Kaduna Book and Arts Festival

Kaduna Book and Arts Festival
StatusActive
GenreArts festival, Book festival
FrequencyAnnually
VenueGusau Institute, Kaduna
Location(s)Kaduna, Kaduna State
CountryNigeria
Inaugurated2017
Organized byBook Buzz Foundation/Kaduna State Government/Gusau Institute
Websitewww.kabafest.org

Kaduna Book and Arts Festival, also known as KABAFEST, is an annual literary, cultural, and art event in Kaduna State, Nigeria that took place for the first time in July, 2017.[1] It was organized by Book Buzz Foundation, who also organizes the annual Aké Arts and Book Festival, in collaboration with the Kaduna State Government and the Gusau Institute. It was also the first book festival that occurs annually in northern Nigeria.[2]

Founding

There is a perception about Northern Nigeria as a place that is too conservative for books and literature.[3] KABAFEST was conceived - an initiative of the Kaduna State Government, as a way to address that misconception.[4] Of that founding, Lola Shoneyin of Book Buzz says through the festival, she "aim to create new and exciting opportunities for social and cultural interaction, the celebration and promotion of creatives in the Northern region of Nigeria and foster tolerance and understanding through dialogues about books, culture, the arts and society." [5]

The first edition

The first edition of KABAFEST was held at the Gusau Institute in Kaduna State. It featured over 50 writers, artists, actors, poets and performers from around the world. It was headlined by Sudanese author and first winner of the Caine Prize, Leila Aboulela.[6]

Other writers and artists present included Abdullah Musa Dona, Abubakar Adam Ibrahim, Aisha Umar, Aminu Alan Waka, Andrew Walker, Auwalu Anwar, Audee T. Giwa, Balaraba Ramat Yakubu, Carmen McCain, Chika Jones, Chitra Nagarajan, Dami Ajayi, E. E Sule, Edify Yakusak, Efe Paul Azino, Fatima A. Umar, Hadiza Isma El-Rufai, Hafsah A. Matazu, HRH Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, Hafsat Ahmad Abdulwaheed, Hauwa Evelyn Shekarau, Ibrahim Bello-Kano, Ishaya Bako, Jamila Umar Tanko, Jerry Buhari, Joseph Hayab, Kadaria Ahmed, Kaltume B. Gana, Kenneth Gyang, Kinna Likimani, Kola Tubosun, Leila Aboulela, Mariam S. Oyawoye, Maryam Bobi, Maryam Awaisu, Maryam Bukar Hassan, Methuselah Jeremiah, Nur'din Busari, Nura Garba, Odafe Atogun, Pearl Osibu, Rahama Sadau, Rahma Abdulmajid Sharif, Richard Ali, Saddiq Dzukogi, Samira Haruna Sanusi, Segun Adeniyi, Saudatu S. Mahdi, Temie Giwa-Tubosun, Titilope Sonuga, Toni Kan, Usman Bugaje, Wana Udobang, Williams Chechet, Zaynab Alkali, Razinat Talatu Mohammed, Abubakar Othman, Jeremiah Gyang.[7]

The festival also featured the screening of two films: Ishaya Bako's Henna and Kenneth Gyang's Blood and Henna. It also had "booklogues", panel discussions, poetry, art exhibition, and a fiction workshop.

Right to Write

A highlight of the festival was the unveiling of the memorandum of understanding, of 'Right to Write Project', a literacy project between the European Union, and a French cultural organisation, Africultures. The aim of the project is "to propagate massive literary and digital projects in five states in the North – Kaduna, Katsina, Borno, Adamawa and Bauchi." The project is worth EUR 3 million.[8]

Hausa Language Prize/Residency

Another highlight of the festival was the announcement of a five hundred thousand naira Prize for Hausa Literature, and a residency for writers writing in the language.[9]

Annual event

The festival was declared an annual event by the governor of Kaduna State, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai.[10]

References

  1. ^ "KABAFEST 2017… Taking book festival train to Kaduna". Retrieved 2017-10-31.
  2. ^ "KABAFEST 2017: Opening up conversation, creative space of a less understood region". Retrieved 2017-10-31.
  3. ^ "KABAFEST 2017: Opening up conversation, creative space of a less understood region". Retrieved 2017-10-31.
  4. ^ "KABAFEST 2017: Opening up conversation, creative space of a less understood region". Retrieved 2017-10-31.
  5. ^ Bivan, Nathaniel (June 18, 2017). "Toni Kan, Leila Aboulela, others for KABAFEST". Daily Trust.
  6. ^ "Leila Aboulela Headlines 2017 Kaduna Book and Arts Festival". Brittle Paper. 2017-06-20. Retrieved 2017-10-31.
  7. ^ "Dispatch from the Inaugural Kaduna Book Festival". The NEWS. 2017-07-18. Retrieved 2017-10-31.
  8. ^ "KABAFEST 2017: Opening up conversation, creative space of a less understood region". Retrieved 2017-10-31.
  9. ^ "Kabafest: A Feasting on Books and Arts in the City of Crocodiles". Olisa Blogazine. 2017-07-07. Retrieved 2017-10-31.
  10. ^ "El-Rufai Declares KABAFEST An Annual Fete - leadership.ng". leadership.ng. 2017-08-04. Retrieved 2017-10-31.

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