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Photo: Bettina Rühl

Photo: Bettina Rühl
A literary festival on African histories and futures featured in fictional and non-fictional works, bringing together, for the first time on the continent, all its ‘main’ writing language zones: Arab, English, French and Portuguese/Spanish in conversations across perceived limitations and barriers.

The Macondo Book Society, a non-profit organization registered in Kenya under the Societies’ Act and founded by journalist
Anja Bengelstorff and award-winning Kenyan author Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor, seeks to organize regular literary festivals and other events that promote literature and authors of and from Africa beyond linguistic borders, to amplify and showcase the rich diversity of literature from and of Africa, and to provide a public platform to initiate and encourage, through literature, the engagement of a wider public with Africa’s histories and its significance for the present and future of the continent as a means of societal growth.

Macondo is a fictional place in the novel “One Hundred Years of Solitude” by Colombian Nobel Laureate Gabriel Garcia Márquez, a place where magical things happen.
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