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MG Vassanji launches The Magic of Saida in Nairobi

Canadian MG Vassanji is an author with some serious cred going for him having won awards like the world was about to end in his long career. The include the Commonwealth Writers Prize, Giller Prize, Bressani Literary Prize and the Harbourfront Festival Prize. With those prizes you would imagine that we wouldn’t have too much […]

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Commonwealth Writers non-fiction workshop for Uganda

Not everyone can write fiction. That’s not really a bad thing if you think about it as there are other forms of expressing yourself in the written word like memoir, literary reportage, essays et al. For those who want to get into that part of the writing game then the Commonwealth Short Story Prize cats […]

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Outted in South Africa: A review of Zukiswa Wanner’s Men of the South

It seems that this story with Binyavanga Wainaina coming out guns blazing about his sexuality isn’t going away any time soon. In fact, last night Binya last night added fuel to that fire was on Jeff Koinange Live alongside Valentine Njoroge talking about the issue and gave their feelings about it. Strongly. I’m not letting […]

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Jalada Africa’s first short story anthology out

Jalada Africa is a pan-African writers’ collective aimed at publishing literature by African authors regularly. The idea is to make it as easy as possible for any member to publish anything or execute any literary project as quickly and effectively as possible. I ran into a meeting of the collective a few weeks ago when […]

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Outted in Nigeria: review of Jude Dibia’s Walking with Shadows

Book: Walking With Shadows Writer: Jude Dibia Publisher: BlackSands Books Year of publication: 2005 Number of pages: 255 In which a gay Lagos executive is outted by a colleague and how it affects him and his family. It was all fun and games in Nairobi as we awaited Binyavanga Wainaina’s latest literary baby The Africa39 […]

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Etisalat Writers Prize 2014 shortlist out

They announced the shortlist for the Etisalat Prize for African literature yesterday. Those in the running for Africa’s first major Pan-African literature prize are the following writers; Bom Boy by Yewande Omotoso (Modjaji Publishers) Finding Soutbek by Karen Jennings (Holland Park Press) We Need New Names by NoViolet Bulawayo (Little, Brown and Company/Chatto & Windus […]

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Last call for Caine Prize 2014

We all know the benefits of winning the Caine Prize for African literature. For one, you get to be feted in all the capitals around where they know that the prize exists (which are a handful – London, Nairobi, Lagos etc). You get to be spoken of in the same breath as Binyavanga Wainaina and […]