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Doreen Baingana to judge Golden Baobab Prizes 2014

The Golden Baobab has announced its judges for the 2014 Golden Baobab Prizes. Its about time. The prize was established to inspire the writing and publishing of African stories that captivate the minds of children, the prizes award $20,000 to talented African writers and illustrators. It also offers publishing and training opportunities to its honorees. […]

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A review of Diekoye Oyeyinka’s Stillborn

Book: Stillborn Author: Diekoye Oyeyinka Publisher: East African Educational Publishers (EAEP) Publication year: 2014 Number of pages: 262 Genre: Fiction Stillborn is the debut novel from Nigerian writer Diekoye Oyeyinka which was published by Kenyan publisher East African Educational Publishers (EAEP) and launched in Nairobi recently. The book tells the story of two main characters; […]

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Bwesigye Bwa Mwesigire interviews African authors on This is Africa

Bwesigye Bwa Mwesigire will be familiar to readers of this blog as one of the driving forces behind the Writivism initiative. The Writivism initiative aims at mentoring the next generation of writers in conjunction with the current writers on the continent. Bwesigye will be hosting a series of interviews of nine African authors that will […]

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South African Literary Awards 2014 announced

The winners of one of South Africa’s more trust awards, The South Africa Literary Awards aka The Sala were announced on Friday evening. The event which has been running from 2005 to celebrate literary excellence in all the languages of South Africa has unveiled the following winners; First Time Published author award – Claire Robertson, […]

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2014 Etisalat Prize for Literature longlist announced

The longlist for the Etisalat Prize for African Literature was announced by the panel of judges earlier today. They are; An Imperfect Blessing by Nadia Davids Whoever Fears the Sea by Justin Fox The Thunder that Roars by Imran Garda Penumbra by Songeziwe Mahlangu Kintu by Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi Fresh Air and other stories by […]

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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 […]