The second edition of Hausa International Book and Arts Festival holds in Kaduna and themed ‘Being and Becoming.’
The organizers of the competition would explore language and identity in the African literary space using virtual reality (VR) technology.
Sada Malumfashi, Curator of the festival, said “Knowledge in the field of Hausa origin has been confronted with missing links or gaps, with very little known about the identity of a Hausa person. What language did the ancestors of the Hausa people speak five thousand years ago? These and many such questions and interceptive queries would be answered in this second edition of the Hausa International Book and Arts Festival (HIBAF22) by linking and connecting arts, language, and identity through analysis of the processes that give birth to experience.”
Malumfashi said the ACP-EU Culture – West Africa Evaluation Committee selected the Hausa International Book and Arts Festival (HIBAF) as one of the 35 winners who will benefit from the Enhancing Culture Fund to enhance the value of cultural and creative content in West Africa, by promoting support for creation and production, image education and the development of means of dissemination and distribution (physical and digital) of cultural goods.
The Hausa International Book and Arts Festival with the theme ‘Being and Becoming’ was selected out of 176 applications from 15 out of 16 countries in West Africa.
The organizers added that the VR experience of the project will include the curated festival experience; a feature documentary on identity and language; a photo essay documenting the vibrant existence of an unbridled literary tradition among women writers writing in Hausa language in northern Nigeria.
The festival will also witness a movie showing of the HIFAB official film, which was premiered in November.