The fourth edition of the Ake Festival is billed for the 15th- 19th of November. This year, pundits and lovers of literature, arts and culture will engage with the theme “Beneath This Skin” which will definitely make for engaging conversations on identity, race and individuality. Asides from the preparation by organisers to make this year an exhilarating experience for attendees, extensive structures have been put in place to make it a wholesome and stress-less experience.
Flying into Lagos before proceeding to the Ake Festival? Not to worry. There are several trips from the Murtala Muhammed International Airport to the Arts and Cultural centre, Kuto, which is the venue for the festival. You can also travel with friends and split the cost by booking a ride with Fleet Rentals.
The grounds of the Ake Festival is nestled among top notch hospitality service providers, equipped to provide room and boarding to attendees at reasonable cost. Check out our top 5 picks.
Park Inn by Radisson: Located on Ibrahim Babangida Boulevard, this hotel comes highly recommended. It boasts of great food, ambience and professional staff to attend to your every need. The beautiful decor, ease of checking in and a pool adds to the overall appeal of the facility which comes at a price of about N196,716 (for big spenders) for 4 nights.
Green legacy resort: Hoping to make the Ake festival a mini-vacation, a N23,377 deal per night will get you one. Guests swear by the massage offered there. A steam bath, manicure, pedicure, wonderful buffet and excellent service are some of the perks. However, you might be unable to get a vegetarian meal and may also have to provide your own internet connectivity as the wifi could be epileptic. It is located in the Obasanjo Presidential library area hence, there are number of fun places, like the Funda park that you can check out.
Continental Suites: With delicious food, spacious rooms, gym services and prompt room service delivery, you need no more convicing to stay here. The chicken and chips and “swallow food” are to die for and its IBB Boulevard Ibarapa St. location makes it a good choice for business and pleasure.
Quarry Imperial Hotel: For as low as N9, 178 per night, you can enjoy all the comfort that this facility has to offer. Located in the heart of Abeokuta, adjacent to the popular Winners Chapel, the hotel offers a range of services; accommodation, free wifi, a restaurant and bar, gym, swimming pool among others. You can also take advantage of the in-house nightclub.
Richton Hotel and Suites: This boasts of a 24-hour concierge service, CCTV cameras on the premises and a fully stocked minibar in every room which you can take advantage of after the day’s events. Transport services offered from the airport to the hotel at guests’ inquiry and internet service make for a good bargain. You also get a welcome drink on arrival.
Asides from the infamous Olumo rock, sights you can check out in Abeokuta include:
The Bilikisu Sungbo Shrine: Located a few miles away from Olumo, the shrine which stands at about 70 feet is credited to Sungbo Eredo. It is a monument to behold.
The Abeokuta museum: The museum which boasts of great artifacts is also a great sight. A fun lesson in history especially one that showcases the cultural heritage of the natives never hurt anyone and would do you a world of good.
The Osuuru Water Spring: This is another landmark that should be visited. Its beautiful scenery of spring water gushing from a rocky hill down a valley is picturesque.
The Centenary Hall: For lovers of arts and culture as we assume Ake festival attendees to be, a trip to the Centenary Hall located opposite the Ake’s Palace, should be a stop on your list. Built in 1950 to commemorate the one hundred years of peace in Abeokuta after the last inter-tribal war, the 66-year-old structure counts as both educative and entertaining.