We are thrilled to announce that Afrikult. has been awarded funding from Arts Council England to deliver our research and development workshop programme to schools in London and Norwich, all under the title ‘Words that Travel’. Following the success of the three-part event series Afrikult. ran in 2016-17, the team decided to turn the focus of the 2018 edition of the series to workshops traveling from Norwich to London and rounding-off the year with a lounge event. Continue reading “Afrikult. awarded funding for ‘Words that Travel’ workshop series”
How do we archive the work of African literature curators? Afrikult. joins Africa in Dialogue for a video conversation on the importance of archiving, marking achievements and building the African literary community on 1 July 2019. The video will be shared on Facebook and YouTube. If you have any questions that you would like us to consider on the topic of archiving please send these to bit.ly/AiDxAfrikultQs by Thursday 27 June.
When the concept of creating a platform that shared African literature and promoted African writers first planted its seed in my mind, I had no idea where or what this thing would be. It was through sheer imagination and bouncing ideas off Henry and Zaahida that Afrikult. was then born. The name, as I had imagined it, would encapsulate ‘Afrika’ and ‘culture’. We liked the aesthetics of having the ‘k’ and the full stop (.) to give Afrikult. the distinctive branding we hoped for.
In May Afrikult. worked with a group of year 7 pupils at Addey and Stanhope School in Deptford. We took them through our ‘Poetry, Performance and African Languages’ workshop over 2 sessions, and supported them to write a creative piece in response to what they learned during the workshops.
We all have authors who inspire us and fuel our passion for African literature with their use of words, spellbinding narratives and their approach to issues related to African experiences within and outside of Africa. In April, we decided to celebrate remarkable African women writers from the continent and the diaspora who inspire us and whose work was pivotal in our literary journey. Their novels and poems often raise questions on the human condition and explore themes such as identity, social injustice, gender roles, violence, mental health, marriage and self-love.
Earlier this month, we made our way to Kaduna, northern Nigeria, for the second edition of Kaduna Books and Arts Festival (also referred to as Kabafest). After a long journey from London to Abuja to Kaduna, we immediately whisked ourselves into action to deliver the first of our two literary and creative writing workshops at the festival at Yasmin El-Rufai Foundation. Prior to this though, Zaahida introduced Afrikult.during the festival’s opening ceremony while Marcelle was still on the road from Abuja.
Peter Kimani is an award-winning Kenyan author and journalist. He works across a broad spectrum of genres, from fiction to non-fiction, poetry and plays. His latest novel, Dance of the Jakaranda, was published in New York in February 2017, to great critical acclaim. Peter Kimani received his formal education in Kenya, the United Kingdom and the United States, where he earned a doctorate in Creative Writing and Literature from the University of Houston in 2014.
This year, Afrikult. had the privilege to host a book club at Africa Utopia 2018 entitled Poetry Meets Pan-Africanism. We focused on the contributions of women poets to the Pan-African movement whose history largely focuses on male figures like Nkrumah, Sankara and Garvey or Senghor, Césaire and Diop when we think of the Négritude movement. Continue reading “‘Poetry meets Pan-Africanism: Africa Utopia Book Club’”
We are really excited to be hosting a book club at Africa Utopia later this month looking at how Poetry Meets Pan-Africanism on Sunday 22 July at 12pm. We will be exploring pieces of poetry that have not received the acclaim they deserve or that have simply been forgotten from living memory. We will be focusing on women’s poetic contributions to the Pan-African movement, so join us for this discussion and find out about some amazing poetry written by African women you may not have come across before! Continue reading “Afrikult. at Africa Utopia 2018”