Jozi Books and Blogs Festival 2018 Helps Develop Communities

“Books are a passport to all kinds of knowledge, intelligence and wisdom.” – Dr T.P. Chia

The Jozi’s Books and Blogs Festival (#Jozisbbf) was held on the 29 July 2018 in Lenasia at the SBSM Independent School. This annual non-profit, community event showcases the remarkable talents of acclaimed literary greats, and spreads the love of reading and writing to all ages. 

#Jozisbff is the brainchild of Dr Zaheera Jina, who is the event’s founder and programme director, as well as a former lecturer at the University of the Witwatersrand. The first BBF event was held in 2016 and has been a raving success ever since its debut.

#Jozisbbf2018 was powered by Noorul M. Promotions, SBSM Independent School and the Roshgold news team.

Khadija Patel, the editor-in-chief of the Mail and Guardian, gave an opening speech emphasising the importance of reading to educate and develop our communities and our youth. She stated that initiatives such as these were important to bridge societal gaps in order to enlighten and teach people about one another. “Reading arms us to understand the world better and gives us the ability to empathise with other human beings. People can sit and moan and grumble about money that is being wasted, or look at how we can change and contribute to society,” she explained.

This year, a tribute was paid to author Ahmed Essop for his incredible contribution to the literary world. Other award-winning authors were also showcased, including Yewande Omotoso and Jayne Bauling.

At a nominal entrance fee of R10, the event was open to all and included free sessions with literary greats, as well as reading sessions, teen writing workshops, photography and poetry masterclasses, and interactive creative workshops for children.

While the kids were immersed in craft-making, the adults could meet acclaimed authors, publishers, bloggers and photographers to develop their skills and benefit by learning from the experts. Books by the presenting authors were on sale and the festival also provided an opportunity for self-published writers to promote and market their work.

Stallholders also contributed 10% of their earnings to the SBSM Independent School, which hosted the event at their own cost.

The participants (authors, bloggers, artists, photographers and journalists) made up the brilliance of the day. They came from far and wide to share their knowledge with the attendees, and are the reason that #Jozisbbf2018 was a phenomenal success!

Amazing and innovative initiatives like #Jozisbbf help to grow and develop our local communities, and provide individuals with skills and networking opportunities to better themselves in favour of the future of our country.

For more information about Jozi’s Books and Blogs Festival, please visit their website