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 […]

Goethe-Institut in collaboration with Saraba Magazine and Bakwa Magazine
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Goethe-Institut in collaboration with Saraba Magazine and Bakwa Magazine

The Goethe Institut in Lagos and Yaounde in collaboration with Saraba Magazine and Bakwa Magazine invites applications for participation in a mentored series of exchanges and workshops on creative non-fiction. Though Cameroon and Nigeria are neighbors and share a lot of similar cultural values, this potential has not been exploited for the collaborative knowledge and […]

African writers threaten City of Durban with lawsuit
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African writers threaten City of Durban with lawsuit

Professionals in the literary industry are up in arms against the City of Durban for lack of payment for the ARTiculate Africa festival 2017. The group of mainly aggrieved writers come from all off the continent. In November 2016, the ARTiculate Africa literary festival was hosted in Durban, South Africa as part of the Essence […]

Anietie Isong new novel “Radio Sunrise” out in the market
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Anietie Isong new novel “Radio Sunrise” out in the market

Award-winning Nigerian-British writer Anietie Isong has published a new novel that explores Nigeria’s “brown envelope journalism’’ – the practice of accepting cash from news sources. The novel, Radio Sunrise is published in January 2017 by London-based independent press, Jacaranda Books. Anietie Isong has won several writing prizes including the Commonwealth Short Story Award, the inaugural Olaudah Equiano Prize […]

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 […]