President Olusegun Obasanjo at last year's ake book festival

Here are some interesting facts you should know about the Ake Arts and Book Festival 2015.

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1. Africa’s biggest literary and cultural event.

Ake Book festival is the biggest cultural and literary event in Africa as it hosts African writers, artists, filmmakers and thinkers from all over the world. It also showcases the very best of contemporary African literature, music, art, film and theatre.

2. 82 important authors, writers and thinkers are coming

Professor Niyi Osundare, will be headlining the event followed by Howard French of the New York Times and so many other important authors, writers and thinkers from Africa and the rest of the world.

3. Created by Lola Shoneyin

The Ake Festival is the brainchild of poet and novelist Lola Shoneyin, author of ‘The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives‘. 

4. The reason why it is organized in Abeokuta and not in Lagos

People who come to Ake Festival don’t have to contend with the distractions, the glitz and bright lights of big cities. Abeokuta has a beautiful history and the name also has literary resonance, being the title of the first book in the series of memoirs written by Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka.

5. The Man who mends women

The documentary of Doctor Mukwege, winner of the Sakharov Prize in 2014 will be shown at the festival. Dr. Mukwege is internationally known as the man who treated thousands of women after they were raped and brutalized during the 20-year conflict in the East of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

6. Ken Saro-Wiwa

A commemorative exhibition in memory of felled environmental activist Ken Saro-Wiwa titled ‘Ken Saro-Wiwa: 20 Years On‘ will be exhibited at the festival.

7. So many important dignitaries including Wole Soyinka and Olusegun Obasanjo would turn up

Last year Wole Soyinka and former president Olusegun Obasanjo graced the event. Also, Governor Nasiru el-Rufai, Ibikunle Amosun and so many important personalities might show up.

8. First African literary festival with an app

The Ake Arts and Book Festival now has an app, which is now available for download for Android users.

9. Plenty of books

Are you stumped on books to buy or your local bookshop does not have your favourite African literature books? With over 4,000 books at the festival bookstore, at excellent prices, book lovers should look forward to the event.

10. Autographs

If you like collecting autographs like me, You are in for a treat.

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