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Virtual festival RSVPs are open
Abuja, Nigeria – August 2020

Abuja Literary + Arts Festival 2020

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ALITFEST20 Theme

The Art of Empathy

#ALitFest20 which is themed The Art of Empathy will mark the 3rd edition of the festival. For this edition, the Festival welcomes a wider participation to the growing literary community in Africa by going virtual. With this, we aim to breach geographical barriers through inclusion and Pan-Africanism. The Festival appoints this theme in hopes of highlighting the importance, beauty and need for diversity and difference as well as the role of the creative in building bridges within and across societies.

THEME & PURPOSE
“Our theme, for this edition, is THE ART OF EMPATHY and we will be curating all our events to reflect this.”
Teniola, Tayo

Festival Director/Curator

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ABOUT Abuja Literary + Arts Festival

What is ALitFest?

For the past twenty years, the Abuja Literary Society has developed events which are held every almost Friday night and ranges from Open Mic Nights where writers, aspiring or established, present their pieces to members of the audience and receive constructive feedback; the ALS Book Club where the book for the month is discussed with in-depth analysis; and Book Jams where diverse authors are invited to speak ok their books and share their literary experiences. Other than the regular weekly events that are held, ALS also hosts a Poetry Slam quarterly where cash prizes and other additional benefits are awarded to the top three winners of the spoken word contest as well as the monthly Teen Talk which engages young adults on modern contemporary issues whilst encouraging their creative development.

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What to expect at ALitFest20

Author discussions & panels
Slam poetry & readings
Virtual yoga

Topics, tracks & times

Festival schedule

07:00am – 08:00am
(1-hour)

Poetry Workshop

TBC

online

8:00am – 9:00am
(1-hour)

Publishing Workshop

TBC

Online

TRACK #1

7:00am – 8:00am
(1-hours)

TRACK #1

(1) Creative Workshop

TBC

Online

7:00am – 8:00am
(1-hours)

TRACK #2

(2) Filmmaking Workshop

TBC

Online

8:00am – 9:00am
(1-hour)

The Creative & The Law

Panelist(s)
TBC

Moderator
TBC

Online

12:45pm – 13:15am
(30mins)

OPENING CEREMONY

Abuja Literary Society
& partners

Online

13:30pm – 13:45pm
( 30mins)

Break

Online

13:45pm – 14:30pm
( 1hour 15mins)

Creating in the pandemic

Panelist(s)
TBC

Moderator
TBC

Online

14:45pm – 15:00pm

Break

Online

15:00pm – 16:00pm

BOOKLOGUE: "Female Monarchs & Merchant Queens in Africa"

Panelist(s)
TBC

Moderator
TBC

Online

14:45pm – 15:00pm

Break

Online

16:15pm – 17:15pm
( 1hour)

Black Africans & black Americans, the role of empathy

Panelist(s)
TBC

Moderator
TBC

Online

17:30pm – 18:15pm

Break

Online

17:30pm – 18:30pm
( 1hour)

Can we write prejudice out of society?

Panelist(s)
TBC

Moderator
TBC

Online

18:45pm – 19:30pm
( 1hour 15mins)

FILM SCREENING

Film title
TBC

Director
TBC

Online

19:45pm – 20:00

Break

Online

20:00 – 21:00pm

POETRY READING CIRCLE

Poets
TBC

Online

21:00 – 23:00

MUSIC
SESSION

Musicians/Bands
TBC

Online

10:00am -11:00am

Writing faction, preserving African history through prose

Panelist(s)
TBC

Moderator
TBC

Online

11:00am – 11:15am

Self-publishing lessons & politics

Panelist(s)
TBC

Moderator
TBC

Online

12:15pm – 12:30pm

Break

Online

11:25 am – 12:25 am
( 1 Hour )

