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We feel so inspired watching Deborah Ahenkorah talk about her passion for African children’s literature.

Ahenkorah, for those who do not know, co-founded The Golden Baobab Foundation for Education, a Ghana-based organization focused on providing children-centered content for the African literary market.

She is a leading figure in African publishing today because she saw a need and took steps to address it. African literature has always been an adult-centered industry until people like Ahenkorah came along to challenge the absence of stories where African children could encounter their world and explore their imagination.

Today, The Golden Baobab Prize, one of the organization’s several platforms, encourages African writers and artists to produce work for a younger African audience.

As she says in this lovely video, the Golden Baobab project is about “shaping the minds of the future of this continent, inspiring a generation of children to be creative, and problem solvers, and imaginative, and happy.”

Watch and be inspired!

Visit www.goldenbaobab.org

 

Golden Baobab from African Leadership Network on Vimeo.

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I hold a doctorate in English from Duke University and recently joined the Marquette University English faculty as an Assistant Professor. I love teaching African fiction and contemporary British novels. Brittle Paper is the virtual space/station where I play and experiment with ideas on how to reinvent African fiction and literary culture.

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