The Ake Arts and Book Festival scheduled to hold in two months might seem like such a long time away, but art lovers don’t have to wait that long to get their literary fix.

From October 26 to 30, Lagos State will be hosting the second edition of the Lagos International Poetry Festival.

The festival, with the theme: “Paging the Future”, is slated to coincide with the 50th anniversary of Lagos State and the attendant celebrations, and as a result, directed by Prof. Wole Soyinka, 50 poems on Lagos by 50 poets are being compiled to be published on life-size digital banners that will be placed around Freedom Park, the festival venue.

The festival will feature five days of workshops/masterclasses, school outreaches, panel discussions, readings and performances in both open spaces and enclosed venues around the city.

The guests list includes many star-studded names in the African and Nigerian literary community.

Kwame Dawes, Ladan Osman, Shailja Patel, Inua Ellams, Dike Chukwumerije, Titilope Sonuga, Afurakan, Mandi “Poefficient” Vundla, Adrian “Diff” van Wyk, Pieter Odiendaal, Poetra, Sonny Kwaku, Chika Jones and Dami Ajayi,

Others are Uzo Maxim Uzoatu, Peter Akinlabi, Niran Okewole, Tade Ipadeola, Toni Kan, Wana Udobang, Bash Amueni, Ogaga Ifowodo, Neo Muyanga, Kola Tubosun, Pryse, Sage Hasson, Gbenga Adesina, Qudus Onikeku, Ali Baba, Ola Opesan.

Interested individuals can register as volunteer in either the logistics, ushering/protocol or social media teams by filling the form on the website:

More details on the programme will be released on the festival website soon. Get ready, pack your suitcases, sharpen your pencils and straighten your notebooks in preparation for an artistic and literary time at the Lagos International Poetry Festival 2016.


Author: Aderonke Adeleke

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