Invitation to Translate “Princes Sunflower and the Bee” into African Languages

Solano Publications have made a call out for translations for their book Princes Sunflower and the Bee into African Languages.

The children’s book Princes Sunflower and the Bee written by Andrew Maina was unveiled at the I Am Listening anthology launch in Thika, Kenya, on Saturday, March 5. Its publisher Solano Publications has made a call out for translations of the book. Here is their statement in full;

There is a serious shortage of reading material in African languages which has led to a low reading culture, especially to those not competent in English, or in any of the other mostly spoken languages around the world.

To help address this shortage and to safe guard the endangered African languages, Solano Publications Ltd, a publishing company based in Kenya has started a project of translating story books into indigenous languages in support of literacy in African languages. Through a translation of a single story into as many African languages as possible, the amount of the reading material available in our mother tongues will increase.

In this pursuit, and with permission from the author, we are accepting applications from anyone willing to translate Princes Sunflower and the Bee into their mother tongue or into any other language.

Princes Sunflower and the Bee is a children’s story book originally written in Gĩkũyũ language as Ihũa wa Riũa na Gĩcũkĩ by Andrew Maina and published by Solano Publications Ltd.

The Translation Panel is co-chaired by Professor Goro Kamau of Laikipia University and Muthoni wa Gichuru, a Kenyan writer. All the translations shall be launched in January next year as part of the celebration of the African Languages Week (ALW). This is a week set aside by the African Union (AU) for celebrating African languages.

All the profits generated from this translation shall go to the activities of Kendeka Prize for African Literature. Andrew Maina is the founder of Kendeka Prize for African Literature and a member of the Translation Panel.

For more details, visit . Your deadline to communicate your interest is August 15.