Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Pilgrimages: Thirteen African Writers. Thirteen Cities. Thirteen Books

The Pilgrimages Project

Pilgrimages is a ground-breaking, pan-African project organised by The Chinua Achebe Center, Bard College, in partnership with Kachifo Limited in Nigeria, Kwani? Trust in Kenya, and Chimurenga in South Africa, in celebration of Africa’s first world cup.

The project involves 13 African writers visiting 12 cities across the continent and one in Brazil for two weeks during the World Cup. At the end of the project, each writer will produce a book of non-fiction travel literature based on their experiences, forming a series to be published next year.

The Writers

The writers and cities involved in the project are Funmi Iyanda (Durban), Alain Mabanckou (Lagos), Abdourahman A. Waberi (Salvador, Bahia), Akenji Ndumu (Abidjan), Doreen Baingana (Hargeisa), Chris Abani (Johannesburg), Uzodinma Iweala (Timbuktu), Billy Kahora (Luanda), Kojo Laing (Cape Town), Binyavanga Wainaina (Touba), Yvonne Owuor (Kinshasha), Victor Lavelle (Kampala), Nicole Turner (Nairobi) and Nimco Mahmud Hassan (Khartoum).

Alain Mabanckou in Lagos

Alain Mabanckou from Congo-Brazzaville is considered one of the most talented writers in Francophone African literature today. His most notable works are Verre Casse (Broken Glass), Bleu-Blanc-Rouge (Blue-White-Red) and The African Pyscho. His work, Memoirs of a Porcupine, won the Prix Renaudot, one of the highest distinctions in Francophone literature.

Alain visits Lagos from the 25th of June to 2nd of July 2010, during which time he will crisscross the city, from the ‘highbrow’ to the ‘slum’. Each day of his stay will alternate stops at football viewing centres, local bukkas and beer parlours, upmarket bars and relevant cultural events, and will include interviews with local denizens, artists, writers and other social commentators. Alain will be guided around the city by architect, writer and publisher, Ayodele Arigbabu, who will also blog about their daily experiences on the Pilgrimages website.

The Website

A dynamic and state-of-the art multimedia website has been launched as part of the Pilgrimages project, at During the 13 Pilgrimages the writers and their local guides will blog on the website. Correspondents, artists and photographers in each city will also post topical content on the site.

The Books

The Pilgrimages Project will culminate in the launch of twelve books in four African cities in January 2012 during the African Nations’ Cup. The collection promises to be the most significant, single addition to the continent’s archive of literary knowledge since the African Writers’ Series of the 1960s. The books will be published by Kachifo Limited in Nigeria, Kwani? Trust in Kenya, Chimurenga in South Africa and a francophone publisher to be announced.

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Monday, June 21, 2010

CON.tra.diction - Dreams ( Place to go ) | Official Video |

Between Hazel and Abisona/myself, and Tosyn and even one of our skitsonas, Toptosyn, it has been hard for CON.tra.diction to get her time or shine. But 'personas are not smiling' cos she says she is ready, or at least wants to try!
So she has been recording, and well, being! And here is the video for her second first single, shot by AK ONE, and starring Skales, Kay Doherty and some totally adorable kids!

This song was produced by COLDflames!

Friday, June 18, 2010

So whats happening in AUGUST? Dubai? Yay! Lets go there!

i always love when i stumble on interesting deals, offers and promotions and when i heard about this trip to Dubai being planned for August, i thought you guys should definitely hear about it!

RENEWING RELATIONSHIPS basically seeks to give young adults the opportunity to do something different, with an interesting, and different set of people!
So, if you have some leave time coming up, and want to get away from your phones... then explore Dubai with a group of people, take pictures, and make me wish i went!

Heres a link to the note on facebook

Its for the first week in August, and there are all sorts of activities planned so Ƨheck it out and let me know!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

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