Grace Dorcas Annan
Dear Festival Friends,
Akwaaba! Kaabo! Welcome! Bienvenue!
The third annual ALL AFRiCAN BOOK FAIR is almost here!
It is my mission each year to produce a book event that brings joy, sparks conversations and celebrates written and spoken words. I am swooning in uttermost excitement as I officially launch this year's event with these three keywords:-
COLLABORATION - Wo Nsa Da Mu A
"If your hands are in the dish" is the literal translation of the Adinkra symbol Wo Nsa Da Mu A. The symbol stands for participatory democracy, democratic pluralism, and pluralism in government. It emphasizes the significance of allowing everyone to have a say in the process of making decisions. It inspires people to become actively involved in the communities in which they live, to communicate their thoughts and ideas, and to collaborate for the benefit of all. It also serves as a reminder that everyone is responsible for their actions and that we are all accountable for the roles we play in society.
COMMUNITY - Nkonsonkonson
(depicts two links in a chain). Nkonsonkonson represents unity, community, and the strength that comes from each.
CAPACITY - Boa Me Na Me Mmoa Wo
Help me and let me help you. A symbol of cooperation and interdependence. From the aphorism, “Boa me na me mmoa wo,” to wit “Help me and let me help you” or, “Benkum dware nifa na nifa nso adware benkum,” to wit, “The left (hand) washes the right and the right washes the left.”
I choose these words as it is about time we come together as book lovers in Africa to help one another because we have the potential to accommodate, multiply and thrive.
I would like to thank all our past sponsors, funders and supporters and look forward to greater support this year as our exhibitors and book audience have tripled.
Finally, we'd like to thank our 2024 official poster illustrators for creating such a wonderful design to promote this year's event.
My team and I can't wait to welcome you to this year's ALL AFRiCAN BOOK FAIR.
With love and great admiration,
NATIONAL CHILDRENS LIBRARY