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PAWA congratulates Margaret Busby

APRIL 30TH, 2015

Dear Sister Margaret Busby,

LETTER OF CONGRATULATIONS!

 

The Pan African Writers' Association (PAWA) has learnt with great joy and received with pride the news that you would be the fifth and deserving recipient of the Bocas Henry Swanzy Award For Distinguished Service to Carribean Letters.

 

You have contributed so much to the development of theAfrican literary world. The many honours and awards accorded you marvelously recognize and confirm this.

 

You have been a prominent and actively supportive member of the Pan African Writers' Association, at whose conferences you have contributed inspiring insights from your long years dedicated to the creation, publishing and promotion of literature on the African continent and in our African Diaspora. As a young person, you decided upon the path of a pioneering publisher with Clive Alison, to establish the Alison and Busby publishing house.

 

I must take the liberty to recall and relate how as a young student in London, after the publication of Sam Greelee's masterpiece, The Spook Who Sat By The Door in 1969, I was so moved by the novel that I combed through the corners of London until I located the offices of Alison and Busby, in order to set my eyes on you and to congratulate you.

 

A few years later the saga of the struggles you went through, both in the United States and Britain, to get the book published was not only a big eye-opener but also formed the core of an address I delivered at an international conference on Afro-Asian literature.

 

Your seminal work, Daughters of Africa stands as a monument not only to African creative womanhood but also as testimony of the extent to which you are always prepared to go to fashion and foreground a narrative healingly focused on our essence as a people.

 

The writers of Africa salute you, Margaret Busby.

 

PROF. ATUKWEI OKAI
SECRETARY-GENERAL