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Noviolet Bulawayo takes home Etisalat Prize 2014

Zimbabwean writer Noviolet Bulawayo is the winner of the inaugural Etisalat Prize for Africa Literature in a ceremony in Lagos, Nigeria last night. This has been a long journey to recognize the best African writer on the African continent in the last one year. The process had gone through a rigorous process starting with a […]

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Kampala International Book Fair 2014 in March

The Kampala International Book Fair 2014 is set to happen in Kampala, Uganda on 12-15th March. The fair will see many heads of renowned publishing houses, agents, sales personnel, foreign rights representatives, editors and authors participate. Basically anyone involved with books. If you are in Kampala at the time you will access several things including […]

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A review of Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor novel Dust

Book: Dust Author: Yvonne Adhiambo Owour Publisher: Kwani Trust Publication year: 2013 Number of pages: 385   Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor‘s book Dust came out last year when Kwani? Turned 10. It was slightly (OK really really) overshadowed when Nairobi went gaga over larger than life guest Chimamanda Adichie (check out her new story Why can’t […]

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A review of Bom Boy by Yewande Omotoso

Book: Bom Boy Writer: Yewande Omotoso Publisher: Modjadji Books Year of publication: 2011 Number of pages: 255   Bom Boy by Yewande Omotoso published by Modjadji Books recently found itself (magically?) on the shortlist for the Etisalat Prize for African literature 2014. With this happening I went back and reread the book I first enjoyed […]

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Pre-order Kinyanjui Kombani’s Den of Iniquities

Banker and novelist Kinyanjui Kombani‘s became very famous locally because of his book The Last Villains of Molo. In the book he tells a fictional tale of the clashes that wracked Kenya in the 1990s before our famous post election crisis in 07/08. The writer’s latest book Den of Inquities is published by Longhorn Publishers […]

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Caine Prize workshop underlines Uganda’s rise in literature

I just recently saw this lovely post from the people from the Caine Prize where they were hosting some of their 2012 and 2013 shortlisted writers to a workshop in Uganda not too long ago. 2012’s gang included Rotimi Babatunde (winner), Billy Kahora, Stanley Kenani and Melissa Myambo. From the class of 2013 there was […]