非漂 [Fēi Piāo] Newsbrief: December 2018

See our 2018 Round-up: AfroLit in Chinese Translation for a summary of African fiction — novels, short story and poetry collections, and drama — published in Chinese over the last year.

Wax Print, a documentary by British-Nigerian filmmaker and dressmaker Aiwan Obinyan: From the villages of Indonesia to the cotton fields of America, from European industrial mills to the bustling markets and sewing schools of West Africa, the story of one fabric and how it came to symbolize a continent, its people and their struggle for freedom. Watch the official trailer. Meanwhile, China’s incursion into the wax print trade — from counterfeiting to establishing legitimate wax print factories — further threatens the Africanness of the fabric.

France looks set to make good on Macron’s promise to return Africa’s stolen art and artifacts, but this will take time and requires changes to French law. In a piece by Lynsey Chutel (African Art), some fairly astounding numbers are cited to help quantify how thoroughly Europe looted Africa’s artistic heritage during the colonial era: there are reportedly 90,000 African artworks in French museums, 180,000 in a single Belgian museum, and 37,000 in one museum in Austria.

Quartz Africa reports that South Africa has banned a tongue-in-cheek commercial that imagines Africans colonizing Europe. Personally, I kinda liked it. Click here to see the article and watch the ad.

Cassava Republic co-founder Dr. Bibi Bakare-Yusuf: Brittle Paper African 2018 Literary Person of the Year

The short list for Mabati Cornell Kiswahili Prize for African Literature has been announced. Founded in 2014 by Dr. Lizzy Attree and Dr. Mukoma Wa Ngugi (Cornell University), the competition has the express goal of recognizing writing in African languages and encouraging translation from, between and into African languages.  The winners will be chosen from the shortlisted writers. The winners will be announced in January 2019. Shortlisted works and authors (Tangazo la Orodha Fupi):

Fiction

  • Mungu Hakopeshwi a novel by Zainab Alwi Baharoon (Tanzania)
  • Kilinge cha Hukumu ya Dhambi by Yasini Hamisi Shekibulah (Tanzania)
  • Makovu ya Uhai by Shisia Wasilwa (Kenya)

Poetry

  • Wino wa Dhahabu by Bashiru Abdallah (Tanzania)
  • Moto wa Kifuu by Jacob Ngumbau Julius (Kenya)
  • Sauti Yangu by Mohamed Idrisa Haji (Tanzania)

 

At the festival: Author of “If I Stay Right Here,” Chwayita Ngamlana

The Abantu Book Festival is underway in Soweto during Dec 5-9. Click here to download the full festival program. Visit here for pix & bios of 55 participating authors.

Speak Your Mind

*