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Pemi Aguda Wins Writivism Short Story Prize 2015

Nigeria writer Pemi Aguda is the winner of the Writivism Short Story 2015 for her story, Caterer, Caterer. The writer was announced at a ceremony at the National Theatre in Kampala on Sunday evening. The evening, which was emceed by Writivism board member and recently announced Etisalat judge Zukiswa Wanner, had a series of activities […]

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Writivism Festival Day 2: historical novels, non-fiction and cocktails

Then the third day of the Writivism Festival 2015 rolled through; one filled with activities of interest to those who want to know more about the African writing world. The highlight of the day had to have been the keynote address given by Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi and moderated by James Murua. Nansubuga for those who […]

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Etisalat Prize for African literature unveils 2015 judges

The judges for this year’s edition of the Etisalat Prize for African literature are Ato Quayson who is chairing alongside Molara Wood and Zukiswa Wanner. The announcement was made at the yesterday in Lagos, Nigeria. The Etisalat Prize for African writing is the richest prize for a first book to come from an African author […]

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Writivism Day 1: Master Classes, Panel, Tsitsi and Rolex

*Jeff Koinange voice* What a day! What a series of master classes! What a panel! What a speech by the one and only TSISTI DANGAREMBGA! The Tsitsi of Nervous Conditions! The Tsitsi of Neria! Oh my! What a smokin’ day of Writivism Festival 2015! Someone call G4S!*ends voice narration* Day one of the Writivism Festival […]

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Writivism Festival 2015: Day 2 promises loads

It’s getting to day two at the Writivism Festival 2015 which will be on the Thursday people. To those who want to keep up I tell you that this is the place to be right now. Just like on day one there shall be school tour happening and this time round the school enjoying the […]

Book Reviews Fiction Kenya

A review of Ngugi Wa Thiong’o’s Weep Not Child

Book: Weep Not Child Author: Ngugi Wa Thiong’o (James Ngugi) Publisher: East African Educational Publishers Year of publication: 1964 Number of pages: 136 Weep Not Child is the debut novel of Kenyan writer Ngugi Wa Thiong’o. When the book was published it was the first by an African writer in the East Africa by the […]

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The Writivism Festival 2015 is here! (Day one is coming)

The hype towards the Writivism Festival 2015 happening in Kampala, Uganda has been intense with good reason. We love the idea of activism to get the writing gospel out there and this is one of the most innovative vehicles for African writers out there. This blogger arrived early Tuesday morning after a bus journey from […]

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Eghosa Imasuen for Writers Project of Ghana

Eghosa Imasuen is the featured writer in the Writers Project of Ghana reading series for June. He will be doing readings of his works at the Goethe Institut Accra at June 24th from 7-8pm. There will be a short discussion session after the readings. Eghosa Imasuen is the Nigerian writer of two books, To Saint […]


Miles Morland Fellowship 2015: Start submitting folks

Its that time of the year again. The writing scholarship of the Miles Morland Foundation is open for business and waiting for your submissions from today. Three Morland Writing Scholarships for fiction and one for non-fiction are open to anyone writing in the English language who was born in Africa or both of whose parents […]

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FT / OppenheimerFunds Emerging Voices Award 2015 long list out

In February I blogged about these FT / OppenheimerFunds Emerging Voices Awards where writers, film makers and visual artists would be eligible for cash prizes up to US$40,000 and more goodies. The organisers of the awards covering more than 100 emerging market nations announced have their long lists. The fiction lists have some of our […]


Caine Prize Anthology 2015 cover out

Remember when we gave exclusive coverage of the Caine Prize workshop that happened for in Ghana earlier in the year? Well we have some output from the whole process apart from writers from all over the continent learning the taste of Ghana’s awesome Star beer. The Caine Prize Anthology of 2015 is now almost ready […]

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Zimbabwean writer Bryony Rheam wins Agatha Christie Competition

Zimbabwean writer Bryony Rheam is the winner of the May ‘Write Your Own Christie’ competition. The competition involves writing a chapter of a novel in the style of Agatha Christie, following on from the chapters of previous winners. The competition is run on a monthly basis and has been going for eight months, it finishes […]


Buy Attack of the Shidaz! (Another World Record attempt)

I have featured this before. Storymoja publishers have been attempting for the last couple of years been trying to break the work record for the number of people reading aloud from the same text at the same time. This attempt was tried last year and earlier in the year. Well its that time again as […]


Mildred Barya wins Sylt Foundation African Writer´s Residency Award 2015

It official. Ugandan writer and poet Mildred Barya has been selected as the 2015 winner of the Sylt Foundation African Writer´s Residency Award. The residency includes a two months stay in a subsidized apartment on the German island of Sylt. She follows in the illustrious steps of folks like Nii Ayikwei Parkes (2014) and Chika […]

Book Reviews Eritrea Nonfiction

A review of Hannah Pool’s My Fathers Daughter

Book: My Father’s Daughter Author: Hannah Pool Publisher: Penguin Year of publication: 2005 Number of pages: 244 Genre: Non-fiction, memoir So how do you do that big thirty year old transition? It’s a pretty big year for any individual and usually people want to celebrate this period of their lives with something new or unique. […]