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When Tsitsi Dangarembga came to Nairobi

Zimbabwean author and filmmaker Tsitsi Dangarembga was in Nairobi for a period last week for the International Images Film Festival for Women which she founded. Dangarembga’s biggest contribution to African literature so far has been novel Nervous Conditions, which won the African section of the Commonwealth Writers Prize in 1989 and is considered one of […]

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Helen Oyeyemi to judge UK’s Independent Foreign Fiction Prize 2015

Nigerian born award-winning novelist Helen Oyeyemi has joined a prestigious panel of judges for the £10,000 Independent Foreign Fiction Prize 2015. Oyeyemi who currently lives in Prague and has five novels won the Somerset Maugham award in 2010 for her novel White is for Witching and was last year named one of Granta’s Best Young […]

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Zukiswa Wanner reviews A Renegade Called Simphiwe by Pumla Dineo Gqola

Book: A Renegade Called Simphiwe Author: Pumla Dineo Gqola Publisher: Jacana Media Number of pages: 180 Year of Publication: 2013 Simphiwe Dana is perhaps one of the better known musicians from South Africa under 40. Often compared to musicians like Ringo Madlingozi and the late Miriam Makeba, the young artist has won many awards with […]

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Golden Baobab 2014 shortlist out

The Golden Baobab Prizes have announced their shortlisted writers for 2014. I’ve been following story for a bit with some interest as this is the most credible prize for Children’s Literature on the continent. Talented African writers and illustrators go home with $20,000 in prize money as well as publishing and training opportunities. The shortlisted […]

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Zimbabwe Writers literary evening moderated by Monica Cheru

Writer and newspaper editor Monica Cheru led the discussions in the literary evening featuring the work of three writers, Vitalis Nyawayaranda, Tinashe Muchuri and Virginia Phiri on Thursday evening. The event at the Book Café in Harare was organized by the Zimbabwe Writers Association saw the writers read from their works. Tinashe Muchuri is the […]

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​Port Harcourt Lit Fest hosts the Africa 39

Last week was the Port Harcourt Literature Festival in the city of Port Harcourt in Nigeria. The highlight was of course the Africa 39 writers who were in town as part of the World Book Capital 2014 celebrations in the Nigerian coastal town. Reports from the writers state that there are better organised festivals. The […]

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Meshack Asare wins prestigious Prize for children’s literature

Ghanaian Meshack Asare is the winner of this years 2015 NSK Neustadt Prize for Children’s Literature. The award was announced by World Literature Today, the award-winning magazine of international literature and culture on Friday. The Neustadt International Prize for Literature awarded every two years recognizes great accomplishments in the world of children’s storytelling. A check […]