Afrikult. at Pa Gya! A Literary Festival In Accra 19 – 21 October 2018

Afrikult. team from L-R: Keren Lasme, Zaahida Nabagereka and Marcelle Mateki Akita at Pa Gya! 2018. Accra, Ghana.

In October we were lucky enough to be involved in the second ever edition of Pa Gya! A Literary Festival In Accra.  For Marcelle Akita, this was somewhat of a home-coming as she is Ghanaian, but for Afrikult. as a whole, it was a new adventure! With the support of the Miles Morland Foundation we were able to facilitate a workshop and book club at the three day long event. Writers Project Ghana worked in collaboration with the Goethe-Institut Ghana to deliver a really exciting and packed programme of discussions, readings, performances, workshops and book launches.
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Afrikult.’s lituation at #Kabafest18: 5-8 September 2018, Kaduna, Nigeria

Selfie: Marcelle and Zaahida with some of the Kabafest 2018 workshop participants, hosted at Yasmin El-Rufai Foundation. Kaduna, Nigeria.

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.

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Interview with Peter Kimani author of Dance of the Jakaranda

Photo credit: Yusuf Wachira

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.

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Afrikult. to deliver workshops in Nigeria, Ghana and Kenya

Monday, 3 September 2018

Afrikult. Team from L-R: Keren Lasme, Zaahida Nabagereka and Marcelle Mateki Akita. Photo credit: Sarah Ozo-Irabor.

In the following months the Afrikult. team will be travelling to Nigeria, Ghana and Kenya to take part in the Kaduna Book and Arts festival, Pa Gya! A literary festival in Accra and collaborative work with Jalada Africa collective in Nairobi. Through the generous support of Book Buzz Foundation, Miles Morland Foundation and Arts Council England the team is able to extend their literary and creative writing workshops to young people and adults on the African continent, while also conducting research and building networks necessary in widening access to African literatures, which is the literary organisation’s core mission. Continue reading “Afrikult. to deliver workshops in Nigeria, Ghana and Kenya”

‘Poetry meets Pan-Africanism: Africa Utopia Book Club’

 

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’”

Afrikult. at Africa Utopia 2018

 

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”

Africa Writes 2018 Young Voices Showcase

This year Afrikult. was invited once again to facilitate two half day workshops as part of the Africa Writes Young Voices Showcase outreach programme. We were lucky enough to return to Parliament Hill School for Girls and work with a wonderful group of students.

Some Parliament Hill School students doing a workshop exercise

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Afrikult. to launch ‘Stories of Home’ programme for displaced people in London

Thursday, 26 April 2018

This year we wanted to extend our workshops to hard-to-reach communities and felt particularly moved to work with refugees and asylum seekers, creating a bespoke programme where stories are exchanged and listened to. With the wonderful backing of our partners, we are proud to announce our latest programme Stories of Home launching in National Refugee Week 2018.

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Interview with Richard Oduor Oduku founder of Jalada

Richard Oduor Oduku is a post-cynical humanist, a researcher, writer, editor and poet. He studied Biomedical Science and Technology and works as a Research Consultant, in Nairobi. He has been published widely and was longlisted for the 2015 BSFA Awards, and shortlisted for the 2017 Brunel International African Poetry Prize. He is a Founding Member of Jalada Africa, is Program Manager for the Trust, and was the Festival Coordinator for the 2017 Jalada Mobile Festival. He is a Board Member of Youth on the Move (NGO, Kenya), and Nonfiction Editor at Panorama – The Journal for Intelligent Travel, among others.

We caught up with him at the SOAS African Literatures Conference that marked 55th anniversary of the Makerere African Writers Conference of 1962…

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Interview with Gersy Ifeanyi Ejimofo founder of Digitalback Books

Born in Germany, raised in Nigeria and educated in the UK, Gersy Ifeanyi Ejimofo is founder of Digitalback Books, a virtual library platform offering a comprehensive and diverse collection of African stories from around the world. The seed of DBB was planted many years ago when Heinemann announced the discontinuation of the African Writers Series. Recognising that Africans both on the continent and in the Diaspora need to take a more proactive approach to their creative content, Gersy left her career in the city to gain more hands on experience in the publishing industry. She has since worked on many digital projects for global publishers developing and implementing digital strategies internationally. Gersy has a BSc from the University of Birmingham and a Masters from the London School of Economics.

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