ZIBF poised for growth

The Zimbabwe International Book Fair has been described as a huge success by Chairperson Musaemura Zimunya.

The theme “African Literature in the Global and Digital Era” was inspired by Zimbojam Director Fungai Tahungana when he hosted a seminar for writers on the importance and use of computers during last year’s Indaba.

“Like any other institution, we experienced a downturn in the year 2008, but since then we are on the ascendency,” said Zimunya, adding that the event had been hosted without any local funding.

“The Norwegian Embassy has been our major funding partner, but hopes are high next year there will be a significant number of locals investing in the event as they have made promises”, he said.

This year’s exhibition featured established authors and publishers from other countries such as Nigeria and Kenya. Uche Anioke of Nigeria praised this year’s exhibition saying although it was his first time at ZIBF, he had learnt a lot and was expecting to carry the lessons to Nigeria.

“I am humbled by the friendliness and intellectual levels of Zimbabweans. I was also invited to give a lecture at The Chipawo Arts centre something which l did not expect”, he said.

Well-known writer Virginia Phiri was optimistic about the future. “People should watch out for ZIBF 2013. The exhibitors and organizers have already started planning as it will mark the Book Fair’s 30th anniversary,” said Phiri.

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