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Upcoming guest lectures & events


“West African publishing, diasporic connections: A publisher’s perspective”
Akoss Ofori-Mensah (Accra, Ghana)
Tuesday, 15 October 2019
JO1, Johannisstr. 4, 48143 Münster
12 c.t.

The Chair of English, Postcolonial and Media Studies is excited to host Akoss Ofori-Mensah, founder of the publishing house Sub-Saharan Publishers, for a guest lecture at WWU Münster’s English Department. In her lecture titled “West African publishing, diasporic connections: A publisher’s perspective,” Ofori-Mensah will give insights into her experiences as a publisher and touch on both publishing on the continent and its diasporic entanglements. The guest lecture is part of Prof. Dr. Mark U Stein’s lecture “Literatures of the African Diasporas” and is open to anyone interested.

Sub-Saharan Publishers specialises in African children’s books, African literature, literature on the transatlantic slave trade, and also features scholarly books. Founded in 1993, it has since published various award-winning books such as Animal Village, which recently won the 2019 Storytelling Award, or The Cross Drums, which was selected for the White Ravens list of outstanding new books for children and young adults in 2009. In the past, Ofori-Mensah has also not shied away from addressing obstacles she encountered in her endeavour to establish the publishing platform such as a lack of bookselling infrastructure or the underdevelopment of reading habits.