To the sound of African and Oriental strings, the Academy of the Kingdom of Morocco concluded the first seminars of the new cultural season, which the founding chair taught within the framework of African letters and arts.
The symposium organized on the theme “the family” was attended by researchers and innovators from various parts of the African continent, living inside and outside its territory.
Eugene Ibudi, Director of the Chair of African Literature at the Kingdom Academy, said that this symposium opened the academic season and coincides with the “African cultural and literary entrance”, in light of the selection of Rabat as the capital of culture. African.
Ibudi added, in statements to Hespress, that the symposium “The family as a labyrinth or metaphor” seeks to find out: “Does the African continent think of itself as a family? And if it is a family, what can you offer your children? And what do you share, not only with your children, but with all of humanity?
The Cameroonian writer sees in this symposium the participation of the peoples of the continent and their intelligence in the radiation of Africa; That is why “professors, artists and writers came to cooperate, to share and present to Africa what was accumulated within it and its citizens in the diaspora”.
The symposium, which was organized on Thursday and Friday, celebrated novelist Marie Ndiaye, winner of the prestigious Goncourt Prize for literature written in the French language.
Among the concerns of the Chair of African Literature is that the criterion for evaluating the quality of the creations of the continent does not remain dependent on the centrality of the West in general, and of the French in particular, and hopes to contribute to making Africa a center, not a dependent margin.
Abdeljalil Lahjri, permanent secretary of the Kingdom Academy, had said that the light that African literature is increasingly shedding, with writers from the continent receiving the most outstanding international literary prizes, is the result of a dynamic that the continent is experiencing, a dynamic that it is “always exciting” and “witness a vision of the world”. Just picturesque”, but can be “disturbing” for some.
This dynamic reflects, according to Hajmeri, “Africa’s aspiration not to continue living on the margins of thought, and that there will be no margin, and the center will be everywhere.”