Conakry becomes the World Book Capital
Conakry has become the “World Book Capital” for a year. The Guinean capital is the first city in francophone Africa to obtain this status, which is awarded annually by UNESCO, and is the third African city to be named after Alexandria in 2002 and Port Harcourt, Nigeria in 2014. Through the programme, Guinea will organise monthly cultural events aimed at highlighting the country’s authors and culture. At the same time, authorities pledged to implement a community development project that will involve building a media library in each commune of Conakry and establish reading areas in each neighbourhood. This EUR 7 million citizen project is intended to be a way to fight illiteracy in Guinea, where 60% of the population cannot read, by helping young people and people from the rural areas get access to books. Their goal is also to sustain this initiative and make Conakry the African book capital, as Ouagadougou has done for African cinema through its festival Fespaco.