Mboka Festival 2018

Mboka Festival 2018

The literary program for Mboka Festival 2018 has been unveiled.

We here at JamesMurua.com have been following the proceedings from Western African country Gambia with the Mboka Festival of Arts, Culture and Sport. The festival is organised by Camp Africa, Global Hands and SABLE Publications with support from partners and funders including, Gambia Tourism Board and National Council for Arts and Culture , ADEPT (UK), Arts Council England, Numbi Arts (UK), Harlem Book Fair, the Organisation of Women Writers in Africa (USA) and Yaram Arts.

The festival started off last year with Ngugi wa Thiong’o being the headliner selected for debut edition. The headliner for the festival this year as we mentioned in December is Linton Kwesi Johnson the UK-based Jamaican-British dub poet acknowledged at the first reggae poet.

The festival organisers have unveiled the plans for this year and literary line up this year includes guests like Nii Ayikwei Parkes, Natalia Molebatsi, Nadia Maddy , Louisa Egbunike, Kadija Sesay, and The Clouds Poetry Collective. The first two will be conducting workshops with Parkes running one on fiction writing and Natalia Molebatsi on poetry. The full list of the events are as follows;

Thursday January 11

January Poetry Session with The Clouds Poetry Collective
Simon Pomrey
Venue: The Clouds venue in Bakau
Time: tbc SATURDAY

Saturday January 13

Nii Ayikwei Parkes
Nii Ayikwei Parkes

Event: Fiction workshop with Nii Parkes
Venue: African Poetry Library
Time: tbc (10.30 or 11 am)

Event: Nadia Maddy, Louisa Egbunike and Aisha Ibrahim on African women and Literature
Venue: Senegambia Hotel
Time: Afternoon.

Sunday January 14

Natalia Molebatsi
Natalia Molebatsi

Event: Poetry Workshop with Natalia Molebatsi
Venue: African Poetry Library
Time: tbc (10.30 or 11am)

Monday January 15

James Murua
James Murua

Panel Discussion: Publishing, print, digital and blogging with Nadia Maddy, Nii Parkes, Kadija Sesay, James Murua
Venue: Senegambia Hotel
Time: 5-6 pm

GOVI (School for the visually impaired)
Olusola Oyeleye

Tuesday January 16

Aisha Ibrahim at Girl Guides

Schools going to Senegambia Bookfair (between 12-4)

Thursday 18 January

Event:  Dorothea Smartt
Venue: Tanji Museum
Time: 11am

Middle School at Jabanjelleh
Anni Domingo

Middle School at Mahai
Louisa Egbunike

The Clouds Poetry Collective
Ousola Oyeleye

Evening (Clouds venue space in Bakau)

Friday January 19

Ella – Sambuyang Pre- School
Nzinga – Sambuyang Pre- School

Morning Panel

Discussion on social movements / youth involvement in The Gambia and other parts of the world..
Led by Alieu Bah (Immortal X ) Visiting Panellists : Ella Golt
Venue: Abraxus (near Traffic Lights)
Time: 5-7pm

Apart from these events there are events commemorating the lives of South African poet and struggle icon Keorapetse Kgositsile and Buchi Emecheta.

We here will be covering the events from the festival on the ground and we look forward to share our experiences from Gambia. If you are in Gambia and see us please say hey; a friendly face will be appreciated.