Learn about the power of the written word to impart hope from and alongside leading African Christian publishers. Here are some of the people you can hope to meet and hear from at LittAfrica 2023 this November. Registration closes October 27.
Keynote speaker: Dr. Amon Kasambala
Our keynote speaker Dr. Amon Kasambala will share on The Transformative Power of Hope: How Written Words Shape Lives.
Dr. Kasambala is founder and Chief Executive of Global Advisory Plan Services, which provides strategic advisory support to businesses and organizations on leadership, organizational development, systems and vision alignment. Based in South Africa and a native of Zambia, he is an ordained minister with a Doctor of Philosophy degree from Stellenbosch University. He was CEO of Focus on the Family Africa for eight years, expanding the work into 26 sub-Saharan African countries. He was a personal advisor to two Zambian presidents and has facilitated many church-related forums and trainings in Africa and across the globe.
Speakers and Workshop Leaders
Dr. Kirimi Barine, Kenya
Dr. Barine is Global Publishing Development Coordinator for the United Bible Societies, with more than 20 years’ experience in publishing, capacity building and strategic consulting. He has a passion for training writers and publishers and is the founding director of the Publishing Institute of Africa. Dr. Barine holds a doctoral degree in Business Administration, and is a member of the Association for Talent Development (ATD) and a trustee of MAI-Africa.
Etornam Sey, Ghana
Etornam Sey is Executive Director of Inspire Today, an NGO that supports young girls in public schools. Since 2019, Inspire Today has reached out to over 30,000 girls in deprived communities in Ghana. Etornam also runs youth reading clubs, facilitates children’s church and wrote My Dad and I and Red Flags. She has served as the International Communications Head of the Women of Africa Network and is currently the Director of Operations of the Ghana Chapter of the G100. Etornam holds a Master of Arts in Media Management and is a candidate at the University of Ghana Law School.
Dr. Cornelia van Deventer, South Africa
Dr. van Deventer is the Coordinator of Faculty Research at the South African Theological Seminary (SATS), and the editor of the seminary’s journal, Conspectus. She oversees the production, development, and dissemination of research at SATS. Dr. van Deventer obtained her PhD in New Testament from Stellenbosch University in 2018. Since then, her research focus has been the literary dimensions of the Fourth Gospel. She serves alongside her husband Johann, who leads Joshua Generation Church in Worcester, Western Cape.
Georges Late, Benin
Georges is the general manager of Presses Bibliques Africaines (PBA) publishing house in Benin. PBA is the editorial arm of the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students (IFES) in French-speaking Africa. Georges began work at PBA as director of the marketing department 15 years ago right out of college, and held leadership positions in every area of the publishing house before becoming its general manager. In addition to publishing, Georges is actively involved in student work, as well as radio and pastoral ministry.
Colleta Macharia, Kenya
Colleta is a certified leadership and career coach, people skills trainer and author. She works with leaders, educators, entry and mid-career professionals and professional women. Her work has spanned five countries and more than 25 years in a variety of sectors–including accounting, professional education, critical skills training, professional coaching, writing and editing. She’s published two books: How to Design Your Career Game Plan and Until the Fat Lady Sings, a novel.
Afrika Mhlophe, South Africa
Afrika Mhlophe has been in ministry since 1998. Throughout South Africa and abroad, he speaks and writes on subjects such as racism, corruption and idolatry from a biblical perspective. He has published four books and speaks on Pressing Matters, a TV program on Faith Broadcast Network. Afrika serves as a board chairperson of Gateway News, an online Christian news portal, and writes regularly for the publication.
Sam Nyarko-Mensah, Ghana
Sam is Head of Publications at Step Publishers in Accra, Ghana. He has been a publisher by training and profession for the past 11 years. Sam has offered training in digital publishing, book layout and cover design, and is an expert in converting content into digitized formats for publishing online. He holds a BA in Publishing Studies (Administration) and a Master of Business Administration (Strategic Management).
Joan Campbell, South Africa
Joan describes herself as a pilgrim and story-teller and is the author of six books, all containing the message of God’s grace and salvation. Chains of Gwyndorr, the first book of her Christian fantasy trilogy, won the 2017 Illumination award for Young Adult Fiction. Her book of short stories and prayers, Encounters: Life Changing Moments with Jesus, was translated into French and released by Éditions LLB in 2022. Joan is an MAI-Africa trustee.
Vincent Bosha, South Africa
Vincent serves Oasis International as the Africa Sales Director with extensive experience in international sales and marketing management, overseeing sales and distribution of discipleship resources in East, West and Southern Africa. Having studied in the USA and Zimbabwe, he has an academic background in Business Studies, Marketing Management, and Business Administration. With a passion to see spiritual growth in the young generation, Vincent has been serving the youth and children in his community for over 5 years.
Join us at LittAfrica 2023 to connect with and learn alongside fellow African Christians engaged in Christian writing and publishing. Register online by October 27.