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Tanzania’s Ebrahim Hussein Poetry Prize (Swahili only)

Prof Ebrahim Hussein is the best known Swahili playwright and Tanzania’s most complex literary personality. Kenyans and other Swahili speakers will remember him as the dude who wrote the play Kinjeketile (1969) as well as Mashetani (1971), an overtly political play and Jogoo Kijijini (1976), an experiment in dramatic performance. In his play Arusi (1980) […]

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Brunel University African Poetry Prize 2015 shortlistees announced

The Brunel University African Poetry Prize is an annual poetry prize aimed at the development, celebration and promotion of poetry from Africa with a prize money of £3000. Pretty good for poetry. The prize is sponsored by Brunel University a public research university located in London, UK and Commonwealth Writers. The shortlist for the 2015 […]

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Dilman Dila meets Napo Masheane at Goethe-Institut Johannesburg

I’m starting to notice a pattern with these folks from Germany’s Goethe Institut. Its looking like these fellows are the one’s hosting a lot of the really cool literary events on the African continent be it Authors talk in Nigeria or Conversations with African Authors in Kenya. This month alone there shall be one event […]

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Nigerian author Diekoye Oyeyinka at the African Magic Awards

The biggest thing in African TV, or anyone with a GOTV decoder like myself, on Saturday night was the screening of the Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards (AMVCA) 2015. The AMVCAs usually hosted in Lagos, Nigeria are the hottest property and everyone who is everyone in the entertainment industry on the continent watches to see […]