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Ake Festival 2017; A Photo Essay

The Ake Arts and Book Festival is one of Africa’s biggest literary festivals. It takes place in Abeokuta, Nigeria. The 2017 edition was themed “This F- Word” and was headlined by Ama Ata Aidoo and focused on women in various fields of the creative industry, from film to literature.



The F-Word

From 14th to 18th November, artists from all over the world congregated in Abeokuta, Oyo state for the fifth Ake Arts and Book Festival, organised by Lola Shoneyin. The theme ‘This F- Word’ was headlined by Ama Ata Aidoo and focused on women in various fields of the creative industry from film to literature.



Opening night with Celeste Photo: TJ Benson


Visitors perusing Ake Festival bookstore for spoils Photo: TJ Benson


Visitors awaiting the start of the opening ceremony Photo: TJ Benson


Geoff Ryman in conversation with Nnedi Okorafor and another guest Photo: TJ Benson


Arrival of Ama Ata Aidoo Photo: TJ Benson


Deputy Governor of Ogun State Mrs. Yetunde Onanuga with Festival Director Lola Shoneyin Photo@ TJ Benson


Olutimehin Adegbeye, Enajite Efumuaye and Adebola Rayo Photo: TJ Benson


Portion of Ake Festival Guests with Dzekashu Macviban and Sada Malumfashi Photo: TJ Benson


Mona Eltahawy


Halima Aliyu


Saraba team at magazine launch; Dami Ajayi and Emmanuel Iduma Photo: TJ Benson


Howard Meh-Buh Maximus reading from work at the Cross Country Conversations Panel Photo: TJ Benson


Sara Blecher, Tope Oshin, Arit Okpo and Jade Osiberu talking film making Photo: TJ Benson


Ankara shop


Yvonne Owuor and Ayobami Adebayo in a book chat moderated by Dami Ajayi Photo: TJ Benson


Some visitors escaped to a palmwine garden Photo: TJ Benson


Some members of the Afro-Sci-fi community after a brief brainstorming session Photo: TJ Benson


Lola Shoneyin and Hadiza Elrufai during the Ouida book launch Photo: TJ Benson


Molara Wood interviewing Ama Ata Aidoo in the last event for the festival Photo: TJ Benson