Call for Poetry Submissions Deadline March 29, 2019.
Poetry Festival and Anthology Benefit the Educationof Kenyan Children
Kenyan International Poetry, Arts and Cultural Festival
June 14-22, 2019.in Bumala, a small town situated in Busia County in Western Region of Kenya
Letter from the Organizers
I wish to pass the following information in relation to our international poetry, arts and cultural festival scheduled for June, 2019.
1. The event will take place in Bumala town, being a small town situated in Busia County in Western Region of Kenya
2. All participants must arrive at Kisumu International Airport on 14 th June, 2019
3. They will be picked from the airport by bus and in the company of the event organizer, Mr Hillary Mainga be driven to Bumala town about 85 kilometers away from the airport.
4. The participants will be booked at Western Ambience Hotel in Bumala where they will stay throughout the event period.
5. The event will start on 15 June, 2019 at 9.00am to 1.00pm. From 3.00 pm to 6.00pm; Visits to Hillary Mainga Foundation Schools.
6. On 16 th June at 10.00 am : The official opening of the event by H E Hon. Sospeter Ojaamong, able Governor of Busia County and his able Deputy Governor, H.E Hon. Moses Mulomi among other invited government dignitaries.
At 12.00 noon ; A major presentation and speeches to mark the day of African Child, including speeches from school children and child rights advocates
7: On 17th June, 9.00 am to 1.00pm : Poetry presentation. From 3.00pm to 6.00pm visit to Marachi cultural forum - understanding Marachi culture.
8. On 18th June, 2019, 9.00am to 1.00 pm : Poetry presentation. From 3.00pm to 6.00pm visit to Kekapel Cultural Centre - understanding Iteso culture
9. On 19th June, 2019 : 9.00am to 1.00 pm visit to Lake Victoria, celebrating our heritage- enjoying boat racing ,the lake Victoria scenery and understanding the Samia and Banyala Culture. From 3.00 pm to 6.00pm:
Poetry/ Visual Arts presentation
10. On 20 th June, 2019 : 9.00 am to 1.00pm: School visits and motivational talks. From 3.00pm to 6.00pm: Community visits
11. On 21 st June, 2019: Presentation of the event anthology and issuance of the copies of the anthology to every participant.. From 3.00pm to 5.00pm: Event closing ceremony.
12. On 22 nd June, 2019 at 9.00am : Departure to Kisumu International Airport
Some important points to note:
1. The event organizer will provide accommodation, meals and local transport including transport from Kisumu international airport to the event venue, transport during all the days of the event and back to the airport on departure day.
2. The participants who will attend the event will make registration payment of €450euros on arrival.
3. The participants who wish to send their poetry but WONT attend the festival will meet the cost of publication and shipping of anthology at a consolidated cost of €20 euros only.
4. All poetry for every participant whether attending the festival or not must be submitted before 29 th March, 2019.
4. Every participant must submit one poem only with a photo, country of origin,date and copyrighted.
5. The anthology for those who won't attend the festival will be shipped to their respective countries on or before 1st June, 2019. Therefore accurate mailing address must be send.
6. Photographs and recordings for the festival including names of children who will present poetry on behalf of poets will be sent online on 23rd June 2019 to all those who won't attend the festival but choose to send their poetry.
7. All poetry and official communication should be done through email address: hillarymaingafoundation@yahoo. com
8. Since the event theme is: The right of education of an African Child, we encourage participants to send or support the education of our school children in Kenya.
School supplies or items to support children can be send to:
HILLARY MAINGA FOUNDATION
PO BOX 79, CODE 50404
BUMALA, BUSIA KENYA
You can also visit our website at:
Wishing everyone blessed times and welcome for the festival.
16 th June is the International Day of the African Child. This day was first initiated in 1991 by Organisation of African Unity (OAU). Its in honour of the children who participated in Soweto,South Africa uprising in 1976 protesting the poor quality of their education and demanding their right to be taught in their own language. Hundreds of these children were shot and killed during this protest.
So June 16th every year Governments, NGOs, International organizations and other stakeholders gather to discuss the challenges and opportunities facing the full realization of the rights of children in Africa. It also raises awareness of the continuing need for improvement of the education provided to African children.
So this poetry, arts and cultural festival is part of the many activities lined up in Africa to mark this historical day. For this reason am requesting those poets and artists interested to participate in this festival to present poetry and or artistic work that capture the right of every child to quality education. The poets/ artists should inspire the readers/viewers and raise emotions driving them into pushing for the right of every child to acquire quality education.
Those who are not able to physically attend the event can send their poetry in English only and give support towards the education of needy children under the schools run by The Hillary Mainga Foundation. The support can be in terms of school supplies or any form as decided by the poet/ artist. These poems will be read by school children and the poet will be informed about the name of the child who presented the poem of a particular poet, the photographs and all the recordings shall be send to the poet as evidence of his/ her poetry having been presented at the event.
Those who are able to attend the event will get free accommodation and food on paying event registration fee. The event will start on June 14th and end on June 21st. Arrival date is June 13th 2019.
An anthology of the event will be done involving every poetry that will be presented. Poetry will be translated into the local Luhya, Luo and Swahili languages. We hope to use this event to promote other anthologies of participants.
Event registration deadline is April 10th, 2019. So interested persons must submit their poetry or artistic work before this date. Submit poetry to : hillarymaingafoundation@yahoo. com.
Peace in West Africa
Luhya, Abaluhya, Baluhya—"Omulembe" (peace) or "Amani" (peace)—Kenya.
Dholuo or Luo—"Kuwe" (peace), "Kue" (peace), "Misawa" (peace to you - hello)—Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania.
Swahili (swa), Kiswahili—"Amani" (peace security safety, harmony, peaceful, at peace), "Salama" (peace), "Súllkhi", (peace), "Súlukhu" (concord, peace, conciliation), "Sulukhia", "Suluhia" (to agree, to compose differences), "Tarajali katika kázi" (to be trustworthy in work), "Sulukhiána", "Ku patánisha" (to be reconciled to each other, to agree), "Sulukisha", "Sulurisha", "Ku patánisha" (to cause to agree, to reconcile, to make peace or concord), "O'yaba" (freedom", "Uhuru" (freedom), "Amani ya Juu" (peace from above)“mkosa mila ni mtumwa” (a person without a culture is a slave), "Sauti ya amani" (voice of peace)—Tanzania, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, Uganda, Zaire, East Africa.
Turkana, Ngaturukana—"Akimaima" (to soothe, to appease, to pacify) or "Akisililing" (to console, lit. to cause to calm down)—Turkana District, Rift Valley Province, Northwestern Kenya.
Luganda (lug), Ganda—"Emirembe " (peace, duration of peace), "Mirembe" (peace), "Ddembe", "Ddembe lyange" (my peace), "Ddembe lyo" (your peace), "Ddembe lye" (his or her peace), "Mirembe gyaffe" (our peaces), Tabaganya (to make peace) —Uganda, Niger, Congo.
Climate Change Driven Compentition on Lake Turkana
In Swahili "amani" means peace
security and safety in Swahili
but at Lake Turkana
there is no "amani"
no "akimaima" which means to soothe
to appease or pacify in the local language of Turkana
to cause to calm down
but how do we calm down climate change
droughts that kills the cattle
I must seek out alternatives
even illegal sources of income
withstand conflict between the newcomers and those here first
I have no choice
I must feed my family here in northern Kenya
with a rivalry between Kenyan tribes and Ethiopian fisherfolk
everywhere is the other side of the my lake
where peace is called "selami" in Amharic
but there is no "selami" here at the border
between the two nations
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