Ake Festival 2016: The Travel and Lodging Guide

Gather round lovers of literature, book heads and those of you especially fond and in love with African literature, its that time again for the Ake Festival. Hits gong.

The Ake Arts and Book Festival is a 5-day event of masterclasses, poetry performance, art exhibitions, film screenings, panel discussions, stage plays, a music concert, creative workshops as well as a tour of historic sites around the host city of Abeokuta. This years events runs from the 15th of November to 19th of November, 2016.

Headlining this year’s event is the literary powerhouse of Africa Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o. Other guests at this year’s festival include NoVviolet Bulawayo, Teju Cole, Titilope Sonuga, Helon Habila, Dami Ajayi, Chinelo Okparanta, Pemi Aguda, Kiru Taye, and Molara Wood among many others.

The theme for this year’s event is Beneath This Skin and discussions will focus on identity, race, and individuality. Conversations will also take a look at Erotica, prison stories and horror fiction that are coming out of Africa.

To participate in one of the most important and looked-forward-to literary events in Africa register now to be a part of an elite group of students, upcoming writers, critics and lovers of African literature taking part in the discussion that is set to further mold and shape the future of African literature.

If you are looking for accommodation options in Abeokuta, here’s a rundown of luxury hotels in Abeokuta as well as cheap and affordable hotels in Abeokuta you can stay in during the Ake Festival.

Park Inn by Radisson
This 5 Star hotel by the Radisson group is a five-minute walk to the festival venue. The hotel offers complimentary breakfast, has internet access and 24-hour room service, air-conditioned rooms, a swimming pool, gym and 24-hour electricity.

Green Legacy Resort
Another 5-star hotel in Abeokuta, the Green Legacy Resort offers an exciting range of facilities and amenities such as a swimming pool, on-site restaurant, dry cleaning, internet access, airport shuttle, spa and sauna among others. With 10 different room types from the Standard Rooms to the Ambassadorial Suite, Green Legacy Resort has different options to cater to visiting guests.

Micron International Suites
Micron is a 3-star hotel in Abeokuta in close proximity to the festival venue that offers great hospitality services and makes an excellent choice of stay for lodging during the Ake festival. Rooms are furnished with a sofa, fridge, and air-conditioning and there is also internet access available to guests.

Buckingham Inn
Each room in Buckingham Inn has a flat-screen TV with cable stations, reading desk and fridge. On-site restaurant also provides meals to guests and their fully stocked bar has alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks of all kinds. Laundry services and airport pick-up are also available on request.

Want cheaper and more affordable hotels in Abeokuta? Check out our complete list of hotels to stay in Abeokuta during the Ake Festival

Plan to attend the Ake Festival with a friend. It’s always more fun to go with someone, you can both share hotel room costs with them, hold discussions with and share views on the highlight of each Festival Day. If you personally do not know anyone making it to Ake this year, take to your social media feed, you would be surprised how many of your followers are taking a trip to the rocky hillside of Abeokuta for the festival this year, that is, if you haven’t blocked them all.

If you are coming to the Festival from outside Abeokuta, Ogun State or Lagos, the best bet is for you to take a bus trip or flight to Lagos first. There are very few parks around the country that have a direct bus going to Abeokuta. However, you would get direct flights or buses going to Lagos. Ibadan is another good stop, you can then make your way from either Lagos or Ibadan by bus to Abeokuta which is roughly about an hour’s drive from both points of Lagos and Ibadan. When boarding a bus at the park be sure to tell the driver or bus conductor that your final destination is the Kuto Motor Park, the Arts and Cultural Center, Kuto is just 1.1km away from the Kuto Motor Park.

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