A literary festival is a convergence of readers, writers, booksellers, and publishers. They get a chance to collectively celebrate books from their conception to consumption, intermingle, and exchange ideas. Kàwé Africa offers an opportunity for authors and readers to virtually rub shoulders with its first-ever festival happening from 17th to 20th December 2020. The stellar line up for this festival comprises the finest writers in contemporary African literature, including Chika Unigwe, author of On Black Sisters Street, and Oyinkan Braithwaite, author of My Sister, The Serial Killer. Others include Toni Kan, Bisi Adjapon, Othuke Ominiabohs, Olaoluwa Oni, Adeola Osifeko, and Jessica Tagbajumi. Esosa Daniel- Oniko and Lara Brown are also set to feature at the event.
The festival, #KaweAfricaFestival2020, themed Young & Restless, is a celebration of books, art, and culture centered on youth impatience with the status quo and their desire for change. The event programme offers a range of book readings, reviews, and commentary, including panels on poetry, plays, novels, and short stories, alongside discussions on youth organizing for change.
Kàwé Africa is a Lagos book club. Kàwé is a Yoruba word of Nigerian origin which means to read. The organisers hope to, through this festival, reveal what it means to be young and restless with books as one’s arsenal. Interested participants can register via the google docs form and stand a chance to win a free book.