The University of Iowa

African Studies Program reception for African IWP participants, Wed., Sept. 25

September 19th, 2013
Corinne N'Guessan
Corinne N’Guessan
Oscar Ranzo
Oscar Ranzo
Rolan Rugero
Roland Rugero
Erez Volk
Erez Volk

The UI African Studies Program cordially invites the university community and the general public to an informal reception for this year’s African participants in the International Writing Program. The event will take place on Wednesday, September 25, 4:30-6 p.m., in University Capitol Center 2780 (2nd floor, next to the School of Music). Please invite your colleagues, students, friends of Africa, and lovers of literature.

This year’s African writers-in-residence are:

Corinne N’GUESSAN (fiction writer; Cote D’Ivoire) is a bank manager in Abidjan. Her first novel Les vierges folles [The Mad Virgins] appeared earlier this year. She participates courtesy of the U.S. Embassy in Abidjan.

Oscar RANZO (fiction writer; Uganda) is the author of the novel Cross-Pollination (2012) and the children’s books The Little Maid (2012), The Wise Milkboy (2013) and The Jewels of Amuria (2013). He is the coordinator of the Child Sacrifice Prevention Program, which is based on his book Saving Little Viola, and the founder, in 2012, of the Oasis Book Project, which aims to increase the profile of Ugandan literature. He participates courtesy of the U.S. Embassy in Kampala.

Roland RUGERO (fiction writer; Burundi) is the author of the novels Les oniriques (2007) and Baho (2012), and the editor of the literary pages  of Iwacu Magazine.  A contributor to  Mémoire du Colloque Littéraire and  the Dictionary of African Biographies (2011), Rugero is currently at work on Amaguru n’Amaboko, the second-ever feature film made in Burundi. He participates courtesy of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State.

Dr. Erez VOLK (translator; Israel), received a Ph.D. in African linguistics. He is a software engineer, linguist, chef, and an editor and translator of French, German, Portuguese, and Spanish into Hebrew and English. His translations range from classics (Chekhov, Hugo, Walser) to contemporary writers like Carlos Ruíz Zafón. He participates courtesy of the United States-Israel Education Foundation.

This event will also feature the presentation of the African Studies Faculty of the Year award to Blandina Kaduma Giblin. Learn more.

For more information, contact Edward A. Miner at