The fourth edition of the Ake Arts and Book Festival 2016 comes up next month in Abeokuta with the theme, ‘Beneath the skin.’
According to the organisers, the festival will “hosts an outstanding roster of writers, thinkers, artists, filmmakers, musicians, book lovers and art enthusiasts” between 15th and 19th November 2016 at the Arts and Culture Centre, Kuto, in the Ogun state capital.
Headlining the event is Kenyan writer, Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o, who will sit in conversation with Okey Ndibe about his life and works and will also talk about his latest book – Birth of a Dream Weaver.
In addition, there will be nine book chats which will feature 18 authors like Alain Mabanckou, Helon Habila, Laila Lalami, Petina Gappah, Teju Cole, Panashe Chigumadzi, Tendai Huchu, Chinelo Okparanta, Noviolet Bulawayo, Jowhor Ile, Sarah Ladipo Manyika, Odafe Atogun, Tade Thompson, Toni Kan and many more.
“In our 12 stimulating panel discussions where we will engage both new voices and established ones, we will focus on identities, race, gender, mental health in fiction, the rise and fall of African economies. We will also explore exciting genres such as erotica, horror fiction, and prison stories,” a statement released by the organisers said.
There will also be two art exhibitions, featuring the works of Laolu Senbanjo whose “Sacred Art of the Ori” featured on Beyonce’s latest album Lemonade; and Fatima Abubakar who captures the lives of the people of Borno State in a stunning series of photographs.
There will also be an acoustic music concert with Brymo, Falana, Adunni and Nefertiti; a festival film (Hissene Habre: A Chadian tragedy) and three short films (A Mother’s Journey by Sade Adeniran, No Good Turn by Udoka Oyeka and Salt by Umar Turaki) will also be screened.
Attendees also have the choice of participating in three workshops: Fiction Writing with Noviolet Bulawayo, Helon Habila and Sarah Ladipo Manyika; Script-Writing with Inya Lawal and Victoria Thomas of The Story Republic; and Graphic Short Stories with Sebastian Loerscher. There would also be poetry performances by Titilope Sonuga, Lebo Mashile, Ogaga Ifowodo, Micheal Kelleher and Dike Chukwumerije.
“In collaboration with Gbagyi Child Entertainment, Ake Festival brings you the stage adaptation of The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives. This unmissable play, directed by Femi Elufowoju Jr, will feature an incredible cast of siners and Tickets for this event can be purchased here,” the statement said.