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Publishing future in Niger

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.

We would like to thank Catherine Martin Payen Dicko and her team at the Département Lettres, Art et Communication, Université Abdou Moumouni for making Joel’s trip to Dakar possible, and to Joël for his outstanding contribution to Amalion’s work and hope we have completely failed to dissuade him from his laudable objectives for publishing in Africa!

Posted on 12 Sep 2016 around 5pm | Permalink

Last edited: 12 09 2016