Throwback Thursday; South African author Miriam Tlali
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Throwback Thursday; South African author Miriam Tlali

In the second of our Throwback Thursday Series, we shine a light on South African novelist Miriam Tlali. Miriam Masoli Tlali was born in Doornfontein, Johannesburg, and studied at the University of the Witwatersrand until it was closed to Blacks during the apartheid era. She later went to the National University of Lesotho (then called […]

Nyanza Literary Festival 2017 seeks your submissions (East Africa only)
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Nyanza Literary Festival 2017 seeks your submissions (East Africa only)

The Nyanza Literary Festival 2017 which is set to happen in the middle of the year seeks your submissions. The Nyanza Literary Festival started last year and it was an interesting concept that was done by a team led by Kenyan born New York based Jakki Kerubo. The festival aimed to elevate engagement in the […]

Grill N Read announce new Readers Awards 2017 (Nigeria only)
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Grill N Read announce new Readers Awards 2017 (Nigeria only)

The Speech House International, initiators of Grill-And-Read programme, announced a call for nominations for the inaugural G&R Annual Readers’ Awards  (GaRARA) on 26th January 2016. The awards seek to recognise the contributions of the reading community to the socioeconomic development of the nation. The awards also recognises that readers occupy a position of influence in […]

Victor Ehikhamenor and Koleka Putuma for Kenya in March
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Victor Ehikhamenor and Koleka Putuma for Kenya in March

Nigerian visual artist, writer, and photographer Victor Ehikhamenor and South African theatre director, writer, and performance poet Koleka Putuma will share a stage at the Goethe in Kenya this March. Something is happening in Kenya’s capital as more writers and poets from across the continent come through to showcase their work to an audience hungry […]

Throwback Thursday: Kenyan writer and doctor Margaret Ogola
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Throwback Thursday: Kenyan writer and doctor Margaret Ogola

  In the first of our Throwback Thursday segment here at JamesMurua.com, we shed a light on Kenyan writer and Dr Margaret Ogola. Dr Margaret Atieno Ogola who was a Kenyan paediatrician and the creative force behind the novel The River and the Source, and its sequel, I Swear by Apollo. The River and the […]

Three African writers flag off Ebedi Residency 2017 program 
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Three African writers flag off Ebedi Residency 2017 program 

Three writers, from Kenya, Ghana and Nigeria have arrived Iseyin, Oyo State, Nigeria as the first set of the 2017 Ebedi International Writers Residency Program. They are Peter Ngila, TJ Benson, and Francis Grant Kwesi Gbormittah. The Ebedi International Writers Residency Program is a private initiative for creative writers wishing to complete their works in […]

Tributes flood in for legendary Nigerian author Buchi Emecheta
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Tributes flood in for legendary Nigerian author Buchi Emecheta

Buchi Emecheta the author of numerous novels passed away in London, UK on January 25th 2017. Tributes from all over the African literary community have been shared on social media. Florence Onyebuchi “Buchi” Emecheta OBE (21 July 1944 – 25 January 2017) was a Nigerian novelist, based in Britain since 1960,[1] who had also written […]

Kenyan set books for schools for the year unveiled
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Kenyan set books for schools for the year unveiled

The books to be read by students in Kenyans were unveiled by the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development on 16th January 2017. In Kenya, the publishing industry suffers from a unique problem. The whole fraternity of book people allocate their best editors, writers, lobbyists and the like to ensure that their books are considered in […]