Letras Africanas (African Letters): María Nsue in the Canary Islands

May 12, in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, and May 13, in Santa Cruz de Tenerife
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The Casa África Letras Africanas (African Letters) programme aims to bring the leading voices of contemporary African literature closer to Spanish audiences, and on this occasion, it travels to Canarias for 'África Vive 2010.'

Literature is, without a doubt, one of the indispensable ways for bringing us closer to the African continent´s social, political and cultural reality. However, access of Spanish readers to that enormous and extremely rich literary production is very limited, for reasons related to its translation and its scarce integration into our country´s book market.

Through this project, Casa África aims to remedy this gap, from a dual line of action:  to facilitate the presence in various Spanish cities of the continent´s most famous writers, and to promote the reading of some of the works by these authors in the cities they visit.

Throughout 2009, Letras Africanas (African Letters) made possible the presentation of several African authors in various Spanish cities: Germano Almeida in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and Santa Cruz de Tenerife; Fatou Diome in Seville and Cádiz;  Moussa Konaté in Barcelona, and Amma Darko in Oviedo and Bilbao.

On this occasion, María Nsue, from Equatorial Guinea, will visit the Canary Islands as part of the África Vive 2010 Festival organised by Casa África.

Led by the novelist Antonio Lozano, this literary conference will take place on:

  • May 12, at the Casa África Auditorium (C/ Alfonso XIII, 5, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria)
  • May 13, at the Assembly Hall of the TEA (Tenerife Espacio de las Artes, Avenida de San Sebastián, 8, Santa Cruz de Tenerife)

María Nsue Angüe was born in 1945 in Ebebeyín, Equatorial Guinea, at the heart of a family of Fang ethnicity. When she was still a child, her family moved to Spain. She began to study a degree in journalism in Madrid, which she completed in Addis Abeba, Ethiopia.

During those years, she began her literary activity. The result was the novel Ekomo (which means concordance), the first book written by a woman from her country and the first  Equatoguinean work translated into French. In it, María Nsue discusses the situation of Equatoguinean women in light of the taboos imposed by traditional society.

She is also the author of more than one hundred short stories, often times linked to the circumstances of her own life. African Oral tradition is always present in the background of her writings. Her work also includes poetic creations, of which the most significant example is Delirios (Delirium).

After a long stay in Spain, María Nsue returned to Equatorial Guinea at the age of 21, where she re-discovered her country and immersed herself in the Fang language and culture. She currently lives there, where aside from her literary activity, she also carries out various cultural projects aimed at children and young people.

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