Novuyo Tshuma, Percy Zvomuya and Kiprop Kimutai make Artists In Residency shortlist
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Novuyo Tshuma, Percy Zvomuya and Kiprop Kimutai make Artists In Residency shortlist

The Africa Centre announced its nominees for several residencies for many African artists for the Artists In Residency program. In literature, they have nominated Zimbabweans Novuyo Tshuma, Percy Zvomuya and Joyce Jenje Makwenda as well as Egyptian Amira Hanafi, Kenyan Kiprop Kimutai and South African Zinaid Meeran. The Africa Centre is an organisation whose core […]

Jowhor Ile, Jacqui L’Ange and Julie Iromuanya make Etisalat Prize 2016 shortlist
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Jowhor Ile, Jacqui L’Ange and Julie Iromuanya make Etisalat Prize 2016 shortlist

Nigerians Jowhor Ile and Julie Iromuanya alongside South African Jacqui L’Ange are the three writers on the recently announced Etisalat Prize 2016 shortlist. Etisalat Nigeria, has announced the names of the three shortlisted authors for the 2016 edition of its pan-African flagship literary prize, the Etisalat Prize for Literature. According to this year’s Chair of […]

Ngugi wa Thiong’o headlines The Gambia’s Mboka Festival 2017
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Ngugi wa Thiong’o headlines The Gambia’s Mboka Festival 2017

Ngugi wa Thiong’o is headlining The Gambia’s Mboka Festival of Arts Culture and Sport currently happening in The Gambia. The festival which is making a debut is organised by Camp Africa, Global Hands and SABLE Publications and runs from 7 to 17 January 2017. If you are following the news coming out of The Gambia […]

JamesMurua.com Outstanding African literary awards 2016
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JamesMurua.com Outstanding African literary awards 2016

We present to you the JamesMurua.com outstanding literary awards 2016. 2016 has been an amazing year for the African literary community. The books have been coming in droves from new literary stars with awards old and new recognizing them and literary festivals giving them a platform. Here is a snapshot of 2016 with both our […]

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 […]

Egyptian Sawiris Award emerging-author shortlists made public
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Egyptian Sawiris Award emerging-author shortlists made public

The Sawiris Cultural Award 2016 has made public its shortlists for best novel, short-story collection, and best screenplay. The six shortlisted for the best-novel prize were: Ahmed El Fakharany, Alaa Farghali, Mohamed Rabie, Musfafa Musa, Nahla Karam, and Hadra Girgis. The Sawiris Cultural Award which is open to Egyptian nationals only is one of the […]

Cosmos Book Club features Kinyanjui Kombani’s The Last Villains of Molo
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Cosmos Book Club features Kinyanjui Kombani’s The Last Villains of Molo

Event: Cosmos Book Club features Kinyanjui Kombani’s The Last Villains of Molo Date: Saturday January 7th 2017 Time: 14:00–16:00hrs. Venue: Cosmos Coffee House, Highwayy Mall, Mombasa Road (opposite Nyayo Stadium). In The Last Villains of Molo, Kinyanjui Kombani in his debut novel speaks about the tale of Kenya that we hear about in hushed conversations […]

Elnathan John for Nairobi in February 2017 #ElnathanInNairobi
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Elnathan John for Nairobi in February 2017 #ElnathanInNairobi

Nigerian writer Elnathan John has announced that he will be doing an official tour of Nairobi in February 2017. Elnathan John is not a new name for many followers of African literature. He has been twice nominate for the Caine Prize for African writing in 2013 and in 2015. His first nomination brought some drama […]