Book industry leaders and policy makers gathered for the second IPA African Seminar, in Nairobi, to assess Africa’s potential to be a global publishing powerhouse.

The program offered eight panels covering indigenous languages; copyright; freedom to publish; educational publishing; industry data; and publishing ecosystem talks. Language was a recurring theme through the seminar, including when star Kenyan author, Ngugi Wa Thiongo’o, said, ‘Monolingualism is the carbon monoxide of cultures. Multilingualism is the oxygen of cultures’. 

IPA Vice President, Bodour Al Qasimi, the driving force behind the seminar, described Africa as ‘one of the most widely misunderstood regions in the world…and one of the most under-represented regions in global literature and culture’.



IPA Nairobi Seminar Report 2019

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These gatherings provide a unique, multisectoral platform for original thinking, creative collaboration, and decisive action to stimulate and shape the future of publishing in a given region.

They are attended by hundreds of publishers, policymakers, educationalists, entrepreneurs and creative industry stakeholders with the common goal of making publishing an innovative, influential and universally beneficial force in a given region.


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