Architecture, just like any other form of art, is a manifestation of human emotion, culture and traditions. As Somaliland is fast transitioning from the rubbles of war and civil strife, architects have a great opportunity to participate in the reconstruction. Joe Addo, a renowned Ghanaian architect, presented the work of ArchiAfrika Foundation at the fair. He encouraged young architects to utilise local resources and work with local communities in order to integrate ideas that will best define Somaliland.
Addo also recognises the importance of the diaspora in the development of a nation and the role they play in its transformation. He encouraged Africa to connect with her diaspora in order to broaden development prospects. “It is the attachment to a place, sense of being and identity that will transform Africa”, he said.
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Africa’s poet laureate, Professor Niyi Osundare, opened day two of the Hargeysa International Book Fair reading moving and thought-provoking poems titled: I long for open spaces, Airport, Who wants to touch the world and Our Earth will not die. These poems portray the relationship between human existence and space, the significance of space to human emotions, freedom and how they resonate with the work we produce.
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The 8th Hargeysa International Book Fair (HIBF) is finally here!
Hargeysa, the capital of Somaliland, is home to this festival that is a cultural highlight for Somalilanders and the region. There is also a growing interest and excitement from the international community with guests jetting in from all over the world. Some are great artists who will participate and showcase their intellectual, artistic and literary works at the HIBF from 1 to 6 August 2015. Continue reading Spaces!