Local students visit the Nairobi International Book Fair in Nairobi, capital of Kenya, on Sept. 27, 2017. A delegation of Chinese publishing sector on Wednesday showcased medical books and displayed woodblock printing during the opening day of the five-day Nairobi International Book Fair, which is on its 20th edition this year. (Xinhua/Li Baishun)
by Ben Ochieng'and Wang Xiaopeng
NAIROBI, Sept. 27 (Xinhua) -- A delegation of Chinese publishing sector on Wednesday showcased books on how to prevent and treat tropical diseases that have ravaged Africa during the opening day of the five-day Nairobi International Book Fair, which is on its 20th edition this year.
"The book fair is very famous in China. We prepared adequately for the event and the stand proved popular on the first day," Chen Yingjie, an official with the delegation told Xinhua. "We anticipate the crowd to grow in the subsequent days."
The book fair, which is organized by the Kenya Publishers Association, is one of the leading exhibitions in Africa, drawing writers of creative works or factual texts that serve as reflection of society.
Chen said exchanges of literature among nations was one way of enhancing friendship between peoples of different backgrounds, adding that both Kenyan and Chinese have the aspect of friendship as a common denominator.
The medical books, set to be on sale at the tail-end of the event, shed light on how tropical diseases like tuberculosis, malaria, diarrhea and scabies among others can be contained in the tropical region of Africa, which is more severely ravaged by infectious diseases in comparison to the temperate world.
There was also display of woodblock printing by artist Wei Lizhong. He demonstrated the ancient Chinese color printing art at the stand, which proved very popular with visitors to the fair, some of whom participated in the printing under the guide of Wei.
The activity attracted more than 300 visitors by midday, Chen said. Sofia, a primary student, was one of them. She said she liked the Chinese art because it was very interesting.
According to the organizers, the Chinese event was one of the highlights at the fair, which has drawn a total of 76 exhibitors including 16 international presenters this year.
"The number of visitors to the fair has been growing exponentially over the years. Last year we received over 26,000 guests and we anticipate the figure to be surpassed this time round if the trend continues," said James Odhiambo, the Executive Officer of the Kenya Publishing Association.