Kaduna Book and Arts Festival 2017: Travel and Hotel Tips

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The Nigerian literary scene has added another interesting line up to its yearly events with the inaugural edition of the Kaduna Book and Arts Festival, Kabafest happening at the Gusau Institute on the 5th of July to the 8th of July 2017. The Kaduna Book and Arts Festival is put together by the Kaduna State Government, in partnership with the Book Buzz Foundation and the Gusau Institute. It promises to be an interesting one and a prelude to the Ake Festival in the ancient city of Abeokuta later, this year.

The Kaduna Book and Arts Festival provides an opportunity for art and book lovers as well as travel lovers, to take a trip to the North of the country and bask in the creativity of budding young talents and established voices.

The festival will feature secondary school poetry reading contest, two film screenings, Bookologues, panel discussions, an art exhibition, fiction writing workshop, food tasting from Syria.

Guests at the Kaduna Book and Art Festival include:

  • Abubakar Adam Ibrahim
  • Aisha Umar
  • Andrew Walker
  • Carmen McCain
  • Dami Ajayi
  • Chika Jones
  • Efe Paul
  • Fatima Umar
  • Hadiza Isma El-Rufai
  • Leila Aboulela
  • Maryam Bukar Hassan
  • Maryam Bobi
  • Maryam Awaisu
  • Titilope Sonuga and
  • Wana Udobang among a host of others.


Registration for the festival costs NGN500 and students can register free when they register online but otherwise will pay the registration fee at the venue.

The Kaduna Book and Arts Festival will be hosted at the Gusau Institute which located at 2 Dendo Road, Off Ahmadu Bello Way.


Where to stay in Kaduna for KABAFEST 2017

If you are traveling to Kaduna for the festival, there are a number of hotels that are cheap and affordable you can stay in for the duration of the festival. If you are not on a budget and intend to splurge, enjoying full luxury on your trip for the festival, there are luxury styled accommodations in Kaduna for you to lodge in.

This is a selection of some hotels around the venue of KABAFEST 2017 where you can lodge in Kaduna.

  • Deluxe Suites
  • Tavern Hotel
  • Assa Pyramid Hotel
  • Bafra International Hotel
  • Palm View Hotel

How to get to Kaduna for KABAFEST 2017

If you are coming from Lagos or surrounding cities of Ibadan or Abeokuta, you can book a direct flight from Lagos to Kaduna via Arik Air who flies 4 times a week from Lagos to Kaduna. If you chose to go by road, several inter-state transport companies provide buses from Lagos to Kano and stop passengers going to Kaduna at the Mando Bus Park in Kaduna.

If you are going to Kaduna from Abuja, or other Northern cities such as Zaria, Kano, or Jos, you would find direct buses to Kaduna at major bus parks in these cities. In Zaria you would get buses to Kaduna from Kwangila Flyover. In Abuja you would get buses to Kaduna from several motor parks like Jabi, Utako, Gudu and Zuba.

If you are coming to Kaduna from the Garden City of Port Harcourt, you can get a flight to Kaduna via Arik Air with a stop in Lagos.

Things to do in Kaduna

If you arrive days before the event, or stay behind after the Kabafest 2017 there are a number of places you can visit to have a broader cultural experience of the city and state of Kaduna.

  • Kajuru Castle
  • Kaduna Museum
  • Emir of Zazzau Palace
  • Zaria City Walls
  • Kaduna River
  • Matsirga Waterfalls
  • Kamuku National Park
  • Gamji Park
  • Fifth Chuckker Polo Park

Read up our post on fun and exciting things to do in Kaduna and about the destination Kaduna. For guests flying into Kaduna, you can book a flight on Jumia Travel at the cheapest rate. 

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