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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 […]

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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 […]