The 2020 Abuja Literary and Arts Festival (ALITFEST), set to highlight African literary and artistic talents, will be held this August, from the 13th to the 15th. Curated by the Abuja Literary Society, the three-day event will feature panel discussions, book chats, a poetry slam, writing competitions, poetry readings, and film screenings, and will also host an online art exhibition and a bookstore. The theme is “The Art of Empathy.”
The festival is in its third year, and, due to the coronavirus, will be held on Hopin (hopin.to), a Webinar platform that includes a key networking component that allows attendees to interact via different means.
The guests, drawn from across the African continent, include the Booker Prize-longlisted Zimbabwean novelist Tsitsi Dangarembga; the Nigerian novelists Helon Habila, Oyinkan Braithwaite, and Odafe Atogun; the Nigerian poets Romeo Oriogun, Dike Chukwumerije, and Amarachi Attamah; the South African poet Athol Williams; the Nigerian writers Tolu Daniels, Eugene Yakubu, Daniel Orubo, and Commonwealth Prize winner Innocent Chizaram Ilo; the Somaliland curator Jama Musse Jama; the Nigerian activist Dorothy Njemanze; the Ivorian translator Edwige Dro; and the Nigerian political commentator JJ Omojuwa.
The Abuja Literary and Arts Festival was launched in 2018 to mark the 20th anniversary of the Abuja Literary Society. Its theme was “Nigeria to the World.” The second edition, in 2019, was themed “Arts and Social Consciousness.”
As a media partner, Folio Nigeria will cover, through our website and social media, events from the festival.
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Otosirieze Obi-Young is a writer, editor, journalist, and curator. He is Editor of Folio Nigeria, where he profiles innovators and facilitators in culture: business, art, photography, music, activism, health, food. He has vast experience working in literature. He has sat on the judging panels of The Gerald Kraak Prize and of The Morland Writing Scholarship. He is an editor at 14, Nigeria's first queer art collective, and Curator at The Art Naija Series, a sequence of e-anthologies exploring different aspects of Nigerianness. For three years, Nov. 2016 to Apr. 2020, he led the transformation of the literary blog Brittle Paper into a continental powerhouse, ideating and administering The Brittle Paper Awards, the first by an African publication. His work in queer advocacy has been profiled in Literary Hub. In 2019, he won The Future Awards Africa Prize for Literature. In 2020, he was named among "The 100 Most Influential Young Nigerians." He completed a collection of short stories in 2016 and his novel in 2020. Find him on otosirieze.com or on Twitter & Insta: @otosirieze.