Oye­bode, Sanusi, oth­ers for Ake Fes­ti­val

Sunday Trust - - ARTS & IDEAS - By Nathaniel Bi­van

Pro­fes­sor Femi Oye­bode, Samira Sanusi, Ghana­ian writer and lec­turer, Kobina Gra­ham are ex­pected guests at the 2017 Ake Arts and Book Fes­ti­val.

The fifth edi­tion of the an­nual event themed This F-Word will take place at the Arts and Cul­tural Centre, Kuto, Abeokuta from Novem­ber 14 to 18, 2017.

Con­ver­sa­tions will fo­cus largely on creative women do­ing amaz­ing things both on the African con­ti­nent and be­yond.

Oye­bode is an award-win­ning psy­chi­a­trist and au­thor of Sims Symp­toms in the Mind’ and other books. Sanusi is au­thor of S is for Sur­vival and a Sickle Cell ad­vo­cate who will be shar­ing her story.

Other guests in­clude Alexis Oke­owo, staff writer with the New Yorker, a fel­low at New Amer­ica and au­thor of A Moon­less, Star­less Sky.

Also at­tend­ing are Mar­vel­lous Michael, au­thor of Birth­marked, Ha­neefah Adam, a mixed me­dia and food artist whose work fo­cuses on iden­tity and cul­ture, Es­ther Armah, jour­nal­ist and Ex­ec­u­tive Pro­ducer and Host of The Spin, a weekly one hour all women of colour ra­dio show among oth­ers.

Ake Fes­ti­val is a five-day cul­tural im­mer­sion event fea­tur­ing 100 nov­el­ists, po­ets, dancers, ac­tors, il­lus­tra­tors, ac­tivists, mu­si­cians, artists and thinkers who storm the his­toric city of Abeokuta to share their works and ideas.

This year, 14 au­thors are ex­pected to fea­ture in seven book chats, an art ex­hi­bi­tion with five fe­male artists, a stage play, an in-depth in­ter­view and school vis­its. They will also par­tic­i­pate in 14 panel dis­cus­sions, four film screen­ings, a creative writ­ing work­shop, mu­sic con­cert with five women, a tour of his­toric sites and a night of poetry per­for­mance. Book-lovers and vis­i­tors will be treated to a range of books at the event’s book­store.

Alexis Oke­owo

Kobina Gra­ham

Ha­neefah Adam

Pro­fes­sor Femi Oye­bode

Samira Sanusi

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