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A review of Mukoma Wa Ngugi’s Nairobi Heat

Book: Nairobi Heat Author: Mukoma Wa Ngugi Publisher: Spear Books Year of publishing: 2009 Number of pages: 212 Nairobi Heat is the debut novel of Cornell literature professor Mukoma Wa Ngugi and it was published by Spear Books in 2009. The book speaks of black African American police Detective Ishmael Fofona who is investigating the […]

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Kenyan Burt Award 2014 nominees announced

The Kenyan short list for the Burt Award for African Literature 2014 was announced at a breakfast today. The Burt Award for African Literature is an award for fiction targeted at young adults in four African countries; Kenya, Ghana, Ethiopia and Tanzania. The award which started in 2012 is sponsored by Code, a Canadian NGO […]

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Zukiswa Wanner’s newest book London, Cape Town, Jo’burg out in May

Zukiswa Wanner’s latest book London, Cape Town, Jo’burg launches in May in Johannesburg, SA. Zukiswa Wanner is one of the most recognised names in South African literary circles. She emerged in 2006 with the Oshun books published The Madams about a black South African woman who takes the services of a white South African maid. […]

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Jalada Africa seeks your porn and sex stories

Jalada Africa is a brilliant new initiative to bring new African voices to the literary landscape. Their first collection of stories was Sketch of a bald woman in the semi-nude and other stories which I really enjoyed. The next collection is already in production and will be a Porn/Sex anthology. The anthology in both English […]

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A review of Margaret Ogola’s Mandate of the People

Book: Mandate of the people. Author: Margaret Ogola Publisher: Focus Publishers Year of publication: 2012 Number of pages: 246 Many Kenyans will be familiar with Margaret Ogola’s 1995 Commonwealth Prize winning novel The River and The Source. The book also went home with Jomo Kenyatta Foundation Prize for literature. This is not because the book […]

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Aminatta Forna is Windham Campbell Prize for Fiction 2014 recipient

Sierra Leone writer Aminatta Forna is one of the eight winners of the 2014 edition of the Windham Campbell Prize. Donald Windham and Sandy M. Campbell were avid book collectors, voracious readers, and friends with many of the most important literary figures of their time. When Campbell passed away unexpectedly in 1988, Windham created an […]