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Babishai Niwe to celebrate Song of Lawino@50

Song of Lawino is an epic poem written by Ugandan poet Okot p’Bitek published in 1966 in Luo and translated into many other languages, including English. In the poem Lawino’s husband, Ocol, the son of the tribal leader of their Acoli tribe, has taken another wife, Clementine, who is educated and acts European. Although Ocol’s […]

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Happiness is a Four Letter Word novel for film debut

Happiness is a Four Letter Word is the debut novel of South African novelist Cynthia Jele. The book came out in 2010 and won a raft of awards in South Africa and abroad. One of the awards the book won was the MNET literary award in 2011 which meant that the book would be commissioned […]

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Marjorie Oludhe Macgoye takes a final bow

Marjorie Oludhe Macgoye was born in Southampton, England and moved to Kenya in 1954 to run the CMS bookshop at Church House in Nairobi. Since landing on these shores the Brit integrated into Kenyan life marrying D.G.W. Macgoye, a medical doctor in 1960. Whilst doing her job at the CMS bookshop she organised readings which […]

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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 […]