Africa in Dialogue x Afrikult. Conversation

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.

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Top four highlights of Afrikult.

Marcelle

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.

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African Women Writers Who Inspire Us

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.

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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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‘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’”

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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Bite-size: The Story of Us | Hanna Ali

AFRIKULT.’S OVERALL RATING

The Story of Us | Hanna Ali

Hanna Ali is set to take the literary scene by storm with her dreamlike prose in her debut publication, “Sheekadii Noloshayada” / The Story of Us, a collection of four short stories published in Somali. Ali is the first contemporary writer to publish her debut in the Somali language as both in audio and e-book format. Hanna’s works have been described to accurately capture the unspoken tensions, hopes and wishes of displaced people. The unique, singular stories gently wrap themselves around your mind like your favourite melancholic song. Hanna truly shows: where there is pain, there is beauty.  We got to review the English language version of her collection.

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