Dear Friends of Ake 

We thank you for your support. We are grateful to all those who have been on this journey to reaching new heights. We appreciate the loyal followers who have been at our side from day one and the new followers who have joined along the way. 

The aim of the 2017 This F-Word edition was to foster solidarity amongst women across the continent, to provide an opportunity for women to share their individual journeys, to explore barriers that women encounter in Africa and to celebrate the art of storytelling.

The festival showcased the very best of contemporary African literature, poetry, music, art, film and theatre, whilst highlighting the work of Ama Ata Aidoo, a true trailblazer.

We received literary insights from the likes of international guests such as Nnedi Okorafor and Zinzi Clemmons; we learnt the complexities of feminisms from Jude Kelly, Bisi Adeleye-Fayemi, Mona Eltahawy, Pumla Gqola and Jessica Horn; we were captivated by performances by Yolanda Mercy, Maimouna Jallow and Mara Menzies; we got our hands dirty with Haneefah Adams’ interactive art and we cried at the genius of poets like Koleka Putuma, Poetra Asantewa and Nkateko Masinga.

The musical concert had us up on our feet with homegrown talents Celeste, Joyce Olong, Adunni Nefretiti, Aramide and the amazing Salawa Abeni.

For the Life & Time series, we had the privilege of hosting Ama Ata Aidoo who graced the cover of the annual Ake Review. Her live interview with Molara Wood was a highlight for both guests and attendees who were enthralled by her wisdom, intelligence, wit, kind hearted nature and fierce feminism. 

The fifth edition also saw the launch of Ouida Books, a publishing house which caters for eclectic readers. New titles that we’ve taken under our wing include Hadiza Isma El Rufai’s An Abundance of ScorpionsAyọ̀bámi Adébáyọ̀’s Stay With MeDami Ajayi’s A Woman’s Body is a Country and Nnedi Okorafor’s Who Fears Death

The magic and the love felt at the festival was immeasurable! 

We thank the thousands of participants who took time out to celebrate the power of women with us. We thank our partners, sponsors, supporters, artists, volunteers, technical team and journalists for making This-F Word a splendid success.





Abeokuta, Ogun State will stand still once again as it hosts an outstanding roster of writers, thinkers, artists, filmmakers, musicians, book lovers and art enthusiasts at the fourth edition of the Ake Arts and Book Festival 2016.

We are pleased to announce that our dates for this year are 15-19 November and the festival will take place at Arts and Culture Centre, Kuto, Abeokuta.

This year’s edition is themed “Beneath this Skin’’ and we are delighted to have Distinguished Professor, renowned writer, and literary icon Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o as our headliner at the 2016 edition of Ake Arts and Book Festival. He will sit in conversation with Okey Ndibe about his life and works. He will also be talking about his latest book Birth of a Dream Weaver.


The festival will also host 9 book chats which will feature 18 authors like Alain Mabanckou, Helon Habila, Laila Lalami, Petina Gappah, Teju Cole, Panashe Chigumadzi, Tendai Huchu, Chinelo Okparanta, Noviolet Bulawayo, Jowhor Ile, Sarah Ladipo Manyika, Odafe Atogun, Tade Thompson, Toni Kan and many more.

In our 12 stimulating panel discussions where we will engage both new voices and established ones, we will focus on identities, race, gender, mental health in fiction, the rise and fall of African economies. We will also explore exciting genres such as erotica, horror fiction, and prison stories. At the 2 art exhibitions, we will see the works of Laolu Senbanjo whose “Sacred Art of the Ori” featured on Beyonce’s latest album Lemonade; and Fatima Abubakar who captures the lives of the people of Borno State in a stunning series of photographs. An acoustic music concert with Brymo, Falana, Adunni and Nefertiti will also entertain the audience at the Festival.

Our Festival Film is the documentary Hissene Habre: A Chadian Tragedy, an account of the horror inflicted on the Chadian people during Hissen Habre’s rule. We will also premier our Festival of Short Films to celebrate this form of visual storytelling and the people who are fuelling its rapid growth in Nigeria. The short films to be screened are: A Mother’s Journey by Sade Adeniran, No Good Turn by Udoka Oyeka and Salt by Umar Turaki.