Last week was the Port Harcourt Literature Festival in the city of Port Harcourt in Nigeria. The highlight was of course the Africa 39 writers who were in town as part of the World Book Capital 2014 celebrations in the Nigerian coastal town.
Reports from the writers state that there are better organised festivals. The opening cocktail saw guests served soft drinks and snacks as their nourishment options for the evening. I don’t know about you but from what I know about those who write for fun and pay, they are very serious with their booze.
The festival wasn’t just about drinking juice at cocktails (we support healthy drinking alternatives) but sessions by many of the Africa 39 folks like Abubakar Adam Ibrahim, Okwiri Oduor, Clifton Gachagua, Rotimi Babatunde, Tope Folarin, Lola Shoneyin, Zukiswa Wanner, Hawa Jande Golakai, Mehul Gohil… the whole list of the gang can be found here.
Lovers of the written word could see their favorite writers decked in the white T-shirts of the festival with the jumping dolphins walk, talk, breath and other things that proved that they are human too.
Here are images from the festival courtesy of our friends Mehul Gohil of the Jalada Africa writing collective. You can check out the whole album that Mehul took at the following Facebook page. There are also a few other photo people here who are captioned appropriately like Stanley Gazemba and Nana Brew-Hammond.