Minister Mthethwa to speak at the 3rd Africa Century International African Writers Conference

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06 Nov 2014

Arts and Culture Minister, Mr Nathi Mthethwa will deliver a keynote address at the 3rd Africa Century International African Writers Conference to be held on Friday, 07 November 2014 at the National Library in Pretoria. The event will start at 09h00. The Conference will be held under theme, “Governance in Africa: Her Prospects and Retrospects-How the Past Speaks to the Future”.

This theme aims to revisit the issue of governance, arts, culture and education in Africa since the end of colonial rule.

The conference, founded in 2012 as the legacy project of the South African Literary Awards (SALA), seeks to become a platform for both seasoned and aspirant writers to exchange ideas and learn from one another.

This year, the award-winning Ghanaian academic, Dr Samia Yaba Nkrumah will present a paper titled," Towards Africa’s Socio-Cultural Liberation”. Nkrumah is a sought-after thinker and scholar whose intention is to rekindle the Pan Africanist vision and philosophy of her late father, and former Ghanaian President, Kwame Nkrumah.

The Department of Arts and Culture has a mandate to promote a culture of reading and writing in order to develop a sustainable book industry that supports equitable development of all South African languages.

Enquiries: Mr Sandile Memela: 082 800 3750