The Organization of Women Writers of Africa (OWWA) and New York University (NYU), in collaboration with the Ghanaian Mbaasem Foundation and the Spanish Fundación Mujeres por África (Women for Africa Foundation), will present “Yari Yari Ntoaso: Continuing the Dialogue – An International Conference on Literature by Women of African Ancestry”.
Major conference will put writers, critics, and readers from across Africa, the USA, Europe, and the Caribbean in dialogue with each other in Accra, Ghana, May 16-19, 2013. Seven talented Nigerians, including celebrated playwright and scholar Tess Onwueme, journalist and blogger Wana Udobang, novelist Lola Shoneyin, performance artist Wura-Natasha Ogunji, editor and publisher Bibi Bakare, children’s author Akachi Ezeigbo, and young adult novelist Nnedi Okorafor speak about their work on topics ranging from identity, craft of writing, to literary activism.
These authors will be joined by other well-known writers such as: Angela Davis (USA), Ama Ata Aidoo (Ghana), Natalia Molebatsi (South Africa), Yolanda Arroyo Pizarro (Puerto Rico), Sapphire (USA), Veronique Tadjo (Côte d’Ivoire), Evelyne Trouillot (Haiti), many others.
Yari Yari Ntoaso will consist of panels, readings, performances, and workshops, and will be devoted to the study, evaluation, and celebration of the creativity and diversity of women writers of African descent. Yari means the future in the Kuranko language of Sierra Leone;
Ntoaso means understanding and agreement in the Akan language of Ghana. Fifteen years after OWWA’s first major conference, Yari Yari Ntoaso continues the dialogue of previous Yari Yari gatherings, connecting writers, scholars, and readers. In addition to the exciting panels, the conference program includes a Saturday morning “storytime” for children, workshops for adult and youth, and the opportunity to meet writers and purchase their books.
All events are free and open to the public, and Nigerians interested in literature – whether as readers or as writers, both youth and adults – are encouraged to attend.