Nyanza Literary Festival 2016 winners announced in Kisumu
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Nyanza Literary Festival 2016 winners announced in Kisumu

Update: A previous version of this blog indicated that Redscar McOdindo K’Oyuga won the poetry prize. The prize givers have since withdrawn his award after it emerged that he was a serial plagiarist. The inaugural Nyanza Literary Festival 2016 winners announced at the Kiboko Bay Resort in Kisumu County, Kenya on 27th August 2016 is Troy Onyango […]

African Speculative Fiction Society announces itself with Nommo Awards
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African Speculative Fiction Society announces itself with Nommo Awards

The African Speculative Fiction Society announces itself with a new recognition called The Nommo Awards. The African Speculative Fiction Society (ASFS) is a new community of writers, editors, publishers and artists of African Science Fiction and Fantasy that emerged on August 18th this year. Some of the spokespeople for the new initiative include Chinelo Onwualu, […]

Petina Gappah honoured by Harare City Library
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Petina Gappah honoured by Harare City Library

The Harare City Library honoured Petina Gappah, one of the most well-known African writers in recent times, by naming its children section after her. Gappah is famous her smashing debut short story collection An Elegy For Easterly (our review) and her sophomore offering a novel The Book of Memory. In the last few years, Petina […]

Doctors clean house as Writivism Prize 2016 winners announced
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Doctors clean house as Writivism Prize 2016 winners announced

The Writivism Prize 2016 winners were announced in ceremonies in Kampala, Uganda on 27th and 28th August 2016. The prose prize went to Ugandan Acan Innocent Immaculate while the poetry prize called the Okot p’Bitek Prize went to Kenyan Redscar McOdindo K’Oyuga. Unlike in the past where only prose was awarded, the Writivism Prizes this […]

Kenyan and Nigerian are joint Babishai Niwe Poetry Prize 2016 winners
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Kenyan and Nigerian are joint Babishai Niwe Poetry Prize 2016 winners

Kenyan Sanya Noel and Nigerian Moyosore Orimoloye are joint Babishai Niwe Poetry Prize 2016 winners. The announcement was made at a fancy do at the Fang Fang Restaurant in Kampala Uganda at the close of the Babishai Niwe Poetry Festival 2016. Kampala, Uganda was the host of a series of events for adults and children which […]

Angela Makholwa and Lerato Tshabalala feature at Rosa Parks Library Soweto
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Angela Makholwa and Lerato Tshabalala feature at Rosa Parks Library Soweto

Angela Makholwa and Lerato Tshabalala were the featured guests at Rosa Parks Library Soweto on 10th August 2016. The Rosa Parks Memorial Library, named by the US embassy in honour of their human rights hero Rosa Parks, hosted two very different personalities as part of their women’s day celebrations. The two were Angela Makholwa and […]

Wahome Mutahi Literary Prize 2016 shortlists announced
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Wahome Mutahi Literary Prize 2016 shortlists announced

The Wahome Mutahi Literary Prize 2016 shortlists were announced on 11th August 2016. The Wahome Mutahi Literary Prize was set up in honour of late great Kenyan satirist and author Wahome Mutahi who passed on in 2003. The Kenyan Publishers Association set up the award to works that explore human rights, governance, etiquette and other […]

Ghana International Book Fair 2016 for the weekend
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Ghana International Book Fair 2016 for the weekend

The Ghana International Book Fair 2016 is set to land in Accra this weekend from 19th – 21st August. This year’s Ghana International Book Fair is scheduled to open on Thursday, August 18 at the forecourt of the National Theater in Accra. The four-day event will be under the theme: “Growing the Knowledge-based Economy through […]