Biographies Book Reviews Kenya Nonfiction

A review of Archbishop David Gitari’s Troubled but not destroyed

Book: Troubled but not destroyed (The autobiography of Archbishop David Gitari) Author: David Gitari Publisher: Isaac Publishing Year of publication: 2014 Number of pages: 327 Genre: Biography, autobiography David Gitari was the leader of the Anglican Church in Kenya from 1997 to 2002. He was also at the centre of the movement to ensure that […]

South Africa

Niq Mhlongo’s Affluenza and German Way Back Home

South African Niq Mhlongo is the author of three novels Dog Eat Dog, After Tears and Way Back Home. I have read all three and the best of the lot is the most recent one Way Back Home about a tenderprenuer who was an exile fighting for South African freedom. Its not only brilliant but […]


Teju Cole and Taiye Selasi are NOT Charlie

Teju Cole and Taiye Selasi have withdrawn from PEN USA gala at the World Voices Festival, a weeklong event that brings dozens of writers from around the globe to New York City. The two Africans have a valid reason for withdrawing from this prestigious event; PEN American Center has decided to give its annual Freedom […]

Awards Nigeria

Lesley Nneka Arimah is Africa Regional Winner for Commonwealth Short Story Prize 2015

Nigerian born Lesley Nneka Arimah is the winner for the African region at the Commonwealth Prize 2015. The writer who currently lives in the US won the award for her story Light which you can read on Granta right now. The prize money at this stage is £2500. Our Arimah was obviously pleased with winning […]

Events Nigeria

The Authors Talk rocks Lagos

I mentioned a few weeks ago that there was going to be a big gig at the Goethe Institut featuring authors alongside other activities. Well on the 18th of April it happened in a big way with Abubakar Adam Ibrahim, Adebola Rayo, Celina Kile, Dami Ajayi, Kingsley Iweka, Joe Dudun, Kate Ekanem, Miracle Adebayo, Sophia […]

Events Liberia

Boy Interrupted to launch in Monrovia, Liberia

Boy Interrupted the debut novel of Liberian author Saah Millimono will be launching tomorrow at The Market Place, Carey & Nelson Streets, Monrovia, Liberia tomorrow (that’s Friday 24th April ). Boy Interrupted a searing, heartbreaking love story set in the civil war years in Liberia is the second book in Kwani Trust manuscript prize which […]

Events Kenya South Africa

Etisalat Prize Winner 2014 Songeziwe Mahlangu in Nairobi readings

South African writer Songeziwe Mahlangu, author of Penumbra and the winner of the Etisalat Prize 2014 will be in Nairobi for an afternoon of readings and conversations. The event on Sunday, May 3rd will also feature veteran Kenyan writer, Henry Ole Kulet, Caine prize winner Yvonne Adhiambo Owour, historian Ngala Chome and Kwani Trust Managing […]

Festivals Kenya Nigeria South Africa

Open Book Cape Town festival 2015 for September

The Open Book literary festival which happens ever years in Cape Town, South Africa will this year happen from 9-13 September. This is one of the fastest growing festivals on the planet as the first one was only held in 2011. This years festival organisers have already started signing some very cool writers for those […]

Distribution Ghana Kenya Liberia

Nana Ekua Brew-Hammond and Hawa Jande Golakai books now in Nairobi

Hawa Jande Golakai and Nana Ekua Brew-Hammond are two West African writers whose books are available in Nairobi’s Bookstop Bookshop. Golakai is a Liberian writer whose debut novel The Lazarus Effect has been doing very well in the African literary scene. The novel follows the exploits of investigative reporter Voinjama “Vee” Johnson in Cape Town, South […]

Awards Kenya

Kenyan Writer Ngugi Wa Thiong’o Among Favorites to Win 2015 Nobel Prize in Literature

The Nobel Prize in Literature, awarded by the Swedish Academy, is given annually to an author who, in the words of the will of Alfred Nobel, produced “in the field of literature the most outstanding work in an ideal direction.” Although some individual literary works have been considered noteworthy, Nobel’s use of the word work […]


Jalada Africa fourth anthology coming; send in your submissions

JA 04: The Language Issue the fourth anthology from Jalada Africa is now in the works and you sire/madam are being asked to give your submission. This new anthology follows in the wake of Sketch of a bald woman in the semi-nude and other stories, Sext Me poems and stories and Afrofuture (2). This new anthology […]

Cameroon Djibouti Festivals Kenya Nigeria Somaliland

Hargeysa International Book Fair 2015 in August

The Hargeysa International Book Fair will be happening this year in Hargeysa, Somaliland from 1-6 August and the theme is “Spaces.” The guest country will be Nigeria. The fair looks at all the spaces that are around us. These are all the spaces be they physical, spiritual, cultural, political, social, personal, space within the community, space […]

Book Reviews Fiction Nigeria

A review of Eghosa Imasuen’s Fine Boys

Book: Fine Boys Author: Eghosa Imasuen Publisher: Farafina Year of publication: 2011 Number of pages: 350 Fine Boys, published by Farafina, is the second book from Nigerian writer Eghosa Imasuen. His first book was called To Saint Patrick. His new offering tells the tale of Ewaen a medical student at the University of Benin. He […]

Events Ghana South Africa

Phillippa Yaa de Villiers for Ghana Voices Series in April

Phillippa Yaa de Villiers is an award-winning South African writer, poet and academic and performance artist who performs her work nationally and internationally. De Villiers will be the featured writer on this month’s Ghana Voices Series at the Goethe Institut in Accra, Ghana. The Ghana Voices Series is a series of public reading event that […]

Anthologies Nonfiction

Commonwealth writers seek non-fiction from Africa

Commonwealth Writers is an organisation that aims to unearth, develop and promote the best writing from across the Commonwealth. That’s the countries that used to be under British rule when they were the imminent power in the twentieth century. And Rwanda. And not Zimbabwe. Commonwealth Writers (CW) are the good folks who are behind the […]