Ake Arts & Book Festival

Prince of Monkeys By Nnamdi Ehirim (Book Chat)

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Khadija Sanusi talks to Nnamdi Ehirim about his stunning debut novel—a riveting coming-of-age tale that looks at politics, religion, class, and friendship in Lagos in the 80s. A group of […]

The African Crime Wave (Panel Discussion)

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A fascinating discussion about the new wave of contemporary noir with its leading practitioners. This conversation will cover the history of the genre, how it intersects with other types of […]

Lionheart Girl By Yaba Badoe (Book Chat)

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Abdulkareem Baba Aminu will chat to Yaba Badoe about her new YA novel, which features a family of West African witches. Sheba’s touch can unravel people's innermost thoughts. She can […]

His Only Wife By Peace Medie (Book Chat)

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Kinna Likimani talks to Peace Adzo Medie about one of the most hilarious debuts of the year. Afi Tekple, a bright young seamstress is persuaded by her family to marry […]

Out of the Shadows (Panel Discussion)

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Trans, Non-Binary and Intersex people often have to hide their gender identities in order to survive Nigerian society. But that is all changing. Social media and the internet have made […]

Wealth and Success (Intergenerational Discussion)

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Those who have enjoyed access to political power continue to top the list of ‘Richest Africans.’ Some describe it as further evidence of the total erosion of meritocratic ideals. Unstable […]

Music

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Falana is not a new name on the Nigerian alternative music scene and she continues to intrigue and delight with her soulful, multi-octave tracks. In a magical melding of musical […]

Documentary – I am Ọṣun

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Yorùbá culture has spread into many creative fields and attracts artists, scholars and spiritual practitioners. This documentary portrays artists and their ways of working with the Òrìṣà: Filmmaker Uyiekpen Nosakhare […]

An Ordinary Wonder By Buki Papillon (Book Chat)

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Elohor Egbordi chats with Buki Papillon about her extraordinary debut novel, which follows a young Nigerian, Oto, through the heartbreak of living as a boy despite their profound belief they […]

The Teller of Secrets by Bisi Adjapon (Book Chat)

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Titi Akinsanmi chats with Bisi Adjapon about her stunning debut novel—a tale of self-discovery and feminist awakening. A feisty Nigerian-Ghanaian girl growing up amid the political upheaval of 1960s postcolonial […]

Life and Time Series

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This year, Maaza Mengiste talks to Abdulrazak Gurnah about his 10th novel Afterlives, a compelling novel that takes us to the early 20th century Tanzania during Germany's violent and brutal […]

Poetry

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This year, we are releasing a four-track video album of Wana Udobang’s sublime poems from the Thick Skin collection. In an artistic collaboration where poetry meets moving images, Abiola Sobo, […]

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