I arrived with the African Sun, with other African writers and they who love Africa at the British Library yesterday to commence the 2015 annual Africa Writes. What is the AFRICA WRITES? Africa Writes is the Royal African Society’s annual literature and book festival in association with the British Library in Euston, London UK. Africa writes has been running for four years but in spite of that, it has been the largest UK African book and literature festival.
What I admired about this year’s festival is that it is a three days programme spreading from the 3rd to the 5th of July. The programme includes talks from popular African writers, panel discussions, live performances, book fair and readings. Writers attending the events, include, Booker-prize winning author Ben Okri, The Caine Prize 2015 nominees: Segun Afolabi, Elnathan John, F. T. Kola, Masande Ntshanga and Namwali Serpell, E.C. Osondu (2009 Caine Prize winner), Petina Gappah (Guardian First Book Award Winner), Bibi Bakare-Yusuf, A. Igoni Barrett, Joy Gharoro-Akpojotor, Abubakar Adam Ibrahim, Billy Kahora, Jackie Kay, Nick Makoha, Nadifa Mohamed, Chibundu Onuzo, Nii Ayikwei Parkes and many more.
I had a great time on Friday, conversing with some of the writers and publishers at the event. And, I took some photos to share with you and the rest of the world. I personally want to thank The Royal African Society and her members for organising an inspiring event. I love Africa and Africa loves me!