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Helen Oyeyemi joins Canada’s Giller Prize jury 2015

The Giller Prize is Canada’s premiere fiction prize and awards the writer of the best English-language book with $100,000. Each runner-up gets $10,000. Nigerian born Helen Oyeyemi has been announced as one of the jury members of the 2015 Scotiabank Giller Prize. She joins Cecil Foster, Alexander MacLeod and Alison Pick. Irish writer John Boyne […]

Jalada Afrofutures anthology now online
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Jalada Afrofutures anthology now online

Its taken its time but it is now here. The Jalada 02: Afrofuture(s) anthology was launched at midnight yesterday in Nairobi. It’s the third anthology of the Jalada Writers Collective and this edition has work from voices as diverse as Richard Ali, Jude Dibia, Okwiri Oduor, Ivor Hartmann, Lydia Kasese and Melisa Kiguwa . The […]

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Chibundu Onuzo on the Baga, Nigeria attacks

Chibundu Onuzo is a Nigerian writer with one novel to her name; The Spider King’s Daughter. If you read my review of the book you will know that I am a big fan. A statement she gave on her blog on what has been happened in recent times has me even more enthusiastic about her. […]

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Times up for Miles Morland 2013 scholars: What’s next?

All eyes are now Miles Morland 2013 scholars on Percy Zvomuya, Doreen Baingana and Tony Mochama. After enjoying the prestige of being the first scholars and the attendant goodies that goes with it like, well, the money, and the rest of it the real work begins. In case you have forgotten, Doreen Baingana from Uganda […]

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Writivism 2015 kicks off with creative writing workshop in Botswana

Botswana writer Lauri Kubuitsile and actor Donald Molosi were the folks who started off the biggest edition of Writivism 2015 with a creative writing workshop at the National museum in Gaberone, Botswana. Kenyans will fondly remember Lauri Kubuitsile for the period when she was in town for the 2012 of the Storymoja Hay Festival. Kubitsile […]

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The Whispering Trees by Abubakar Adam Ibrahim gets makeover

Abubakar Adam Ibrahim is one of those writer types; the ones that make the rest of us mortals look like we are not serious with our lives. The man writes prose, poetry and plays. You heard that right. He rights in all the genres that the Nigerian Literature Prize hands out prizes in. Except children’s […]

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Okey Ndibe salutes Ngugi Wa Thiongo on his birthday

In case you missed it, Monday was Ngugi Wa Thiong’o’s birthday or as this toddler I know (OK, its really me), it was his “happy birthday.” Kenya’s most famous literary son was born on 5 January 1938 in Kamiriithu, near Limuru, Kiambu County, the fifth child of the third of his father’s four wives. So […]