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Librarian Contributes to Langaa Publishing

Friday 28 August 2009

Upon her retirement, Liesbeth van Ecke, the director of the Library of Dordrecht in the south of the Netherlands, asked well wishers for contributions to the African publishing initiative Langaa, based in Bamenda in the North West Region of Cameroon. She explained to guests at her farewell party on the 5th of June 2009 how Langaa’s research and publication work is linked to the activities of the Library. A cheque was handed over to two members of Langaa, Henrietta Mambo and Mirjam de Bruijn, who gave a presentation about Langaa and its activities, at the Town Hall in Dordrecht, five days later, on the 10th of June.

The cities of Dordrecht and Bamenda have been sister cities for 16 years, though the relationship between the cities goes back to 1933. The Dordrecht-Bamenda Foundation was established in 1996 with the objective of getting the citizens of Dordrecht more involved in the sister city relationship or “twinning.” It is through this Foundation that the Library Director learned of Langaa and its efforts and struggles over the past five years to make the work of African writers available to Cameroonians and others around the world.

Langaa is very honoured by the initiative and goodwill of Liesbeth van Ecke and recognizes her commitment to the promotion of cultural development. The gift from her well wishers will be used for the distribution of books published by Langaa in the Bamenda region of Cameroon. A donation from the Foundation shall be united with the gift to ensure the availability of the books in several school libraries in Cameroon.