Booklogue: Vagabond - Walking through Africa on faith

Panelist(s)
TBC

Moderator
TBC

Online

13:45pm – 14:45pm

TRACK #1

Creating sustainable & successful African-owned creative spaces

Panelist(s)
TBC

Moderator
TBC

Online

13:45pm – 14:45pm

TRACK #2

Creative tech, lucrative livelihoods through digitization

Panelist(s)
TBC

Moderator
TBC

Online

14:45pm – 15:00pm

Break

Online

15:00am – 16:00am

The changing roles of black hair in history

Panelist(s)
TBC

Moderator
TBC

Online

16:00pm – 16:15pm

Break

Online

16:15am – 17:15am

To be or to be, pride in African societies

Panelist(s)
TBC

Moderator
TBC

Online

17:15pm – 17:30pm

Break

Online

17:30pm – 18:30pm

In her shoes, understanding sexual abuse

Panelist(s)
TBC

Moderator
TBC

Online

18:30pm – 18:45pm

Break

Online

18:30pm – 19:30pm

The evolution of Afro-lit festivals

Panelist(s)
TBC

Moderator
TBC

Online

19:30pm – 20:00pm

Break

Online

20:00pm – 22:00pm

GRAND POETRY SLAM

Various poets

Online

7:00am – 8:00am

e-Yoga with
Bukunmi Olukitibi

Yogi
TBC

Online

10:00am – 11:00am

TRACK #1

Art in
e-spaces

Panelist(s)
TBC

Moderator
TBC

Online

10:00am – 11:00am

TRACK #2

Little lit
children

Panelist(s)
TBC

Moderator
TBC

Online

11:00 pm – 11:15 pm

Break

Online

11:15am – 12:15am

The art of
the short story

Panelist(s)
TBC

Moderator
TBC

Online

12:15pm – 12:30pm

Break

Online

12:30pm – 13:30pm

BOOKLOGUE
Sacrament of Bodies

Panelist(s)
TBC

Moderator
TBC

Online

13:30pm – 13:45pm

Break

Online

13:45pm – 14:45pm

Writing the
new normal

Panelist(s)
TBC

Moderator
TBC

Online

14:45pm – 15:00pm

Break

Online

15:00pm – 16:00pm

Mental health:
Can art help?

Panelist(s)
TBC

Moderator
TBC

Online

16:00pm – 16:15pm

Break

Online

16:15pm – 17:15pm

Writing in African languages,
overcoming the
barriers of diversity

Panelist(s)
TBC

Moderator
TBC

Online

17:15pm – 17:30

Break

Online

17:30pm – 18:30pm

Writing political non-fiction,
learning from Nigeria
and Zimbabwe

Panelist(s)
TBC

Moderator
TBC

Online

18:30pm – 18:45pm

Break

Online

18:45pm – 19:45pm

KEYNOTE PANEL:
Does the artist
always have to unite

Panelist(s)
TBC

Moderator
TBC

Online

16:15pm – 17:15pm

CLOSING CEREMONY
& AWARD GIVING CEREMONY

Online

16:00pm – 16:15pm

MUSIC
SESSION

Online

Mentors and CEOs

Speakers.

