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African literary festivals you can attend in 2016

What a year 2015 was where African literary festivals were concerned. A record number showcased some of the coolest people and their writing in various spaces around on this rock that we live on. It looks like it’s not letting up as there are very many events for this year. Here are some of the events that you the book lover can check out some of your favourite author in your town. Please note that this is a work in progress and will be updated as and when information is availed to this blogger.


Event: Cairo International Book Fair 2016
Venue: Cairo, Egypt
Dates: 27th January to 10th of February


Event: Casablanca International Book Fair
Venue: Casablanca, Morocco
Dates: 12th February to 23rd February
Casablanca International Book Fair 2016 closes

Event: Cairo Literary Festival 2015
Venue: Cairo, Egypt
Dates: 13th February


Event: Alexandria Book Fair 2016
Venue: Alexandria, Egypt
Dates: 21st March to 3rd April
Report: Alexandrina International Book Fair 2016 looking back

Event: Tunis International Book Fair 2016
Venue: Tunis, Tunisia
March 27 to April 3

Event: Time of the Writer
Venue: Durban, South Africa
Dates: 14-19 March
On this blog: Time of the Writer 2016


Event: Rutanang Book Fair
Venue: Tlokwe, South Africa
Date: 25 – 27 April 2016.
Theme: Decolonising Literature.
Information: Twitter and Facebook.
Reports: Read our specialised page on the festival.


Event: Nigeria International Book Fair, Lagos, Nigeria
Venue: Multi-Purpose Halls of the University of Lagos, Akoka, Lagos State
Dates: May 9 – 14

Event: Franschhoek Literary Festival
Venue: Franschhoek, South Africa
Dates: 13-15 May
More info:

Event: Niyi Osundare Poetry Festival 2016
Venue: University of Ibadan, Nigeria
Date: May 19
Information: On this blog and the official website.


Event: Yaounde International Book Exhibition 2016
Venue: Yaounde, Cameroon
Dates: 2-6 June
Information: On Facebook and on this blog.

Event: The Tahrir Book Fair
Venue: AUC Tahrir Campus, Cairo, Egypt
Dates: 2-5 June

Event: Machakos Regional Book Fair
8-11th June
Information: To be confirmed

Event: South Africa’s Children Book Fair (SACBF)
Venue: The Birchwood Hotel, 14 View Point Road, Boksburg, Johannesburg.
Dates: 9 June
Information: The festival in 2016 was cancelled.


Event: South African Book Fair
Venue: Johannesburg, South Africa
Dates: 29-31 July

Event: Hargeysa International Book Fair 2016
Venue: Hargeysa, Somaliland
Dates: 23-28 July
On this blog: Hargeysa International Book Fair 2016


Event: Mogadishu International Book Fair
To be confirmed.
Information: Twitter and Facebook

Event: Ghana International Book Fair 2016
Venue: National Theater, Accra, Ghana
Dates: 18-20 August

Event: Nyanza Literary Festival
Venue: Kisumu
Dates: 26-27 August

Event: Film Mozambique
Venue: Mossuril
Dates:  19-22 August

Event: The Writivism Festival
Venue: Kampala, Uganda
Dates: 22 – 28 August
Information: Writivism

Event: Babishai Niwe Poetry Festival
Venue: Kampala
Dates: 24 – 26 August
Information: BN Poetry Award – A Society Immersed in Poetry


Event: Open Book Festival
Venue: Cape Town, South Africa
Dates: 7-11 September
More info:

Event: Storymoja Festival
Venue: Accra, Ghana
Dates: 21-25th September 2015

Event: Nairobi International Book Fair
Venue: Nairobi, Kenya
Dates: 21-25th September 2015


Event: International Book Fair of Algiers, SILA
Venue: Algiers, Algeria
Dates: 26th October – 5th November

Event: Khartoum International Book Fair
Venue: Khartoum, Sudan.
Dates: To be confirmed


Event: Lagos Arts and Book Festival 2016
Lagos, Nigeria
11-13 November

Event: International Book Fair of Dakar and teaching material (FILDAK)
Venue: Dakar, Senegal
Dates: To be confirmed.

Event: Ake Arts & Books Festival
Venue: Abeokuta, Ogun State, Nigeria
Dates: 15-19 November.

Event: LitFest Harare
Venue: Harare, Zimbabwe
Dates: To be confirmed

Event: International Book Fair in Ouagadougou
Venue: Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
Dates: To be confirmed


Event: Abantu Book Festival
Venue: Soweto, South Africa
Dates: 6-10 December

Event: Salon du livre de Brazzaville (Brazzaville Book Fair)
Venue: Brazzaville
Dates: To be confirmed.

Event: Ba re e ne re literary Festival
Venue: Maseru, Lesotho
Dates: To be confirmed.

5 replies on “African literary festivals you can attend in 2016”

[…] 2014 was a great year for Africa’s literature and a slew of festivals across the continent. So with the new year still upon us I figured that for planning purposes some of you would like to join in on the fun. Here is a list of events that will be happening in the next twelve months from the internet and from my own personal resources. If you feel that there is a festival missing please tell me and I will be happy to enter it or change the date. You can also check out the list of 2016 festivals. […]

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