The Program of the Fair

HEROE BOOK FAIR 2021 [PROGRAM]

Dates: March 22-26, 2021

Theme: Belonging

Venue: Alliance Française Mombasa

Monday 22nd March 2021

9am – 10am: Welcome speeches and video

Speeches: Vincent Padaré – Director, Alliance Française Mombasa

                      Lorna Likiza – Founder, Heroe Book Fair

                      Mombasa County Government Representative

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10am -11am: Virtual Book Reading and discussion of Bibi’s Blessing by Lela Goldsmith

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11am-12pm: Virtual Panel Discussion- Stream for African writers

 Topic: The Part Ethnicity Plays In African Literature

 Panel Moderator: Ibrahim Babatunde Ibrahim – Nigeria

 Panelists:

  1. T. J. Benson – Author, “The Madhouse” – Nigeria
  2. Sihle Ntuli – Author, “The Rumblin” – South Africa
  3. Caroline Numuhire – Author, “Between Wild and Free” -Rwanda………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

12pm-1pm: Five questions with Tabu Osusa Co-Author “Shades of Benga”

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2pm-4pm: Lisa Kibutu in conversation with Chaparuka Kusimba: The Politics of Remembering (Swahili Culture).

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4pm-5pm: Historical Literary Talk and Poetry Reading by Najeeb Juma Bhalo

Najeeb Juma Bhalo

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Tuesday 23rd March 2021

9am – 11 am: Spelling Bee for the Primary School Kids Attendees in French, English and possibly, German.

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11am-12pm: Talk by Hans Hofele (cultureafrica.net) and Lorna Likiza

(Heroe Book Fair) – The Perception of African Culture in the Media.

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12pm – 1pm: Talk by Themina Kader – “My Jail Experience by Mahatma Gandhi”

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2pm-4pm: Kas Kazi Literary Talk

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4pm-5pm: Book Launch by Boniface Nyamweya – “Her Question Pills”

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5:30pm -6:30pm: Virtual Panel Discussion Stream for Black Diaspora Writers

 Topic: The Impact of Race and Identity on Black Literature

  Panel Moderator: Audrey Shipp, Founder, Decolonial Passage – US

  Panelists:

  1. Brenda J. Cyprian – Author, “Shadow Resistance” – US
  2. Rochelle Riley – Author, “The Burdens” – US
  3. Hassan Ghedi Santur – Author, “The Youth of God” – Canada
  4. Tete Loeper – Author, “Barefoot in Germany” – Germany
  5. Nathaniel Annan Dadson – Author, “Like Apples of Gold in Pictures of Silver” – US

Wednesday 24th March 2021

9am-10am: Book Launch – Self-Care Kit to Mental Wellness by Queentah Wambulwa

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10am-11am: Virtual Talk by Fiston Mwanza Mujila – Congolese-Austrian Writer – Austria

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11am-12pm: Virtual Panel Discussion Stream for African Poets

Topic: The State of Poetry Translations in Africa

 Panel Moderator: Richard Ali, Author of

“The Anguish and Vigilance of Things” – Nigeria

  Panelists:

  1. Takudzwa Goniwa – Zimbabwe
  2. Michael Onsando – Kenya
  3. Abigail Arunga – Kenya
  4. Jaliya the Bird – Angola

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12pm-1pm: VirtualReading by Ally Abdallah Baharoon – Wewe Sio Wa Hapa

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2pm – 2:30pm: Discours d’Ouverture (Keynote Speech) par Scholastique Mukasonga – Autrice, “Kibogo est monté au ciel” – La France

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3pm-4pm: Virtual Book Reading by Ingrid Arlington – Kinky Roots

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4pm-5.30pm: Interview with Kevin Mwachiro – Queer Identity in African Literature

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6.30pm – 8pm: Notre Dame Du Nil de Scholastique Mukasonga Film Screening

