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Storymoja for World Record reading attempt. Again

Storymoja Publishers is most famous for the annual literary festival that they host in Nairobi, Kenya. They are also the people behind several titles. They are also the people who have several initiatives that they push to ensure that they spread the importances of reading. One of their most noteworthy initiatives to bring the focus […]

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Chibundu Onuzo joins sister in Nigerian election song.

Dinachi Onuzo is Nigerian musician who was born in Lagos but is now based in London, England. The musician plays a blend of jazz, folk, highlife and gospel. Dinachi Onuzo is the sister of one of our favourite Nigerian writers Chibundu Onuzo and Sahara Reporters are reporting that the two have come out with a […]

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Kenyan author Nganga Mbugua predicted #NgiluSingh jokes

The big story in Kenya right now is the #NgiluSinghJokes that have been trending on the Kenyan twitter. The jokes as a back story started when the police teargassed Kenyan school kids in what many considered a land grab by a powerful Kenyan. The lands minister or Cabinet Secretary as we call them here tabled […]

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Ciku Kimeria for Ghanaian launch

Kenyan writer Ciku Kimeria is one of the new novelists to watch in the continent. Her weirdly titled novel “Of Goats and Poisoned Oranges” is described as the tumultuous marriage of a middle-aged Kenyan power couple living in the hills of Mount Kenya as it is told by different parties in their life. After a […]

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Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor dazzles at TEDxEuston

Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor is probably one of my favourite writers to come to the African literature scene in the last decade or so. The Kenyan burst onto the scene winning the 2003 Caine Prize for African Writing for her story Weight of Whispers. The story was about an aristocratic Rwandan refugee who is displaced by […]

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Lauren Beukes novel Broken Monsters to be a TV drama

Lauren Beukes came back from the US back to Mzansi and posted the following tweet that was favourited and retweeted like crazy; G’bye America and thanks for all the fish. I’m leaving with a TV deal for Broken Monsters in the works and a freaking suitcase full of books — Lauren Beukes (@laurenbeukes) September 25, […]

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Chris Abani makes Edgar Awards 2015 shortlist

The Edgar Allan Poe Awards (popularly called the Edgars), named after Edgar Allan Poe, are presented every year by the Mystery Writers of America, based in New York City, USA. They honor the best in mystery fiction, non-fiction, television, film, and theater published or produced in the previous year. On the nominees list for 2015 […]

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North Africans pepper International Prize for Arabic Fiction longlist

The International prize for Arabic fiction was set up in 2007 to address limited international availability of Arabic literature. The prize is one of the richest in writing in this part of the world as US$50,000 goes to the winner of the prize and shortlisted writers go home with US$10,000. The winner also gets translated […]

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Why TIA’s ‘We need new stories’ is a pile of unmentionable

This morning I spent time reading a two part series from ThisIsAfrica.me, a website that does a lot of writing about the identity of Africans. The title of the series written by Rachel Hamada is “We need new stories” and it is broken down to Part 1 and Part 2. The main thrust of the […]