Emezi, Njoku and Awerbuck make Commonwealth Short Story Prize 2017 shortlist
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Emezi, Njoku and Awerbuck make Commonwealth Short Story Prize 2017 shortlist

Akwaeke Emezi, Kelechi Njoku and Diane Awerbuck are on the shortlist for Commonwealth Short Story Prize 2017 announced on April 4, 2017. The Commonwealth Short Story Prize which was born in 2012 is awarded annually for the best piece of unpublished short fiction and open to Commonwealth citizens aged 18 and over. Prizes are awarded […]

African Speculative Fiction Society announces Nommo Awards 2017 contenders
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African Speculative Fiction Society announces Nommo Awards 2017 contenders

The African Speculative Fiction Society announced the contenders for the Nommo Awards 2017 on April 4, 2017. The writers announced are shortlisted for Best Novel, Best Novella, Best Short Story, and Best Graphic Novel, chosen from eligible works published in 2015 or 2016. The African Speculative Fiction Society, a new community of writers, editors, publishers […]

Ayọ̀bámi Adébáyọ̀̀ makes Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction 2017 shortlist
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Ayọ̀bámi Adébáyọ̀̀ makes Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction 2017 shortlist

Ayọ̀bámi Adébáyọ̀̀ has made the shortlist for the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction 2017 announced on April 4th, 2017. The Bailey’s Women’s Prize for Fiction is considered by many to be the leading prize aimed at celebrating women fiction writers with the winning author receiving £30,000 in prize money. The prize is annually awarded to […]

Imbolo Mbue wins PEN/Faulkner Fiction Award 2017
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Imbolo Mbue wins PEN/Faulkner Fiction Award 2017

Imbolo Mbue has won the PEN/Faulkner Fiction Award 2017 for her debut novel, Behold the Dreamers, about an immigrant desperate to become a U.S. citizen on April 4, 2017. It’s like it was just yesterday that we were reporting that unheard of writer from Cameroon called Imbolo Mbue had signed a seven figure advance for […]

Throwback Thursday: DR Congo’s Clémentine Faik Nzuji
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Throwback Thursday: DR Congo’s Clémentine Faik Nzuji

One our Throwback Thursday this week, we feature Clémentine Faik Nzuji, DR Congo’s first female writer. Clémentine Faik Nzuji, also known as Clémentine Faïk-Nzuji Madiya, is a Congolese poet and writer. She was born in Tshofa, Kabinda District in the Belgian Congo. She has been called “the first poet of real significance” among a group […]

Goretti Kyomuhendo features as Femrite author for March 2017
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Goretti Kyomuhendo features as Femrite author for March 2017

Goretti Kyomuhendo was the featured author at the monthly event that the Uganda Women Writers’ Association popularly known as Femrite hosted at its offices in Kampala on March 20th 2017. Femrite is the well-known brand but its formal name is the Uganda Women Writers’ Association. The association, which is in its twentieth year, was founded […]

Ama Ata Aidoo Centre for Creative Writing opens in Accra, Ghana
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Ama Ata Aidoo Centre for Creative Writing opens in Accra, Ghana

The Ama Ata Aidoo Centre for Creative Writing, at the African University College of Communications opened with a colourful ceremony in Accra, Ghana on March 16, 2017. Poet and writer Nii Ayikwei Parkes is the director of the new centre. The African University College of Communications (AUCC) founded by former Ghanaian minister Kojo Yankah is […]

Victor Ehikhamenor and Koleka Putuma thrill at Goethe Nairobi
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Victor Ehikhamenor and Koleka Putuma thrill at Goethe Nairobi

Victor Ehikhamenor and Koleka Putuma shared their brilliance at the Goethe Nairobi on March 16th, 2017. They were moderated by Daystar University don Dr Wandia Njoya. Artistic Encounters is a new project running out of Goethe Nairobi where artists of different genres meet and share their art. The project curated by Zukiswa Wanner will see […]