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.
This event will take place in English.
THE RT. HON. ADRIENNE CLARKSON
THE RT. HON. ADRIENNE CLARKSON, PC, CC, CMM, COM, CD, was Canada’s 26th Governor General from 1999-2005. She was the first person not born in Canada to be named to this post. In 1942 she and her family came to Canada from Hong Kong as refugees of the Second World War. She has had an impressive career in the arts as a journalist, novelist, publisher, public servant and television personality, and has received numerous honorary degrees. Her interest in Canada’s North framed much of her tenure as Governor General as she attempted to forge stronger ties between Canada and northern aboriginal people. Since her time in office she has published an autobiography, Heart Matters, and co-founded the Institute for Canadian Citizenship (ICC) with her husband, the author and scholar John Ralston Saul.
DEBORAH AHENKORAH is a social entrepreneur, literacy advocate and winner of the 2019 Global Pluralism Award. She is the executive director and co-founder of the ground-breaking children’s literacy NGO, Golden Baobab, and founder of African Bureau Stories, a publishing and multimedia social enterprise. Both organizations work in conjunction to inspire African writers and illustrators to create content for children, celebrate and publish their award winning works and nurture them through outreach initiatives.
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.