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In Memoriam: Abubakar Momoh (1964-2017)

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Abubakar Momoh (1964-2017)

We are deeply saddened that Abubakar Momoh, a friend, mentor and staunch Amalion supporter, has died. Momoh passed away suddenly on May 29, 2017.

Born on August 28, 1964, Momoh studied Political Science at the University of Lagos, Nigeria where he was awarded a doctorate degree in Political Theory. A fervent student activist and student of leadership in Africa, he was also known for his work on subaltern youths in Lagos and electoral processes and systems on the continent.

He was the director-general of the Independent National Electoral Commission's Electoral Institute in Abuja, Nigeria. Before then, he was the dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences at Lagos State University (LASU), Ojo, Nigeria, where he taught for more than two decades. He has also taught and held academic positions in various parts of the world including at the Institute of Development Studies, University of Helsinki, Finland; Department of Peace and Conflict Research, Uppsala University, Sweden; Centre for African Studies, University of Cape Town, South Africa; Nordic Africa Institute, Sweden; Catholic University, Brussels, Belgium; senior Fulbright scholar, James Coleman African Studies Centre, University of California, Los Angeles, UCLA; African and African-American Studies Department, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, USA; Conflict, Security and Development Group, King’s College, University of London; International Development Centre, Open University, Milton Keynes, England, and postgraduate research supervisor, Bielefeld University, Bielefeld, Germany.

Posted on 01 Jun 2017 around 11am | Permalink

In Memoriam: Sky Omoniyi (1956-2017)

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Tope Omoniyi (1956-2017)

It is with deep sadness to announce the passing of a friend, mentor and author, Tope ‘Sky’ Omoniyi, who died on May 27, 2017 after a brief battle with cancer. He is survived by his wife Karen, children Tife Nisha, Onaayo and Feranmi as well as his elderly mother and siblings.

Posted on 31 May 2017 around 9am | Permalink

Rencontre professionnelle des éditeurs francophones au Livre Paris

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Rencontre professionnelle des éditeurs francophones au Livre Paris 2017

En marge de l’année de la langue française à la Foire du livre de Francfort 2017, le Bureau international de l’édition française (BIEF) et l’Alliance internationale des éditeurs indépendants (AIEI) ont organisé le 27 mars 2017 à l’occasion de Livre Paris une journée d’échanges entre éditeurs francophones du nord et du sud. Cette rencontre a abordé les enjeux du marché du livre francophone et ses possibilités de développement, notamment au travers des échanges de droits et des partenariats éditoriaux.

Posted on 31 Mar 2017 around 1am | Permalink

Book Launch The Grapes from the Baobab

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Les Raisins du baobab

Amalion Publishing and OSIWA cordially invite you to the launch of "The Grapes from the Baobab" by Ibrahima Amadou Niang.

Date: Friday 24 February 2017 from 16.30 to 18.30

Venue: OSIWA, behind Elton Mermoz, Atos, Dakar, Senegal.

RSVP Contact: Tel: 33 869 10 24 (OSIWA) Contact: Tel: 33 860 19 04 (Amalion)

Posted on 17 Feb 2017 around 12pm | Permalink

Print Activism in Twenty-First Century Africa

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Print Activism in Twenty-First Century

On December 8, 2016, Amalion attended the launch of the special issue of Wasafiri, the International Journal of Contemporary Writing on "Print Activism in Twenty-First Century Africa" guest edited by Ruth Bush and Madhu Krishnan organised at the George Padmore Institute, London, UK, as part of events celebrating the 50th anniversary of New Beacon Books, the first Black British publisher founded by the late John La Rose.

A panel involving Sulaiman Adebowale (Amalion), Mary Jay (African Books Collective), Ruth Bush (University of Bristol) and Madhu Krishnan (University of Bristol) discussed the trends and challenges of publishing in 21st Century Africa. The event ended with poetry performance by the award-winning Nick Makoha.

Posted on 08 Dec 2016 around 1pm | Permalink

La dure réalité des éditeurs francophones, à l’ombre de Paris

Un vif débat sur la « suprématie de Paris » dans l’édition française et comment nous comprenons les concepts de la francophonie et la littérature du monde a été organisé à la foire du livre de Francfort le 19 octobre 2016. Le panel moderé par Ruthard Stäblein, Hessischer Rundfunk (Allemagne) a réuni quelques éditeurs africains et haïtiens présent à l'occasion.

Posted on 19 Oct 2016 around 7pm | Permalink

Publishing future in Niger

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Joel Gandi on Goree Island, Senegal

Joël just wants to be a publisher. He also wants to be a writer, bigger than X, whom we won’t reveal for now, so as not to turn the heat on the competitor so soon. After spending the months of June and July 2016 with this multitalented 24-year-old man from Niamey, Niger Republic, we have nothing but praise and smile on our lips!

Hevi Joël Komlan Sénam was born in Lomé, Togo and grew up in Niamey, Niger, where he is currently pursuing a programme in Performing Arts, Culture Mediation and Heritage Studies at the Université Abdou Moumouni de Niamey, after completing an MA in English from the same university. The budding writer, slam poet and performance artist hopes to develop a project to support and strengthen the capacity of the few publishing houses in Niger with a view to promoting local authors and book development.

