Nigeria: Ake Festival 2021 Holds Virtually

The annual Ake Arts and Books Festival, a three-day cultural and literature-focused event, will, for the second year, hold virtually from October 28th – 30th, 2021 due to the Covid-19 pandemic that continues to disrupt global businesses and logistics.

The Ake Arts and Books Festival is one of the initiatives of the Book Buzz Foundation Nigeria which was founded by the award-winning author and poet Lola Shoneyin. Supported by Sterling Bank Plc since 2018, this year’s edition will feature book chats, panel discussions, performances, documentaries centring on African and international writers and thinkers.

This year’s edition of the festival is tagged ‘Generational Discordance’, and according to the director, “the Internet has exposed generational differences in almost every area of our lives on the African continent. From relationships, love and marriage; spirituality and religion; gender and feminism to politics and activism, the differences in perspective are glaring. Where earlier generations of Africans are anchored to their cultural identities, our younger compatriots see themselves as a part of a globalised world. It is easy to assume that our aspirations are poles apart but they are not. Africa cannot afford the luxury of endless culture wars. 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.”

In addition to exciting and lively book chats and panel discussions, Ake Festival is curating 6 intergenerational conversations on themes that impact our lives in very real ways. Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Sterling Bank Plc, Abubakar Suleiman, stated that the bank has continued its partnership with the festival because the bank believes in the transformative power of education and the arts.