Tendai Huchu and Leslie Arame both won best speculative fiction (short story).
Anchored by Arit Ekpo, it began with the rendition of the national anthem by musician Celeste while the Ogun State anthem was sung by Adunni and Nefertiti, the folk/traditional music group.
Lola Shoneyin, Director, Ake Arts and Book Festival, gave an opening speech thanking the festival sponsors as well as the legendary Ghanaian author, Ama Ata Aidoo.
The Managing Director of Vlisco (Hollandis Dutch wax), Yvonne Chioke gave a goodwill message while also presenting some awards.
The awardees include:
Adebola Rayo who won an award for her work in mental health awareness.
Kikelomo Woleoso for her work in sexual health awareness and for using her own experience to empower and help rape victims.
Kaduna State first lady, Hadiza Isma El-Rufai was awarded for encouraging women in creativity and Literature.
Mona Eltahawy walked away with an award for her work in women’s rights and LGBT rights.
Kadaria Ahmed was recognized for her journalistic work.
Ama Ata Aidoo was awarded for paving the way for female writers and inspiring another generation of writers.
Ghanaian poet, Poetra Asantewa gave a powerful Spoken Word performance and Molara Wood, editor of Ake Review gave her speech as well.
The Nommo Awards were announced. Some of the winners include;
1. Professor Kola Arogundade for best comic (prize money $1000)
2. Tendai Huchu and Leslie Arame both won best speculative fiction (short story).
3. Professor Nnedi Okorafor won the best speculative fiction novella for her book Binti, Tade Thompson won best speculative fiction novel for "Rosewater".
The Deputy Governor of Ogun State, Yetunde Onanuga, gave a welcome speech to formally welcome Ake Festival organizers and participants to Ogun State after which she cut the ribbon and declared the festival officially open.
Article sent in by Temitope Adeiye