One of the world’s largest annual gatherings of African writers, editors, critics and readers in the world Ake Arts and Books Festival, is set to hold virtually for the second time, from October 28th – 30th, 2021 due to COVID-19 pandemic.
This year’s edition is themed: ‘Generational Discordance’. The three-day cultural and literature-focused event features literary discourses, book chats, panel discussions, performances, documentaries from African and international Creative writers and artists.
Since its inception in 2013, the Aké Arts and Book Festival has featured established and budding writers from the African continent and its global diaspora with a view to promoting, developing and celebrating creativity, culture and the arts on the African continent. In 2018, the festival, which started in Abeokuta, Ogun State relocated to Lagos.
The Aké Arts and Books Festival is one of the initiatives of the Book Buzz Foundation Nigeria which was founded by the award-winning writer and poet Lola Shoneyin in 2013, Supported by Sterling Bank Plc since 2018.
According to the director, “the Internet has exposed generational differences in almost every area of our lives on the African continent. From relationships, love and marriage; spirituality and religion; gender and feminism to politics and activism, the differences in perspective are glaring. Where earlier generations of Africans are anchored to their cultural identities, our younger compatriots see themselves as a part of a globalised world.”
“It is easy to assume that our aspirations are poles apart but they are not. Africa cannot afford the luxury of endless culture wars. We must eschew the sensationalism and divisive influence of digital algorithms and find a more harmonious continental rhythm that allows us to talk to, and not past, each other.”
Some of the book discussions will be Bring Back Our Girls by Drew Hinshaw and Joe Parkinson; Lionheart Girl by Yaba Badoe; His Only Wife by Peace Medie; Formation: The Making of Nigeria from Jihad to Amalgamation by Fola Fagbule and Feyi Fawehinmi; Prince of Monkeys by Nnamdi Ehirim; When the Sky is Ready The Stars Will Appear by EC Osondu and The Sex Lives of African Women by Nana Dorkoa Sekyiamah; and The Teller of Secrets by Bisi Adjapon.
Apart from the intergeneration conversations, panel discussions will focus The African Crime-writing, Conspiracy theories and Healthcare; Disability rights, repatriating Africa’s stolen treasures and a discussion moderated by Harper Collins’s (UK) Nancy Adimora which explores Of This Our Country, a new collection of essays and reflections by 24 Nigerian writers.
The Life and Times Series will feature Booker-Prize shortlisted author Maaza Mengiste, in conversation with newly crowned 2021 Nobel Laurette, Tanzanian author and headliner, Prof Abdulrazak Gurnah.
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