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Thursday, April 28 • 14:00 - 14:45
Arabic as a bridge for the rest of Africa LIMITED

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The role of digital platforms in breaking language barriers in publishing in MENA & Africa; When we mention continents, in terms of people and culture. It gets worse when we speak in terms of countries - for what has Syria or Turkey got to do with Nigeria or Mali or Senegal? Yet, Arabic, as a language of trade and religion, has joined all these countries, and the continents they belong to, in the past. Neverthless, fluency anmd comprehension of Arabic in sub-Saharan Africa, the Maghreb, has been steadily dwindling over the last decades as older speakers die. New digital platforms like the Jalada Writers Cooperative ( www.jalada.org ) and (www.inkwadi.com ) have been at the forefront of translating popular fiction into Arabic and other languages. There has not been a reciprocal interest in work from sub-Saharan Africa being made available in the Arab world even when the Arabic language joins us all. This should be reconsidered.

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Richard Ali

Founder, Parre'sia Publishers
Richard Ali, a lawyer, was born in Kano, Nigeria and grew up in the resort town of Jos.He holds an L.L.B from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria and was called to the Nigerian Bar in 2010. He was the youngest magazine Editor in Nigeria at the Kaduna-based Sardauna Magazine (2004-2006). Author of the warmly received 2012 novel, City of Memories, Richard was Editor-in-Chief of the Senitel Nigeria Magazine and was runner-up at the 2008 John la Rose... Read More →

Thursday April 28, 2016 14:00 - 14:45

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