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Noviolet Bulawayo, Karen Jennings and Yewande Omotoso for Nairobi

Noviolet Bulawayo, Karen Jennings and Yewande Omotoso who were shortlisted for the Etisalat Prize for African literature will be in Kenya next week. They will be here as part of their three city promotion tour that was one of their prizes that they went home with when they were shortlisted . For those who want […]

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Jennifer Makumbi wins Commonwealth Short Story Prize 2014 (Woosah!)

The overall winner for the 2014 Commonwealth Short Story Prize is Ugandan writer Jennifer Makumbi. The East African was awarded her prize at a glittering ceremony on Friday evening in Kampala, Uganda by novelist and short story writer Romesh Gunesekera. The winning story is about a grieving widow who arrives at Entebbe Airport from Manchester […]

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Writivism Festival 2014: Nii Ayikwei Parkes and Abubakar Adam Ibrahim for Google Hangout

In the continuing tale of the Writivism Festival that will be rocking Kampala, Uganda next week lets give you another gig to look forward to; the African Authors Google Hangout with JamesMurua.com on Thursday 21st June. This time round the authors who will be chatting with us are; Nii Ayikwei Parkes – Author website and […]

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World record reading attempt on Day of the African Child

Storymoja Publishers in Kenya are famous for the Storymoja Hay Festival but are also part of a project to get books to kids called Start-A-Library. This Monday 16th June as part of the Day of the African Child celebrations they have organised a National Read Aloud Event which will feature thousands of children, educators, reading […]

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The African Authors World Cup 23 world person squad

The FIFA World Cup is here. Four years ago the world biggest sporting tournament left African soil having being organised very well by South Africa. This year all eyes will be on Brazil as the tourney starts tonight with a match between Brazil and Croatia. As the world cup rolls into town you have to […]

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Ng’ang’a Mbugua book Different Colours for Daystar University course

Nganga Mbugua is a Kenyan publisher with his Big Books and the author of several titles including This Land is Our Land, Terrorists of the Aberdare and Different colours. For his efforts he won the Wahome Mutahi’s Literary prize for Terrorists in 2010 and Different Colours in 2012. The writer has been pleasantly surprised this […]

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Lauren Beukes, Novuyo Tshuma win South African Awards

South African Lauren Beukes and Zimbabwean Novuyo Tshuma have been collecting awards today. Beukes won the 2013/2014 University of Johannesburg Prizes going home with 75,000 South African Rands. On her part Tshuma won the Herman Charles Bosman Prize for the best literary work in English at the Media24 literary awards. Lauren Beukes won for her […]

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A review of Mukoma Wa Ngugi’s Killing Sahara

Book: Killing Sahara Author: Mukoma Wa Ngugi Publisher: Kwela Books Year of publication: 2013 Number of pages: 229 Genre: Crime fiction We have met Ishmael Fofona the African American detective in African literature before. He was introduced to us by Mukoma Wa Ngugi when he wrote his first major book Nairobi Heat which came out […]