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Case Studies: FEMRITE and Kwani Trust Among this great variety of LINGOs on the African continent, FEMRITE and Kwani Trust stand out. 56 Over the past years, thus applicable to the argument in the study at hand, these LINGOs’ writers have enriched the literary landscapes inside and outside their countries with publications of global interest and accessibility57 like no other existing African LINGO has thus far. , ? a number of visual narratives, and ten mini booklets, the Kwanini. At the same time, its affiliated writers have continued to stir a global interest in Anglophone Kenyan writing with essays, short stories, and poetry collections published on websites and in short story anthologies or newspapers worldwide, apart from the Kwani Trust imprint: Binyavanga Wainaina’s satirical essay “How to Write about Africa,” for instance, circulated on the Internet as spam (2006) and triggered several video responses on YouTube.
These authors have been publishing online and offline from within social networks, most notably in the form of nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) such as FEMRITE and Kwani Trust, with their own publications, reading events, and literary festivals. In this chapter, I establish the concept of the African literary NGO (LINGO) and present an argument for defining it as a model for African literary criticism and African cultural politics. In the course of this book, this working definition will provide the overall theoretical framework for the research questions underpinning the discussion of the LINGO.
The relative importance of a node does not stem from its specific features but from its ability to contribute to the network’s performance,”44 and in regard to African LINGOs, also from its ability to generate a certain level of authority defining its level of impact within the LINGO as well as on the literary and intellectual landscapes. Nevertheless, all nodes—despite their varying levels of authority— are relevant for the network’s performance. 46 Unlike governmental institutions or bigger publishing houses, NGOs are generally viewed as not caught up in many debilitating hierarchies.