Jagero Oduor’s Ghost of 1894 launches with bizarre moderation
Posted by

Jagero Oduor’s Ghost of 1894 launches with bizarre moderation

Jagero Oduor’s second book Ghosts of 1894 launched at the Goethe Institut in Nairobi on October 19th, 2016. On his panel were University of Nairobi’s Dr Tom Odhiambo and book blogger James Murua with bizarre moderation from Khainga O’Okwemba. Ghosts of 1894 is the sophomore book by Kenyan writer Oduor Jagero and it follows Habineza […]

Novelist Aminatta Forna is Baileys Womens Prize for Literature 2017 judge
Posted by
Posted in

Novelist Aminatta Forna is Baileys Womens Prize for Literature 2017 judge

Novelist Aminatta Forna is a Baileys Prize for Literature 2017 judge. The Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction was established to recognise the literary achievement of female writers after the Booker Prize of 1991 failed to shortlist a woman despite 60% of novels published that year being by female authors. The prize that year would go […]

Abantu Book Festival 2016 announces confirmed guests
Posted by

Abantu Book Festival 2016 announces confirmed guests

The Abantu Festival 2016 set for 06 – 10 December in Soweto, South Africa have announced some of their guests and the lineup is epic. The Abantu Book Festival with Thando Mgqolozana as director and Panashe Chigumadzi as curator is organised under the theme, Our Stories. The new festival celebrates African stories through written and […]

The Single Story Foundation launches two publications
Posted by
Posted in

The Single Story Foundation launches two publications

The Single Story Foundation has launched two publications as well as appointed five new members to its board. The Single Story Foundation founded by Murewa Olubela is an organization that provides storytelling opportunities for Africans at home and in diaspora. The organisation gives you opportunities in literature as well as giving a screenwriting academy. The […]

Bookhub.ng tweets out top 10 literary websites
Posted by
Posted in

Bookhub.ng tweets out top 10 literary websites

Nigerian website Bookhub.ng have tweeted out the top 10 literary websites you should visit for submissions and literary news. Bookhub.ng was introduced to some of us last year at Ake Festival when their staffers were handing out flyers about their new project. The website with the tagline “Read. Review. Lounge.” saw itself the Nigeria version […]

A review of Yaa Gyasi’s novel Homegoing
Posted by

A review of Yaa Gyasi’s novel Homegoing

Book: Homegoing Author: Yaa Gyasi Publishers: Penguin Books/Knopf Year of publication: 2016 Number of pages: 320 pages Genre: Fiction Buy your own copy of Homegoing It never made sense to me this obsession South Africans had with race in their country. Many conversations I have with nationals from the South African country were peppered with […]

Redscar McOdindo K’Oyuga: Enkare, Jalada and Poetry Potion
Posted by
Posted in

Redscar McOdindo K’Oyuga: Enkare, Jalada and Poetry Potion

Its not ending. More organisations have come out denying plagiarist of the decade Redscar McOdindo K’Oyuga. They are Enkare, Jalada and Poetry Passion. The fallout continues from the mess that was unleashed on us by the criminal actions of a young man. Organisations like Nyanza Literary festival as well as Writivism and Babishai Niwe have […]

Abubakar Adam Ibrahim wins NLNG Nigeria Prize for Literature 2016
Posted by

Abubakar Adam Ibrahim wins NLNG Nigeria Prize for Literature 2016

Abubakar Adam Ibrahim is the winner of the NLNG Nigeria Prize for Literature 2016 for his novel Season of Crimson Blossoms. He beat out Chika Unigwe and Elnathan John for the US$100,000 prize money. It’s been a very profitable day for Nigerian writer Abubakar Adam Ibrahim as his debut novel Season of Crimson Blossoms published […]