Sterling Bank Plc, has thrown its weight behind the sixth edition of the Ake Arts & Books Festival scheduled to hold from October 25 to 28, 2018, in Lagos. The annual literary, cultural and arts event which had previously held in Abeokuta, Ogun State for the past five editions would feature panel discussions, book chats, art exhibitions, interviews, school visits, film & documentary screenings, a stage play, a musical concert and a night of poetry performance. Book-lovers and visitors will also have access to a range of affordable books at the Ake Festival Bookstore.
Commenting on the partnership, the Chief Marketing Officer of Sterling Bank, Mr. Dapo Martins, said the Ake Arts & Books Festival would showcase the best of contemporary African literature, poetry, music, art, film and theatre.
“Our decision to support this year’s edition of Ake Festival is borne from our commitment to develop, promote and celebrate creativity on the African continent at Sterling Bank. This is also in line with Ake Festival’s goal to promote and celebrate creativity across different genres in Africa,” Martins said.
The Ake Arts and Book Festival was founded in 2013 by best-selling author, Lola Shoneyin. According to her, she wanted a place where intellectuals and thinkers can come together and talk about African issues on African soil. Although it has featured new and established writers from across the world, Ake Festival has promoted African arts and literature in addition to reverberating performances from indigenous talent.