Alliance Française Mombasa, photo: Lorna Likiza

Thursday 25th March 2021

9am – 10am:  Book Reading by Kids in French, German, Swahili and English (Ages 6-13)

Participant Kids: 1. Franziska Hofele – Germany

                                 2. Carlos’ Son

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10am-11am: Debate in French by High School Kids Attendees

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11am-12pm: Virtual Book Reading by Samwel Ochanda – “The Ogre, An Anthology of Short Stories”

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12pm-1pm: Poetry Recitation in French by High School Kids Attendees

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2:00pm-3pm: Literary Talk: “Belonging” by Lorna Likiza

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3pm-4pm: Book Launch – A Long Way From Douala by Max Lobe

Max Lobe

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4pm-4:30pm: Introduction to the Francophone virtual panel discussion by representative (s) from the French Embassy in Kenya

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5pm -6pm: Virtual Panel Discussion Stream for Francophone Writers and Poets

Topic: Les écrivains et poètes francophones noirs et africains sont-ils pleinement représentés dans la littérature?

Panel Moderator: Maeline Le Lay – Ifra Nairobi

Panelists:

  1. Kristen Stern – Editor, “Africa In Words” – US
  2. Ernestine Vera KG – Burundi
  3. Max Lobe – Author, A Long way From Douala – Switzerland
  4. Edwige Dro – Co-Founder, Abidjan Lit – Ivory Coast
  5. Mathe Kisughu – Writer and Lecturer – DRC

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6:30pm-8pm: Petit Pays de Gael Faye (France/Rwanda) / Film Screening

Friday, 26th March 2021

9am-11am: Café Croissants with the FLAAP network –  French Language As A Priority

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11am-11:30am: Keynote Speech:  Finding Home Beyond Stereotypes and Identity Crisis by Salma Abdulatif, Poet – Kenya

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12pm-1pm: Virtual Book Reading & Discussion by Nana Ekua Brew-Hammond – “Powder Necklace”.

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2pm-4pm: Film Marketing and Distribution Workshop by Lucy Muthui

Panel de discussion virtuel: Le Français utile, langue de mobilité internationale …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

4pm-5pm: Virtual Panel Discussion Stream for Publishers

 Topic: Publishing in Africa and the Black Diaspora

 Panel Moderator: James Murua – Kenya

 Panelists:

  1. Azafi Omoluabi – Parressia Publishers – Nigeria
  2. Ese Emmanuel – Bright Lights Books – London, UK
  3. Caroline Gatwiri Weloba – Pearson East Africa – Kenya
  4. Lorraine Sithole – RedSoil Publishers – South Africa
  5. Dzekashu MacViban – Bakwa Books – Cameroon

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6:30pm-9pm: Closing ceremony – Cocktail dinner

Theme: Smart casual

Performances: Congolese Band

                          Lelele Africa Band

Speeches: Mombasa County Rep

                 Lorna Likiza – Founder, Heroe Book Fair

                 Elizabeth Mairura – Goethe Institut

1 alcoholic/non-alcoholic drink and a plate of bitings

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PARTNERS

  1. French Embassy in Kenya
  2. Alliance Francaise
  3. Culture Africa
  4. Hekaya Arts Initiative
  5. Goethe Institut Nairobi
  6. Belgian Embassy in Kenya
  7. Swiss Embassy in Kenya

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

  1. Scholastique Mukasonga
  2. Salma Abdulatif

WELCOME NOTES

  1. Lorna Likiza – Founder, Heroe Book Fair
  2. Vincent Padaré – Director, Alliance Française Mombasa
  3. Mombasa County Representative

