Nigeria has been chosen as guest country at the 8th Hargeysa International Book Fair, starting Saturday the1st of August till the 6th August 2015 and taking place in Hargeysa, Somaliland.
The fair which is reputed to be the largest celebration of the book in East Africa is also designed to showcase all other forms of artistic expression such as poetry, drama, documentaries and exhibitions, with the books being the centre of all activities.
For this year’s festival the organisers have put together a star-studded guest list that includes the Nigerian wordsmiths Okey Ndibe, Niyi Osundare and Chuma Nwokolo.
Other international guests include Jude Kelley, Alessandro Gori, Michele Petrone, Joe Addo, Jonny Steinberg, Maimouna Jallow, Mpalive Msiska, Mary Harper, Michael Walls, Phyllis Muthoni, Ciku Kimeria, Dzekashu MacViban and Yusuf K. Serunkuma.
HIBF 2015 is also hosting and presenting the works of Somaliland diaspora writers, scholars, activists and those from wider Somali regions, including literary critics and writers such as Faarax Cali “Gamuute”, Rashiid Sh Cabdillaahi “Gadhwayne”, Said Jama Hussein, the highly-esteemed playwright Said Salah Ahmed, writer Rashid Mahamed Shabelleh, renowned Islamic scholar and seasoned journalist Shiekh Mahamoud H Dalmar, and celebrated young novelists and journalist Nadifa Mahamed.
Others are humanitarian worker, and activist Hibo Jamal, Quman Akli, photographer Samira Al Baroud, the writers, Sayid-Ahmed M Yuusuf, Abdalle Haji, Cabdillahi Cawed Cige, Idris Yousouf Elmi, Abdikarim Ahmed and Maxamed Xirsi Guuleed, film-maker Abdirahman Cadani and musician Da’ud Ali Masahaf.
They will be sharing the platform with Somaliland based artists and writers, among whom are Hadraawi, Xasan Ganey, Cabdiraxmaan C. Barwaaqo, Axmed Ibraahim Cawaale, Axmed Aw Geeddi and Yusuf Shaacir.