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Ake Arts and Book Festival kicks off in Abeokuta, Nigeria

The five-day Ake Arts and Book Festival an annual literary festival held in Abeokuta, Nigeria kicks off today. This year’s theme is Beneath This Skin and conversations will focus on identity, race and individuality, with a lengthy guest list, which includes, distinguished Professor, renowned writer, and literary icon Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o, Okey Ndibe, Nana Darkoa Sekyiamah, Lidudumalingani, Noviolet Bulawayo, Panashe Chigumadzi, Zukiswa Wanner, Udoka Oyeka, among others.

The Ake festival is five days of cultural immersion, where novelists, poets, dancers, actors, illustrators, activists, musicians, artists and thinkers storm the historic city and share their work and their ideas.

The fourth edition of Ake Arts and Book Festival starts today (November 15) at the Arts and Cultural Centre, Kuto, Abeokuta runs until the19th of November.

This year’s theme is Beneath This Skin and conversations will focus on identity, race and individuality. The festival will also be looking at erotica, prison stories and horror fiction coming out of Africa.

The festival will also serve as an important marketplace for young up-and-coming authors, and aspiring writers to meet and liaise with leading artists, writers, poets, academics, and performers to inspire dialogue.

Highlights of the festival will include several workshops, panel discussions, poetry discussions and recitals, presentations, and other events focused on African authors.

This year's theme is Beneath This Skin Photo: Ake Festival
This year’s theme is Beneath This Skin Photo: Ake Festival

Ake Festival 2016 will feature 18 authors in 9 book chats, 2 art exhibitions, 1 stage play, 1 in-depth interview, school visits, 12 stimulating panel discussions, 5 film screenings, 4 creative workshops, 1 music concert, a tour of historic sites and a night of poetry performance.

Book-lovers and visitors will have an opportunity to explore the range of affordable books at the Ake Festival Bookstore.

This year’s edition promises to be quite engaging, with a lengthy guest list, which includes, distinguished Professor, renowned writer, and literary icon Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o, Okey Ndibe

Nana Darkoa Sekyiamah, Lidudumalingani, Noviolet Bulawayo, Panashe Chigumadzi, Tendai Huchu, Zukiswa Wanner, Udoka Oyeka, among others.

If you are in #Abeokuta, this is an event that you can’t afford to miss out on. You can also follow the conversation on the Ake Arts and Book Festival’s social media (twitter) accounts.

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