HOST: Queentah Wambulwa

PARTICIPANT WRITERS, POETS, READERS AND PUBLISHERS LIST

  1. Audrey Shipp – Los Angeles, US
  2. B.J. Cyprian – Texas, US
  3. Rochelle Riley – Michigan, US
  4. Hassan Ghedi Santur – Toronto, Canada
  5. Tete Loeper – Gernsbach, Germany
  6. Richard Ali –Abuja, Nigeria
  7. Takudzwa Goniwa – Zimbabwe
  8. Michael Onsando – Kenya
  9. Abigail Arunga – Kenya
  10. Azafi Omoluabi – Nigeria
  11. James Murua – Kenya
  12. T.J. Benson– Nigeria
  13. Ese Emmanuel – London, UK
  14. Jaliya the Bird – Angola
  15. Kristen Stern – US
  16. Caroline Gatwiri Weloba – Kenya
  17. Queentah Wambulwa – Kenya
  18. Abu Amirah Ndegwa – Kenya
  19. Ibrahim Babatunde Ibrahim – Nigeria
  20. Scholastique Mukasonga – France
  21. Nana Ekua Brew-Hammond – Ghana
  22. Ernestine Vera KG – Burundi
  23. Sithole Lorraine – South Africa
  24. Nathaniel Annan Dadson – US
  25. Lisa Kibutu –Kenya
  26. Chaparuka Kusimba – US
  27. Salma Abdulatif –Kenya
  28. Caroline Numuhire – Rwanda
  29. Kevin Mwachiro –Kenya
  30. Lela Goldsmith – Kenya
  31. Dzekashu MacViban – Cameroon
  32. Franziska Hofele – Germany
  33. Najeeb Juma Bhalo – Kenya
  34. Hans Hofele – Germany
  35. Fiston Mwanza Mujila – Austria
  36. Max Lobe – Switzerland
  37. Ingrid Arlington South Africa/UK
  38. Boniface Nyamweya – Kenya
  39. Kito Yunia – Kenya
  40. Lucy Muthui – Kenya
  41. Samwel Ochandah – Kenya
  42. Tabu Osua
  43. Ally Abdallah Baharoon – Zanzibar
  44. Maeline Le Lay – Kenya
  45. Mathe Kisughu – DRC

SPECIAL INVITES

  1. Melanie Vial – French Embassy, Nairobi
  2. Julie Briand – French Embassy, Nairobi
  3. Patrick Byiringiro – Nairobi, Kenya
  4. Vincent Padare – Alliance Française, Mombasa
  5. Elizabeth Mairura – Goethe Institut Nairobi
  6. Representative (s) from Mombasa County Government
  7. Hans Hofele -Culture Africa, Germany
  8. Schools and universities in Mombasa area: Shree swaminarayan ,Future Hope Montessori School

MARCH BOOK VENDING IN PARTNERSHIP WITH HEKAYA ARTS INITIATIVE

  1. Shadow Resistance by Brenda J. Cyprian
  2. The Burden by Rochelle Riley
  3. That They Lived by Rochelle Riley
  4. Barefoot in Germany by Tete Loeper
  5. City of Memories by Richard Ali
  6. The Anguish and Vigilance of Things by Richard Ali
  7. The Youth of God by Hassan Ghedi Santur
  8. The Perilous Journey to Beyond my Nose by Michael Onsando
  9. Like Apples of Gold in Pictures of Silver by Nathaniel Annan Dadson
  10. Akello by Abigail Arunga
  11. A side of raunch by Abigail Arunga
  12. Kibogo est monté au ciel by Scholastique Mukasonga
  13. Coast Woman Magazine
  14. Self-Care Kit to Mental Wellness by Queentah Wambulwa
  15. Rumblin by Sihle Ntuli
  16. Lavender, Buds and Rose Petals by Salma Abdulatif
  17. Between Wild and Free by Caroline Numuhire
  18. Afropean (2) and Afropéen(2) by Johny Pitts
  19. A Long Way from Douala by Max Lobe
  20. Kinky Roots by Ingrid Arlington
  21. Her Question Pills by Boniface Nyamweya
  22. Shades of Benga by Tabu Osusa
  23. Story! Story! Story Come by Maimouna Jallow

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