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Africa’s Largest Authors Association holds annual Convention

Author Richard Ali gives us a run down of the Association of Nigerian Authors convention that ended last weekend. Africa’s largest national authors Association, the Association of Nigerian Authors, concluded its 33rd Convention on Saturday 13th December 2014. The annual three-day write-fest was held at the historical city of Ibadan in southwestern Nigeria, formerly Africa’s […]

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A review of Tendai Huchu’s The Hairdresser of Harare

Book: The Hairdresser of Harare Author: Tendai Huchu Publisher: Freight Books/Weavers Press Zimbabwe Year of publication: 2013/2010 Number of pages: 236 Genre: Fiction Tendai Huchu’s debut novel The Hairdresser of Harare is the story of two main characters; Vimbai and Dumisani. Vimbai is the star hairdresser at the Khumalo Hair and Beauty Treatment Salon in […]

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Ellah Allfrey on Man Booker Prize 2015 judges panel

A few months ago I was in pain. Without an African author on the short or long list of the Booker Prize for 2014 I was left bereft and I put out an appeal to the organisers of this most respected literary prize. I’m not saying my letter had any effect (I believe it had […]

A review of Ndumiso Ngcobo’s Eat Drink & Blame The Ancestors
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A review of Ndumiso Ngcobo’s Eat Drink & Blame The Ancestors

Book: Eat Drink & Blame The Ancestors Author: Ndumiso Ngcobo Publisher: Two Dogs Year of publication: 2014 Number of pages: 287 Genre: Satire, essays In Kenya for many years, the most looked forward read in the newspapers was a column called “Whispers” in the Sunday Nation written by a gentleman called Wahome Mutahi. The column […]

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Etisalat Prize Shortlist 2014 announced

And then there were three. The judges for the Etisalat Prize for African literature have whittled down the long list of writers and those next in the line were announced. The three shortlistees in the running for next awards are Nadia Davids, for An Imperfect Blessing (Random House Struik-Umuzi), Chinelo Okparanta for Happiness Like Water […]

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Beatrice Lamwaka in Johannesburg, Oduor Jagero in Kampala

For those in Kampala and Johannesburg there are some very cool literary events for you today. In Jozi, Caine Prize nominee 2011 Beatrice Lamwaka will be joining South Africans Mandla Langa, Makhosazana Xaba and Masande Ntshanga to read extracts from their latest novels and poetry collections. They will be discussing their work with Michele Magwood […]