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AYEBIA - AFRICAN BOOK PUBLISHER OF NOTE
A recent encounter with a phenomenal trail blazer, a Eurpe based African Queen of book publishers led The African Bulletin to request an interview with her. We were enchanted by her and we hope you are too. Below is the excerpt:
The African Bulletin: Who is Nana Ayebia?
Nana Ayebia Clarke: Nana Ayebia Clarke MBE is a Ghanaian-born award-winning Publisher specializing in quality African and Caribbean writing for an international readership. She holds a BA (Hons) and M.St from Oxford University. She was Submissions Editor of the highly regarded African and Caribbean Writers Series published by Heinemann Educational Publishers at Oxford for 12 years where she worked as part of a team in the International Department that published and promoted the world-renowned African Writers Series. The AWS published prominent and Nobel Prize winning writers to world audiences. Writers published under the African & Caribbean Writers Series imprints included Wole Soyinka, Chinua Achebe, Nadine Gordimer, Nurrudin Farah, Derek Walcott, Ama Ata Aidoo, Ngugi wa Thiong’o, Buchi Emecheta, V.S. Naipaul, Zee Edgell, Ayi Kwei Armah, Mariama Bà, Yvonne Vera, Kofi Awoonor, Dambudzo Marechera, Steve Biko, Nelson Mandela, Earl Lovelace, Sam Selvon, Ousmane Sembène, Bessie Head, Véronique Tadjo, Kofi Anyidoho, Okot p’Bitek et al. The Heinemann African Writers Series published a corpus of work (from 1962 - 2002) that has now become accepted and acknowledged as the African Literary canon.
Nana Ayebia meets HRH Prince of Wales at a reception to celebrate African Culture
HELP: THE WORLD NEEDS HEALTH WORKERS
By Jacqueline Lampe*
According to a report released by the WHO during the recently concluded third Global Forum for Human Resources for Health, the world is short of 72 million healthcare workers. In just over 20 years, this number is set to double if the situation is not addressed.
Africa has a drastic shortage of community health workers. Although many ministries of health have made a community health strategy an integral part of their approach to universal health coverage, the training and empowerment of community health workers (CHWs) remains a challenge. Many ministries face common challenges, such as expensive classroom training with unpredictable attendance, lack of reliable reporting from community health workers in the field, declining CHW engagement, and a high dropout rate in the absence of paid incentives. - Read here
WILL YOUR CHILDREN SPEAK YOUR INDIGENOUS AFRICAN LANGUAGE?
By Ato Bob*
“To have another language is to possess a second soul.” ‘Charlemagne’ (742 - 814, King of the Franks and Emperor of the Romans)
As soon as we are born we utter sounds which, with guidance of our parents and environment, develop into our most valuable tool for human interaction: language.
From that moment it is our most important medium to express ourselves towards others.
The language we then master will be our ‘mother tongue’ in which we then become a ‘native speaker’ as it is called. However nowadays more than often we acquire a second language also which we use frequently to communicate with others that don’t speak our mother tongue. Migrants are most often obliged to learn the language of their adopted country, while their children born there mostly make it their first language or become bilingual from the start. - Read here
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By A.G. Kleijweg
Dear TAB Readers,
With matters of immigration law, it is not always bad news; sometimes I can bring good news to the readers’ attention. In this article, I bring to your attention few important issues. Some are good news while others are only informative or warning.
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