Abubakar Adam Ibrahim
Abubakar Adam Ibrahim

Author, Season of Crimson Blossoms

Amara
Amara

Activist

Amanda Shea
Amanda Shea

Spoken word artist

Amarachi Attamah
Amarachi Attamah

Performance poet & Author

Alisha Cowan
Alisha Cowan

Actor & Writer

Amina Alaoui Soulimani
Amina Alaoui Soulimani

Author

Ashley Rose
Ashley Rose

Poet

Ayö Oyeku
Ayö Oyeku

Author

Billy Kahora
Billy Kahora

Author

Bisi Adjapon
Bisi Adjapon

Author

Chido Onumah
Chido Onumah

Journalist & Author

Chime Asonye
Chime Asonye

Author

Chimee Adioha
Chimee Adioha

Author

Chinelo Onwualu
Chinelo Onwualu

Editor & Writer

Chio Zoe
Chio Zoe

Author

Daniel Orubo
Daniel Orubo

Author

Dike Chukwumerije
Dike Chukwumerije

Poet & Author

Djibril Drame
Djibril Drame

Visual artist

Dorothy Njemanze
Dorothy Njemanze

Activist

Dudu Busani-Dube
Dudu Busani-Dube

Author

Esther Mirembe
Esther Mirembe

Managing Editor, Writivism

Eketi Edima Ette
Eketi Edima Ette

Author

Edwige-Renée Dro
Edwige-Renée Dro

Author

Eriata Oribabhor
Eriata Oribabhor

Poet & Essayist

Eugene Yakubu
Eugene Yakubu

Storyteller & Critic

Fumani Mabogoane
Fumani Mabogoane

Performing Artist

Habibah Shehu Abana
Habibah Shehu Abana

Poet & Author

Hajo Isa
Hajo Isa

Poet

Hassana Maina
Hassana Maina

Activist & Poet

Helon Habila
Helon Habila

Author

Innocent Chizaram Ilo
Innocent Chizaram Ilo

Author

Jama Musse Jama
Jama Musse Jama

Ethno-mathematician & Author

Jamil F Khan
Jamil F Khan

Author & Activist

Julianna Imam
Julianna Imam

Lawyer

JJ Omojuwa
JJ Omojuwa

Blogger & Author

Kabura Zakama
Kabura Zakama

Poet & Author

Karabo Kgoleng
Karabo Kgoleng

Broadcaster

Kenza Sefrioui
Kenza Sefrioui

Literary critic

Kiprop Kimutai
Kiprop Kimutai

Writer

Kọ́lá Túbọ̀sún
Kọ́lá Túbọ̀sún

Author

Lerato Mogoatlhe
Lerato Mogoatlhe

Author

Lori Tharps
Lori Tharps

Author

Lorraine Sithole
Lorraine Sithole

Publisher / Bookclub owner

Lucius Ndimele
Lucius Ndimele

Poet

Mapule Mohulatsi
Mapule Mohulatsi

Poet & Author

Marita Golden
Marita Golden

Author

Masande Ntshanga
Masande Ntshanga

Author

Modupe Adeyemo
Modupe Adeyemo

Multimedia Artist

Mohale Mashigo
Mohale Mashigo

Author

Mphuthumi Ntabeni
Mphuthumi Ntabeni

Author

Nduwhite Ndubuisi Ahanonu-
Nduwhite Ndubuisi Ahanonu-

Curator

Nwando Achebe
Nwando Achebe

Author

Obi Nwaegbe
Obi Nwaegbe

Artist

Odafe Atogun
Odafe Atogun

Author

Olugbenga Odeyemi
Olugbenga Odeyemi

Entrepreneur

Pamela Adie
Pamela Adie

Activist

Panashe Chigumadzi
Panashe Chigumadzi

Author

Phehello J Mofokeng
Phehello J Mofokeng

Author & Independent publisher

Raphael d'Abdon
Raphael d'Abdon

Poet

Rena Anakwe
Rena Anakwe

Artist

Romeo Oriogun
Romeo Oriogun

Poet

Sabata-mpho Mokae
Sabata-mpho Mokae

Author

Sada Malumfashi
Sada Malumfashi

Writer

Sawad Hussain
Sawad Hussain

Author

Stephanie Shonekan
Stephanie Shonekan

Professor

TJ Benson
TJ Benson

Author

Teniola Tayo
Teniola Tayo

#ALITFEST20 - Festival Director

Tolu Daniel
Tolu Daniel

Writer

Tolu Habib
Tolu Habib

Author

Tolu Ogunlesi
Tolu Ogunlesi

Journalist

Tonderai Chiyindiko
Tonderai Chiyindiko

Actor & Creative Consultant

Tshepo Madlingozi
Tshepo Madlingozi

Literary scholar

Tsitsi Dangarembga
Tsitsi Dangarembga

Author

Ulonna Inyama
Ulonna Inyama

Ukamaka Olisakwe
Ukamaka Olisakwe

Author

Vuyo Seripe
Vuyo Seripe

Blogger, Graphoflux

Yejide Kilanko
Yejide Kilanko

Author

Zanele Dlamini
Zanele Dlamini

Author

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