Award for the African passion

Dr hab. Iwona Anna Ndiaye, the associate professor of UWM from the Department of Eastern Slavic Studies, has won this year’s aFrykasy Award in the field of science. The award is granted by the “Afryka Inaczej” Foundation so as to honour people who work in media, culture or science, and who promote African issues and support Polish-African dialogue in Poland.

This year’s aFrykasy Awards were granted within three categories: media, culture and a special prize. Dr hab. Iwona Ndiaye was nominated for the African passion and long-standing scientific work in the field of African studies and promoting knowledge of Africa. For over ten years, together with Dr hab. Bara Ndiaye from the Department of History and International Relations, she has been organizing Days of Africa in Olsztyn, and giving much contribution to the field of intercultural education.

Mamadou Diouf, a Senegalese musician and the founder of “Afryka Inaczej”, says that the media and mass culture present Arfica in a very stereotypical way, while the aim of the foundation is to talk about this continent in a non-conventional manner. The fifth jubilee aFrykasy Award Ceremony took place on 23 January in Warsaw, in Cafe Kulturalna. The ceremony was accompanied by the music of Mamadou Diouf’s band. In the previous editions, within the laureates there were: Wojciech Jagielski, Marcin Meller, Monika Olejnik, Jerzy Haszczyński, Adam Leszczyński, Wojciech Karpieszuk, Michał Zichlarz, the U.S Embassy in Warsaw, and Polish Police Headquarters.

Photo: Paulina Anna Galanciak

Prof. Iwona Anna Ndiaye is the author of numerous publications within the field of African literature and culture. She edited, inter alia: the anthology of African feminine poetry Je suis la femme-Afrique (Kraków 2014, published by Miniatura), and a collective monograph Rola kobiet i organizacji kobiecych w wybranych państwach afrykańskich [Eng. The role of women and women’s organizations in the chosen African countries], (Olsztyn 2014, published by the Department of History and International Relations).

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