Produced in conjunction with the British Council, Culture Shift aims to nurture local innovators, whilst Openbook, the winner of the event, aims to help writers publish stories.
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Facilitated via biNu , an Australian app platform, with offices in Zimbabwe, which "turns a phone into a smartphone", Openbook's main selling point is that it allows local authors to bypass largely inaccessible international eCommerce sites like Amazon. As the publicity material states, "We are working on a new exciting way readers can invest in the beautiful stories and livelihoods of our writers.
Everyone craves local stories that chime with their unique experiences. And the fact that a whole continent has claimed such affinity with Nigerian author Achebe has proved a clear African need. Ellah Allfrey, the deputy editor of the literary magazine Granta, who was born in Zimbabwe, the breadth and almost length of the continent away, wrote , "[Things Fall Apart] is the book that allowed me to read in the first person - a perspective and a story that offered me a landscape and characters who even though they were across the continent from my home I could identify as my own - or, at last, were closer to me than any I had read before.
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It is probably little wonder then, that initiatives like Openbook are proving so successful. Firstly, they help foster a sense of local pride and identity in communities that are rarely catered for. Secondly, they make reading more accessible - which can never be a bad thing. I think the focus on international recognition is spoiling us for local consumption as we aim to please critics rather than readers. More fundamentally though, promoting reading and education in any region helps facilitate growth and regeneration.
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Significantly, it was the only finalist from outside North America or Europe and the only winner to have ever come out of South Africa. Arthur Attwell CEO and founder said, "African countries have very few bookstores and eBooks are spreading very slowly. This reading trend seems particularly important in Zimbabwe, which finally appears to be on the up. Your digital signature is as legally binding as a physical signature.
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