Virtual Congress Of The World Poetry Movement In Africa
Declaration of the WPM Africa
Resolution on the Promotion of Poetry and the Freedom of Expression
We, the Poets in Africa, gathered in a Virtual Congress Meeting from 21 to 22 January 2023 under the banner of the World Poetry Movement (WPM). The Congress was attended by Poets from several African counties, representatives of Governments of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and Republic of Colombia and graced by attendance of Poets from other Continents; Asia, Europe, Latin America et al. Under the leadership of the WPM Coordinator and founder Comrade Fernando Rendon, the Congress was officiated.
- In realizing the importance of poetry in our cultures and indigenous languages, the role and function it plays in the social cohesion and in healing the ills of societal challenges and moral decay,
It was held on January 21-22, 2023, with the participation of about 30 national coordinators from that continent – representing this number of countries – and an undetermined number of international poets and observers, in the crucial quest to unite the poetic forces of Africa, and to make much more visible the immense contribution of that continent’s poetry to the world.
It was moderated by poets Ayo Ayoola-Amale (Ghana), Ashraf Aboul-Yazid Ashraf-Dali (Egypt), @mamadaka Siphiwe Nzima (Lesotho) and Ismael Diadie Haidara (Mali). Present were poets Achour Fenni (Algeria), Vera Duarte Pina (Cape Verde), Mpesse Geraldin (Cameroon), Recaredo Silebo Boturu (Equatorial Guinea), Amosse Mucavele (Mozambique), Ziphiwe Nzima MamaKa Ndaphiwe (Lesotho), Paul Sezzie (Malawi), Keamogetsi Joseph Molapong (Namibia), Salay Boubé Bali (Niger), Paul Liam (Nigeria), Oumar Farouk Sesay (Sierra Leone), Zolani Mkiva (South Africa), Patron Henekou (Togo), @Möez Majed (Tunisia).