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Writivism Festival 2015: Thanks to the organisers

Writivism Festival 2015 came and left and impacted so many people. It had its good parts and its not so good. The good was amazing with some of the best panels, master classes and keynote addresses you can find anywhere on the African continent where literature is concerned. The not so good included confusion that […]

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Writivism Festival 2015 Day 5: Languages, Afrikology and a sex panel

Sunday was the final day of the Writivism Festival 2015. The day when we would be knowing the winner of this year’s Short Story Prize winner. Before that huge announcement, there were several activities at the National Theatre in Kampala, Uganda. The keynote address in the late afternoon would be given by Mukoma Wa Ngugi […]

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Writivism Festival 2015 Day 4: Politics, selling books and breaking down language barriers

Saturday in Kampala, Uganda saw the African writing community in the form of Writivism Festival 2015 converging at the city’s National Theatre for a series of activites. The keynote address in the evening was given by Ugandan poet, fiction writer, scholar and columnist John Nagenda. Nagenda is also a senior media advisor to President Yoweri […]

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Writivism Festival 2015 Day 3: Oil and bunked panels

So what did you do on Friday? Well many people work sluggishly all day then at closing they will flee to the nearest bar. At the Writivism Festival 2015, Friday seemed to know that folks might not be as responsive so there was less of an intensive program. Either that or they opted to have […]

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Donald Molosi’s moving Philly Lutaaya play #WritivismFestival2015

Ugandan superstar singer Philly Lutaaya was introduced to many of us in a documentary Alone in which he shares his experience as a man suffering from Aids in 1990. I watched the documentary of the man who had died in 1989 as a teenager in Nairobi and I have to say that it affected me […]

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Harriet Anena’s A Nation in Labour launches at Writivism Festival 2015

Communications professional Harriet Anena launched her poetry collectionA Nation in Labour at the National Theatre in Kampala at the Writivism Festival 2015 on Saturday afternoon. The event was moderated by Jagero Oduor and introduced by Richard Ali with Prof Laban Erapu and Rachel Zadok joining in the conversation. Zadok was the 2014 Writivism mentor for […]

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Pemi Aguda Wins 2015 Writivism Short Story Prize 2015

Nigeria writer Pemi Aguda is the winner of the Writivism Short Story 2015 for her story, Caterer, Caterer. The writer was announced at a ceremony at the National Theatre in Kampala on Sunday evening. The evening, which was emceed by Writivism board member and recently announced Etisalat judge Zukiswa Wanner, had a series of activities […]

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Writivism Festival Day 2: historical novels, non-fiction and cocktails

Then the third day of the Writivism Festival 2015 rolled through; one filled with activities of interest to those who want to know more about the African writing world. The highlight of the day had to have been the keynote address given by Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi and moderated by James Murua. Nansubuga for those who […]

Etisalat Prize for African literature unveils 2015 judges
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Etisalat Prize for African literature unveils 2015 judges

The judges for this year’s edition of the Etisalat Prize for African literature are Ato Quayson who is chairing alongside Molara Wood and Zukiswa Wanner. The announcement was made at the yesterday in Lagos, Nigeria. The Etisalat Prize for African writing is the richest prize for a first book to come from an African author […]