5:00 pm - 6:30 pm



A debate on Africa’s contemporary history with Luis Bernardo Honwana (Mozambique), AbdoolKarim Vakil and Toby Green (King’s)


Luis Bernardo Honwana (born 1942) is a Mozambican author. In 1964 he became a militant with FRELIMO, a front that had the objective to liberate Mozambique from Portuguese colonial rule. Due to his political activities he was arrested by the colonial authorities and was incarcerated for three years.


Honwana is the author of a single book, Nós Matámos o Cão-Tinhoso (1964), translated into English as We Killed Mangy Dog and Other Stories, and the tale “Hands of the Blacks”. This work has proved enormously influential and a case can be made for it being the touchstone of contemporary Mozambican narrative. In 1975 was appointed director of the President’s Office in the newly independent Mozambique under Samora Machel, and then Secretary of State for Culture in 1981.


He served on the Executive Board of UNESCO from 1987 to 1991 and was chairman of UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Committee for the World Decade for Culture and Development. He joined UNESCO in 1995 and was appointed director of the newly opened office in South Africa. Since he retired from the Organization in 2002 he has been active in research in the arts, history and ethno-linguistics.