The Writivism prizes for fiction and nonfiction for 2017 announced
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The Writivism prizes for fiction and nonfiction for 2017 announced

The shortlists for the Writivism Short Story Prize 2017 and the Koffi Addo Prize for Creative Nonfiction 2017 have been announced today. A large part of the African writing community was today distracted by the beginning of the new season of The Game of Thrones. With many eyes elsewhere, our friends from Writivism decided that […]

Chimamanda Adichie wins Le Grand Prix De L’héroïne Madame Figaro 2017
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Chimamanda Adichie wins Le Grand Prix De L’héroïne Madame Figaro 2017

Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is one of three winners of Le Grand Prix de l’héroïne Madame Figaro 2017. Le Grand Prix de l’héroïne Madame Figaro was established in 2006 by the French magazine Madame Figaro to celebrate heroines of French and foreign literature. Each year the […]

Zakes Mda and Greg Marinovich win Sunday Times Literary Awards 2017
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Zakes Mda and Greg Marinovich win Sunday Times Literary Awards 2017

Zakes Mda and Greg Marinovich are the winners of the Sunday Times Literary Awards 2017. The Sunday Times Literary Awards are composed of two awards, fiction and non-fiction, given by the South African newspaper The Sunday Times worth R100,000 to the winners. The awards are the Barry Ronge Fiction Prize (formerly Sunday Times Fiction Prize […]

FRIDAY READS: Paradise Within By Noo Saro-Wiwa
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FRIDAY READS: Paradise Within By Noo Saro-Wiwa

We Introduce Long Reads a new concept that will feature every Friday here at JamesMurua.com. We start with Noo Saro-Wiwa’s nonfiction offering Paradise Within. Enjoy. One warm evening in the Sea Point neighbourhood of Cape Town, I learned the full extent of my ineffectiveness in a crisis. My acquaintance, Pieter de Westhuizen, was being manhandled […]

Nicholas Githuku launches new book Mau Mau Crucible
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Nicholas Githuku launches new book Mau Mau Crucible

Kenyan historian Nicholas Githuku launched his new book Mau Mau Crucible: Statehood, National Identity, and Politics of Post Colonial Kenya at the Goethe Institut, Nairobi on 23rd June 2016. Nicholas Githuku is a Kenyan academic who is based in the USA and has had stints at various universities like West Virginia University and York College […]

Joe Khamisi launches The Wretched Africans book
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Joe Khamisi launches The Wretched Africans book

Journalist, diplomat and former Member of Parliament Joe Khamisi launched his third book The Wretched Africans at the Goethe Institut in Nairobi on 7th April 2016. The Wretched Africans is a historical narrative about slavery in the nineteenth century. The book was launched as a moderated panel discussion with the author Joe Khamisi, Dr. Mshai Mwangola, […]