Tsitsi Dangarembga, and Abdulrazak Gurnah.

The festival also offers poetry contests, as well as a publication of its magazine, The Aké Review.

Notable guests for this year’s festival include Nnedi Okorafor, Francesca Ekwuyasi, Abake Adenle, Nokuthula Mazibuko Msimang, Wole Talabi, Stephen Embleton, Tunde Onakoya, Hadiza El-Rufai, Nnamdi Ehirim, Toni Kan, MI Abaga, Tendai Huchu, Zukiswa Wanner, and others.

Register here for the 2022 event.

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