Institute of African Studies - Columbia University

Seminar on "Poetry and Society on the Swahili Coast" as part of a public Ifriqiyya seminar

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Seminar on "Poetry and Society on the Swahili Coast" as part of a public Ifriqiyya seminar
with Abdilatif Abdalla, Swahili Poet and Political Activist
Date: 
November 13, 2014 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm
Location: 
207 Knox Hall

Abdilatif Abdalla is best known for his poetry volume ‘Sauti ya Dhiki’ (Voice of Agony, published in 1973), written in prison in Kenya between 1969-1972. He had been imprisoned for authoring the critical political pamphlet ‘Kenya: Twendapi?’ (Kenya: where are we going? 1968), condemning the dictatorial features of Jomo Kenyatta’s KANU rule. Abdalla has also been involved in a multitude of translation and editing projects, between postcolonial novels (Ayi Kwei Armah), Qur’an translations, historic Swahili poetry, and critical academic works, next to being a driving-force in the shaping of a democratic opposition to the Moi-regime from exile in London (with Ngugi et al.) through the 1980s and 1990s.