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THE LAGOS BOOK AND ART FESTIVAL
One of the major complaints I hear from young people who love to read and write is that there are no cultural events that celebrate a reading and writing culture. Add this to the not so slow decline of literacy and the terrible reading culture currently in Nigeria, book festivals are a great and welcome thing. This is why when I heard the first rumors that there was going to be a Lagos Book and Art Festival, I have to admit I was ecstatic. Well the LABAF is no longer a rumor, it’s been confirmed and even has a website and a date set. This is really happening people.
Imagine my surprise when I went trolling the internet for information on the festival and I stumbled on their website. It turns out that the Lagos Book and Art Festival has actually been running for fifteen years with varying degrees of publicity. The 2014 LABAF will be the sixteenth edition of the festival. This year’s festival is extra special because it’s a commemorative year organised in celebration of Prof. Wole Soyinka’s 80th birthday and will celebrate his achievements over the last fifty years he has been active as a writer. There have been a lot of events celebrating Prof. Soyinka’s becoming an Octogenarian, with the Ake Festival which holds in Abeokuta, his hometown on the 18th to the 22nd of November this being the culminating literary festival.
I could rephrase whatever I put up, but I think the blurb on their website is so well put together I’ll just replicate it here.