The Akada Children’s Book Festival (ACBF) is a fun festival in partnership with the British Council to showcase children’s books written by African authors, or books written for children of color. To the best of our knowledge, ACBF is the first Nigerian book festival specifically for children. The inaugural event takes place on April 27, 2019 in Ikoyi, Lagos and is expected to attract over 900 attendees. The festival is an initiative of the Publisher of Clever Clogs Books, Olubunmi Aboderin Talabi and will be hosted in partnership with the British Council, at their premises in Lagos.
The 1-day festival will also feature fun activities - treasure hunts, play area, pop-up library, face painting, arts and crafts - for children (aged 13 and below). It will also feature information forums for parents; workshops for writers, upcoming authors and illustrators; soft skills masterclasses for teachers and much more.

Date: Saturday, 27th April, 2019
Time: 8am – 5pm
Venue: British Council, Ikoyi, Lagos State

NOTE: Entrance to the festival is FREE but registration is required


Some highlights of the festival include:

Pop-Up Kids’ library
Author-led book readings & book signing
Book exhibitions
Author meet and greet
Writing competition
Information forums for parents

Workshops for upcoming authors
Soft skills master classes for teachers
Interactive and engaging workshops for children
Hands-on activities for children
Treasure hunt


The workshops are divided into three streams. The panelists and facilitators to be featured are thought leaders from the publishing, entertainment, digital media, fitness, parenting and education space in Nigeria.

i. When I Grow Up
Career exploration is an essential part of children's development. This workshop will provide insights on the different career opportunities available and how children can discover their passion.

ii. Good With Money
Want your child to be money-savvy? Teaching your children the value of money from an early age will contribute to their success in life and also ensure that the wealth you have worked to create, transcends generations.

iii. Stop That Bully
According to an American study, over 3.2 million students are victims of bullying each year in America alone. It is safe to say that in Nigeria, the figure could be close to this or higher. This experiential workshop will engage children on the importance of not bullying others, how to avoid bullies and how to overcome the negative effects of bullying.

iv. You May, But I Will Not
Peer pressure is something everyone has to deal with and in the world we live in today, it has become even more rife. This workshop will enlighten children on peer pressure and how to deal with it.

v. Comics From Around the World
Is your child interested in comics? This workshop will showcase child-friendly comics from around the world, including Nigeria. Some life-lessons to be learned from these visual masterpieces will also be shared.

vi. Fitter; Stronger; Faster
Now more than ever, children ought to be taught to understand that being physically active is critical to their health and general wellbeing. Come in your workout gear and be prepared to get active.

i. How to Become Your Child’s Best Friend - Bedtime Stories & Other Ways To Bond With Your Child.
ii. How to Raise a Genius - Stimulating Creativity and Innovation In Your Child.
iii. Being Your Child’s Super Hero – Child Protection; Health & Safety Around The Home.
iv. Reading The Signs – Hearing What They Don’t Say.

i. The Techniques of Writing Children’s Books.
ii. Social Media Marketing For Your Books.
iii. Creating Irresistible Child-Friendly Illustrations.
iv. Profitable Book Writing – Turning Your Book Into A Money Spinner.

* Workshop speakers to be announced.

* Entrance to the festival is free but registration is required. Groups of 10 and above may also register by sending an email to