MG Vassanji

Conference addresses African diaspora

October 8, 2009

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"The world isn’t telling our stories, so we have to tell them ourselves." That was the message acclaimed Canadian author MG Vassanji gave at a recent conference on Africa and its diaspora organized by SFU’s Community Education program. Kenyan-born Vassanji, reminded the audience that Western media typically focus on the continent’s negative aspects. "Even books and movies about Africa are about Europeans," he says, wondering why there are no novels or biographies about flamboyant figures such as Jomo Kenyatta, the first president of Kenya. The three-day conference was the fifth in SFU’s annual Focus on Africa series and drew attendees from Canada, Africa and elsewhere to discuss the economic, political and social impact of people who’ve left Africa to settle abroad.


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Ewa Izdebski

I have attended a conference at SFU in September 2009 (I think). One of the panelist was a priest Giorgio. Would you know his last name. I will be very grateful for forwarding this information to me.

Ewa Izdebski


Elisabeth du Plessis

Hi Ewa,

Remember me?...from Bowen Island.

I just thought of you; I don't know why.

Anyway, send me an email if you want to catch up sometime for a good Artigianno coffee in Vancouver--if you're still here.

In answer to your question, call SFU and the department that sponsored the conference. They will have the Priest's name.

Cheers and a very Merry Christmas to you and your family.

Love, Elisabeth


Happy New Year 2011. Do you want to meet Elisabeth?

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