The Ake Arts and Book Festival, a ‘four days cultural immersion’ was hosted in Lagos from the 25th to the 28th of October, 2018. The festival which usually took place in Abeokuta, Ogun State will now be taking place in Lagos. We bring you pictures from the festival. Book festivals around the continent play an important role in promoting reading culture, but asides that, it is a good opportunity to meet writers you admire.

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Michael Donkor and Chibundu Onuzo in a book chat at the 2018 Ake Arts and Book Festival hosted by Arit Okpo.

 

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Kenyan novelist Peter Kimani, the author of Dance of the Jakaranda in a book chat with South African novelist Niq Mhlongo, author of Affluenza; hosted by South African writer Zukiswa Wanner.

 

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The panel on The Fear of Queer was hosted by Timehin Adegbeye.

 

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Chitra Nagarajan, Timehin Adegbeye, Azeernah Mohammed and Eoghosa Osunde at a panel discussion called The Fear of Queer.

 

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A participant holding Paul Beatty’s The Sellout.

 

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Paul Beatty, American author of The Sellout, and the first American writer to win the Man Booker Prize signing a copy of his book at the Ake Arts and Book Festival.

 

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Jamaican novelist Nicole Dennis-Benn at the Ake Arts and Book Festival with a fan holding her book Here Comes the Sun.

 

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Chike Frankie Edozien, the author of Lives of Great Men speaks in a book chat with Betty Irabor, author of Dust to Dew, hosted by Olaokun Soyinka.