#AkeFest16: A review of ‘Aya de Yopougon’ screen filming at Ake Festival

Every lover of literature in Nigeria knows that the Ake Festival is currently going on. If you didn’t know, where have you been? 

A lot of awesome activities have taken place since the festival officially kicked off a few days ago and we are so excited to see like minds coming together to celebrate African literature and arts. 

In this new #AkeFest16 series with Titilayo Adeoye, we will bring you highlights from the Ake Festival from Titilayo’s lens. Exciting right?

Today, Titilayo shares a review of the ‘Aya de Yopougon’ screen filming with us. Enjoy! 

Titilayo Adeoye

There is a buzz that comes when you’re in Ake Festival: the feeling that places you in a space, very imaginary, above other writers or literature lovers. That feeling of getting to meet people, taking selfies, eating, talking more and doing other sillies in the ambience of learning and exposure. 

So I was supposed to go see the movie with fellow volunteers, Adedayo, Móje, Stephanie, and Dimeji.  The session was a screening  of Aya, an animated movie/documentary by Marguerite Abouet and Clement Oubrerie. I was seated with the all eccentric Adedayo who was sharing a drink with me. That boy can disturb for Africa.  He kept passing comments on everything he laid his eyes on.

The movie started with a very funny beer commercial where real people were drinking and all. The hall jeered in response. “What if we are what animations watch in the TV?” Adedayo reacted.

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I am actually leaving an information out.  Monday evening when we were sorting out drinks,  Ngugi Wa Thiong’O came to the Banquet Hall where I had the privilege to take a selfie (I like to feel myself sometimes, I was the only one who had an exclusive selfie with the legend).

While we were in the cinema hall, Ngugi, who Lola Shoneyin addresses as Baba, walked into the hall. News reached us that he ordered for the kind of palm wine that blurred the eyes of the characters of Achebe’s Things Fall Apart. He asked to sit at the back and the bottom line is,  for the whopping second time, he was sitting with me!

Now that my important information is out of the way, let’s get back to the review. Aya is a reflection of other things that happen in Africa aside from war and Cote d’Ivoire was the setting. The story was one that showed the lives of different families with different affluence levels and the effect of beer, girls,  work and other factors on their lives and the society at large.

The animations were just apt and awesome.

Guess what?I had a selfie with Marguerite Abouet after the screen play.

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The night folded with the closure of the movie, the waking of a sleeping Adedayo and the rush to get our bags,  camera, volunteer shirt and other things. We walked our tired bodies to the hotel and we anticipate tomorrow’s activities. 

About Titilayo Adeoye

Titilayo Adeoye

Nigerian writer, Titilayo Adeoye is a graduate of Literature in English from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ife. Bits of her creative gems have appeared or are forthcoming on African Writer, Kalahari Reviews, Avocet Journal #204 and elsewhere. She edits for Kraft Books, Ibadan, Nigeria.

Are you at the 2016 Ake Festival and you would love to share your experience with us? Send an email to thesparklewritershub@gmail.com. 

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