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From relationships, love and marriage, spirituality and religion, gender and feminism to politics and activism, the Internet has exposed generational differences. Where earlier generations of Africans are anchored to their cultural identities, our younger compatriots see themselves as a part of a globalised world.

From Boomers to Millennials to Generation Z, the pace of societal change means our lived experiences are diverse, but this does not mean that our aspirations are.

Africa cannot afford the luxury of endless culture wars. Engagement and communication, characterised by a willingness to listen, mutual respect, and empathy is what will face down the retrogressive forces and the structures and systems that oppress, asphyxiate, and dehumanise us.

We must eschew the sensationalism and divisive influence of digital algorithms and find a more harmonious continental rhythm that allows us to talk to, and not past, each other.

This year, in addition to lively book chats and panel discussions, Ake Festival will curate 6 intergenerational conversations on themes that impact our lives in very real ways.

The theme for Ake Arts and Book Festival 2021 is Generational Discordance.