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24th International African Writers’ Day
November 5 - 7, 2017
Accra, Ghana


An agenda for national (and therefore continental) development in modern Africa will have a real basis for impact and success only when it is premised on an understanding, conviction and agreement that the minds of the people are key in all the developmental calculations and implementation.

All this is based on the primacy of literature, and schooling, which is to say, books and reading. And the question is: in which languages(s)?

So, what are national policies on languages, books, libraries and the book industry in general? What are the best practices elsewhere in other parts of the world with regard to these given areas of concern? What are the current conditions in these areas in most African countries?

The historic PAWA continental colloquium which coincides with the 28th Anniversary of the existence of PAWA is dedicated to the exploration and discussion of answers to these and related questions.

To be organised from 5th - 7th November, in Accra, Ghana, the Continental Colloquium with the theme, “Language, Library and the Book Industry,” will bring together writers, librarians and language arts experts from Africa and other parts of the world.

Given  the  significance of the Continental Colloquium leading writers, librarians and language arts experts from within and outside Africa are expected to participate at the historic Colloquium. The writers will include Adama Samassekou, Femi Osofisan and a number of other highly prized African writers.

Altogether, we expect 50 participants from outside Accra, Ghana. We also expect another 40 guests, writers, publishers, language arts experts from Ghana.


The sub-themes will include, but not limited to, the following:
•    The history of waiting of and the future of publishing.
•    The responsibility to portray society for the next generations
•    Language and the people’s heritage.
•    Technology and the consciousness of the African future.
•    The technological divide and the African future.
•    Electronic publishing.
•    Self-publishing and the future of literature.
•    The campaign for reprographic rights.
•    Marketing and promotion and consumers’ awareness.
•    Libraries and the national psyche: the examples of Bibliotheca Alexandrina and the National Library of Algeria.
•    Libraries and the reading habit formation.
•    The Timbuktu Manuscripts in modern times.
•    Translations: the African literary heritage in linguistic prisons?
•    Woman in Language and Literature in contemporary Africa
•    Literature in the Diaspora.
•    Best practices from the Diaspora.
•    New writing, New Directions and Renewed Hopes in African Language and Literature.
•    Language, Literature and Society in Africa in an era of the Rise and Fall of Market Fundamentalism.
•    Copyright Laws and Copyright Administration.
•    Taxes imposed on materials for the Printing Industry.
•    Taxes imposed on Literary Works.
•    The struggle to get African books into African school curricula.
•    Children literature and the African future.
•    The school text book and the African mind.
•    The space for non-fiction.
•    The importance of book fairs.
•    The role of book reviews.
•    Cultural attitudes and their impact on reading habits.