The program and guests for the Ake Arts and Book Festival 2023 to be hosted in Lagos, Nigeria from November 22 – 25, 2023 are now known. You can register to attend the Sterling Bank and Luminate-sponsored festival by clicking here.
The Ake Arts and Book Festival was founded by Lola Shoneyin in Nigeria in 2013. The festival with its unique offering of book readings, panel discussions, poetry recitals, film screenings, theatre, and music performances quickly became one of the must-attend events on the literary scene on the continent.
The guest list for the 2023 edition, which was for months shared bit by bit on social media, is now fully known. Writers, poets, academia, journalists, social media influencers, visual artists, filmmakers, publishers, and others in its ecosystem like distributors, editors, corporate executives, and others are set to engage in an action-packed program. They come from Nigeria, Kenya, South Africa, Trinidad and Tobago, Germany, the UK, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Tanzania, the USA, Rwanda, France, Cameroon, and other nations.
These guests include Abdulkareem Baba Aminu, Abi Ishola-Ayodeji, Abubakar Adam Ibrahim, Aisha Salaudeen, Alexandra Antwi-Boasiako, Ama Dadson, Amyn Bawa-Allah aka Lipgloss Mafia, Angela Wachuka, Anita Eboigbe, Ayanna Lloyd Banwo, Basiru Amuneni, Beata Umubyeyi Mairesse, Bolu Babalola, Buchi Onyegbule, Bisi Adjapon, Daniel Ehimen, Deborah Johnson, Delmwa Deshi – Kura, Dipo Faloyin, DK Nnuro, Edwige Dro, Elias Wondimu, Fadekemi Olumide-Aluko, Femi Adebayo, Gothataone Moeng, Hemley Boum, Ifedayo Agoro, Irene Muchemi-Ndiritu, Joseph Ike, Kelechi Okafor, Kinna Likimani, Kojo Koram, Latoya West-Blackwood, Lola Shoneyin, Maryam Laushi, Mkuki Bgoya, Muthoni Muiruri, Nnamdi Ehirim, Ojoma Ochai, Olaokun Soyinka, Olasupo Oyedepo, Olusegun Aganga, Oluwatofunmi Alo, Omolola Ogunyemi, Petina Gappah, Priya Hein, Ruona Meyer, Sandra Tamele, Sani Suleiman, Servio Gbadamosi, Stephen Buoro, Thabiso Mahlape, Tomilola Adeyemo, Victor Aghahowa, Wana Udobang, Wanjiru Koinange, William Tsuma, Wole Talabi, and Zukiswa Wanner.
On offer for the four days are book chats, panels, readings, film screenings, musical performances hosted by Ade Bantu, and the famous Palm Wine and Poetry event, hosted by Wana Udobang, which wraps up the whole shebang. Below is the festival program;
A reminder that you can register for the festival by clicking here.