Sunday, June 6, 2010

Adichie holds court at Farafina’s literary evening

I am happy to announce that literary activities are alive and well in Africa. News from South Africa, Zimbabwe, Kenya and Nigeria are encouraging. People are engaging in the mind. Here's a report from Nigeria.
"Nothing could beat the eloquence of a writer at the Farafina Trust Literary evening on May 29 at the Civic Centre. Marking the end of a 10-day Creative Writing Workshop, the literary evening infused music into readings by the workshop facilitators – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Chika Unigwe, Niq Mhlongo, and Binyavanga Wainaina. Foremost Ghanaian writer, Ama Ata Aidoo, was the special guest of honour.

Welcoming the audience, publisher of Farafina Books and trustee of Farafina Trust, Muhtar Bakare, said the workshop was a way of ensuring that people take control of their own stories. “Literature is very important,” he said. “Ideas lead change in society (and) literature helps us to qualify these ideas.”

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