The ‘Cultural Images in and of Africa’ programme has previously hosted two guest writers, Ama Ata Aidoo from Ghana, and Gabeba Baderoon from South Africa. The Nigerian writer Tolu Ogunlesi is the 2008 Guest Writer, and will be at the Nordic Africa Institute in Uppsala from September through November this year.
The raison d'être behind the guest writer grant is the conviction that knowledge of Africa is not gained only from social science analysis and facts. Literature and the arts can significantly add another language and meaning, and illustrate the diversity of the continent. The purpose of the grant is three-fold:
On 4 October 2008, Shailja Patel performed at the Internazionale Festival in Ferrara, Italy. Her performance was filmed an is available online: http://www.glooc.tv/pagine/internazionale08_servizi.htm# (click on "L'Africa allo Specchio").
NAI researcher Mai Palmberg had the opportunity to interview Shailja Patel at the literary congress WALTIC in Stockholm on 1 July 2008.
Read the interview.
Read a press release from 1 July 2008: Shailja Patel selected Guest writer for 2009. Nordic scholarship to female Kenyan writer and playwright.