The Quramo Festival of Words, or QFest 2020, with the theme “Creativity Reset: The Future of Words” streams from Lagos, Nigeria and other cities from October 2-4, 2020.
In December 2019, the first edition of a new literary festival called the Quramo Festival of Words was hosted in Lagos, Nigeria. It was a celebration of the written word with Lagosians treated to masterclasses, book readings, workshop discussions, film, theatre, and an open mic. It ended with Vivian Onyekachi Ibe announced as the winner of the Quramo Writers Prize 2019.
The second edition of the festival is set to happen in October and like everyone else dealing with a global pandemic will be happening virtually. Just like in 2019, festival organisers have laid out workshops, conversations, panel discussions, film and documentary screenings, book chats, and open mic performances for those who attend. The Quramo Writer’s Prize 2020 winner will also be revealed from the longlist announced on September 2.
This year’s theme — Creativity Reset: The Future of Words — is a reflection of the unprecedented times we are navigating as the world resets and begins to rebuild, post the pandemic. They will explore and investigate the social, cultural, and political implications of this new world on the future of African arts and literature. Some of the writers who will stream from cities around the world will be Jude Idada, Oyinkan Braithwaite, Abi Dare, Joan Thatiah, Sulaiman Addonia, Sada Malumfashi, Logan February, among others. There will also be a workshop on Self-editing for Writers conducted by Ukamaka Olisakwe.
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Below are some personalities you could see or activities you can expect to take part in at the festival.