Aké Arts and Book Festival


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The Ake Arts and Book Festival is a literary festival which takes place annually and serves as a meeting place for writers of different genres to discuss relevant issues pertaining to the African culture and to promote creativity among indigenes.

Now in its 7th edition this year, the Ake Arts and Book Festival was founded in 2013 by Nigerian writer, Lola Shoneyin. It was named after ‘Ake’, a town in Abeokuta, Ogun state which is the birthplace of Nobel Laureate for Literature, Wole Soyinka.

Calls for submission for the ‘Ake Review’, an official publication of the festival, are on. The theme for this year’s festival is: Black Bodies, Grey Matter. This is a theme that seeks to explore recurring societal issues on the notions of the physical aspect of an individual. The physical body could be discussed using complex phenomena such as size, gender and nonconformity, tattoos, skin colour, scarifications like tribal marks and others. Submissions should specifically address these issues as they relate to mental health in the African context.


  • Creatives can submit;

-Poetry – a maximum of 3 poems

-Prose – a maximum of 1600 words

-Artwork – a maximum of 2 works in high resolution jpeg

-A bio not longer than 70 words.

  • One submission per person.
  • Entries should be submitted via email to editor@akefestival.org with ‘AR Submissions’ as the subject of the email.
  • Only original and unpublished works should be submitted.

The deadline for submission is Monday 8th July, 2019. Two copies of the publication and a token payment would be given to successful entries.

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