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Nairobi goes gaga for Chimamanda Adichie

The Kwani Trust turned ten years old this year and the trust that built its name as they new face of Kenyan literature hosted several events to celebrate this fact. I was one of the many Nairobi folks that filled the University of Nairobi 8-4-4 hall on Friday last week. The crowd was full and […]

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Sequel to Ngugi Wa Thiong’o’ Dreams in a Time of War: A Childhood Memoir imminent

A sequel to Dreams in a Time of War: A Childhood Memoir which was written by Kenya’s most famous literary son Ngugi Wa Thiong’o is imminent. Dreams launched in 2010 and was received quite well. Dauti Kahura writing in the Star described the new book as one from a master storyteller giving a history lesson […]

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Doreen Baingana and Tony Mochama for Miles Morland Writing Scholarships

The Miles Morland Scholarship 2013 recipients have been announced with Doreen Baingana, Tony Mochama and Percy Zvomuya getting the nod. The scholarships awarded by the Miles Morland Foundation were announced at the Caine Prize earlier this year when that American dude won it. The recipients receive a grant of £18,000 to be paid monthly over […]

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Writivism goes continental in 2014

Writivism is an initiative of the Kampala Uganda based Centre for African Cultural Excellence (CACE) and aims at promoting emerging African writers. This is by equipping writers with skills, through workshops and mentor ship and promoting their work through newspaper publication of stories.It also includes developing workshops, the publication of an annual anthology, an annual […]

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The late Kofi Awoonor looms large at Ghanaian Literature Week

Last week was Ghanaian Literature Week, the third edition of the annual celebration of literature and  discussions of book/reading related issues in Ghana. The event is mainly hosted in Accra the capital of the West African country that seems obsessed with electing Presidents whose first name is John in recent times. A lot of the […]

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2013 Golden Baobab Prize Winners Announced

The Golden Baobab prize is meant to encourage African literary content by African writers and illustrators for African children. The winners of the Golden Prize 2013 were announced on the 13th November and included writers and illustrators from South Africa. The winners were; Picture Books – Liza Esterhuyse (South Africa) for The Little Hippo. Early […]

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Tade Ipadeola wins Africa’s richest literary prize

The richest literary prize on the continent, despite all you may have heard, is the Nigeria Prize for Literature. This prize, sponsored by the Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG), see one writer go home with a cool US$100,000. For comparison purposes, the Caine Prize winner goes home with UK pounds10,000 and the Etisalat Winner will […]

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Vanishing Herds by Henry Ole Kulet: A review

Book: Vanishing Herds Author: Henry Ole Kulet Publisher: Longhorn Publishers Year of publishing: 2011 Number of Pages: 225 Its been a great time to be Henry Ole Kulet as he won the Jomo Kenyatta Prize for literature for 2013 for his book Vanishing Herds. The book has gone on to be one of the most […]