2012 Programme

The Africa Century International African Writers Conference provided a four-day, one-of-a kind literary experience that brought together writers, academics, as well as intellectual and cultural workers from around the African Continent and elsewhere to celebrate a century of literary and cultural production across the Continent and Diaspora. This programme also marked the 21st anniversary of the then-OAU (now-AU) declared International African Writers’ Day (i.e. 7th November). The theme of this is: From Resistance to Creative Mediation: Celebrating a Century of Writing and Literary Intellectuals’ Influence on the Liberation Struggles & Political Impact on Literary Discourse and Development.

DAY 1: Wednesday 7th November 2012

WEDNESDAY 7TH NOVEMBER
TIME EVENT VENUE
05H00 – 05H45 Registration New Education Building (EDU)
06H00 – 09H00 Conference Opening Ceremony:Welcome address: John Samuel, University of Free StateOverview: Morakabe Seakhoa, wRite associates  The Reitz Hall, Centenary Complex
09H00 – ExhibitionsBooks, Music, Arts and Crafts, Clothing New Education Building
09H30 – 10H30 Keynote speaker: Dr Taiwo Adetunji OsinubiPresentation: Critical Mediation and Achebe’s Outcasts New Education BuildingAuditorium
11H00 – 13H00 PANEL 1Chair:  Margaret RafteryTopic: Resistance and Creative Mediation of Identities New Education BuildingAuditorium
Domesticating Ivorité: Equating Xenophobic Nationalism and Women’s Marginalisation in Tanella Boni’s Matins de couvre-feu, 2005 (Ivory Coast)Polo Belina Moji, University of KwaZulu Natal
The Figure of the Child in African Literature: Yorùbá Literature as ExampleLere Adeyemi, University of Ilorin, Nigeria
                            Lunch
TIME EVENT VENUE
14H00 – 16H00 PANEL 2 Chair: Kamoji WachiiraTopic: Gender and Justice in African Literature New Education BuildingAuditorium
Women and Self-Subordination in Unity Dow’s Far and Beyon’Fani-Kayode Omeregie, University of Botswana
Defining Freedom: Social Justice and Human Rights in Toni Morrison’s Paradise and Bessie Head’s When Rain Clouds GatherAlma Jean Billingslea, Spelman College, USA

 

PRIMARY SCHOOL PROGRAMME/SESSIONS

Theme: Tsebo le Thabo 

WEDNESDAY 7TH NOVEMBER
TIME EVENT VENUE
10H00 – 13H00 Kiddies’ Fun World: Lourier Park Library Economic and Management Sciences (EMS) Building
10H00 – 11H00 Story-telling: Tinah MnumzanaPuppetry in Sesotho: T.E. Gxaba EMS Building (Room A101)
11H00 – 12H00 Library talk and poetry: Magic Khotseng Puppetry in Sesotho: T.E. Gxaba EMS Building (Room A101)
12H00 – 13H00 Book ReadingBook title: Song of Success and Other Poems for ChildrenAuthor: Ikeogu Oke EMS Building (Room A101)

 

HIGH SCHOOL PROGRAMME/SESSIONS

 Theme: Tsebo le Thabo

WEDNESDAY 7TH NOVEMBER
TIME EVENT VENUE
10H00 – 11H00 Poetry performances by Flo Mokale and Quaz EMS Building (Room A102)
11H30 – 12H30 Literary Talk and Poetry Session: Charmaine Mrwebi EMS Building (Room A102)
12H30 – 13H30 Book Discussion and open Mic performancesBook title: THAKGOHA – Anthology of Sesotho PoetryAuthor: Tinah Mnumzana EMS Building (Room A102)

 

CREATIVE WRITING SKILLS DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP

WEDNESDAY 7TH NOVEMBER
TIME GENRE VENUE
10H00 – 15H00 PoetryFacilitators: Keorapetse Kgositsile                    Walter Chakela EDU (Room 12)
10H00 – 15H00 Short StoryFacilitator: Oswald Mtshali EMS Building (Room A103)

