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We Need New Critics – Observations from a panel at the Ake Festival

A literary festival panel can be a spectator sport. This was the case at the 2016 edition of the Ake Festival, Nigeria’s (and arguably Africa’s) most glamorous week-long arts and book gathering. ‘Glamorous’ because it attracts big names in literature, intellectuals, thinkers, not only from the continent but the world. Naturally, where stars are, admirers will follow.