Ibom Art and Book Festival

The Ibom Art and Book Festival, organised by the Inspire Community Network, will be hosted in Uyo, Nigeria from July 28-31, 2022.

In 2012, Nigerian Kate Ekanem started Kate Tales Foundation, an NGO, that promoted girls’ right to education and basic human right, women empowerment, and young writers’ development. The organisation did several events with a literary focus llike this event we covered here at JamesMurua.com in 2015.

In 2020, Kate Ekanem-Hannum, now based in the USA, changed the organisation’s name to the Inspire Community Network but they continued doing their empowerment work. The organisation is behind the newest festival in Nigeria; the Ibom Arts and Book Festival.

Festival Director and Curator Kate Ekanem-Hannum says of the new initiative, “If you’ve been shouting and no one is hearing. Ibom International Art and Book Festival is where you shout and someone stands and says, I hear you, and oh, I see you too. And wait, I see you for who you are not who I was told you are.“

The new festival promises poetry and spoken word events, workshops, musical performances, theatre events, book chats and panels, exhibitions, and loads more. Some of the invited guests will be Iquo DianaAbasi, Dzekashu MacViban, Michael Afenfia, Namse Udosen, Michelle Isaak, Joanne Joseph, and others.

The festival, to be hosted at the Ibom Hotel and Golf Resort, has the theme is “refine and reclaim The Artist and the Art.”

For more information on the festival and how to get tickets to attend, you can visit their official website by clicking here.