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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 […]

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Elnathan John and Abubakar Adam Ibrahim #OccupyGoetheLagos #Labaf2015

The Goethe Institut in Lagos hosted Elnathan John and Abubakar Adam Ibrahim, two of the hottest writers on the African continent right now, to a British Council-sponsored event as part of the Lagos Book and Arts Festival. The two writers whose newest books Born On a Tuesday (Cassava Republic) for Elnathan and Season of Crimson […]

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British Council’s publishing Creative Hustle at the Lagos Theatre #LABAF2015

The British Council hosted Bibi Bakare-Yusuf, Eghosa Imasuen and Abubakar Adam Ibrahim, three heavyweights in new African writing at the Lagos National Theatre on Friday morning. It has been as part of the many activities that is the Lagos Festival of Books and Arts aka Labaf. The British Council has been doing a series of […]

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Etisalat Prize for Literature 2015 longlist announced

The longlist for the Etisalat Prize for Literature for 2015 was announced today. The prize launched in June 2013 as the first pan-African prize pen solely to debut fiction writers of African citizenship has quickly established itself as one of the most prestigious literary prize for African fiction. Previous winners of the prize include Noviolet […]