I attended ALitFest 2019 hosted by the Abuja Literary Society from 11th-13th of July 2019 at Exhibition Pavilion, Area 10, Garki.
The festival had creative guests, writers, bookstores, literary enthusiasts, vendors enjoy Panel discussions, Book Reading, Wedlock of the Gods stage adaptation, Arts auction, Poetry slam and Music performance.
My friends, Amaka, Logan, Tolu were guests of the festival. I was esctactic hugging and laughing with them and also watching them on panels.
“The 21st Century Nigerian man is learning everyday how to be human.”-Tolu Daniel
Panelist, The 21st Century Nigerian man #ALitFest19
I attended a little part of the interesting Poetry Slam, the evening of 12th July. From social commentary poems to a scintillating erotic poem about Banga soup to poems about betrayal to love poems. Two volunteers from Lipfest18 were in the poetry slam with lyrical poems. I shared videos in my I.G story highlights.
Saturday 13th, I attended 4 panel discussions, 2 in full and 2 in part. I unlearned, released and learnt.
“We have a wrong perception of a sexual perpetrator, it isn’t a man but a human. A victim is human.” -Dorothy
Panelist, #NigeriaToo- Sexual Harrassment in Nigeria’s public & private spaces
The 21st Century Nigerian man is a man who is constantly at war with himself and at war with the society. Self actualization is important for this man but in the context of family -Michael
Writer and Comment made from audience.
I also networked, walked through the Art Auction and discussed with two artists.
Bookstores and Book shopping
Logan February was kind to autograph my copy of his full length poetry collection.
Books at the RovingHeights Bookstore stand.
The Booksellers Limited stand
I shopped these two books for my dear reader and divalicious friend who values my recommendations. She wanted more African Queer Fiction after reading Stab Love with Flower Stalks. I got autographed copies of ‘In The Nude’ by Logan February and ‘Lákíríboto Chronicles’ by Ayodele Olofintuade. I worked within her budget also!
It was a delight getting introduced to Ope Adedeji, creative non-fiction writer and TJ Benson, writer and author. I met Fatima and her sister. Also Onyinye who were great conversationalists and fellow literary enthusiasts.
If you can attend any literary festival, please do!