Nowadays, there is an emerging market on Africa’s literary scene contributed by the independent publishers sprouting all over the continent. Even though there are still challenges that individual countries within Africa are grappling with in the literary fronts, there are changes witnessed in the recent past. This is evident in the way African writers and publishers are organizing book fairs and seminars to make known to the world that there is something more to its literary scene than meets the eye. Now, Africa’s literary scene has come to debunk the myth that Africans don’t read.
Ake Books Festival
A good case in point is the Ake Book Festival that happens once a year. This festival gives a chance for the African writers, publishers, filmmakers, and al people that contribute to the growth of Africa’s literary scene to come together and address issues affecting the continent through literature. What’s more, it invites writers and publishers from all over the world, thereby exposing the already evident potential in writing, filmmaking, and so on.
The Future of African Literary World
What’s more, the study of Africa’s literary scene points to a reflection on the future of the continent and its population. Self-knowledge and consciousness are some of the things that are contributing to the growth of the African literature, especially since these two factors are significant in the process of affirmation of one’s personality. To share the values and cultural aspects of Africa with the global audience, masterpieces of the oral and written literature have become a necessity. Books make a very significant contribution to a better knowledge and history of the continent that has hitherto now been marginalized but is successful in moving forward.
As such, the trends Africa’s literary scene are bound to change for the better thanks to writers and publishers like Kwani from Kenya, Farafina, and the Cassava Republic from Nigeria, Chimurenga, and so on. With the establishment of the African literary market, the African audience is considered as consumers. Their tastes and preferences, coupled with their power as buyers, are going to put more influence on content creation. The inclusion of mobile technology will make it easier for them to read more about what they like, for instance, romance, fiction, and other genres. This will expand more on the reading culture and reach a more growing population in as far as Africa’s literary scene is concerned. Henceforth the growth of Africa’s literary scene will require a productive interaction among writers, publishers, governments, as well as readers, but the future is bright.