The 8th episode of the Radical Publishing Futures series features Dzekashu MacViban, writer, editor and founder of Bakwa Magazine. Guest host Bhakti Shringarpure speaks with him about how it all began and the ways in which they adapt to the changing publishing landscape. Bakwa magazine was founded in 2011 in Yaoundé, Cameroon with the goal of infusing energy into the literary and cultural life of the country. Bakwa publishes in English and remains a staunchly print publication while creatively navigating the challenges posed by large, corporate digital platforms. Bakwa innovates constantly with projects such as the Bakwa Magazine Reading Series, Bakwa Magazine Short Story Competition and the Limbe to Lagos Literary Exchange Programme.
Dzekashu MacViban is Bakwa's dynamic founder and Editorial Director. An accomplished writer himself, he is the author of Scions of the Malcontent and his fiction has appeared in Wasafiri, Kwani? and Jungle Jim, among other places. He is also the editor of Of Passion and Ink: New Voices from Cameroon (2020), and co-editor of Limbe to Lagos: Nonfiction from Cameroon and Nigeria (2020). He is the recipient of an Akademie Schloss Solitude Fellowship and he divides his time between Berlin and Yaounde.