There was a very strong contingent of African delegates from the Frankfurt Book Fair 2018 which took place in Germany on October 10-14. Here are images from around the fair.
There was a strong group of delegates of publishers, authors, event and event organisers, alongside everyone that is involved in the African literary scene. In a sight seen rarely, there were professionals in the publishing industry from both English and French speaking Africa sharing ideas and generally getting along. Generally.
We have compiled images from a variety of sources including our own, African Pavilion coordinator Raphaël Thierry, Bernd Hartung from the Frankfurt Book Fair. The picture is followed by explanation of what the panel above was about. Enjoy,
Opening Press- Conference to the Frankfurt Book Fair 2018.
Juergen Boos, Director of the Frankfurt Book Fair, Heinrich Riethmüller, Head of the Börsenvereins des Deutschen Buchhandels and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Author from Nigeria.
Rights in African Languages: Promoting networks and exchanges to facilitating trade.
Dr Jama Musse Jama (Hargeysa International Book Fair, Somalia), Eric Dusabimana tbc (Bakame, Rwanda), Dr Kenza Sefrioui (Publisher of the collection Maroc : la guerre des langues ? – En Toutes Lettres publishing, Morocco) Discussant: Nathalie Carré (Inalco)
African Comics: Extending styles (in partnership with Africa & Mediterraneo).
Paulin Assem (Ago Media, Togo), Dan Bomboko (Elondja, DRC), Simon-Pierre Mbumbo (Toom Comics, Cameroon/France), Ngong Bertrand Collins (AfricAvenir, Cameroon) Discussant: Christophe Ngalle Edimo (Toom Comics, Cameroon) (French
Feminist Press reversing the gender bias.
Colleen Higgs (Modjaji Books, South Africa), Mirline Pierre (Legs éditions, Haïti), Anne Migner-Laurin (Les Éditions du remue-ménage, Canada), Nick Mulgrew (Uhlanga Press), Discussant: Maly Diallo (Après la Première Page, France) (English / French)
Lecture Afrolivresque Acèle Nadale meets Johary Ravaloson, author of Vol à Vif, Prix Ivoire pour la Littérature Africaine d’Expression Francophone 2017 (Dodo Vole, Madagascar) Discussant: Acèle Nadale (Afrolivresque) (English/ French)
Literature across Borders Olatoun Gabi Williams Talks to Antoinette Tidjani Alou – Author, Tina Shot Me Between the Eyes & Other Stories (Amalion, Senegal) Discussant: Olatoun Gabi Williams (Borders Literature for All Nations, Nigeria)
Opening the gates: African literary awards and African publishers.
Maggie Davey (Gerald Kraak Award, South Africa), Dr Ibrahima Moctala Lô, Isabelle Kassi Fofana (Prix Ivoire pour la Littérature Africaine d’Expression Francophone, Ivory Coast), Akoss Ofori-Mensah (Sub-Saharan Publishers). Discussant: Sulaiman Adebowale (Amalion, Senegal) (English/ French)
Discussing the Postcolonial legacy.
Sulaiman Adebowale (Amalion, Senegal), Prof. Dr Kum’a Ndumbe III (AfricAvenir, Cameroon), Prof. Dr. Manfred Loimeier (Universität Mannheim, Germany) Discussant: Dr Madhu Krishnan (University of Bristol, UK) (English)
Writing in Transition – African literature in transition
Ilija Trojanow speaks with Tsitsi Dangarembga.