Art. Literature. Culture. A big part of the culture of any people is learned through art and literature. Art is always largely ignored, but it is a vital part of life and living. It teaches appreciation for and promotion of the culture of a people.

Today, Uganda’s “Writivism” festival begins and will run until August 28. The festival will feature a myriad of art and literary events from book reading and film shows to workshops and panel discussions.

The six-day-event will be a literary fest for all who love literature in and around East Africa.

While Uganda might be far away for Nigerians, our very own Ake Arts and Book Festival is just two months away and online registration for the festival which will run from November 15-19, has already begun.

The festival will consist of five days of arts appreciation, discussions, workshops, a musical concert, a play and so much more. With the array of programmes in line, it will be impossible for one individual to attend every single event.

Books will also be on sale for bookworms looking to replenish their library. And fans might also catch one or two authors to leave the festival with an autographed book or two of theirs.

Aspiring writers can apply for workshops on fiction writing and screeenplay-writing facilitated by award-winning writers, Noviolet Bulawayo, Helon Habila and Sarah Ladipo Manyika, and the all-new Story Republic team Inya Lawal and Victoria Thomas.

Art enthusiasts and artists can also apply for an illustration workshop facilitated by Sebastian Loerscher who will be working with 12 artists/illustrators in preparation for a book of short stories tentatively titled, “E No Be Lagos?”

This is the fourth year of the Ake Arts and Book Festival and this year’s theme, Beneath This Skin, will explore issues surrounding race, identity and individuality. It will take place at the Arts and Cultural Centre, Kuto in Abeokuta, Ogun State.

Literature is a part of our culture. It is a part of how we understand our world. Some of the first things we learned about ourselves as Africans and Nigerians were learned through stories told and retold. It is a part of who we are, and to know where we are going as a people, we must first learn who we are.


Author: Aderonke Adeleke

Writer. Music lover. Movie junkie. Social Media Enthusiast. Aspiring dancer. Aspiring photographer. Social Introvert.