Sunday, 31 December 2017
We’ve reached the last day of 2017, and what a year it has been! There have been some amazing titles to come out this year and we are looking forward to adding more exciting titles to our shelves in 2018. We have had a chance to reflect on 2017 and wanted to share our top five highlights of the year.
1) Launching our re-designed our website
One thing we were adamant to do was to re-design our website and in May we did just that! We’ve loved the content we’ve been able to post up since, with plenty more in store.
2) Launched our internship programme
In May we advertised for two interns to join us for 3-months at a time to manage our social media and website. After receiving over 20 applications hailing from Angola, Botswana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Uganda, UK and Ukraine, we shortlisted and interviewed six candidates. We were thrilled to have Uviwe and Keren join us as our interns. We are even more ecstatic to share that Keren will be staying on for a further 3-months with the Afrikult. team in 2018! #yay
3) Partnering with RAS Education
We’ve long been partners with Royal African Society through our work since 2014 with the Africa Writes festival held annually at the British Library. This partnership with the charity’s education programme is a special one for us, as it brings us closer to one of our core goals in bringing African literature to schools. With RAS Education we delivered bespoke half-day workshops in a secondary school in London and a primary school in Blackwood, South Wales.
4) Partnering on ‘SOAS African Literatures Conference – 55 years after the first Makerere African Writers Conference’
We previously partnered with SOAS’s Centre of African Studies and The Lumina Foundation for workshops we hosted in 2016. This conference was particularly exciting to be a part of in memory of the first African Writers Conference held at Makerere University College in Kampala, Uganda in 1962. It was an opportunity to invite writers who originally presented and attended the conference 55 years ago in conversation with contemporary African writers and scholars. Watch the introduction and keynote delivered by Wole Soyinka.
5) Planning for 2018
Okay this may not make the most sense right now, but the majority of this year has incorporated a serious amount of background work (mostly administrative) in planning what we envision 2018 to be for Afrikult. and all we can say is watch this space. We have some pretty exciting projects up our sleeves with new partnerships, initiatives and the second year of running Words that Travel but with a fundamental twist!
Thank you for continuing to support the work we do and for all the encouragement and exciting opportunities you’ve brought our way. Afrikult. would not be here today without the community. We wish you all a joyful and wonderful 2018 with more discoveries of African literary delights (and while you’re dreaming up of more books, why not enter our #WhyBuchi competition for a chance to win Buchi Emecheta’s books designed by Victor Ehikhamenor)!
With literary love, Marcelle and Zaahida