Ake Festival Book Store
With a fantastic array of books at affordable prices, our bookstore caters to the needs of guests, visitors, book-buyers, retailers, school goers, university students, book-lovers and the general public. Because of our partnerships with local and international publishing houses, our prices are very competitive and you’ll find books that cut across genres, themes and subject matter. We stock books authored by all our guests who are more than happy to sign them.
Ake Festival Book Chats are incredibly popular. Here, visitors enjoy an intimate one-hour session with two accomplished authors who discuss theme, technique, plot, character and style in their work. Book chats are hosted by enthusiastic book-lovers and all books featured are available for purchase after each event.
Ake Festival has become famous for its stimulating panel discussions. Sixty to ninety minutes long, each panel features three guests and a moderator. At our panel discussions, nothing is off-limits. We pursue the unsayable with gusto and aim to leave no stone unturned in exploring issues pertaining to Africa. Our enthusiasm about literature means we also have panels that bring creatives together by genre or subject matter. We encourage audience participation so we dedicate a good part of the discussion to Q and A.
Drama at Ake
As usual, Friday night is for when the public get to watch an outstanding stage production which showcases the best of Nigerian/ African talent. If you are not a registered Ake Festival visitor, you will have to book tickets for this event.
This year, visitors at Ake Festival will be able to watch an acoustic musical concert, featuring two contemporary stars and the most accomplished folk music group in Nigeria today. If you are not a registered Ake Festival visitor, you will have to book tickets for this event.
In additional to screening a range of new documentaries and films, for the first time, Ake Festival will feature a ‘Short Film Festival’ which will feature short films by three of the country’s finest young directors.
This year, our workshops range from one to three days long. Our facilitators are experts in their fields and our workshops are heavily-subsidised. This year, we will have workshops in graphic novels, script-writing and fiction-writing.
Poetry and Palmwine Evening
The Palmwine and Poetry Evening features readings by Nigerian and international poets. This year, we have two Nigerian poets and four international poets doing short readings form their work.
Every year, we have two exhibitions - a photography exhibition and an art exhibition. This year, we have two exciting yet very different artists. One of them has received high praise in the New York Times and the other has just enjoyed a life-changing collaboration with Beyonce.
The first two days of the festival are devoted to Project Inspire!, which features international and Nigerian authors, visiting schools in and around Ogun State. Whilst they are there, they read to pupils, discuss the advantages of reading and take questions about their careers and their books.