By Adaeze Lawrence

Sokoto Book and Arts Festival, SOBAFest, an arts and literary festival annually organised by Sokoto Book and Arts Foundation (SOBAF) is set to run from Friday, 4th November to Sunday 6th November 2022 in Sokoto.

Themed “A Returning”, this edition hopes to spark off conversations that would spur a need for artists in the state to make a return to arts, to reconnect to the artistic nature the state and northern Nigeria are known for and to fill in those vacuum years of neglect has created. The lineup includes a series of virtual and in-person activities like book chats, panel discussions, art exhibitions, film screenings, plays, poetry, music and dance performances, and much more.

Expected guests are a cross-connect of various sets of individuals, from writers to poets to publishers to policymakers to educators to people in tech. Some of these guests include Arc. Hadiza Isma El-Rufai, the First Lady of Kaduna state and Publisher of Almara Books, Prof. Asabe Kabir Usman, Umar Abubakar Sidi, author of Like Butterflies Scattered About by Art Rascals, TJ Benson, author of People Live Here, Saddiq Dzukogi, author of Your Crib, My Qibla, Kukogho Iruesiri Samson, author of Devil’s Pawn, Dr Nasir Daniya, DG ICT Directorate Sokoto, Dr Mansur Isa Buhari, Abdulrahman Liman, King Skot, Salihu Mahe, author of How To View The World From A Glass Prism, and much more.

Registration for Sokoto Book and Arts Festival #SOBAFest22 costs N1000. Interested persons are to visit this link to register to get an e-ticket. Here: or contact 08183590971 for a physical ticket.

The headline sponsors of SOBAFest22 are Almara Publishers, Konya Shams Rumi and Isele Magazine.

Partners are: Teach for Change Nigeria, 21st Century Entrepreneurs Hub, NTA Sokoto, Open Arts, Beulah Tech, Dreams Imagery, Jikan Babi Productions, Poetic Wednesdays, Daily Star NG, and National Troupe of Nigeria.

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