Deep Talks / Fiery Panels /Rich Book Exhibitions / Lit Awards
The festival for those revolutionizing literature in Africa

October 27th & 28th 2017

Counting down

2017 Theme: Literature as a Pillar For Africa’s Creative Economy.


Imbubé, the


ímbubé : (noun) Zulu word for Lion

This festival & awards was inspired by this quote from Chinua Achebe:

“Until the lions have their own historians, the history of the hunt will always glorify the hunter… Once I realized that, I had to be a writer. It’s not one man’s job. But it is something we have to do, so that the story of the hunt will also reflect the agony, the travail — the bravery, even, of the lions.”

We celebrate & promote those that beautifully tell the story of “lions”

ímbubé is an annual book festival & awards initiative by NerveFlo and supported by the finest corporate, publishing & media organizations.

Imbubé is

Insightful Talks

Imbubé is designed as the flagship continental event for the literary sector that highlights and celebrates works, practices and people that are shaping the future of literature in Africa & making a dent in the world in general.
We are bringing together the players to talk about what is working in the literary space and how to build upon it.
Talks will feature keynotes, TED-style talks, fire-side chats & panel discussions. All talks are from award winning authors, success publishers, academics and other thought leaders

Imbubé is about great


Meet talented writers at live book signings… enjoy a the mental rush browsing through and buying beloved book titles directly from publishers at live book exhibitions… mark history at the first of its kind literary awards… Its a day of literature celebration!

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27th October 2017 – Imbubé Press Conference.
28th October 2017 – Imbubé Main Event

– Want to be part of the ímbubé Global Press Conference ?  Contact Us
–  The ímbubé Festival 2017 features :

  • Keynote speech
  • TED-Style talks
  • Global vid-chats
  • Panel discussions
  • Author book signings
  • Publisher exhibitions
  • Imbubé Award presentations

Oct 28th – Main Event

Part 1: 9:30am – 1pm. Highlights


Talk on “Book Criticisms & Reviews“

by Enajite Efemuaye

Break Book Reading Sessions

by various authors

The Imbube 2017 Keynote speech

by Prof Hope Eghagha

Oct 28th – Main Event

Part 2: 1:30am – 4pm. Highlights


Book Exhibitions & Discounted Sales

Various Publishers

Panel on “Book piracy; who is to blame?“

with fiery panelist

Talk on “The Making of a Best Seller“

by Steve Harris

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Oct 28th – Main Event

Interludes: Music, Poetry, Spoken Word.

Music by

The Bantu Collective

Other Performance

String Quartet, Spoken Word & Poetry

Meet the


The Imbube Festival brings together the movers, the shakers, the wailers and the connectors in Africa’s literary space. Together we share ideas and make connections to move literature & culture forward.





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The Imbubé Awards celebrates the literary works of African writers under age 35. It seeks to encourage a new generation of world class contributors in the literary space.

To mark the first year of the festival and award, Imbube 2017 will focus on short story awards via a creative writing competition for young and emerging writers in 4 categories grouped by topical issue/genre:

  • The Future of Africa [Sci-Fi, Fantasy]
  • Human rights / free speech [non-fiction, Historical Fiction]
  • Nollywood 2.0 [Drama, Crime or Romance Fiction]
  • The power of writing [adventure , children’s fiction]

Imbubé 2017 Creative Writing Competition

The Process

  • Call for entries (happening now)
  • Online Submissions (29th September – 13th October 2017)
  • Public Online Voting (13th – 24th October 2017)
  • Judges weigh-in (13th – 24th October 2017)
  • Award presentation at 2017 Imbube Festival (28th October 2017)

Imbubé 2017 Creative Writing Competition

The Prizes.

  • The Imbube award lion statuette + N200k Cash prize.
  • Goody-bag prizes in tandem with sponsors
  • Global exposure in tandem with media partners.
  • 3months workspace at LeadSpace  + 1yr Pro-Seller NerveFlo subscription.
  • Feature in the Imbube2017 ShortStories Collection eBook.

Imbubé 2017 Creative Writing Competition

The Rules

  • All entries must be original works of authors and be no more than 5000 words submitted online here
  • Authors can submit only one entry per listed categories/topical issue can submit a sci-fi short story on “The Future of Africa” & a nonfiction story about a “Human Rights” struggle.
  • Winners will be selected based on aggregation of Public Voting & Judges points.
Imbube 2017


The golden age of African literature is not behind us…its ahead of us… thanks to the support of following event sponsors;

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Imbube 2017

Media Partners

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The Imbube Festival 2017 will feature an array of authors, publishers & booksellers. There will be signings, readings and discounted sales… it’s a festival!

For Readings, Book Signings, Exhibition and Sale details, Contact us here

Main venue

The National Theatre, Iganmu, Lagos

Imbube 2017 holds at the iconic National Theatre, Lagos


Iganmu, mainland, Lagos – Nigeria

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+234817032 1143, +2348103915629


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