Ake Festival 2022

The artists who will take part in Ake Arts & Book Festival 2022 which runs in Lagos, Nigeria from November 24-26, 2022 are now known. Guests are asked to register for the festival.

The Ake Arts & Book Festival, popularly known as the Ake Festival, has been running in Nigeria since 2012. Lovers of books and the arts attend book readings, panel discussions, poetry recitals, film screenings, theatre and music performances, and lots more over the week of the festival. On July 12, the team organising the festival announced the theme for the year as “Generational Discordance” and the dates to be October 28-30.

In October, the headliner was revealed to be Véronique Tadjo. Since then, the featured guests have been shared by the organisers of the festival via social media and any bibliophile would be excited to engage them. These are writers, thinkers, and others from across the African literary community on the continent and the diaspora from countries from Botswana to Trinidad and Tobago and everywhere in between. These artists include Abake Adenle, Abdulkareem Baba Aminu, Abdulrazak Gurnah, Abosede George-Ogan, Abubakar Suleiman, Adedotun Eyinade, Aisha Babalakin, Aiwanose Odafen, Alexandra Antwi-Boasiako, Ama Dadson, Amyn Bawa-Allah, Angela Wachuka, Bisi Adeleye-Fayemi, Bisi Adjapon, Blessing Musariri, Celeste Mohammed, Cheryl Ntumy, Chimeka Garricks, Ciku Kimeria, Delmwa Deshi-Kura, Derek Owusu, Deyemi Okanlawon, Elohor Egbordi, Femi Elufowoju jr, Francesca Ekwuyasi, Hadiza El-Rufai, Hafiz Bayero, Hauwa Saleh Abubakar, Howard French, Ifedayo Agoro, Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi, Jola Ayeye, Joseph Ike, Kadaria Ahmed, Kenanao Phele, Khadija Bajaber, Kinna Likimani, Kojo Koram, Kovie Biakolo, Kunle Ajibade, Lebogang Mashile, Leye Adenle, Leyla Hussein, Logain Ali, M.I Abaga, Maryam Bukar, Mohale Mashigo, Moyosola Olowokure, Nana Darkoa Sekyiamah, Nelson Abbey, Nnamdi Anyadu, Nnamdi Ehirim, Nnedi Okorafor, Nokuthula Mazibuko Msimang, Odeh Friday, Oluwadamilare Falowo, Omotoke Solarin-Sodara, Ruby Goka, Ruona Meyer, Seindemi Olobayo, Shaffy Bello, Stephen Embleton, Tade Ipadeola, Tamar Nandul, Tendai Huchu, Tim Cocks, Tunde Onakoya, Tunji Lardner, Umar Turaki, Wanjiru Koinange, Wole Talabi, Yomi Adedeji, Yusuf Balogun, and Zukiswa Wanner.

We surmise that the Ake Festival figured if they are doing the last dance, they might as well go out with a bang. For those who want to attend the festival, we recommend that you register for the events in Lagos by clicking here.