The Golden Baobab Prize 2016 winners announced in Ghana
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The Golden Baobab Prize 2016 winners announced in Ghana

Lori-Ann Preston and Vennessa Scholtz are the winners of the seventh edition of the Golden Baobab Prize 2016 announced in Accra Ghana November 22nd 2016. The two, both South Africans, go home with US$5,000 and a guaranteed publishing contract. The Golden Baobab Prize was set up to inspire the imaginations of African children through African […]

Odafe Atogun debut novel Taduno’s Song launches at Ake Festival 2016
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Odafe Atogun debut novel Taduno’s Song launches at Ake Festival 2016

Odafe Atogun’s debut novel Taduno’s Song launched at the Ake Festival with eminent personalities including Ngugi Wa Thiong’o attending on Friday November 18th, 2016. The book launch also doubled as the debut of a new printing firm Ouida Books. Odafe Atogun was born in Nigeria, in the town of Lokoja, where the Rivers Niger and […]

Etisalat Prize for Literature 2016 longlist announced at Ake Festival 2016
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Etisalat Prize for Literature 2016 longlist announced at Ake Festival 2016

The Etisalat Prize for Literature 2016 longlist was announced at the opening ceremony of the Ake Festival 2016. The announcement was made by Elvis Ogiemwanye and chief judge Hellon Habila. The next generation of literary stars vying for the Etisalat Prize for Literature was announced as part of the opening ceremony of the Ake Book […]

Penny De Vries’ experience of ARTiculate Africa Book and Art affair 2016
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Penny De Vries’ experience of ARTiculate Africa Book and Art affair 2016

The ARTiculate African festival was hosted in South Africa as part of the Essence Festival in Durban from 11-13 November. The festival featured some of the leading South African writers. Durban based blogger and literary evangelist Penny De Vries gave us a peek into the festival from one participant. ARTiculate Africa, a Book and Art […]

Ake Arts and Book Festival 2016 begins with a bang!
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Ake Arts and Book Festival 2016 begins with a bang!

The Ake Festival 2016 kicked off officially at the June 21st Cultural Centre in Abeokuta, Ogun State, Nigeria on 17th November 2016. The fourth edition of the Ake Festival has kicked off at the capital of Ogun State in Nigeria with speeches from eminent personalities and performances from amazing poets. It wasn’t the day that […]

Lagos Art & Book Festival 2017 date announced  #LABAF2017
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Lagos Art & Book Festival 2017 date announced  #LABAF2017

At the end of a four-day fun-filled “fiesta of Ideas and Life”, the 18th edition of the Lagos Book & art Festival, LABAF adjourned to next year, which would be its 19th edition and focusing on the theme: ERUPTIONS: Global FRACTURES & Collective Humanism”. The 2017 will hold November 9-12 at its traditional home, Freedom […]

A snapshot of the Lagos Arts and Book Fair 2016 #Labaf2016
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A snapshot of the Lagos Arts and Book Fair 2016 #Labaf2016

The Lagos Arts and Book Fair 2016 was hosted in the Nigerian capital from 10-13 November. The festival in its 18th year described as ““the biggest culture picnic on the continent” had the theme as “The Terror of Knowledge: Education as a Terrifying Weapon Against the Forces of Darkness.” The festival which is popularly known […]

Pushcart Prize 2016 nominations: Panashe Chigumadzi, Nneoma Ike-Njoku and Troy Onyango
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Pushcart Prize 2016 nominations: Panashe Chigumadzi, Nneoma Ike-Njoku and Troy Onyango

Panashe Chigumadzi, Nneoma Ike-Njoku and Troy Onyango are three of the six writers that Transition Magazine have nominated for the Pushcart Prize. The Pushcart Prize is an American literary prize published by Pushcart Press that honors the best “poetry, short fiction, essays or literary whatnot” published in the small presses over the previous year.  The anthologies […]

Jalada Africa to feature Ngugi wa Thiong’o much translated story tomorrow
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Jalada Africa to feature Ngugi wa Thiong’o much translated story tomorrow

The Pan-African writers’ collective, Jalada Africa, will present an evening of readings, conversation, and performances based on a fable, Ituĩka Rĩa Mũrũngarũ: Kana Kĩrĩa Gĩtũmaga Andũ Mathiĩ Marũngiĩ (The Upright Revolution: Or Why Humans Walk Upright) by the eminent author and scholar Prof. Ngugi wa Thiong’o. The fable has been translated into 55 languages, making […]

Cosmos Book Club begins with Ng’ang’a Mbugua’s Angels of the Wild
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Cosmos Book Club begins with Ng’ang’a Mbugua’s Angels of the Wild

The Cosmos Book Club, the newest in town, kicked off with author Ng’ang’a Mbugua engaging on his award winning book Angels of the Wild. The event was moderated by book blogger James Murua. The Cosmos Coffee House at the Highwayy Mall (yes its Highwayy with two “y’s” in the name – there is no typo […]