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Mozambican Mia Couto’s work wins PEN translation awards

The discussion about the languages we use to write our literature isn’t about to end any time soon. The debate has raged for years; write in the language of The Man (English, French, Arabic) or in our own (Swahili, Hausa, Igbo, Yoruba, Kinyarwanda, Shona, Zulu, Xhosa, Baganda, Nyanja, Somali, Amharic… I can go all day […]

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A review of Jeremiah Kiereini’s memoirs A Daunting Journey

Book: A daunting Journey Author: Jeremiah Gitau Kiereini (edited by Mutu Wa Gethoi) Publisher: Kenway Publications Year of publication: 2014 Number of pages: 258 Genre: Biography A Daunting Journey is the memoir of Jeremiah Gitau Kiereini one of the most well known and least known Kenyans in recent times. This reviewer knew Bwana Kiereini for […]

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Party like a Nigerian Literature Prize Long listee 2014

We know our Naija people love to party like the rest of us on this continent and what better peeps to do this than for the writers longlisted for this year’s Nigerian Literature Awards. The awards which are the richest on the continent for any individual have eleven writers in the gunning for the US$100,000 […]

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Wahome Mutahi Prize for Literature 2014 nominees announced

The Wahome Mutahi Prize for literature 2014 nominees have just been announced. They are in four different categories English Adult, Kiswahili Adult, English Children and Kiswahili Children categories. The two children’s categories were introduced for this year’s Award. Winners in each category will take home a cash prize of sh50,000. English Adult category The Last […]

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Kenya’s Maktaba Award (Library of the Year Award) 2014 in September

The 5th edition of the Maktaba Award (Library of the Year Award) in Kenya organised by the Goethe-Institut Kenya, the Jomo Kenyatta Foundation and the Kenya Library Association will be happening in September. In 2013 the overall winner was Catholic university. The Award, modeled on the German Library of the Year Award, aims to recognize […]

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HJ Golakai’s The Lazarus Effect now in Italian

The Lazarus Effect is a book that was published a few years ago by Liberian Hawa Golakai or HJ Golakai. It is a crime fiction novel about an investigative reporter Voinjama “Vee”Johnson who was born in Liberia but is based in South Africa and how she goes around solving the murder of Jaqueline “Jacqui” Paulsen […]