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Writivism Workshops 2015: Lagos 16-18 January

The Writivism Workshops continued to rock the African continent and after rocking Gaberone, Botswana the next stop in the road was Lagos, Nigeria. Here Basit Jamiu, Chidinma Ogarama, Chika Chimezie, Gbolahan Badmus, Kate Ekanem, Tolu Daniel, Ronke Adeleke, Salau Adeola, Uzome Ihejirika, Vivian Uchechi Ogbonna and Socrates Mbamalu would be given the tools to survive […]

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Lauren Beukes writes Wonder Woman!

You know how you run a blog and you start getting worried that its starting to look like you are running a shrine to a specific author? No? Well that’s how its looking this week with South African author Lauren Beukes. So a few days ago I was gushing about her announcement that her book […]

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Henrietta Rose-Innes on winning the Francoise Sommer Literary Prize

Author Henrietta Rose-Innes is a South African with four books to her credit. The first two of her books Shark’s Egg (2001) and The Rock Alphabet (2004) were published by Kwela books. On her debut novel Shark’s Egg J.M. Coetzee had this to say, “Henrietta Rose-Innes writes an admirably taut, clean prose. Shark’s Egg is […]

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Caine Prize 2015 deadline is Saturday 31st January

We all know the benefits of the Caine Prize to you as an African writer. The people who have been short listed and who have won it in the last fifteen years have had it good. Real good. Some of these names are now the biggest names in the African writing game so being one […]

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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 […]