The Lagos Book and Art festival draws to a close after a week full of discussions, celebrations, mentorship and networking. Here is what will go down on Saturday evening, one day before the curtains fall on the 20-year-old festival.
A panel session is set to begin at 3:30pm. Processes of nation building will include authors and writers sitting down to deliberate the use of literary arts in the nation’s economy. The session will be moderated by Segun Ojewuyi, Head of Directing, Southern Illinois University, USA. Discussions will also focus on books like, Without a Fight by Helen Zille and The Strategy and Tactics of the People’s Republic of Nigeria by Obafemi Awolowo.
A symposium, which will be based on discussions about creative growth and generational issues and evolution is scheduled to begin at 5pm. It will feature panellists such as; Prof Akin Mabogunje, Titus Okereke, Chude Jideonwo, Eghosa Imasuen and Abubakar Adam Ibrahim. It will be moderated by Kunle Ajibade and chaired by Professor E.J. Alagoa. Special guests of honour are; Razinatu T Mohmmed and Alhaji Lateef Jakande.
After a long day of discussions, LABAF will begin the evening on a merry note with a festival party scheduled to begin at 7pm. It will also be a form of celebrating the veterans of different aspects of the creative industry who clocked 70 and 60 this year. Celebrants include; Tunde Kelani, Kolade Oshinowo, Tee Mac Omatsola Itseli, Kunle Ajibade, Sola Fosudo, Bimbo Manuel, Tunji Lardner, amongst others. The party will also celebrate Lari Williams’ 50 years of being on stage, while paying tribute to those that passed on this year.
By 9pm, guests can settle down to enjoy drama and stage performances. This is organised by One Six for Depark Theatre.
The 20th edition of Lagos Book and Art Festival began on Monday, 5th November and will end on Sunday 11th of November.