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Saturday, December 20, 2014


The voices of Africa and the African Diaspora can now be easily accessed via smart and feature phones on

The Badilisha Poetry X-Change formed its distinctive online platform in 2012, and now features 350 poets from 22 countries in Africa and the African diaspora. Each week two new poets are added to the collection.

The largest archive of audio casts by African poets in the world, Badilisha Poetry X-Change houses poet profiles, interviews and podcast poetry readings in multiple African languages.

Says Badilisha X-Change Project Manager, Linda Kaoma; “Whilst the Badilisha website has been widely embraced internationally, it is essential that we are accessible to the continent and mobile is obviously central to achieving this. ... External perspectives of Africa can be very limiting so it is vital that the people of Africa contribute to the creation of their own aural story and the formation of their own visual imagery. Badilisha is a safe, expressive space to explore these ideas.

By 2015, Africa is expected to have 127 million smart phones in circulation and overall, the number of mobile phones will swell to 1 billion. Africa’s largest mobile phone market is Nigeria with 120 million mobile subscribers alone. (Informa Telecoms & Media)

Continues Kaoma; “Africa’s cultural and literary reach is still disproportionate to its population and talent. For example, only 2% of all the published books in the world are penned by African authors. There is an urgent need for accessible programmes on diverse platforms to give the Continent a creative and cultural voice, through Badilisha we hope to contribute to this growing and evolving African perspective.”

To celebrate the launch of Badilisha’s Poetry X-Change for mobile, Badilisha will host a series of crowd-sourced poetry events on Twitter. Follow @badilishapoetry for more.

Based in Cape Town, Badilisha Poetry is a project of the Africa Centre. Established in 2005 as an international centre for creativity, artistic excellence and intellectual engagement, The Africa Centre is a physical entity as well as an ongoing philosophical journey that explores how Pan-African cultural practice can be a catalyst for social change.

For more information contact Sascha Polkey on 083 414 0552 or email: