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Of Africa: Histories, Collections & Reflections Keynote

Of Africa: Histories, Collections & Reflections

Binyavanga Wainaina, In Conversation with Dan Yon
Reception to follow

Named by Time magazine as one of 2014's "Most Influential People in the World", Wainaina is Kenya's best-known author, a journalist, and winner of the Caine Prize for African Writing. By publically and courageously declaring that he is a gay African, he has demystified and humanized homosexuality and initiated conversation that can no longer be about the "faceless other."


"I am an Imaginer Riding Africa's glorious terrible hurricane. Boko Haram and Booming Banks. Ebola and tumbling borders. Gays, lesbians, and a sexual revolution in Wattsapp. Africa Rising: roads, tens of millions of newly banked citizens. A thousand new writers, musicians, film-makers a year. Africa tumbles, grows, suddenned into a hurricane of change. How do black people, Africans Imaginers prepare our thoughts to deal with the adventure, it’s horrors, pleasures and opportunities?" Binyavanga Wainaina

Keynote Ticket Prices:  Tickets sales are now closed. Limited tickets will be available for sale at the door.

Public: $35 plus HST
Members: $32 plus HST
Teacher/Student:  $32 plus HST
Group 10+: $28.00 HST

FNL Africa Alive! Promo: Additional 10% off ticket price for visitors that attend Africa Alive! Friday Night Live on October 17! Discount available at check out.


6:30 pm Doors Open
7 - 8 pm Keynote (Eaton Theatre)
8 - 9 pm Reception

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Symposium Day 1: Friday, October 24, 2014, 10:30 am - 5 pm
Symposium Day 2: Saturday, October 25, 2014, 10:30 am - 5 pm

This program is supported by the William Thorsell Forum Fund.

With Thanks to:
The Power Plant
The University of Toronto, Departments of Comparative Literature, African Studies
The University of Toronto, Scarborough Campus


Royal Ontario Museum
Signy and Cléophée Eaton Theatre


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