Posted on 12 Sep 2016 around 5pm | Permalink

Amalion on “Africa: Stories in the 55”

Can we cross African boundaries through books? Head of Amalion Publishing, Sulaiman Adebowale’s interview with Laura Angela Bagnetto on RFI’s “Africa: Stories in the 55” programme believes in the role of languages in making it happen. Adebowale explains Amalion’s multilingual path and the decision to work across languages as a condition predicated on the situation of the continent. In order to broaden our knowledge and understanding of Africa, discussions on Africa cannot be monolingual because the continent and its peoples are not. Moreover, he argues that to promote a better thinking on issues and challenges confronting Africa, we have to work beyond restrictive language boundaries and dichotomies of Anglophone, Francophone, Lusophone and Arabophone Africa. Finally, Adebowale gives a glimpse of a forthcoming publication The Culture Conspiracy and Development Planning in Africa, a collection of essays by scholars and practitioners on the debate around the culture and development nexus.

The full interview with Sulaiman Adebowale can be found here

Posted on 21 Jun 2016 around 6pm | Permalink

Omo Oduduwa au Lycée Saïdou Nourou Tall

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Louis Camara et les élèves du Lycée Thierno Saïdou Nourou Tall

Le 13 mai 2016, le Lycée Thierno Saïdou Nourou Tall de Dakar a accueilli l’écrivain Louis Camara, lauréat du Grand Prix du président de la république pour les lettres. Il était accompagné de Sulaiman Adebowale, directeur de la maison d’édition Amalion. Plus de deux cents élèves de la classe de Seconde et enseignants ont assisté à une journée merveilleuse à l’amphithéâtre de la FASTEF pour s’immerger dans le monde mythique et fantasmagorique du conte « Le Choix de l’Ori » révisé et réédité chez Amalion en 2015. 

Posted on 09 Jun 2016 around 3pm | Permalink

La numérique et la démocratisation du livre

La deuxième édition des Assises de l’édition francophone tenue le 27 avril 2016 lors du Salon international du livre et de la presse de Genève avait pour thème « Numérique et édition : panacée ou enfer ? Le livre face aux défis de la technologie ». Plusieurs questions liées au numérique et à son impact majeur sur la chaîne du livre ont fait l’objet des discussions entre les différents intervenants.

Posted on 01 Jun 2016 around 4pm | Permalink

Un livre à la rencontre de son auteure et de son éditeur

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Sulaiman Adebowale, Fatou Kandé Senghor, Antoine Glaser au Salon du livre de Genève

La trentième édition du Salon international du livre et de la presse de Genève qui s’est tenue à Palexpo du 27 avril au 1 mai 2016 a vu la participation de nombreux auteurs venus de divers horizons du monde. Au programme de cette grande messe du livre, on retrouvait le Salon africain placé cette année sous le thème « Afrique, patrimoine de l’humanité ». Parmi les exposants présents à cette édition, on peut citer la Côte d’Ivoire, le Togo, le Burkina Faso, le Congo, le Cameroun, le Sénégal, et la Tunisie comme pays d’honneur.

Posted on 01 Jun 2016 around 3pm | Permalink

The Gerald Kraak Award and Anthology

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Amalion is pleased to announce its involvement in the new Gerald Kraak Award and Anthology established by Jacana Literary Foundation and The Other Foundation. Created in honor of the anti-apartheid activist, Gerald Kraak (1956–2014), the new award and anthology distinguish writings that explore, interrogate and celebrate the topics of gender, sexuality and human rights. The Gerald Kraak Award for writers and photographers from and about Africa seeks to promote gender identities, human rights and social justice. Jacana Media in association with Amalion Publishing and several publishing houses across the continent will publish an anthology regrouping the very best work shortlisted, with the winners to be announced at a 2017 award ceremony, hosted by The Other Foundation and attended by the authors of the top three submissions. The overall winner will receive a cash prize of ZAR 25 000.

Posted on 11 Mar 2016 around 6pm | Permalink

Louis Camara interviewed by Le Soleil

Author of the Amalion publication Le Choix de l’Ori, Louis Camara, was interviewed by Mbagnick K. Diagne, journalist at Senegalese newspaper Le Soleil, to talk about his book. Topics ranged from Camara’s choice of publishers, the Yoruba culture and his wishes for artistic creativity in the future.

Posted on 12 Dec 2015 around 12pm | Permalink

Amalion authors at Paroles Indigo Festival

Three Amalion titles featured at this year’s edition of Paroles Indigo, a literary and artistic festival of voices from around the world. Fatou Kandé Senghor (Wala Bok: Une histoire orale du hip hop au Sénégal), Kevin Eze (The Peacekeeper’s Wife) and the late Kofi Awoonor (The Promise of Hope) represented by Sulaiman Adebowale. The festival, which took place in the historic Roman city of Arles, France, ran from 30th October until the 2nd November 2015.

Posted on 09 Nov 2015 around 11am | Permalink

Wala Bok at the Goethe Institute

On the 30th September 2015, the book Wala Bok: Une histoire orale du hip hop au Sénégal by Fatou Kandé Senghor was presented to the public at the Goethe-Institute in Dakar, Senegal. In it, Senghor talks about her love of hip-hop and its influence on Senegalese, music and culture.

Posted on 05 Oct 2015 around 11am | Permalink

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