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From left to right: Tunde Jegede, Natalia Molebatsi, and Linton Kwesi Johnson.

The second annual Mboka Festival of Arts, Culture and Sports took place in The Gambia from 6 to 20 January 2018. The event, a celebration of Gambian cultural heritage and African diasporic heritage, was a collaboration between Camp Africa, Global Hands and SABLE Publications. The name “Mboka” is Wolof for “one family.”

The first edition of the Mboka Festival happened from 7 to 17 January 2017, and had Ngugi wa Thiong’o as the guest of honour. This second edition featured a literary, book and visual arts fair, an academic conference, a chef competition, as well as wrestling, bike challenge and marathons.

The photos below, by Lena Nian Photography, are from the performance poetry session by the poet Linton Kwesi Johnson, the jazz poet Natalia Molebatsi, and the kora player Tunde Jegede.

Take a look.

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Otosirieze Obi-Young is a writer, an academic, and Deputy Editor of Brittle Paper. His fiction has appeared in The Threepenny Review ("Mulumba," 2016), Transition ("A Tenderer Blessing," 2015), and in an anthology of the Gerald Kraak Award for which he was shortlisted ("You Sing of a Longing," 2017). His work has further been shortlisted for the Miles Morland Writing Scholarship in 2016 and a Pushcart Prize in 2015. He attended the 2018 Miles Morland Foundation Creative Writing Workshop. He is the curator of the ART NAIJA SERIES, a sequence of themed e-anthologies of writing and visual art exploring different aspects of Nigerianness. The first, ENTER NAIJA: THE BOOK OF PLACES (October, 2016), focuses on cities in Nigeria. The second, WORK NAIJA: THE BOOK OF VOCATIONS (June, 2017), focuses on professions in Nigeria. He studied History and Literature at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, is currently completing a postgraduate programme in African Studies and Pop Culture, and teaches English at Godfrey Okoye University, Enugu. He has completed a collection of short stories, YOU SING OF A LONGING, and is working on a novel. He is represented by David Godwin Associates literary agency. When bored, he just Googles Rihanna.

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