Wednesday, December 4, 2013
The festival was the brainchild of Lola Shoneyin, who (as described by Olakunle Kasumu) dreamt it, said it, and did it. There are many other festivals in Nigeria, of course, Lagos and Port Harcourt being among the biggest. But none has attracted the international line-up of Ake. Most of us would agree that we were there because of Lola: Binyavanga Wainaina, Eghosa Imasuen, Toni Kan, A Igoni Barrett, Teju Cole, Chibundu Onuzo, Pius Adesanmi, Molara Wood, to name a few.