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Teju Cole’s Open City; A review

Book: Open City Writer: Teju Cole Nationality: Nigeria/USA Number of pages: 259 Publisher: Faber and Faber. Open City is the highly praised debut novel of Nigerian/US writer Teju Cole who was the main speaker at Storymoja Hay Festival in 2013. The novel is about Julius, a psychiatrist who was born to a Nigerian father and […]

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Storymoja poet wins London Book Festival honours

Dr Neal Hall may be familiar to some Kenyan readers as he was one of the poets who came to Storymoja Hay festival in 2013. Dr Neal Hall is an American born doctor who discovered that he had a penchant for writing prose and poetry. His major work is Nigger for life “reflects the painful, […]

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Inaugural Etisalat Prize for Literature Longlist announced

The long list for the inaugural Etisalat for Literature, the first pan-African prize open solely to debut fiction writers of African citizenship, is out. The longlist to the prize judged by professor Pumla Dineo Gqola the Chair of Judges and Professor at the University of Witwaterstrand, Sarah Ladipo Manyika a writer and academic and Billy […]

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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 […]