Africa Leadership Study
Tyndale House Foundation hosted the Africa Speaks Conference in March 2018 on the campus of Trinity International University in Bannockburn, Illinois. Delegates from nine African countries, the UK, Brazil, and the US participated, spending several days together, collaborating, sharing successes, identifying challenges, and dreaming for the future. Literature and digital media are powerful tools for evangelism, education and discipleship. There are many in Africa and in the West, who passionately desire to see those tools developed and widely disseminated across Africa. They can give the African church a voice to speak to African realities. They can give further access to the wealth of knowledge and books already available.
Comments from Delegates:
- “Africa is in a state of mega-transition between orality and reading.” Daniel Bourdanné, Executive Director of IFES,
- “Africa is in need of a community of people working together to make that happen.” Nigerian publisher and author Pusonnam Yiri
- “We need to listen to people with perspectives different from our own.” Nigerian author Modupe Ehirim
- We have to invest into training the right people in order to produce good quality books and we will see the growth of Christian literature in Africa. Trainer, Author, Editor and Writer from Burkina Faso, Joanna Ilboudo
- My vision is to train cohorts of African Christian writers who research the African realities present in churches such as witchcraft, dreams, tradition, funerals, marriage, etc. Francophone Africa Publisher and IFES Regional Secretary Augustin Ahoga
- A true Christian publishing industry must rest on three solid bases. First, well-qualified African publishers able to offer Christian literature that meet the needs of African readers. Second, Christian printers well equipped with modern publishing technologies capable of printing books at reasonable rates. And third, the establishment of a real network for the distribution of Christian literature…” Director, Center for Evangelical Publication Jules Ouoba
As the conference concluded, delegates joined together in celebrating and signing the Africa Speaks Accord, committing to working together toward common goals. A “Continuation Committee” of volunteers was formed to foster implementation of the Accord. The Committee has met monthly to focus on networking with individuals and organizations to strengthen efforts throughout Africa. They are building a new website as an important tool to facilitate their networking efforts.
May we all be open to new ideas and possibilities. In the end, Africans are the ones who have the role to carry out the task in a way that is unique to Africa. Daniel Dama, a writer from Benin, believes the ultimate results will be eternal. Because of the collaboration of so many from Africa and around the world, “I believe one of my sisters there or one of my brothers there will one day sing the songs of salvation and the songs of the kingdom together with Jesus in heaven.”
The project includes the following partners:
- a) the three schools involved
- b) three nonprofit capacity builders (Overseas Council, Langham, ScholarLeaders)
- c) four foundations (Blankemeyer, Cornerstone, Crowell, Tyndale).