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By Wole Adedoyin

The International Human Rights Art Festival (IHRAF) has announced the release of its latest publication, "From Africa with Love: Voices of a Creative Continent." Curated and edited by Kelly Kaur in conjunction with Wole Adedoyin, IHRAF African Secretariat Director, this captivating anthology delves into a tapestry of themes, including love, death, race, women’s rights, politics, and the profound beauty of existence, presenting the unique perspectives of 22 talented African writers and artists.

In "From Africa with Love: Voices of a Creative Continent," readers will be taken on a literary journey like no other. The book encompasses an enchanting underwater world imagined by an eight-year-old alongside raw and poignant reflections on life across the African continent. These thought-provoking glimpses into the human experience paint a rich and diverse portrait of Africa's creative talent and its indomitable spirit.

As an integral part of IHRAF's "Hear the Voices" series, "From Africa with Love: Voices of a Creative Continent" weaves together literary expressions and artwork to celebrate the resilience and strength of the African people. This anthology serves as a testament to the power of art and storytelling in fostering empathy, understanding, and advocacy for human rights.

The contributors featured in the book were carefully selected from the two editions of the IHRAF Interview Series, which showcased over 100 writers and artists curated by Wole Adedoyin in 2021 and 2022. Hailing from five African countries, namely Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Togo, Ghana, and Kenya, these artists and writers bring a rich diversity of perspectives to the table. The anthology includes a wide array of literary forms, such as poetry, short stories, and various forms of artwork.

Among the gifted artists and writers featured in the anthology are Omale Allen ABDUL-JABBAR (Nigeria), Stephanie Mwuese ABUGHDYER (Nigeria), Wole ADEDOYIN (Nigeria), AKANNI Kehinde James (Art) Nigeria, Ugochukwu ANADI (Nigeria), AWKU SundayVictor (Nigeria), Mbizo CHIRASHA (Zimbabwe), Abdoul Ganiou DERMANI (Art) (Togo), Shina FASANMI (Nigeria), IZUNNA Okafor (Nigeria), Frank KALIATI (Malawi), Dominic Oigo MAINA (Kenya), Chigozie Anuli MBADUGHA (Nigeria), Prayerlife NWOSU (Nigeria), Temidayo OLALEYE (Nigeria), Bernice Adebimpe OYELEKE (Nigeria), Mnguember Vicky SYLVESTER (Nigeria), Marcus Ovie UGBODUMA (Nigeria), Sumaila UMAISHA (Nigeria), Stanley UMEZULIKE (Nigeria), Rachel YRAM (Ghana), and Sakinat YUSUF (Nigeria).

IHRAF believes that "From Africa with Love: Voices of a Creative Continent" will serve as a powerful platform to amplify African voices and bring attention to the social, political, and cultural issues faced by the continent. By offering a diverse and compelling collection of narratives, the book seeks to foster a deeper understanding and appreciation for the rich cultural heritage and artistic brilliance of Africa.

The book is now available for purchase through the IHRAF website and select online retailers IHRAF encourages individuals, educators, human rights advocates, and art enthusiasts alike to support this remarkable project and embrace the vibrant and profound voices of the African creative community.

The International Human Rights Art Festival (IHRAF) is a global platform that unites art and human rights advocacy. Through its diverse programming, IHRAF fosters dialogue, raises awareness, and encourages meaningful action on human rights issues worldwide. IHRAF believes in the power of art to inspire change and promote social justice.

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