The inaugural Ímbubé African Book Festival and Awards will take place in Lagos this week.
The day-long event takes place on Saturday, October 28 2017, at the National Theatre, Iganmu, Lagos, Nigeria. The theme is ‘Literature as a Pillar for Africa’s Creative Economy’.
Ímbubé, named after an isiZulu word for Lion, was inspired by this quote from Chinua Achebe:
‘Until the lions have their own historians, the history of the hunt will always glorify the hunter … once I realised that, I had to be a writer. It’s not one man’s job. But it is something we have to do, so that the story of the hunt will also reflect the agony, the travail – the bravery, even, of the lions.’
Panelists at this year’s festival include Toni Kan, author of The Carnivorous City; Silas Okwoche, co-founder of Nerve Mobile; Okechukwu Ofili, author and CEO of Okada Books; Naomi Lucas, Ini Akpan, editor, SW Advantage Resources; Edirin Edewor, bestselling Amazon author; Hope Eghagha, Steve Harris, author and life coach; Enajite Efemuaye and Debola Williams, co-founder of Red Media Africa.
The Ímbubé Awards will celebrate the literary works of African writers under the age of 35, seeking to ‘encourage a new generation of world class contributors in the literary space’.
For the first year of the festival and awards, Ímbubé 2017 will focus on the short story, with a creative writing competition for young and emerging writers in for categories:
- The Future of Africa [Sci-Fi, Fantasy]
- Human rights / free speech [Non-fiction, Historical Fiction]
- Nollywood 2.0 [Drama, Crime or Romance Fiction]
- The power of writing [Adventure, Children’s fiction]
Find out more about the festival at the link above.
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