Throwback Thursday: The Noma Award for Publishing in Africa
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Throwback Thursday: The Noma Award for Publishing in Africa

On this edition of Throwback Thursday we focus on The Noma Award for Publishing in Africa which ran from 1980-2009. For many followers of the literary establishment who could be considered to be younger, many believe that publishing in Africa started in 2000. This was the year that Leila Aboulela was awarded the first Caine […]

Throwback Thursday: DR Congo’s Clémentine Faik Nzuji
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Throwback Thursday: DR Congo’s Clémentine Faik Nzuji

One our Throwback Thursday this week, we feature Clémentine Faik Nzuji, DR Congo’s first female writer. Clémentine Faik Nzuji, also known as Clémentine Faïk-Nzuji Madiya, is a Congolese poet and writer. She was born in Tshofa, Kabinda District in the Belgian Congo. She has been called “the first poet of real significance” among a group […]

Throwback Thursday: Algerian novelist, translator and filmmaker Assia Djebar
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Throwback Thursday: Algerian novelist, translator and filmmaker Assia Djebar

In our continuing series Throwback Thursday where we shining a light on some of the best writers from a time gone by we focus on Assia Djebar. Assia Djebar was the pen name of Fatima-Zohra Imalayen, an Algerian novelist, translator and filmmaker. Djebar, who was born on 30 June 1936, was known for her commitment […]

Throwback Thursday:  Zimbabwe writer and editor Yvonne Vera
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Throwback Thursday:  Zimbabwe writer and editor Yvonne Vera

In our continuing series Throwback Thursday, we cast a light on Zimbabwe author and Editor Yvonne Vera. Yvonne Vera who was born on September 19, 1964 and passed on  April 7, 2005 was an award-winning author from Zimbabwe. Her novels are known for their poetic prose, difficult subject-matter, and their strong women characters, and are […]

Throwback Thursday; South African author Miriam Tlali
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Throwback Thursday; South African author Miriam Tlali

In the second of our Throwback Thursday Series, we shine a light on South African novelist Miriam Tlali. Miriam Masoli Tlali was born in Doornfontein, Johannesburg, and studied at the University of the Witwatersrand until it was closed to Blacks during the apartheid era. She later went to the National University of Lesotho (then called […]

Throwback Thursday: Kenyan writer and doctor Margaret Ogola
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Throwback Thursday: Kenyan writer and doctor Margaret Ogola

  In the first of our Throwback Thursday segment here at JamesMurua.com, we shed a light on Kenyan writer and Dr Margaret Ogola. Dr Margaret Atieno Ogola who was a Kenyan paediatrician and the creative force behind the novel The River and the Source, and its sequel, I Swear by Apollo. The River and the […]