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Sarah Ladipo Manyika’s sophomore novel for April 1

Sarah Ladipo Manyika has announced on her website that her second novel, Like A Mule Bringing Ice Cream To The Sun will be making is entry to the market on April 1st, 2016. Manyika who was born and raised in Nigeria and has also lived in Kenya, France, and England stormed into the African literary conscious in 2008 with […]

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Burt Awards Kenya 2016 finalists announced

The finalists for the Burt Awards Kenya 2016 was announced at a breakfast at the Nairobi Safari Club last week. The award celebrates writers of Young Adult fiction. The Burt Awards which are administered by the National Book Development Council of Kenya are one of the richest in the region with writers going home with […]

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Images from the Zukiswa Wanner, Panashe Chigumadzi Goethe event

There was a huge turnout at the Goethe Institut for the Literary Crossroads event called Quo Vadis Africa: The Power of Words – The Words of Power last night. The event which was moderated by the columnist and radio personality Ndumiso Ngcobo featured Zukiswa Wanner and Panashe Chigumadzi. The writing community in Johannesburg turned out to support […]

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A review of Abubakar Adam Ibrahim’s Season of Crimson Blossoms

Book: Season of Crimson Blossoms Author: Abubakar Adam Ibrahim Publisher: Parresia Books Year of publication: 2015 Number of pages: 345 Genre: Fiction Abubakar Adam Ibrahim is not an unknown name in the world of African literature. Some of his many accolades include being shortlisted for the Caine Prize for African writing, a BBC African performance […]

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Super Thursday: Zukiswa Wanner, Panashe Chigumadzi and Abubakar Adam Ibrahim

Zukiswa Wanner, Panashe Chigumadzi and Abubakar Adam Ibrahim will be in discussions about their work in Abuja and Johannesburg today. It’s a Super Thursday as far as we are concerned as some of the more well regarded names in the African literature are concerned talk about their work in unrelated events in two African cities. […]

Angolan, Congolese make Man Booker International Prize 2016 longlist
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Angolan, Congolese make Man Booker International Prize 2016 longlist

DR Congo’s Fiston Mwanza Mujila and Angola’s José Eduardo Agualusa made the Man Booker International Prize longlist that was announced today. The longlisted two join the last 13 books of 155 books gunning to win the prize dedicated to celebrating the finest in global fiction. The prize is sponsored by Man Group, one of the […]

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Kinyanjui Kombani books set for Rwanda Education

Kinyanjui Kombani is one of Kenya’s more well-known writers in town in recent times with his two novels The Last Villains of Molo (our review) and Den of Inequities. He has also written a few nonfiction books. The writer today announced to the world that two of his books are set to be used in […]

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Brunel University African Poetry Prize 2016 shortlist out

The Brunel University African Poetry Prize is a poetry prize of £3000 aimed at the development, celebration and promotion of poetry from Africa. The prize is open to African poets worldwide and each poet has to submit 10 poems to be eligible. It is sponsored by Brunel University London and Commonwealth Writers. Previous winner of the […]

Petina Gappah makes Baileys Women’s Prize for fiction 2016 longlist
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Petina Gappah makes Baileys Women’s Prize for fiction 2016 longlist

It seems quite appropriate that the longlist for the Baileys Women’s Prize for fiction would be announced today on International Women’s Day. The longlist for the prize now in its twentieth year and worth UK pounds 30,000 to the winner includes Zimbabwe’s Petina Gappah for her sophomore effort The Book of Memory. The longlist was […]