 

BOOK READING AND DISCUSSION

WEDNESDAY 7TH NOVEMBER
TIME EVENT VENUE
17H30 – 18H30 Reading and DiscussionBook title: Letters To My SisterAuthor: Nhlanhla Maake EDU (Room 12)

 

ZWELAKHE SISULU MEMORIAL RECEPTION DINNER

WEDNESDAY 7TH NOVEMBER
TIME EVENT VENUE
19H30 – 21H30 Zwelakhe Sisulu Memorial Reception Dinner:  Speakers: Elinor SisuluProf. Nhlanhla Maake Centenary Complex, The Reitz Hall

 

DAY 2: Thursday 8th November 2012

THURSDAY 8TH NOVEMBER
TIME EVENT VENUE
08H00 – 09H00 Registration and breakfast New Education Building
9H00 – ExhibitionsBooks, music, arts & crafts, clothing New Education Building
9H00 – 10H00 Keynote Speaker: Prof. Andries OliphantPresentation: The Roles of Literary Journals in African Struggles for Cultural and Political Liberation New Education BuildingAuditorium
10H30 – 12H30 PANEL 3 Chair: Mariza Brooks          Topic: Historical Landmarks of the Twentieth Century in African Literature New Education BuildingAuditorium
The Global Stage for Humanity and the African Disposition. A Case Study of Efo Kodjo Mawugbe’s Upstairs and DownstairsFaith Ben-Daniels, University of Education, Winneba, Ghana
The Poetry of Dennis Brutus and the Dynamics of Africa’s Liberation StrugglesIkeogu Oke, Independent Author, Nigeria
Lunch
TIME EVENT VENUE
14H00 – 16H00 PANEL 4Chair: Mariza Brooks          Topic: Media for Dialogue and Resistance: African Life-writing and Memorialisation New Education BuildingAuditorium
Black Autobiography, Resistance and the DiasporaNeville Choonoo, University of New York
Alan Paton and Chinua Achebe: Revisiting Africa’s Ugly Pasts through Novel WritingBheki R. Mngomezulu, Durban University of Technology

 

PRIMARY SCHOOL PROGRAMME/SESSIONS (Free entrance)

Theme: Tsebo le Thabo

THURSDAY 8TH NOVEMBER
TIME EVENT VENUE
09H00 – 13H00 Kiddies’ Fun World: Lourier Park LibraryLibrary talk EMS Building
09H00 – 10H00 Story-telling: Sisi Zulu Puppetry in English: T.E Gxaba EMS Building (Room A101)
10H00 – 11H00 Library talk and PoetryHost: Magic Khotseng / Charmaine Morwebi EMS Building (Room A101)
11H00 – 12H00 Book title: THAKGOHA – Anthology of Sesotho PoetryBook Reading by Tinah Mnumzana EMS Building (Room A101)

 

HIGH SCHOOL PROGRAMME/SESSIONS

Theme: Tsebo le Thabo

THURSDAY 8TH NOVEMBER
TIME EVENT VENUE
09H00 – 10H00 Poetry performance: JahRose, Lebo and RitaLibrary Talk: R Van Rensburg EMS Building (Room A102)
10H00 – 11H00 Literary Talk and Poetry Session: Icebound Serame and Quaz EMS Building (Room A102)
11H00 – 12H30 Book Discussion: Alinah MorakeOpen Mic,  Reading is Cool by: Flo Mokale EMS Building (Room A102)

 

CREATIVE WRITING SKILLS DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP

THURSDAY 8TH NOVEMBER
TIME GENRE VENUE
09H00 – 15H00 PoetryFacilitators: Keorapetse Kgositsile                  Walter Chakela EDU (Room 12)
09H00 – 15H00 Short StoryFacilitator: Oswald Mtshali EMS Building (Room A103)

