3 Book Festivals in Nigeria you should mark on your calendar

If you love books and art in general, book and art festivals should be your thing

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If you love books and art in general, book and art festivals should be your thing. These festivals are like a stakeholders get-together, mostly annually.

Nigeria has three of them:

The Port Harcourt Book Festival

The festival began as the brainchild of Rivers State Governor Chibuike Amaechi, who thought it up as a means to propel tourism numbers and heighten literacy awareness in the city of Port Harcourt and its neighboring areas. Originally scheduled for September 8 each year, to coincide with United Nations' International Literacy Day, the festival has continued to expand and has been highly rated since its debut.

The inaugural edition was held as a three-day event on September 24 – 27, 2008. It was dubbed Garden City Literary Festival, with its theme as "Writers Without Borders". Special guests included Wole SoyinkaKofi Awoonor and Elechi Amadi, along with writers Okey Ndibe, Kaine Agary and Petrina Crockford.

Ake Book Festival

Book Buzz Foundation (BBF) is a non-governmental organisation founded by teacher and writer, Lola Shoneyin. The Board of Trustees include Mrs Mojisola Ani and Dr Soji Adelaja. They are also the organisers of the Ake Book Festival.

This is a six day festival that celebrates books and other interconnected facets of the arts. The festival features master classes and workshops in various aspects of performance art, visual art, drama, fashion, music, film, dance and writing.

Lagos Book and Art Festival

Dubbed “Africa’s biggest Culture Picnic”, LABAF is an art festival with a heavy book content and is a testament to the commitment of CORA that the only way to translate the ‘teeming’ population of Nigeria into a true human resource is to develop their mind. It is an international event with participants drawn from scholars, writers, artists and journalists from all over the world. The Lagos Book and Art Festival is an advocacy idea; we are promoting the idea of people reading books; gaining knowledge, freeing themselves from ignorance. There are reading workshops for teenagers; panel discussions on contents of selected books; cross cultural exchange between Nigerian writers and writers from elsewhere in the world; book exhibitions and sales by publishers, book sellers, embassies etc; art and craft sales and art exhibition.

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