By Doreen Strauhs
Offering the radical inspiration of the "literary NGO," this learn combines interviews with modern East African writers with an research in their specialist actions and the cultural investment zone to make an unique contribution to African literary feedback and cultural reviews.
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As such, LINGOs observe ongoing trends in society and create a platform for debate and research for people sharing an interest in areas of the LINGOs’ concern. In this way, LINGOs draw attention to sociopolitical challenges and contribute ideas on sociopolitical as well as sociocultural areas of their concern both in their writing and at their literary events. This self-understanding is a difference from NGOs in the sector of theater for development. Whereas both types of NGOs are policy driven, NGOs in the theater for development can be said to be in particular driven by an agenda adapted to the objectives of their changing external partners, commissioning the NGOs for realizing the interests that are not necessarily the interests of the NGOs themselves but rather those of their principals.
The power, politics, and participation of these LINGOs and their associated writers in regard to the production process of literature, cultural and sociopolitical dialogue in view of history, the present, and the future will be explored in the next chapters of this book. CHAPTER 3 The African Literary Revolution on Our Doorstep? African LINGOs Past and Present A revolution would imply a departure from some other thing. 2 —Patrick Mangeni (2008) Introduction B oth literary NGOs (LINGOs), FEMRITE and Kwani Trust, have celebrated themselves as new and revolutionary phenomena.
Were primarily ignited by Wainaina’s ambition, networking, and marketing strategies but not in any way decisively and directly furthered through the Caine Prize nor Wainaina’s personal friendship with Elam. When asked about the connection between the Ford Foundation and Kwani Trust and the role that Elam played in establishing it, Elam seemed surprised: I don’t think I had any role to speak of in the formation of Kwani Trust . . I knew the manager at Ford Foundation in Kenya, . . but their support for Kwani??