 

NOBEL LAUREATE, NADINE GORDIMER DISCUSSES HER LATEST WORK, “NO TIME LIKE THE PRESENT”

THURSDAY 8TH NOVEMBER
TIME EVENT VENUE
17H30 – 19H00 Africa’s first and only woman Nobel Literary Laureate, Nadine Gordimer, heads a round table discussion and reading from her latest book, No Time Like The Present EDU  (Room 12)

 

POETIC CONVERSATIONS WITH MUSIC

THURSDAY 8TH NOVEMBER
TIME ARTIST VENUE
19H30 – 22H00 Tina MnumzanaIcebound SerameLebo MashileLesego MotsepeCharmaine MrwebiBelinda van ZweindrechFlo Mokale, QuazVangile Gantsho

and many more

New Education BuildingAuditorium

 

AN EVENING WITH THE NATIONAL POET LAUREATE

THURSDAY 8TH NOVEMBER
TIME ARTIST VENUE
19H00 – 22H00 An evening with the National Poet Laureate: Poetry Reading by Prof. Keorapetse Kgositsile and guest poets New Education BuildingAuditorium

DAY 3: Friday 9th November 2012

FRIDAY 9TH NOVEMBER
TIME EVENT VENUE
08H00 – 09H00 Registration and breakfast New Education Building
09H00 – ExhibitionsBooks, music, arts and crafts, clothing New Education Building
09H00 – 10H00 Keynote Speaker: Prof. Zodwa MotsaPresentation: ‘Journeying Back 50 Years’: Reflections on Agit-Prop and Guerrilla Theatre as Wole Soyinka’s Dramaturgy for Liberation in Africa New Education Building Auditorium
10H30 – 12H30 PANEL 5 Chair: Nhlanhla MaakeTopic: The Promotion and Reception of African Literature New Education Building Auditorium
Polycentric Receptions: Reading Dennis Brutus, Athol Fugard and Bessie Head in West Africa.Tade Ipadeola, PEN International, Nigeria Center
Who Wins the Prize? – Ways of Judging Literary and Academic TextsMarlies Taljard, North-West University
The Challenges Facing the Modern Writer and the Benefits of the Proper Use of CopyrightBramwel Akileng, Director of Jacaranda Intellectual Property Business Consultants
LUNCH
TIME EVENT VENUE
14H00 – 16H00 PANEL 6 Chair: Patrick EbewoTopic: Language and Power: Translation, Adaptation and Archiving New Education BuildingAuditorium
Intercultural Knowledge Production and Management through Translation and Traducture. In Memory of Neville Alexander and Michel Henry HeimWangui wa Goro, University of London
Opening a Closed Book: Rediscovering Black South African LiteratureAndrew Martin, National English Literary Museum, SA

 

PRIMARY SCHOOL PROGRAMME/SESSIONS (Free entrance)

Theme: Tsebo le Thabo

FRIDAY 9TH NOVEMBER
TIME EVENT VENUE
09H00-13H00 Kiddies’ Fun World: Lourier Park EMS Building
09H00 – 10H00 Story-tellingSisi Zulu EMS Building (Room A101)
10H00 – 11H00 Library talk and PoetryHost: Lesego Motsepe
11H00 – 12H00 Book ReadingBook title: Song of Success and Other Poems for ChildrenAuthor: Ikeogu Oke 

 

HIGH SCHOOL PROGRAMME/SESSIONS (Free entrance)

FRIDAY 9TH NOVEMBER
TIME EVENT VENUE
09H00 – 10H00 Poetry performances: K.G. and Alinah Morake EMS Building (Room A102)
10H00 – 11H30 Book Discussion:Book title: MophemeAuthor: S MatlosaPoetry Performance:  Icebound SerameComedy
11H30 – 13H00 Reading Campaign: Reading is CoolHosted by: Flo Mokale, Quaz and TcapComedy

