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South Africa National Book Week now on

The South African National Book Week started out this weekend in capital city Johanessburg and will be happening for the rest of the week. The idea of the week is to celebrate book. Proving that a serious government should be doing such things as standard the new guy at the ministry Bwana Nathi Mthethwa and […]

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Prof Kofi Awoonor Anniversary and symposium

21st September will be a very special day as we mark the 1st anniversary of the infamous Al Shabaab attack on the Westgate Mall in Nairobi that traumatized us all so much. This day was especially trauma inducing for the literary community in Kenya as its premier literary festival the Storymoja Hay Festival was happening […]

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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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Caine Prize’s Gonjon Pin and other stories launches in Harare

Gojon Pin and others stories is the latest anthology from our friends at the Caine Prize. The book contains stories from several writers the most “high profile” being the winner of the 2014 prize, Kenya’s Okwiri Oduor as well as the other four shortlisted ladies and gents. The others are the twelve writers from across […]

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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 […]