Quramo Festival of Words 2023: Connecting the Dots in the literary world


The Quramo Festival of Words 2023 is set to captivate the literary community with its theme “Connecting the Dots.” This five-day extravaganza, to be held at the prestigious Eko Hotel and Suites in Lagos, promises to be a celebration of creativity, storytelling, and intellectual exchange.

A Multifaceted Celebration

The festival, scheduled from October 4 to October 8, 2023, boasts a diverse lineup of activities that cater to literature enthusiasts of all kinds. With 10 workshops on creative writing, six panel discussions, four engaging book author chats, a thrilling word slam contest, captivating film screenings, and an enthralling stage play, there’s something for everyone.

Distinguished Guests and Speakers

Qfest 2023 will be graced by esteemed guests, including the Irish Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Peter Ryan, and prominent filmmakers Femi Odugbemi and Jude Idada. The festival will also feature appearances by Morenike Olusanya, Yinka Davies, James Murua and Marc Breband, the Director of Alliance Francaise Lagos. These luminaries will bring their unique perspectives to the festival’s discussions and workshops.

Enriching Workshops and Conversations

The festival’s creative workshops will cover a wide range of topics. From “Self-Editing – How to Be Your First Editor” by Anwuli Ojogwu of the Society of Book and Magazine Editors of Nigeria (SBMEN) to “Writing to Get That Grant” with Linda Bembatoum, attendees will have the opportunity to enhance their writing skills. Dwin the Stoic, founder of St. Claire Records, will delve into “Writing for Music and Performance,” drawing from his extensive experience.

For visual artists and illustrators, Morenike Olusanya’s “Picture Book Illustrations for Children” workshop promises to be enlightening. Attendees will explore the world of creating art that resonates with young readers. Additionally, Abisola Alawode will lead a workshop on “Videography for Social Media and Content Marketing,” addressing the importance of video content creation in today’s digital landscape.

Exploring the Business of Writing

Day 2 will focus on the business side of writing with “Show Me The Money,” a workshop led by Kenyan blogger James Murua. Writers aspiring to make a career in the publishing industry will gain insights into building a successful path.

Jude Idada, an award-winning writer, will explore the world of “Scriptwriting — Adapting Book to Stage and Screen.” This workshop addresses the growing trend of adapting books into films and the skills required for this unique form of storytelling. Femi Odugbemi will follow up with “Best Practices for Book-to-screen Adaptation.”

Promoting Wellness for Creatives

The festival also recognises the importance of well-being for creative individuals. “Avoid the Block — Wellness for Creatives,” conducted by Oyinkan Talabi of BodyWorks Fitness, will provide valuable tips for maintaining physical and mental health in the creative industry.

Thought-Provoking Panel Discussions

Friday, October 6, will feature a series of engaging panel discussions. The opening ceremony keynote address will be delivered by Mr. Bada Akintunde-Johnson, Country Manager for Paramount and ViacomCBS Networks Africa, focusing on the festival theme “Connecting the Dots.” Attendees can look forward to insightful conversations with the top five shortlisted writers of the annual Quramo Writers’ Prize, moderated by journalist and researcher Feyi Ijimakinwa.

Exploring Cultural Identity

The festival will also explore themes of cultural identity and heritage. The panel “Nigeria & Ireland: Commonalities Amongst Former Colonies?” curated by the Irish Embassy, delves into the shared history and cultural connections between the two countries.

Preserving African Art and Culture

Another compelling panel, “Ancient African Art and Culture: The Looting, Return and Preservation,” addresses the crucial issue of preserving African artworks and documenting their history. Renowned art curators and historians will share their experiences and insights.

Celebrating Nigerian Cuisine

Culinary enthusiasts won’t be disappointed either, with “The Travelling Sauce: Cross Border Food Collaborations.” This panel will explore the potential for Nigerian cuisine to gain international recognition and join the ranks of world-renowned cuisines.

Artistic Expressions and Performances

The festival will also feature captivating artistic expressions, including a stage play titled “Our Story, Our Area” by Crown Troupe, which promises to be a vibrant tribute to Nigeria’s history. Additionally, attendees can look forward to a Siamsa evening hosted by the Irish Embassy, reminiscent of Nigeria’s “Tales by Moonlight” tradition.

A Grand Finale

The festival will conclude with a spectacular Quramo Writers’ Prize 2023 Award Unveiling ceremony. Attendees will witness the announcement of the winner, with a keynote address by the Director of Alliance Francaise, Lagos, and a musical presentation by Yinka Davies.

A Platform for Connection and Inspiration

The Quramo Festival of Words 2023 is set to be a platform where writers, artists, and intellectuals can connect, learn and be inspired. With its rich array of workshops, panel discussions, and artistic performances, this literary extravaganza promises to leave a lasting impact on the creative landscape of Nigeria and beyond.

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