 

CREATIVE WRITING SKILLS DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP

FRIDAY 9TH NOVEMBER
TIME GENRE VENUE
09H00 – 15H00 PoetryFacilitators: Keorapetse Kgositsile                   Walter Chakela EDU (Room 12)
09H00 – 15H00 Short StoryFacilitator: Winston Mohapi EMS Building (Room 103)

 

BOOK READING AND DISCUSSION (Free entrance)

FRIDAY 9TH NOVEMBER
TIME EVENT VENUE
17H30 – 18H30 Reading and DiscussionBook title: Don’t Kill the DeadAuthor: Vusi Gumbi EMS Building (Room A102)

 

DAY 4: Saturday, 10th November 2012

SATURDAY 10TH NOVEMBER
TIME EVENT VENUE
07H00 08H00 Registration and breakfast New Education Building Auditorium
08H00 – Books, music, arts and crafts, clothing
08H00 – 8H30 Keynote Speaker: Prof. OKELLO Oculi “AYET: SONG FOR LEADERS”

 

THE AFRICA CENTURY INTERNATIONAL AFRICAN WRITERS DAY PUBLIC LECTURE: FORMER PRESIDENT THABO MBEKI

11H00 – 13H00 The Africa Century International African Writes Day Public Lecture: by Former President Thabo MbekiFeaturing:Praise poetry – Jessica Mbangeni New Education Building Auditorium

 

BOOK READING AND DISCUSSION (Free entrance)

SATURDAY 10TH NOVEMBER
TIME EVENT VENUE
12H00 – 13H00 Book title: Eloquent BodyAuthor: Dawn Garisch EMS Building (Room A102)EMS Building (Room A103)
13H00 – 14H00 Book title: In the Wings of WaitingAuthor: Ikeogu Oke
Book title: Infinite GraceAuthor: Yvonne Busisiwe Kgame
14H00 – 15H00 Book title: African DelightsAuthor: Siphiwo Mahala

 

 PRIMARY SCHOOL PROGRAMME/SESSION (Free entrance)

Theme: Tsebo le Thabo

SATURDAY 10TH NOVEMBER
TIME EVENT VENUE
09H00-13H00 Kiddies’ Fun World: Lourier Park   EMS Building
09H00 – 10H00 Story-telling and Talking Drums:Sisi Zulu EMS Building (Room A101)
10H00 – 11H00 Library Talk and PoetryHost: Tinah Mnumzana
11H00 – 12H30 Book ReadingBook title: Audience’s choice from ten selected titlesWin a book CompetitionEunice Molefe

 

HIGH SCHOOL PROGRAMME/SESSIONS (Free entrance)

SATURDAY 10TH NOVEMBER
TIME EVENT VENUE
10H00 – 13H00 Poetry Gig:Theme: Strictly PoetryReading Competition: Reading is Cool, Read Fun! A cocktail of poetry, short stories and novel/novella reading, by the audience and established authors, poets, teachers and parents, music byLesego MotsepeVangile GantshoIcebound SerameTcap

Charmaine Mrwebi

Outdoor programme

 

CREATIVE WRITING SKILLS DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP

SATURDAY 10TH NOVEMBER
TIME GENRE VENUE
09H00 – 13H00 PoetryFacilitators: Keorapetse Kgositsile                   Walter Chakela New Education Building (Room 12)
09H00 – 13H00 Short StoryFacilitator:  Winston Mohapi

 

SALA Awards (South African Literary Awards & Africa Literary Music Concert)

                                                            SATURDAY 10TH NOVEMBER
TIME ARTIST VENUE
18H30 – A world-class state of the art Africa Literature Music Concert, as we celebrate the 7th annual South African Literary Awards, comprising succulently crafted marriage & dialectical interplay between literature and music by some of Africa’s iconic literati and musicians &  other art genres, including dance, visual art, comedy, disc jockeying and many more. Callie Human Hall