Mboka Festival of Arts, Culture and Sport
7-17 January, The Gambia
The first Mboka Festival of Arts, Culture and Sport took place in The Gambia from 7 to 17 January 2017, organised by Camp Africa, Global Hands and SABLE Publications. The Mboka festival welcomed the Kenyan writer, Ngugi wa Thiong’o as honoured guest. His play, ‘The Black Hermit’ was staged during the festival. He also gave a keynote lecture for the conference ‘Questioning the Logic of the System: A Critical Look at Southern Perspectives’.
The Mboka festival offered festival goers a 10-day festival to celebrate Gambian cultural heritage alongside African diasporic cultural heritage. The festival included: 9 days Bike Challenge; 7 day Literary Festival; 7 days Book Fair; 7 days Art Exhibition; 4 days River Excursion; 3 days Responsible Tourism Seminar; 3 days “Good Market” Food Fair; 3 days Gambian Cultural /Musical Performances; 1 day Academic Conference; 1 day Youth Conference; 1 Day Marathon Challenge.
The festival was underpinned by a ‘Responsible Tourism’ remit and advised and guided by award-winning responsible tourism activist, Mr Adama Bah, founder of Camp Africa alongside Ms Kadija George and Dr. Momodou Sallah.
ADEPT was glad to be one of the partners supporting the Mboka festival.