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Unisa Library receives book donation from Embassy of Ukraine

The Unisa Library has engaged in a number of collaborative projects with the Embassy of Ukraine in South Africa during 2019. The recent visit from the Chargé d’Affaires of Ukraine, Liubov Abravitova, and Secretary for Culture, Oksana Rozumna, concerned a donation of Ukrainian best-selling books – their topics ranging from travel to politics and history, among others.

Dr Daisy Selematsela (seated from middle) and her library team welcomed the visit and donation of books by Charge d'Affairs of Ukraine Liubov Abravitova (seated left) and Secretary for Culture Oksana Rozumna (seated right)

The Executive Director of the Unisa Library, Dr Daisy Selematsela, expressed her gratitude on behalf of her team for the books and highlighted the importance of cultural diplomacy in the form of literature and the arts, as well as in current affairs. Selematsela also noted that the Library was looking forward to engaging in further collaborative efforts with the Embassy of Ukraine in the promotion of culture.

In March 2019, the Library collaborated with the Embassy of Ukraine and the Ukrainian Association of South Africa to launch an exhibition entitled "Ukrainian Safari". The exhibition presented the artistic works of world-renowned Ukrainian naïve artist, Maria Prymachenko. In April 2019, and in collaboration with the Embassies of Ukraine and Japan, as well as the Institute for African Renaissance Studies, the Library hosted a panel discussion on building and sustaining thriving democracies. This event marked the celebrations for South Africa’s 25th Freedom Day anniversary. The discussion was based on the book entitled Building Democracies: Ukraine and Japan.

The recent visit included the presentation of a book entitled Oleg Sentsov, by Alexander Mymruk. The book details the life of recently released Ukrainian political prisoner and PEN member Oleg Sentsov. Sentsov is a writer, filmmaker and journalist who opposed the Russian occupation of Crimea.

The donated books will be included in the Unisa Library collection.

* By Natalia Molebatsi, Marketing Coordinator, Unisa Library

Publish date: 2019/12/11