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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 […]

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A look at the Chimurenga Chronic

“Chimurenga” is a word in the Shona language meaning “revolutionary struggle.” It refers to the uprisings by the Ndebele and Shona against the administration by the British South Africa Company duringthelate1890s. In contemporary times it is a publication of arts, culture and politics from and about Africa and its diasporas. You can read more about […]

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Etisalat Prize 2014 entries now open

The Etisalat Prize entered the African literature space last year with a bang last year. The Pan African prize for literature funded by a telecommunications firm was aimed to celebrate African fiction writers debut fiction writers of African descent whose works are published in the last 24 months. The inaugural winner was Noviolet Bulawayo for […]

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39 Top English Language African Novelists under 40

A few days ago, the 39 top writers under 40 in Africa were announced to much aplomb. The list was designed to be a snapshot of the African writing space at the moment and I applaud the team for their sterling work. Reading the list however, I noticed that this one was based on work […]

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Nigerian Chinelo Okparanta wins US short story prize

Nigerian writer Chinelo Okparanta is one of the winners of the short fiction 2014 O. Henry Prize. The O Henry Prize was established in 1919 to “strengthen the art of the short story and to stimulate younger authors.” Some of the more well known winners of the prize include Alice Munro who won the Nobel […]

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Images from the Caine Prize Zimbabwe Workshop 2014

A few weeks ago the Caine Prize hosted one of its annual workshops in Zimbabwe with some of the leading African writers in attendance. They included South African 2008 winner Henrietta Rose-Innes and a host of short listed ones like Lawrence Hoba Abubakar Ibrahim (2013) Elnathan John (2013)and Chinelo Okparanta (2013) . Rounding off the […]