Babishai Haiku 2017 shortlist announced
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Babishai Haiku 2017 shortlist announced

The judges of the Babishai Haiku 2017 competition have announced the shortlist for this year’s competition. The Babishai Niwe Foundation started their Haiku competition in 2016 with Blessmond Alebna Ayinbire (Ghana), Chibuihe-Light Obi (Nigeria), and Kwaku Feni Adow (Ghana) sharing the grand prize. The second edition of the competition dubbed the Babishai Haiku 2017 competition […]

Koffi Addo Writivism Prize for Creative Non Fiction 2017 longlist announced
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Koffi Addo Writivism Prize for Creative Non Fiction 2017 longlist announced

The Koffi Addo Writivism Prize for Creative Non Fiction 2017 longlist has been announced. Koffi Addo Writivism Prize for Creative Non Fiction was born last year as a prize for creative nonfiction based in Ghana. The prize named after one of Ghana’s finest citizens and worth US$500 was won by Accra, Ghana based yoga instructor […]

African writers mourn Ghanaian author Kojo Laing
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African writers mourn Ghanaian author Kojo Laing

Ghanaian author of short stories and speculative fiction Kojo Laing passed on April 20, 2017. Kojo Laing, born as Bernard Kojo Laing in 1946, is one of the best know writing voices from West African nation with many works to his name. He emerged in the 1970s as a poet winning the National Poetry Prize […]

Ama Ata Aidoo Centre for Creative Writing opens in Accra, Ghana
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Ama Ata Aidoo Centre for Creative Writing opens in Accra, Ghana

The Ama Ata Aidoo Centre for Creative Writing, at the African University College of Communications opened with a colourful ceremony in Accra, Ghana on March 16, 2017. Poet and writer Nii Ayikwei Parkes is the director of the new centre. The African University College of Communications (AUCC) founded by former Ghanaian minister Kojo Yankah is […]

Three African writers flag off Ebedi Residency 2017 program 
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Three African writers flag off Ebedi Residency 2017 program 

Three writers, from Kenya, Ghana and Nigeria have arrived Iseyin, Oyo State, Nigeria as the first set of the 2017 Ebedi International Writers Residency Program. They are Peter Ngila, TJ Benson, and Francis Grant Kwesi Gbormittah. The Ebedi International Writers Residency Program is a private initiative for creative writers wishing to complete their works in […]

Petina Gappah, Yaa Gyasi, Teju Cole for PEN USA literary awards 2017
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Petina Gappah, Yaa Gyasi, Teju Cole for PEN USA literary awards 2017

PEN America announced the finalists for the 2017 PEN America Literary Awards in several categories where US$315,000 is awarded. Those in the running include Petina Gappah, Teju Cole, Yaa Gyasi, Helen Oyeyemi, and Abdellatif Laâbi. PEN American hands out awards in very many categories of writing. The categories that interest us are the PEN/Jean Stein […]

Inaugural Ghana Writers Awards 2016 hosted in Accra
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Inaugural Ghana Writers Awards 2016 hosted in Accra

The first Ghana Writers Awards 2016 were hosted in Accra with prizes in prose and poetry going worthy winners. The theme of the event was “Preserving the Ghanaian Cultures Through Creative Writing: The role of Writers.” Ghana Writers Awards is a literary prize instituted by some young Ghanaian literary enthusiasts to celebrate and promote writers […]

A review of Yaa Gyasi’s novel Homegoing
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A review of Yaa Gyasi’s novel Homegoing

Book: Homegoing Author: Yaa Gyasi Publishers: Penguin Books/Knopf Year of publication: 2016 Number of pages: 320 pages Genre: Fiction Buy your own copy of Homegoing It never made sense to me this obsession South Africans had with race in their country. Many conversations I have with nationals from the South African country were peppered with […]

Yogi S.Y Tetteh wins Koffi Addo Prize for Non Fiction 2016
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Yogi S.Y Tetteh wins Koffi Addo Prize for Non Fiction 2016

Accra, Ghana based yoga instructor S.Y Tetteh is the winner of the Koffi Addo Prize for Non Fiction 2016. The Koffi Addo Prize for Non Fiction 2016 was announced by the judges led by NoViolet Bulawayo working with Yewande Omotoso and Nana Darkoa Sekyiamah. The essays in the running for the prize were Lost Futures […]