The conference included presentations from Prof. Mildred Mortimer, Breyten Breytenbach, Veronique Todjo, Refilwe Ramagoshi, Prof. Willie Burger, Dr Onuora B. Nweke and Dr Lekan Oyegoke. Themes that were addressed included states of dystopia, creativity, shaping the imagination, renaissance, the refractive aesthetics of African literature, myth-making and nation building in Niger, and leadership. The second day of the conference ended in a roundtable discussion on mentoring African literature.

The discussion included various well-known African literaries and writers including Yaw Sekyi-Baidoo, Eunice NongKum, Mobolanle Sotunsa, Adeola Faleye, Ezinwanyi Adam, Alex C Asigbo, Sola Owonibi, Ikuomola Adediran Daniel, Abayomi Awelewa, Kayode Atilade, Lateef Olanireti, and Oyèníyí Okùnoyè. The conference was formally concluded for the day with the launch of volume 53.2 of Tydskrif vir Letterkunde, named “Translating Mofolo”. The launch, along with Tydskrif vir Letterkunde’s 80th anniversary dinner was celebrated on UP’s Hatfield campus.

 

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