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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 22 Jun 2016 around 1am | 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 10pm | 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 11pm | 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 10pm | 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 12 Mar 2016 around 2am | 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 8pm | 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 7pm | 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 6pm | Permalink

Wala Bok revu dans Sud Quotidien

Fatou Kandé Senghor a été interviewée par Théodora Sy Sambou dans Sud Quotidien. Fatou Kandé Senghor discute son livre Wala Bok: Une histoire orale du hip hop au Sénégal (2015) 

Posted on 02 Oct 2015 around 8pm | Permalink

Wala Bok on RFI Musique

An article on Fatou Kandé Senghor’s new book Wala Bok: Une histoire orale du hip hop au Sénégal (2015) was published by RFI Musique. RFI Musique is a TV programme and website that delivers the latest news about French and African music.

Posted on 15 Sep 2015 around 7pm | Permalink

Kandé Senghor on Ousmane Sembène’s influence

Fatou Kandé Senghor, the author of Wala Bok: Une histoire orale du hip hop au Sénégal (2015), has always had strong African role models in her life. One of the most prominent figures was the late Senegalese writer and cinematographer Ousmane Sembène, strongly considered as the ‘father of African cinema’ and one of the most prominent pan-African artists in the world. In an interview with EnQuête+, Kandé Senghor reveals the depth of Sembène’s influence on not only her writing, but also her ideology that prompted her to write the book.

Posted on 11 Sep 2015 around 4am | Permalink

Blogger Aboubacar Demba Cissokho reviews Wala Bok

Blogger Aboubacar Demba Cissokho gives us his review of Fatou Kandé Senghor’s Wala Bok: Une histoire orale du hip hop au Sénégal (2015).

Posted on 09 Sep 2015 around 8pm | Permalink

Amalion à la Sorbonne

Amalion Publishing featured amongst other scholarly publishers at the Sixth European Conference on African Studies (ECAS). The event, which took place in Paris between 8 and 10 July 2015, serves as a platform for conversation on sciences and humanities in Africa as well as in the Diaspora. The theme of this year’s conference was 'Collective Mobilisations in Africa: Contestation, Resistance, Revolt'. The event was co-organised by the Institut des mondes africains (IMAF) and Les Afriques dans le monde (LAM). At the conference, Amalion exhibited alongside L’Oiseau Indigo, a collective that distributes and promotes books of publishers from the African and Arab world.

Posted on 20 Jul 2015 around 10pm | Permalink

Amalion’s interview at the Frankfurt Book Fair

Germany-based Diaspora news outlet togonews.info interviewed Sulaiman Adebowale, Director of Amalion Publishing, about his involvement in the 2014 Frankfurt Book Fair in Frankfurt, Germany. The interview was conducted jointly by Chariffou Ouro-Sama and Clemens Benkel from the Africa Development Group. The Frankfurt Book Fair attracts thousands of professional publishers from all over the world to meet and trade content on an international level. Not only reserving itself to the book market, it represents multiculturality through achievements in art and literature. 

Posted on 05 Mar 2015 around 7pm | Permalink

Ladan Osman wins First Book Prize for African Poets 2014

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Ladan Osman

Ladan Osman's collection, The Kitchen Dweller's Testimony, is the winner of the 2014 Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poets. Osman will receive a $1,000 cash award and publication of her book with the University of Nebraska Press and Amalion Publishing in Senegal.

"I deeply appreciate this prize," said Osman, who teaches in Chicago. "I have so badly just wanted a chance to work, to be apparent to people in life and in poems. A bunch of things happened in the years spent writing this book. I'm excited to share what came out of those sometimes rough waters and look forward to connecting to new readers and new communities."

Posted on 22 Mar 2014 around 1am | Permalink

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