Of -ember months and Festivals

Hello People! Been a minute.

We are just some weeks away from September, and the -ember months are synonymous with one thing in the Nigerian creative space – festivals!

These festivals are usually an opportunity for creatives, artists, art lovers, and others involved in the creative space in Nigeria to come together and have interesting discourse around their work, and society. They also provide platforms for discovery of new talents, appreciation of existing talents, masterclasses organised by seasoned artists on a variety of topics, and loads of fun and laughter.

I will be mentioning some of these festivals and their scheduled dates below. Read on


Kaduna Books and Arts Festival (KABAFEST) – Sure you can already tell from the name that this is happening in Kaduna. KABAFEST is scheduled to hold between 5th-8th of September, 2018. Line up of events include booklogues, panel discussions, poetry performances, etc. If you are in or around Kaduna on those days, and you are an arts lover, then you definitely need to be at KABAFEST.

You can get more information at www.kabafest.org


Minna Book and Arts Festival (MinnaBAF) – An inaugural books and arts festival will be holding in Minna this September 17th – 23rd. Guess what? Yours truly will be there Live!


Lagos International Poetry Festival (LIPFEST) – This is the only festival dedicated to poetry exclusively in Nigeria at the moment, and it’s in its fourth year now. I’ve been privileged to perform at past editions, and will also be at this year’s edition. The festival is happening sometimes in October this year.

You can check www.lagospoetryfestival.com for more details.


Ake Arts and Book Festival (AABF) – Deriving it’s name from Ake, a town in Abeokuta,  AABF has always held in Abeokuta. The festival, which is in it’s sixth year, will however be holding in Lagos, between October 25th – 28th, this year. AABF draws a large gathering of artists/creatives, both local and international.

It’s however a paid festival, and you can get more information on www.akefestival.org.


Lagos Book and Arts Festival (LABAF) – One of the oldest festivals that brings artists, professionals, and other art lovers together. The 20th edition of LABAF is holding this year, and is dedicated to celebrating the prolific filmmaker Tunde Kelani and suave artist Kolade Oshinowo at 70. I grew up watching popular Mainframe titles like ‘Magun’, ‘Ti Oluwa n’ile’, ‘Saworo Ide’, and the rest, and cannot help but testify to Tunde Kelani’s prowess as a filmmaker! LABAF is scheduled to hold between November 5th – 11th, 2018. I will also be there live.

Visit www.lagosbookartfestival.org to get the full gist.


Now you have no excuse to miss any of these fun, learning, and networking art events. Mark your calendars to ensure you attend as many of these festivals as you can.

Did I miss any? Drop a comment and let me know!

I will also be performing at, and attending some of these festivals, so it’s an opportunity for us to connect. Feel free to chat me up if you are at any of these events. It will be a pleasure to meet you!