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54th ASA Meeting in the Capitol

The 54th Annual Meeting of the African Studies Association was held from 16–19 November 2011 in Washington DC, USA.

The Distinguished Africanist Award this year was presented to Dr. Toyin Falola, the Frances Higginbotham Nalle Centennial Professor in History at the University of Texas at Austin, USA. The award was "established to recognize and honor individuals who have contributed a lifetime record of outstanding scholarship in their respective field of African studies and service to the Africanist community".

Another notable event was the inaugural African Studies Review Distinguished Lecture presented by Thandika Mkandawire, the chair of Africa Development at the London School of Economics, UK.

Posted on 19 Dec 2011 around 11am | Permalink

‘I publish what I like’

Akintayo Abodunrin in NEXT, August 20, 2011.

Sulaiman Adebowale has been trying to help writers get their works across since 2008 when he established Amalion Publishing based on his belief that "everybody needs a helping hand."

Headquartered in Dakar, Senegal, the independent outfit whose mission is "to publish and disseminate innovative knowledge on Africa to strengthen the understanding of humanity," has been going about its task quietly.

Interestingly, Adebowale did not set out to be a publisher. The English graduate from the University of Lagos wanted to be a journalist and got his wish when he was posted to Kano-based Triumph Newspaper for the mandatory one-year national youth service. The company retained him after he completed the exercise but his joy was short-lived. He soon became disillusioned by the polarisation caused by developments on the political scene within the company from 1992 to 1994 so he quit and headed to Senegal.

Posted on 02 Sep 2011 around 7am | Permalink

Kitab, kunafa sweets and pretty dates

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Amalion at Abu Dhabi International Book Fair

Amalion Publishing was at the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair in the United Arab Emirates from 15 to 20 March 2011. The ADIBF is one of the largest in the Middle East and good venue for connections with publishers and industry contacts in the Arab World and Asia. Officially, we sold books, got rights and made valuable contacts with other publishers and distributors on interesting possibilities to reconnect our literary cultures, which Africa and the Arab World used to do thousands of years previously. Okay what did we do unofficially?

Posted on 01 May 2011 around 2pm | Permalink

Tina Okpara interviewed by L Express

Tina Okpara, author of My Life Has A Price was interviewed by Franck Berteau, journalist at French news outlet L’Express. The topic for the interview was modern slavery and Okpara’s experiences in the Okpara household. Here is an excerpt of her response to her missing school:

Posted on 13 Sep 2010 around 9pm | Permalink

Amalion and the Yoruba

The Yoruba Academy has decided that there would be no discrepancy between any individual that comes to its organization to promote ideals beneficial to the history or future of the Yoruba People. This decision was made around the same time as the launch of the Amalion publication A History of the Yoruba People by Adebanji Akintoye.

Posted on 27 Apr 2010 around 8pm | Permalink

Review of Les Rasins du Baobab in Le Soleil

El Hadji Massiga Faye, journalist for Senegalese newspaper Le Soleil, reviews Ibrahim Niang’s collection of poetry Les Rasins du baobab. Here is an excerpt:

Posted on 24 Apr 2010 around 9pm | Permalink

Wale Adebanwi’s review of A History of the Yoruba People

Wale Adebanwi, assistant professor for the department of African-American and African studies at the University of California, provides us with a review of professor Adebanji Akintoye’s A History of the Yoruba People. The article was presented originally at a presentation of the book at the Premier Hotel in Ibadan, Nigeria on the 22nd April 2010 (the same year as the book’s release). Here is an excerpt:

Posted on 22 Apr 2010 around 8pm | Permalink

Marching on New Orleans

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Saints and scholars went marching in the African city of New Orleans, USA for the 52nd Annual Meeting of the African Studies Association from 18–22 November 2009 in support for a city rebuilding itself from the painful winds of Katrina.

Posted on 01 Jan 2010 around 11pm | Permalink

New Book Launched by Amalion

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Give Me Room to Move My Feet

An eclectic group gathered on a Friday evening at Kadjinol Station for the launch of Give Me Room to Move My Feet, in what turned out to be a delightful evening of words and motion. With Kora music by Diabate, the drums from the Goree group in the air and the taste of ablo, shrimps, and chicken wings on the palate, members of the community and the poet read from the new collection. Karima Grant captures the evening in words.

Posted on 10 Jul 2009 around 9pm | Permalink

World Social Science Forum, Bergen 09

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Bergen in Spring ©

Nearly a thousand scholars, researchers and policy makers gathered at the historic city of Bergen, Norway from 10 to 12 May 2009 for the First World Social Science Forum. The event was convened by the International Social Science Council and co-organized by the University of Bergen and the Rokkan Centre, Norway to reflect on the challenges of social research production around the theme of “One Planet, Worlds Apart” and the role of the social sciences in the construction of a better modern world.

At the forum, we participated at various sessions including the “The Possibilities and Pitfalls of Publishing Social Science Research in the Age of the Internet” and “The Marketisation of Social Science” organized by the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa, an apex pan-African research institution on the continent. Other significant forums covered debates on “Science Ethics” which looked at how best to have a common framework to ensure the integrity of research production and dissemination. The special warmth of the Hanseatic buildings and the people of Bergen complemented a truly memorable forum of reflection.

Posted on 19 May 2009 around 12am | Permalink

WaPi: Words and Pictures à la sénégalaise

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Emotions and ingenuity were high at the grande finale of the Words and Pictures Programme held on April 11, 2009 in Dakar, Senegal. The event was a culmination of months of activities and competition as part of the WaPi project initiated by the British Council in collaboration with Fondation Sonatel to provide a platform of expression for new talents in Senegal.

Laureates from literature, visual art, music, fashion and dance, chosen from a widely publicised competition that drew hundreds of candidates from around the country, participated in the nationally televised event to kick-start the support to bringing them to the wider public. One of the long term objectives of the programme is to contribute to instilling a sense of professionalism in these artists, which could allow them to consider using their talent as a source of livelihood, hence the series of marketing and promotional plans for the winning artists.

Ndèye Maty Kane, a gifted 18-year-old short story writer, emerged winner of the literature section coordinated by Sulaiman Adebowale, a member of the WaPi Board that included the film-maker, Fatou Kandé Senghor; the choreographer, Gacirah Diagne; artist, PiNiang; the designer, Cheikha; and musicians Vieux Mac Faye and Fou Malade. 



Posted on 16 Apr 2009 around 2am | Permalink

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