Watch the 2017 Ake Arts & Book Festival Panel Sessions & Book Chats | @AkeFestival

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


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


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