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Lagos Poetry Festival ends today on Sankara and, the ‘future of African stories’

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WEST Africa’s prime feast of poetry and stories, the Lagos International Poetry Festival which started Friday October 21 comes to a close today, Sunday, October 24 with shift of gaze on the person and career of the late revolutionary, Thomas Sankara.

Under the theme, ‘The Ghost of Sankara: Reframing Leadership and Society in Africa Around an Ethical Core‘, the event starting at 6pm will feature a keynote by Dr. Akintoye Akindele, a businessman and investor, who is also described as a “sharp thinker.”

Festival founder/director, Efe Paul captured the event thus:

“In this special keynote by one of Africa’s sharpest thinkers, businessman and investor, Dr. Akintoye Akindele, we take a historical look at African systems of ethics, its struggle to find expression in contemporary leadership, and the socio-economic effect of this across the continent.”

Before the closing session however, at 4pm, a selection of relatively young literray artists and activists, would be conversing in tthe theme: Where Will Our Voices Go: The Future of African Stories.

Stated the programme note, “Join some of the continent’s most important cultural producers in a reflection on the challenges of scaling publishing platforms and outlets for African narratives and ideas. Featuring Moky Makura, Kola Tubosun, Elizabeth Johnson, Troy Onyango, Richard Ali (Moderator).”

The finale session would be the usually sensational ‘Poetry After Dark’ on the theme ‘Poems Apostles Must not Hear’ featuring “music, booze, dance and poetry” in one basket.

Captured as “the Festival’s annual party, a silent disco event peppered with spontaneous and raunchy poetry readings,” it holds from 7pm at the hFactor on Moloney Road, Obalende.

“Founded in 2015 by poet Efe Paul Azino, the LIPfest has established itself as one of the continent’s annual art and culture highlights.”With the theme “Ancestral Imaginings,” the festival will be graced by poets from about 15 countries,” stated leading literary journalist on the continent, James Murua of

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Efe Paul – founder of LIPfest

LIPfest as it is popularly known, yearly bring together poets, writers, artists, and thinkers from across the world to Lagos for a week of conversations, readings, performances, workshops and adventure.’

Efe Paul gave further hints about the pedigree of the keynoter for the closing session:

“Dr. Akintoye Akindele is an investor, entrepreneur, lecturer, and philanthropist. He is the Founder of Platform Capital, is a growth market-focused, sector agnostic, principal investment firm. Platform Capital deploys patient, value accretive capital alongside international and local value investors to create champion businesses with the ability for regional scale. It has 15+ investments in multiple sectors across the world.

“Dr. Akindele is also a faculty member at the University of Lagos Business School, lecturing on finance and entrepreneurship. Dr. Akindele completed his tertiary education in Nigeria, obtaining a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering with honours from the Obafemi Awolowo University. He received a doctorate degree in Business Administration (Finance) from the International School of Management – Paris, France. Dr. Akindele is a CFA charter holder and a trustee of the CFA society of Nigeria. He is also an alumnus of the London and Said Business Schools, having attended various senior executive programs in Management and Strategy, Advanced Corporate Finance, and Private Equity amongst others.

“Dr. Akindele is passionate about the development and growth of entrepreneurs in Africa. He is a frequent speaker at leading business schools, conferences, and seminars on investing in Africa, private investment in Africa, and the role of entrepreneurship in Africa’s evolution. He supports and donates to various institutions that provide grants to entrepreneurs.

(Sun. 24th Oct. 6pm-7pm WAT)

Further information about the festival can be gleaned at

NB: All events, carefully adhering to Covid-19 Protocols, will be streamed live to the festival’s global audience.

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