Ake Festival! I have been planning and scheming to go to Ake Festival since I heard about it last year. Why should I not go? It’s like the best environment to meet people that are into books. So why not?
I made it finally. We made it to Ake festival but I will not just jump on how the festival went down. Come, let me show you my preparation process.
REGISTRATION: Online registration was ₦7,500 and I was going to register before the deadline on the 10th but on the 9th I realized that Peugeot (a sponsor) was giving out free tickets. I applied and has God would have it, I won. Yay! What helped me was that I turned on my post notification for Ake Festival’s socials so this helped me a lot. I was able to get first-hand information at the right time. In summary. I did not pay a kobo to register.
ACCOMMODATION: I was going to get a hotel or lodge but I later allowed the Ijebu side of me to takeover. I got somewhere to stay with my friend. Actually my friend’s friend. I was pumped up and gassed about the whole thing until I realized that it was quite far to cultural center and I had to be back before 10pm which was when most activities would be at its climax. It was not going to be the full Ake experience then. Thankfully, I later got somewhere closer to stay all thanks to Susan, Aisha, Michael and Zainab. Yes, I regretted not getting a hotel nearby but the good part of it was that I used the money for something else.
FEEDING: I ate out mostly and honestly there are places to get good food around. I stand to be corrected but I don’t think there is a problem of food there. I had Ofada rice, Jollof rice, Amala, Fufu, Fanta and cookies.
Did I enjoy the festival? Did I actually attend all the event? Find out in the next Ake Festival post.
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