The Government of the Republic of Somaliland has announced its unwavering support for the Pan African Writers Association (PAWA) to bolster African literature and its development on the continent. This significant commitment came following a courtesy visit by Dr Wale Okediran, the Secretary General of PAWA, to the Vice President of Somaliland, H.E. Abdourahman Abdillahi Ismail (Saylici) at the Presidential Palace in Hargeisa.
During the visit, which took place recently, Dr Okediran expressed his appreciation for the country’s dedication to education and praised Somaliland’s efforts in fostering a strong educational environment. The occasion also coincided with the 16th edition of the Hargeisa Book Fair, where the literary community gathered to celebrate and promote African literature.
In response to the PAWA Secretary General’s visit, Vice President Saylici expressed his gratitude for PAWA’s recognition of Somaliland’s pursuit of a brighter future for its citizens. He reaffirmed his country’s full support for the Pan African Writers Association, vowing to actively contribute to the organization’s goals and objectives.
The collaboration between the Government of Somaliland and PAWA is expected to open new avenues for African writers, providing them with additional resources, opportunities, and visibility on the continental stage. This partnership is likely to further enrich the literary landscape of Africa and foster cultural exchange among nations.
PAWA, established in 1989, has been instrumental in promoting African literature and writers across the continent and beyond. With the support of the Government of Somaliland, the association’s impact is anticipated to expand, allowing African writers to share their stories, cultures, and experiences with a broader audience.
As the partnership unfolds, literary enthusiasts, writers, and scholars eagerly anticipate the potential of this collaboration to elevate African literature and nurture the continent’s rich literary heritage for generations to come.