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Artists In Residency 2015 finalists announced!

The Artists In Residency (AIR) programme has provided artists across discipline (visual arts; literary arts; performing arts; music & film) with the opportunity to participate in residency programmes throughout the world. This year AIR received a record 423 complete applications across genres from 40 countries across the continent. After a rigorous selection process that invited […]

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Malawi’s Alfred Msadala launches War Drums are Beating in Blantyre

Alfred Msadala, a poet, short story writer and critic from Malawi, launched War Drums Are Beating; discourses off the anthill at the Blantyre Sports Club in the nations capital on Thursday evening. Msadala is the President of the Book Publishers Association of Malawi as well as the chair of the Board of Trustees of Blantyre […]

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Nigerians in solidarity with Binyavanga Wainaina #Naija4Binyavanga

  #naija4binyavanga thanks @lolashoneyin thanks @tonikan11 #getwellsoon #binyavangawainana A photo posted by Victor Ehikhamenor (@victorsozaboy) on Nov 28, 2015 at 9:33am PST The Freedom Park in Lagos, Nigeria was the venue that Nigerian writers celebrated Kenyan writer Binyavanga Wainaina on Saturday afternoon. Binyavanga “Binj” Wainaina the Kenyan writer loved by many is very unwell and […]

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Rallying for Binyavanga Wainaina #LoveForBinyavanga

Binyavanga Wainaina. This is a name synonymous with some of the best that has come out of Kenya in the last twenty years. He emerged when he won the Caine Prize for African writing in 2002. Some would have taken the money and moved to a bigger apartment and lived off his fame until further […]

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Videos from the Lagos Books and Arts Festival #LABAF2015

The Lagos Books and Arts Festival was hosted primarily at the Freedom Park in Lagos from 13th to 15th November. It was an explosion of arts at the park in Victoria Island with exhibitions, panel discussions, book chats, concerts, poetry presentations and a whole lot more. Here are five videos from some of the participants […]

Engaging the Fringe at the Ake Festival #AkeFest2015
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Engaging the Fringe at the Ake Festival #AkeFest2015

The theme at the Ake Festival 2015 this year was Engaging The Fringe. This meant that there were events that focused on genres and creative endeavor that are not regarded as ‘mainstream’ in spite of their growing popularity and availability. There were panels all through the festival but Friday had some of the most poignant […]

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Morland Writing Scholarships 2015 shortlist announced

The Miles Morland Foundation has just announced the shortlist for the 2015 Morland Writing Scholarships. These applicants will be whittled down to four on December 14th by the judges Ellah Allfrey who is chair, Olufemi Terry and Muthoni Garland and announced shortly after. The list features a healthy list of twenty one applicants with seven […]

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Nuruddin Farah to launch book at Kwani? Litfest 2016

The fifth edition of Kwani? Litfest, a gathering of writers, artists and thinkers from across Africa, takes place every two years happens in Nairobi, Kenya from 1st- 6th December 2015. This year’s festival with the theme, “Beyond the Map of English: Writers in conversation on Language” hosts readings, performances and discussions that explore issues of […]

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Wilbur Smith foundation unveils new literary prizes

Wilbur Smith is a South African novelist specialising in historical fiction about the international involvement in Southern Africa across three centuries, seen from the viewpoints of both black and white families. The writer under the Wilbur and Niso Smith Foundation recently announced prizes that has been broke down in two categories for writers. They include […]