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 [email protected] 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

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