The theme for the 7th Edition of the Ake Arts and Book Festival is Black Bodies | Grey Matter.
Ideas and ideals abound on the shape and form of the African body, but these are rarely formulated by those to whom the bodies belong. At Ake Festival this year, the aim is to examine the physical, mental and emotional violence that has been and is being inflicted on black bodies, particularly those of women through conflict, colonialism, patriarchy, cultural practices, and attitudes.
The 2019 Ake Arts and Book Festival will explore the nexus between the mental and the physical, and explore specific phenomena such as scarification, body image, tattoos, stereotyping, gender nonconformity, and colourism. Special attention will be given to issues around mental health on the African continent.
A few highlights
On Friday 25th:
Historical Fiction for Today’s Africa
With Tunde Leye, Jennifer Makumbi, Wayétu Moore
Life and Times Series
With Tsitsi Dangarembga
On Saturday 26th:
With Uzodinma Iweala and Thando Mgqolozana
The Gender Binary and Everything In Between
With Emmanuela David-Ette, and Babalwa Mtshawu Tom
On Sunday 27th:
Are Women Dominating African Speculative Fiction?
With Nnedi Okorafor, Temi Oh, and Mohale Mashigo
The Poetry Event
With Gbenga Adesina, Onias Landveld, Logan February, Wana Udobang, TJ Dema, Itiola Jones, and Tanya Evanson
….And there is so much more to look forward to, including tribute sessions on remembering Toni Morrison, film screenings, and performances.
Now in its 7th year, Ake Arts and Book Festival has brought over 400 artists, writers, poets, musicians, dancers and thinkers together in Abeokuta and now in Lagos State, Nigeria.
Organised by the Book Buzz Foundation, Ake Festival is four days of cultural immersion.