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What is PAWA

 

 

THE DECLARATION

“Convinced that literature is the testimony of the people’s creativity and that it has a determining influence on national conscience and development for the political and socio-economic liberation of the continent.


“Anxious to contribute to the revalorization of African cultural identity, and putting a spurt on Panafricanism and the struggle against all forms of racial discrimination.


“Conscious, thus, of the necessity for co-operation between African Writers and the world in order to break the language barriers and  to  promote the different cultures on the continent by developing them,


- Conscious of the necessary defence of the legitimate rights, especially, the right to freedom and promotion of writers by an independent and autonomous organisation, the melting pot of dialogues and cultures, and - committed to promote world peace through literature”.

 

The Conference of African Ministers of Education and Culture, meeting in Coutonou, Benin, in 1991, made a resolution to the effect that an International African Writers’ Day be celebrated in all African countries and in the International community each year, on 7th November, the birthday of PAWA.  This will afford the African people a moment of pause within which to reflect on the contribution of African Writers to the development of the continent.


The Pan African Writers Association (PAWA), a leading Pan African Cultural Institution accorded, full Diplomatic Status by the Government of Ghana in 1992, is made up of the 52 National Writers Associations on the continent, and seeks to contribute its quota to moral, cultural and intellectual renaissance in Africa. Indeed, it is to play the role of being an important voice of the African, while seeking to restore to our people, confidence in themselves as African and reinforcing the vision for a Common African Home.

 

The aims and objectives of the Association shall be as follows:

  1. To provide a forum for all writers of Africa and those of African origin:   
  2. To seek and vigorously defend freedom of expression for all Africans and the material and spiritual interests of African writers and their Association;
  3. To promote literacy and to eradicate illiteracy in Africa:
  4. To encourage the inclusion of African literary works in the curriculum of educational institutions:
  5. To promote African languages and the translation of African literature into African languages:  
  6. To promote research into recording and retrieving lost or undiscovered African heritage whether on the Continent, in the disaspora or in museums and libraries of the world:
  7. To stimulate co-operation between PAWA and Writers’ organizations of the world:
  8. To promote peace and understanding in Africa and the world through literature:
  9. To establish a continental African Publishing House
  10. To provide wider avenues for the publishing of African Literature      
  11. To establish an effective distribution network:
  12. To establish Pan African Journal:
  13. To ensure the protection of the works of African writers through the appropriate copyright laws and agencies:
  14. To institute continental literary awards:
  15. To organise programmes to promote Pan African literary excellence.

 

THE MISSION OF PAWA

The mission of PAWA that was unanimously accepted by African writers at its inaugural congress in November, 1989, in Accra, is that the Pan African Writer’s Association (PAWA) exists:


“to strengthen the cultural and economic bonds between the people on the African continent against the background of the continent’s acknowledged diverse but rich cultural, political and economic heritage.”


At the PAWA forum on 3rd September, 1991, Dr. Salim Ahmed Salim OAU Secretary General elaborated this mission further when he declared:  “… Africa writers can use their pens, skills and gifts to sensitize the ordinary African people to the basic truism that, sharing as they all do, a common destiny, they owe it themselves to ensure that the economic integration of the continent, the only road, is embarked upon …”


Against the background of the enormous political and economic shifts going on in today’s world, the mission of PAWA is not simply important. It is a clarion call to PAWA and African writers on what is imperative and crucial as they explore the human condition, the African human condition. For this reason, PAWA also seeks, in the new conditions on the continent of Africa, to advance and enhance the economic, social and political well being of Africans through literature and advocacy.