L-R, Mr. Tada Ipadeola (Pen Nigeria), Stanley Gazemba (Africa 39), Bibi Bakare Yusuf (Cassava Republic Publisher), Ken Saro-Wiwa Jnr. (Ken Saro-Wiwa Foundation) and Ella Allfrey (Pen International) at the seminar ‘What Language Means to Literature’ organised by UNESCO and PEN international during the PHBF 2014

In the course of the year, international partners have featured in one programme or the other. They include PEN, The Caine Prize for African Writing and Hay Festival. The Hay Festival, an international non-profit organisation based in Wales, partnered with the Port Harcourt World Book Capital on the Africa 39 project, which involved the celebration of 39 of Africa's most promising authors under the age of 40. Another key partner was the Caine Prize for African Writing, which in celebration of 15 years of the prize, organised a Caine Prize Salon involving 3 past winners, Rotimi Babatunde, Okwiri Odour and Tope Folarin, during the Port Harcourt Book Festival. Caine also announced its shortlist for the 2015 prize at the PHWBC opening ceremony. The announcement was made by Nobel Laureate Prof. Wole Soyinka.

'Africa 39' writers at the Ken Saro-Wiwa centre
L-R, Caine Prize winners Rotimi Babatunde (2012), Okwiri Oduor (2014)
Christie Bature-Ogbeifun in conversation with some of the 'Africa 39' authors