The Ake Festival 2018 theme and dates have been announced by the organisers. The festival will be happening in Lagos, Nigeria from October 24-27, 2018.
The Ake Arts & Book Festival popularly known as the Ake Festival was born in 2012 as a production of the Lola Shoneyin led Bookbuzz Foundation in Abeokuta, Nigeria. From humble beginnings, the festival has gone on to become one of the most recognised brands on the African literary circuit. It has done this with a combination of passion and savvy management.
Festival headliners in years that the events have been happening include Wole Soyinka, Niyi Osundare, Ngugi Wa Thiong’o, and Ama Ata Aidoo. The authors who had attended the festival is a veritable who’s who of the African literary pantheon from the length and breadth of the continent and further afield. They include Alain Mabanckou, Helon Habila, Laila Lalami, Teju Cole, Panashe Chigumadzi, Tendai Huchu, Chinelo Okparanta, Noviolet Bulawayo, Jowhor Ile, Sarah Ladipo Manyika, Odafe Atogun, Tade Thompson, Toni Kan, Ayọ̀bámi Adébáyọ̀, Brymo, Dami Ajayi, Diekara Oloruntoba, Diran Olojo, Emmanuel Iduma, Esther Armah, Femi Oyebode, Giles Foden, Haneefah Adam, Ifeoma Chukwuogo, Isabella Akinseye, Ishmael Beah, Jekein Lato-Unah, Joy Bewaji, Kadaria Ahmed, Kinna Likimani, Kobina Graham, Kola Tubosun, Koleka Putuma, Maïmouna Jallow, Marta Calestino, Marvellous Micheal, Maryam Awaisu, Mazi Nwonwu, Modé Aderinokun, Molara Wood, Nnedi Okorafor, Odafe Atogun, OluTimehin Adegbeye, Poetra Asantewa, Samira Sanusi, Sara Blecher, Toni Kan, Tope Oshin, Wana Udobang, Yolanda Mercy, Yvonne Owuor, Zinzi Clemmons, and Zukiswa Wanner.
Apart from authors, the festival has included many film screenings, art exhibitions, concerts, stage plays, and a lot more cultural activity making the assertions of it being an arts festival valid.
The festival organisers announced earlier in the year that they would be moving their festival from the quiet town of Abeokuta to the shining light of Lagos. Yesterday they tweeted that the theme for the festival this year is ‘Fantastical Futures’. They promised to share the programme with us all. We can’t wait.