Ngugi Wa Thiong’o and Petina Gappah are two of the many delegates set to attend the International Publishers Association Africa Seminar in Nairobi from June 14-15, 2019.
The seminar will take place at Movenpick Hotel in Nairobi, and the theme will be “Realising Africa’s Potential as a Global Publishing Leader in the 21st century.”
At the International Publishers Association gathering sessions will cover topics such as developing the next generation of Africa’s publishers, writers and artists; digital issues; the threat of self-censorship; creating future readers; the struggle to preserve Africa’s indigenous languages; education; and, copyright protection.
The writers who will feature include Ngugi Wa Thiong’o, Petina Gappah, and Peter Kimani who have written many books themselves. The International Publishers Association will be represented by its vice president Bodour Al Qasimi and the chair of the IPA’s Freedom to Publish Committee Kristenn Einarsson. The local organising team is led by Lawrence Njagi the chair of the Kenya Publishers Association.
The publishers attending include: Samuel Kolawole the chair of the African Publishers Network, Ernest Oppong the acting Executive Director, African Publishers Network, Anges Félix Ndakpri the President of the Ivorian Publishers Association, Brian Wafawarowa the former President of the Publishers Association of South Africa, Chidi and Chika Nwaogu the Co-founders of Publiseer, John Mwazemba the General Manager of Oxford University Press East Africa.