Ake Festival! Maybe I should have written this when the memory was still fresh, maybe it is better now.
I remember Ake Festival now, the first thing that comes to my mind is a lot of charging and scrambling to charge my phone.
This is the second in the #AkeFestivalSeries Surprisingly, people asked for the meaning of Ake Festival. The Aké Arts and Book Festival is an annual literary, cultural and arts event that takes place in Abeokuta, Nigeria. It was founded in 2013 by the Nigerian writer Lola Shoneyin. (Wikipedia) Let us stick to just Ake Festival in the course of this series please.
DAY 1: Tuesday, November 14, 2018
I got to Abeokuta on Tuesday,14th of November, 2018. As I mentioned in the previous post, my original plan was to stay with a friend who went to a school in Abeokuta (not a wise choice). I was so enthusiastic, it was my first time. I settled in the room, then waited till evening to proceed to June 12 cultural center where the event was holding. Nothing was really happening that day except a fantasy, science-fiction and comic workshop with Nnedi Okorafor which I obviously couldn’t afford and a film show later that night.
I already mentioned that I won free tickets/registration (thanks to Peugeot), the plan was to go claim it that evening with someone else that won it (we connected online) but we were told to come back the next day because the officials were not around.
I did not totally see it as a waste of time because it got me in the Festival feels. It tripled my enthusiasm, being in that environment. That ended it for me on Tuesday.
DAY 2: Wednesday, November 15, 2018
On Wednesday morning, I got there early to claim the giveaway. I did not want it to prolong therefore making me miss it or anything. I couldn’t go back to my friend’s place because it was kinda far from the venue which was really painful.
We all proceeded to see the art exhibition where we took turns to take pictures (as expected)
The concert was slated for the 7:30pm which was like the first serious event for me. It was thrilling and surreal. I watched Joyce, Aramide, Celeste, Adunni Nefretiti (they were amazing) but couldn’t wait for Salawa Abeni’s performance because it was so late and where I was staying was far.
I understand that the Festival is now in Lagos but if you can, get somewhere close to stay because you don’t want to miss the fun at night.
With the help of Michael, Zainab, Aeesha and Susan, I later got somewhere closer to stay (a friend of a friend of a friend). This just questions all the planning I did for the Festival but really it also showed how welcoming and accommodating people were at the Festival.
The power of literature and it’s power to bring and unite diversity. It is beautiful.
Watch out for the next post as I discuss the events of the following days.