“I write what I like”: Aké Arts & Book Festival 2016 in Abeokuta, Nigeria

‘The fourth incarnation of the Aké Arts & Book Festival took place 15-19 November 2016, in Abeokuta, Nigeria, the birthplace of Wole Soyinka, and shares a name with Soyinka’s classic memoir of his childhood, Aké.’

AiW Guest: Nathan Suhr-Sytsma

akefest2The fourth incarnation of the Aké Arts & Book Festival took place 15-19 November 2016, in Abeokuta, Nigeria, the birthplace of Wole Soyinka, and shares a name with Soyinka’s classic memoir of his childhood, Aké. The festival is the brainchild of Lola Shoneyin, who capably directs it with the support of a small team of dedicated staff and two dozen student volunteers from across Nigeria. The week began with workshops in fiction writing, graphic stories, and script-writing for a select number of participants, kicking off for the rest of us on Thursday morning. Aké brings together dozens of guests, primarily creative writers from Nigeria and other African countries, but also academics, filmmakers, and other kinds of creative intellectuals, along with a couple hundred attendees, most of them young Nigerians—aspiring writers and/or book lovers.

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