The Aké Arts and Book Festival, a celebration of literature, art and culture, is expected to reach new heights on Friday, November 24. The day is expected to be filled with engaging book chats, insightful panel discussions, a thrilling games night, and a musical crescendo.
The first of the book chats will feature Ayanna Lloyd Banwo, author of When We Were Birds and Wole Talabi, the creative mind behind Shigidi and the Brass Head of Obalufon. Hosted by Abdulkareem Baba Aminu, the session will delve into the worlds created by these talented writers.
This is slated for 10 am -11 am.
Following this, a thought-provoking panel discussion exploring The Impact of Artificial Intelligence on Africa with esteemed speakers Olasupo Oyedepo, Ojoma Ochai and Sani Suleiman, hosted by Olaokun Soyinka, will share insights on the intersection of technology and the continent’s future.
As the literary journey continues, Stephen Buoro, author of The Five Sorrowful Mysteries of Andy Africa and DK Nnuro, the creative mind behind What Napoleon Could Not Do, engage in a dynamic book chat hosted by Muthoni Muiruri.
Gothataone Moeng takes the stage in another captivating book chat, presenting Call and Response, while Omolola Ijeoma Ogunyemi shares her insights on Jollof Rice and Other Revolutions. The session, hosted by Alexandra Antwi-Boasiako, explores the diverse narratives within African literature.
A crucial dialogue unfolds in the subsequent panel discussion titled Towards a Sustainable Publishing Industry in Africa featuring William Tsuma, Servio Gbadamosi and Lola Shoneyin. To be hosted by Wanjiru Koinange, it is to focus on the challenges and opportunities for the continent’s publishing landscape.
Kelechi Okafor, author of Edge of Here and Abubakar Adam Ibrahim, the creative force behind When We Were Fireflies, will take centre stage in a riveting book chat hosted by Zukiswa Wanner.
The literary exploration is to culminate in a lively *Games Night – The African Book Quiz, hosted by Omotoke Solarin-Sodara, bringing festival attendees together for an evening of intellectual fun.
Closing the night on a melodious note, the renowned band BANTU takes the stage for Music – BANTU Plays the Classics. Hosted by Lola Shoneyin, the musical performance is set to add a vibrant rhythm to the Aké Arts and Book Festival, leaving participants eagerly anticipating the days to come.