The guests featuring at the Ake Arts and Book Festival 2020, which runs from October 22-25, have been announced today, August 24, 2020.
The Ake Arts & Book Festival, also known as the Ake Festival, has been running in Nigeria since 2012. Lovers of books and the arts have attended book readings, panel discussions, poetry recitals, film screenings, theatre, and music performances, and loads more.
For the 2020 edition, the shebang sponsored by Sterling Bank announced that as a result of the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic it will be happening online with the theme “African Time.” The organisers have today revealed that the will be over 700 artists, writers, poets, musicians, dancers, actors, filmmakers and thinkers coming together to dialogue and celebrate creativity on the African continent through panel discussions, art exhibitions, workshops, storytelling, book chats, poetry performances, a concert, stage play and unforgettable films.
Guests taking part come from all over the continent starting with Nigeria as well as from Algeria, Cameroon, Cote D’Ivoire, Djibouti, Egypt, Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Mali, Morocco, Namibia, Rwanda, South Africa, Uganda, and Zambia. Apart from these 16 African countries, there is participation from beyond our rock with artists from Canada, Brazil, France, Germany, Jamaica, United Kingdom, and the United States.
Taking part are artists who have won or been nominated for some of the biggest awards like the Nobel Prize, the Booker Prize, the Francois Augiéras Book Prize, the Kourouma Prize for African literature, the Emmy Awards, Caine Prize, and many others. Some of the guests are Wole Soyinka, Stella Nyanzi, Tayari Jones, Nicole Denise-Benn, Nnedi Okorafor, Petina Gappah, Thando Mgqolozana, Toni Kan, Afua Hirsch, Beata Umubyeyi Mairesse, Abubakar Adam Ibrahim, Chike Frankie Edozien, Dami Ajayi, Derek Owusu, D.Bi Young AnitaAfrika, Renee Edwige Dro, Fatoumata Diawara, Kadaria Ahmed, Kehinde Andrews, Kinna Likimani, Lebogang Mashile, Leyla Hussein, Louise Umutoni-Bower, Maaza Mengiste, Marlon James, Max Lobe, Molara Wood, Mohale Mashigo, Mukoma Wa Ngugi, Nakhane Toure, Musonda Mumba, Nana Darkoa Sekyiamah, Remy Ngamije, Sitawa Namwalie, Ukamaka Olisakwe, Victor Ehikhamenor, and Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor. You can see the whole contingent of those who will attend by clicking here.
The program will be revealed in due course.