Hello, it’s me. Remember me? I’m sorry I’ve been away for so long. I took an unannounced break and that was terrible of me. If it’s any consolation I was in NYSC camp and I’m now serving my nation. Its not fun, that should be enough penance. Forgive me. I’m back for good now though and I’ll try to be better; My promises mean something this time, for real. I have more hands on deck and we’re going to make sure The Books Field blooms baby! So stay with me.
Moving on, let’s catch up. What did we miss. Lets see…
- KABAFEST happened!
If you’ve heard of Ake Festival, then you’ll like this. KABAFEST is exactly like Ake Festival, except that it happened in Kaduna. Its about unearthing the talents that exist in the North while encouraging literary exposure in other parts of Nigeria. So, the first edition of KABAFEST was held at the Gusau Institute, Kaduna from the 5th to the 8th of July, 2017. I really like the fact that this happened in the North and according to people who were there, the literary talent in the North would blow your mind. The Governor of Kaduna, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai was in attendance alongside literary giants like Leila Aboulela, Titilope Sonuga among others. There were also musical performances, one in particular by Jeremiah Gyang. Don’t you wish you had been there? If you were, please share your experience in the comments section below.
2. Still about festivals, the date for the Ake Book and Arts Festival, which is usually highly anticipated by book lovers all over Nigeria has been announced along with its theme! Its to happen from the 14th to the 18th of November, 2017. Enough time to prepare, you don’t want to miss it! The theme this year has to do with women: This F-Word. Amazing, right?
The Ake festival has been held in Abeokuta, Ogun state every year since its inception. Your favorite author will be there!
3. Titilope Sonuga, who is one of my favorite poets, has been hosting a three part show titled Open. If you haven’t heard of it, welcome and you’re not too late. The first show, which was held on the 25th of June at 16by16 in Victoria Island was a smashing success with sold out tickets. The second show was held on the mainland on the 16th of July at the Centre for Contemporary art in Yaba. You already know it was amazing. The third show is scheduled to happen on the 30th of July at Lagos Island and it promises to be amazing. You can buy tickets here!