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African writers bid Dr Maya Angelou farewell

Dr Maya Angelou famous for many things including her poetry, acting, activism passed away yesterday in the USA. In literature she wrote quite a bit with her biggest contribution being “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings,” an autobiographical story about of the life of Marguerite Ann Johnson (Angelou’s birth name) up to the age […]

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10 African literature rich spaces online

So you want to keep abreast of whats happening in the African literature space. Want to get news and reviews from the books written by and about African experience? Try these ones listed in alphabetical order; 1. AuthorsinAfrica www.AuthorsinAfrica.com This blog focuses on bloggers in the African continent without a focus on mainly writers from […]

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A review of Deji Olukotun’s Nigerians In Space

Book: Nigerians in Space Author: Deji Bryce Olukotun Publisher: Unnamed Press Year of publication: 2014 Number of pages: 293 What does it take to get an African country to space? That is the premise of Nigerian writer Deji Olukutun’s debut novel Nigerians in Space. Nigerian Ministry of Environment top official Nurudeen Bello comes up with […]

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The 2014 Writivism Short Story Prize Longlist is here

The longlist for the 2014 Writivism Short Story Prize is out. Selected by team of five judges chaired by Ellen Banda-Aaku from over 200 entries from 17 African countries. The other judges are Zukiswa Wanner, Abubakar Adam Ibrahim, Emmanuel Sigauke and Glaydah Namukasa. The 2014 longlist comprises: “Day After Tomorrow” (Paul Ugbede – Nigeria) “Devils”(Wise […]

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Jennifer Makumbi is Commonwealth Short Story Africa winner 2014

The winners of the regional winners of the Commonwealth short story were announced yesterday with Ugandan Jennifer Makumbi winning in the African region for her story Let’s tell this story properly. The story is of a Nnameya a grieving widow who she arrives at Entebbe Airport from Manchester with her husband Kayita’s coffin. But then […]

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Ken Saro Wiwa daughter Noo is a travel writer

Ken Saro Wiwa was a Nigerian writer, television producer, environmental activist, and winner of the Right Livelihood Award and the Goldman Environmental Prize. He died at the hands of some very bad men running the government of Nigeria in 1995 when he was led a nonviolent campaign against environmental degradation of the land and waters […]