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FT/Oppenheimer Fund Emerging Voices shortlists announced

A few weeks ago I talked about this amazing new opportunity for African creatives from the Oppenheimer fund supported by Financial Times. Oppenheimer for those a conglomerate that made their millions in the diamond times while the Financial Times are a leading media voice from Europe. The Emerging Voices awards are aimed at various creative […]

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Babishai Niwe Poetry Prize 2015 shortlist out

We have a shortlist. After the longlist which had many many Africans, the judges led by Mildred Barya of the Babishai Niwe Poetry, Africa’s only indigenous one last time I checked, is out. The winner of the Babishai Poetry Award 2015 will be announced during the Babishai Poetry Festival scheduled for 26 to 28 August […]

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Etisalat Prize for Literature 2015: Lets go people

The time has arrived ladies and gentlemen. The judges of the Etisalat Prize for Literature 2015 were announced and now they are waiting for the books to judge. The organising committee of the awards now in their third year have a made a call out for debut novels from African writers. So if you are […]

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BN Poetry Award 2015 longlist unveiled

A few days ago I mentioned here that there is a poetry festival about to hit Kampala, Uganda in a few weeks. The festival, the Babishai Niwe Poetry Festival was started initially as the Babishai Niwe Poetry Award popularly known as the BN Poetry Award which is the only poetry prize on the African continent. Seriously, […]

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Man Booker International Prize changes format

The Man Booker International Prize, born in 2005, used to be a biennial prize for works from anywhere in the world published in English. The most recent winner of the award was Hungarian writer László Krasznahorkai beating out contestants that included Mia Couto from Mozambique, Alain Mabanckou from the Republic of the Congo, Libyan Ibrahim al-Koni […]

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Caine Prize for African Writing winner announced tonight

Its that day ladies and gentlemen. Tonight The Caine Prize for African Writing will be announcing its sixteenth winning writer at a kick ass dinner at Oxford’s Bodleian Libraries. The Caine Prize is named in celebration of the late Sir Michael Caine, former Chairman of Booker plc, who was Chairman of the ‘Africa 95’ arts […]

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Sunday Times Literary Awards 2015: The winners

Jacob Dlamini and Damon Galgut were announced as the winners of this year’s Sunday Times Literary Awards at a gala ceremony at Summer Place in Sandton on Saturday night. Dlamini, a prominent author and political commentator, received the 26th Alan Paton Award for his book Askari: A Story of Collaboration and Betrayal in the Anti-Apartheid […]