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Chigozie Obioma takes FT/Oppenheimer Funds Emerging Voices Fiction Award 2015

Its official ladies. Nigerian writer Chigozie Obioma’s novel The Fishermen is the winner of the inaugural FT/OppenheimerFunds Emerging Voices Fiction Award. Obioma beat other worthy candidates on the shortlist Kenya’s Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor for Dust and Rwanda’s Scholastique Mukasonga for Our Lady of the Nile. The newest writing supernova, whose book is also one of […]

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A snapshot of the Nairobi International Book Fair 2015

The Sarit Centre in Nairobi was a bustle of activity last week as Nairobi International Book 2015 the biggest literary show around rolled into town from 23rd to 27th September. Unlike the Storymoja Festival which happened earlier in the month that focused on writers and their ilk this one was a showcase the Kenyan publishing […]

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Chris Okemwa is Kenyan Burt Award 2015 winner

Chris Okemwa was announced the winner of this years Burt Award 2015 at an invite only ceremony at the Kempinski Nairobi on Friday night. He won the award which is aimed at literature for young adults for his manuscript titled Sabina and the Ogre. Okemwa isn’t new to the winning game. He was the 2002 […]

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Dami Ajayi’s Ghanaian adventure

Dami Ajayi is a very special fellow. By day he is known as Dr Ajayi the trainee psychiatrist who ensures that patients get the best mental care that a doctor can give. By night however, this Nigerian man turns into Dami Ajayi, poet, literary magazine founder and editor. His poetry collection Clinical Blues is one […]