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Anyone for a literal Day of the African Child?

Today is the Day of the African Child. For those not in the know this is the day in 1976 when a bunch of kids in Soweto decided that they won’t learn in Africaans in schools and went to the streets to protest. Now the children of Soweto and all South Africa have the opportunity […]

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The Olare Mara Kempinski library; opportunities abound.

Last year, I visited one of the most beautiful wildlife destinations on the planet; The Maasai Mara. At that place I was a guest at the Olare Mara Kempinski which is in the Olare Orok Conservancy. Suffice to say that the place is one of the best I have ever had the pleasure of staying; […]

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Introducing the Etisalat Africa prize for literature

Alrighty folks. Here is another prize for you to try and get your mitts on if you fancy yourself a writer of no mean repute. Wednesday saw the introduction of the Etisalat Prize for African literature in Lagos Nigeria. Yes, the Nigeria that beat our Harambee Stars at the football yesterday. This new prize from […]

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Caine Prize 2013 short list named; Nope, no Kenyans

The Caine Prize for African writing was announced yesterday and the list was quite surprising to say the very least; four Nigerians and 1 Sierra Leonian. No other nationality was named in what many consider one of Africa’s leading writing prizes. Kenyans have a pretty cool relationship with two Binyavanga Wainaina and Yvonne Owuor winning […]

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A buffet of Kenyan authors at the Junction Mall

If you are following the literature space from out of Nairobi you would probably believe that the only people who have written books in Kenya are Ngugi Wa Thiong’o and Binyavanga Wainaina. The truth is that there are many people who have written books in Kenya with less exotic names and the chances to see […]

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Niq Mhlongo’s Way Back Home; Very nice

One of my favourite movies is Quentin Tarantino offering From Dusk Till Dawn. The 1997 movie with a starring cast including George Clooney and Salma Hayek begins as a sort of prison break type movie. The movie begins with George Clooney and Tarantino as criminals who escape into Mexico taking hostages along the way. They […]