Bahiya: The Little Zebra

A conversation on the critical need for diverse representation in children’s literature

You are invited to an online dialogue hosted by the Global Centre for Pluralism to celebrate the launch of the print edition of Bahiya: The Little Zebra from African Bureau Stories, with opening remarks by former Governor General of Canada and the Centre’s Board member, the Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson.


June 23, 2021
12 PM – 1:00 PM Eastern Time

Featuring 2019 Global Pluralism Award recipient Deborah Ahenkorah in conversation with author Nahida Esmail and illustrator Randa Abubakr, about their children’s book, Bahiya: The Little Zebra, available for the first time in print. You can purchase the book here! The conversation will explore the critical need for positive representations of diversity in children’s literature and across Africa’s literary arts sector.

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This event will take place in English.



NAHIDA ESMAIL has written several books for children and has received the prestigious Burt Award for African Literature. She has lived in the UK, Egypt, and South Africa before returning to her native Tanzania, where she now lives with her family.


RANDA ABUBAKR is an Egyptian illustrator based in Helsinki. Her passion for colour led her to study Fine Arts at Helwan University. A talented visual artist, she has worked with Alaa Aldin Magazine in Cairo and has participated in numerous art events in Egypt, UK and Armenia. Bahiya, the Little Zebra is her first book.