The Ake Arts & Book Festival is a five-day cultural immersion showcasing 100 novelists, poets, dancers, actors, illustrators, activists, musicians, artists and thinkers in the historic city of Abeokuta, Ogun State, in Nigeria.
The fifth edition was themed ‘This F-Word’ and focused on the challenges, journeys and triumphs of African women, while exploring a range of feminist perspectives. Held at the Arts and Cultural Centre in Kuto, Abeokuta, from November 14-18, 2017, the festival featured 12 authors in 6 book chats, 1 art exhibition with 5 talented female artists, 1 stage play, 2 storytelling sessions, 1 in-depth interview, school visits, 12 stimulating panel discussions, 5 film screenings, 1 musical concert with 5 talented women, a tour of historic sites and a night of poetry performance.
Watch some key panel sessions and a few book chats:
Silence the Silence: How We Discuss Rape in Africa
Disrupting Culture: Women in Politics
Talking Sexual Violence: Victims & Violation
What’s New in African Feminism
Feminism Across Borders
Women and Spirituality
What Are Africans Doing
A FEW BOOK CHATs
Authors Alexis Okeowo, Dayo Olopade hosted by Lamide Akintobi
Authors Hadiza El-Rufai, Zinzi Clemmons hosted by Kinna Likimani
Authors Nnedi Okorafor, Diane Awerbuck hosted by Geoff Ryman
Authors Olumide Popoola, Mohammed Mashigo hosted by Kola Tubosun
Photo Credit: Ake Arts & Book Festival