Quramo Festival of Words 2023

Quramo Festival of Words 2023, QFEST 2023, starts on October 4.

The Quramo Festival of Words or QFest 2023 will be hosted in Lagos, Nigeria from October 4 – 8, 2023. This year’s theme is “Connecting The Dots.”

The Quramo Festival of Words was first hosted by Quramo Publishing in Lagos, Nigeria in December 2017. Lagosians were treated to masterclasses, book readings, workshop discussions, film, theatre, and an open mic. Since then, there have been five editions including a virtual edition in 2020 and physical versions in 2021 and 2022.

The 2023 edition is set to be hosted at Eko Hotels & Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos in the first week of October starting on Wednesday the 4th until the 8th. The theme for this year is “Connecting The Dots”, a subject that brings opportunities for creatives and stakeholders in film, literature, theatre, and publishing among other players in the creative and media spaces to interact, identify and explore likely collaborations across borders.

According to the convener, Gbemi Shasore, the ability to build bridges where there are none remains the goal. “The recent departure of key players in the Nigerian creative industries to other climes provides a major opportunity for cross-continental collaborations and high-level export of cultural values and literature. At Quramo, we remain committed to our vision to equip creatives for the expansion of the creative industries while fostering visibility for literary works that mirror real Nigerian and African experiences. QFEST is an annual celebration of these unique stories, conversations, and cultural perspectives,” she said.

Some of the speakers and panellists for this five-day event include Femi Odugbemi, Yahaya Maikori, Adedotun Eyinade (RovingHeights), Anwuli Ojogwu (Society of Book and Magazine Editors of Nigeria), Ghanian novelist Kobby Ben Ben, Kenyan literary blogger James Murua, Irish Ambassador to Nigeria Peter Ryan, Kemi Ogunleye, Yinka Davies, Dwin the Stoic, Morenike Olusanya, and more.

Guests will be treated to book chats, masterclasses, expert-led panel sessions, spoken word poetry and stage plays. The word slam open mic competition with a cash prize remains one to look forward to. The highlight of QFest 2023 is the unveiling of the Quramo Writers Prize winner who gets a publishing deal and a cash prize worth millions of naira. The longlist for this year was revealed on August 27. Some of the previous winners have been Samuel Monye (2017), Michael Emmanuel (2018), Vivian Onyekachi Ibe (2019), Kadiri Alex (2020), Akinnimi Akintomiwa Oluwaseun (2021), and Ibrahim Babatunde Ibrahim (2022).

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