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 […]

Tributes flood in for legendary Nigerian author Buchi Emecheta
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Tributes flood in for legendary Nigerian author Buchi Emecheta

Buchi Emecheta the author of numerous novels passed away in London, UK on January 25th 2017. Tributes from all over the African literary community have been shared on social media. Florence Onyebuchi “Buchi” Emecheta OBE (21 July 1944 – 25 January 2017) was a Nigerian novelist, based in Britain since 1960,[1] who had also written […]

Kenyan set books for schools for the year unveiled
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Kenyan set books for schools for the year unveiled

The books to be read by students in Kenyans were unveiled by the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development on 16th January 2017. In Kenya, the publishing industry suffers from a unique problem. The whole fraternity of book people allocate their best editors, writers, lobbyists and the like to ensure that their books are considered 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 […]

African literary festivals you can attend in 2017
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African literary festivals you can attend in 2017

Here is a list of African literary festivals you can attend in 2017. 2016 promised and delivered to literary feast of festivals in all corners of the continent. Writers and readers met and interacted in many different venues in many types of environments. Some like Abantu Book Festival were new while the older ones like […]

Jalada Africa announces Jalada Mobile Literary & Arts Festival 2017
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Jalada Africa announces Jalada Mobile Literary & Arts Festival 2017

Jalada Africa, a Pan-African collective, is pleased to announce the inaugural Jalada Mobile Literary & Arts Festival 2017. The festival will happen in 12 towns from 3-31st March 2017. Jalada Africa was formed in 2013 by writers from Kenya, Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Uganda and South Africa, and currently comprises of writers and artists, of African origin, […]

Lesego Rampolokeng, Zukiswa Wanner feature at Sol Plaatje University Summer School
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Lesego Rampolokeng, Zukiswa Wanner feature at Sol Plaatje University Summer School

Lesego Rampolokeng, Zukiswa Wanner, and Moagi Modise were the featured guest lecturers at Sol Plaatje Summer Writing School that happened from January 9 – 13, 2017. Sol Plaatje, pronounced Sol Plackie, was a South African intellectual, journalist, linguist, politician, translator and writer. He was a founder member and first General Secretary of the South African […]

Six Africans make International Prize for Arabic Fiction 2017
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Six Africans make International Prize for Arabic Fiction 2017

The International Prize for Arabic Fiction 2017 have announced their longlist for this year’s best book in Arab writing this year and six Africans made the cut. They are Yassin Adnan, Najwa Binshatwan, Amir Tag Elsir, Abdul-Kareem Jouaity, Mohammed Abdel Nabi, and Youssef Rakha. The International Prize for Arabic Fiction (IPAF) has today, Monday 16 […]

Storymoja Festival 2017 returns to Nairobi on 10 year anniversary
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Storymoja Festival 2017 returns to Nairobi on 10 year anniversary

The Storymoja Festival 2017 returns to its ancestral home in Nairobi after a safari to Accra in 2016 as it celebrates a decade. The organisers have announced the new dates of one of East Africa’s most famous literary festivals; September 27 – October 1, 2017. It’s been a decade already folks. It was at the […]