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Cat Hellisen wins Short Story Day Africa Prize 2015 #AkeFest2015

Cat Hellisen is the winner of the Short Story Day Africa Prize for Short Fiction 2015. The winner has just been announced at the ongoing Ake Art & Book Festival here in Abeokuta, Nigeria by prize judge Abubakar Adam Ibrahim. The South African writer who won over the judging panel with her story “The Worme […]

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Book bloggers strut their stuff at #AkeFest2015

Book bloggers are a very important lot in the African literary ecosystem and on Thursday afternoon some of the most well-known ones strutted their stuff in a panel at the #AkeFest2015. Moderated by Kate Haines were bloggers Kinna Likimani of Kinnareads.com and Zahrah Nesbitt-Ahmed of bookshybooks.blogspot.com with Emmanuel Iduma of online journal Saraba magazine accompanying […]

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Writivism Workshop 2016 participants announced at Ake Festival #AkeFest205

The young writers who will be taking part in the Writivism workshops in fiction, non-fiction and poetry were announced on Friday afternoon at the Ake Festival happening in Abeokuta, Nigeria. The workshops will be running in Accra, Kampala, Abidjan, Dakar and Goma in 2016 will be facilitated by Yewande Omotoso, Sitawa Namwalie, Mamadou Diallo, Edwige […]

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Writing our way out of social inequality in Africa #AkeFest2015

Ayodele Morocco-Clarke moderated “Writing our way out of social inequality in Africa”, one the first panels at the Ake Festival with writers Siphiwo Mahala, Dilman Dila and Mona Eltahawy. As she moderated, it became evident that Ayodele had either not prepared enough for the panel or she had been given this assignment to fill in […]

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Elnathan John launches debut novel in Lagos #Labaf2015

Elnathan John is famous for many reasons. His work has been short listed for the Caine Prize for African Writing in 2013 and again in 2015. His work has appeared in Hazlitt, Per Contra, the Evergreen Review, the Financial Times and the Caine Prize for African Writing anthology 2013 and 2014. He writes satire for […]

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Nigerian writers get paid as Ake Festival begins #AkeFest2015

It’s finally here. After months of preparation and all the hype with the tweets and the Facebook posts and the Instagramming and all the rest, the Ake Festival kicked off on Wednesday at the Cultural Centre in Abeokuta, Ogun State, Nigeria. For the first time in its three year history, there was an actual opening […]

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Mabati Cornell Kiswahili Prize for African Literature 2016 submission callout

The Mabati Cornell Kiswahili Prize for African literature was founded by Mukoma Wa Ngugi and Lizzy Attree in 2014 to promote writing in African languages and encourage translation from, between and into African languages. Alongside the announcements for the winners of the Mabati Cornell Prize this year, a call for submissions the 2016 edition of […]

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Mabati Cornell Kiswahili Prize for African Literature 2015 winners announced

We have a winner for the Mabati Cornell Kiswahili Prize for African Literature which recognises writing in African languages and encouraging translation from, between and into African languages ladies and gentlemen. They were selected from 65 manuscripts in the fiction and poetry categories of the Mabati Cornell Kiswahili Prize for African Literature. The six judges […]