These photos are from Storymoja facebook page.
BNPA will return to the Storymoja Hay Festival in 2014.
This year’s Storymoja event was planned for poets to experience what is close to literary heaven, with carefully selected poets like Prof. Kofi Awoonor, Nii Parkes. Prof. Kwame Dawes, Fatou Were, Clifton Gachagua, Warsan Shire, Dr. Neal Hall, Sitawa Namwalie, Wangane Wally Serote and Michael Onsando. From the moment Warsan read from her collection, teaching my mother how to give birth and shared how words enable her to understand her own home and identity and Wally Serote on how poetry was all he had while in solitary confinement during the Apartheid regime, we knew there was a lot to learn.
Prof. Awoonor’s death in the hands of such brutality on 21st September 2013 is a reminder of how fragile our lives are and how we should seize moments that come our way with liberty, strength, joy and peacefulness.
The BN Poetry Foundation will continue working with Storymoja. In 2014, when the poetry award will include all poets from the continent and the winner will be announced at the festival in Nairobi. We will continue with literature’s celebration, poetry’s manifestation and honour the lives of those who paved the way like Prof. Awoonor, Okot p’ Bitek and many others.
We stand with those giving in Kenya and the entire world. Every day, people are killed and we feel helpless. There is strength in comfort and joy in knowing that there are others standing with us. May we always have literature as our comfort and the words of poetry to help us make meaning of those times.
Looking forward to 2014ReplyDelete
Thank you BNN for this item of information. Our hearts are still touched by the loss in Kenya. We pray that God comforts our sisters and brothers who lost their dear ones and that He restores peace.ReplyDelete
I love the written word for even when we lose people like Prof. Awoonor, we still have them live in their WORD. Come 2014, all roads will lead to Nairobi Kenya for storymoja festival.
Sorry I missed the session. Will look out for it next year. RIP to Prof. Awoonor. Keep up the good work.ReplyDelete
he died but his poems will not die, he will live forever in verseReplyDelete