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!→
Chuma Nwokolo jnr is a Nigerian lawyer and writer and the publisher of African Writing magazine that featured several literary works of African writers. The writer of poetry collection and novels, such as African Tales at Jail point (1999), One More Tale for the Road(2003) Diaries of a Dead African (2003) and his recent book The Ghost of Sani Abach.
I still remember when mothers in the neighborhood used to call me and asked me favors. Very often, under the trees I used to listen to these mothers and write for them letters they would then send their husbands elsewhere in the world. There were no telephones and very few people could read. It was late 1980s and I was in my grade two. The literacy levels were so low that even an entire block might not have one single person able to read and write and would depend on grade two for reading and writing.
Our Guest Country
Our Guest country corner of our event is all about building a bridge that connects the youth of Somaliland to the wider African continent who were left in an enclave for many reasons. The young and the Diaspora community of Somaliland have much of a western and Arabic world understanding and linkage than to the contemporary Africa and the story behind it.