Another day, another African literary festival. This time round the host is Makurdi the capital of the state Benue in Nigeria and the festival is the Sevhage Literary Festival. The Sevhage Literary Festival is organised by the Sevhage Imprint of Vershage Publishers. These are also the folks behind Sevhage Reviews that publication we all love so much.
The festival will be happening from 16th to 17th October at the Ejja Hotels & Suites, KM 4, Gboko Road, Bhd Redeemed Church, Makurdi, Benue State. The theme is “Making Words Count ft Panels, Critique Sessions, Spoken Word, Performances.”
So who is on the line up? Its not a bad one to be honest. Confirmed guests include Chijioke Amu-nnadi, Maria Ajima, Dul Johnson, Bash Basiru Sunday Amuneni, Servio Gbadamosi, Saddiq M Dzukogi, Kukogho Iruesiri Samson (KIS), Seun Odukoya, Daisy Odey, Andrew Patience, Andrew Aondosoo Labe, Paul Liam Ene Odaba, Ogun Da Silva Romeo Oriogun, Otene Ogwuche Debbie Iorliam, Sibbyl Whyte, Eugene Odogwu, Tj Benson Celina Kile Sam Ogabidu Pever X, Sewe Leah Ortserga Maik, Anselm Ngutsav, Oko Owi Ocho [AFRICA], Gai Cliff Oryinasha, Ter Samuel, Terseer Baki, Oklobia Hilary and Su’eddie Vershima Agema. Many East Africans will remember Chijioke Amu-nnadi and Saddiq M Dzukogi from their turn at the Writivism Festival in Kampala, Uganda earlier in the year.
So what will you likely be doing when you are there? On the days leading to it guests following the festival theme of ‘making words count’ do several things. They will visit at state and national libraries, go to the medium security prison to donate books and also talk to the people. They will also visit schools and orphanages.
On the days of the festival there will feature panel discussions, critique sessions as well as feature performances.
The festival will also have some e-books launched in the tradition of book events.
If this looks like your kettle of fish (I wanted to talk about your kettle of gari but I’m afraid I might use the term inappropriately) then Makurdi, Nigeria is the place for you next week.
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