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BN Poetry Award 2015 longlist unveiled

A few days ago I mentioned here that there is a poetry festival about to hit Kampala, Uganda in a few weeks. The festival, the Babishai Niwe Poetry Festival was started initially as the Babishai Niwe Poetry Award popularly known as the BN Poetry Award which is the only poetry prize on the African continent. Seriously, […]

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Philip Ochieng biography The 5th Columnist out soon

Philip Ochieng is a very famous man in Kenya having built his name in the East African country’s journalism circles over a period going back decades. Today younger readers will remember him as the ultimate grammar nazi in the Nation newspaper where he points out errors in copy. Yes grammar nazi’s out there, you can […]

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Man Booker International Prize changes format

The Man Booker International Prize, born in 2005, used to be a biennial prize for works from anywhere in the world published in English. The most recent winner of the award was Hungarian writer László Krasznahorkai beating out contestants that included Mia Couto from Mozambique, Alain Mabanckou from the Republic of the Congo, Libyan Ibrahim al-Koni […]

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Namwali Serpell wins Caine Prize 2015 (shocks everyone)

Namwali Serpell is the winner of the Caine Prize for African Writing 2015. The Zambian was given the prize for her short story entitled The Sack from Africa39 (Bloomsbury, London, 2014) at a ceremony held at the Bodleian Library in Oxford, England last night. So what is The Sack about? The Chair of Judges Zoë […]

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Ukamaka Olisakwe gives a treatise on feminism

Ukamaka Olisakwe is feminist author, short-story writer, and screenwriter. She has a novel Eyes of A Goddess as well as being featured on the list of Africa39 writers. She gave a moving treatise on feminism that you have to read. Here it is with her kind permission. For the past few days, I have been […]

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Storymoja breaks the reading aloud record

They have been threatening to do it and they have finally done it. Our friends from Storymoja have finally broken the work record for the most people reading aloud from the same text at the same time from different venues. This was at the latest record attempt on June 15 during the day of the […]