Friday 30th - Saturday 31st October, 2020

8am – 8pm


Entrance to the festival on Saturday October 31, 2020 is FREE but registration is required. There is a fee for attending the professional development workshops on Friday October 30, 2020.

The Akada Children’s Book Festival (ACBF) is a fun event to showcase children’s books written by African authors, or books written for a diverse audience of children. To the best of our knowledge, ACBF is the first Nigerian book festival specifically for children. The inaugural event took place on April 27, 2019 at the British Council in Ikoyi, Lagos and attracted over 1400 attendees. The festival is an initiative of the Publisher of Clever Clogs Books, Olubunmi Aboderin Talabi.
The 2020 event will be held online over 2 days. On the first day, Friday October 30th there will be professional workshops for children’s book writers, illustrators and publishers. On the second day, Saturday October 31st there will be author book readings; Book Chat; Giggle Box; Happy Tunes; story time; pop quizzes and prizes; fun workshops for children and insightful sessions for parents and teachers.

More about the ACBF 2020 workshops

The panelists and facilitators to be featured are thought leaders from the
publishing, entertainment, digital media, fitness, parenting and education space.

The paid professional development workshops take place ONLINE on Friday October 30th, 2020. These are workshops for adults working as authors; illustrators; content creators; or publishers in the children's book sector.
These sessions cover three broad themes: Perfecting Your Bookcraft; Digital Books and The Business of Books. There are several workshops from which to choose:

  • PW1.  Writing Engaging Children's Books
  • PW2.  Level Up!: From Picture Book To Animation
  • PW3.  Becoming An eBook Superstar
  • PW4.  Write It Down!: From Idea to Book
  • PW5.  Unbury Your Work: Making It Easy For Buyers To Find Your Books
  • PW6.  Get Yourself Out There!: Making The Most Of Social Media
  • PW7.  Creating Illustrations For Children's Books
  • PW8.  Developing Your 1st App
  • PW9.  Editing: You've Written A Book Now What?
  • PW10.  Show Me The Money: How To Use Your Expertise To Create Online Courses

The workshops on Saturday October 31, 2020 are free to attend but registration is required.


  • No, You Can't Have My Password Safety tips from Ugochi Obidiegwu, the author of The Adventures of Muna. Learn useful advice for young and old alike, about staying safe online & stopping cyber bullies.
  • I Like Me Do you know that you are uniquely valuable? Yes, you. Find out why in this workshop for children that talks about boosting self-confidence & self-acceptance.
  • 10 Amazing Facts From The Child's Rights Act Understanding the legal rights of children.


  • Raising Moneywise Children Teaching your children fundamental skills for effective money management using examples from Kolo Banks.
  • Million Dollar Baby: Recognising and Nurturing Talented Children A case study of child prodigies such as JoJo Siwa and anecdotal examples from I Am Not Naughty, I Really, Really Mean It.
  • From Larvae to Butterfly Getting the balance right between giving your children freedom to grow and helping them make the right choices.
  • Developing Emotional Intelligence in Children Raising children who are socially and situationally aware.

The facilitators for all the workshops are authors with books relating to the subject matter and thought leaders from the
publishing, entertainment, digital media, fitness, parenting and education space.

- The registration portal opens Monday September 14th 2020.
- Groups of 10 and more may register by sending an email to