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Writivism Short Story Prize 2019, Koffi Addo Creative Nonfiction Prize 2019 shortlists announced.

The shortlists for the Writivism Short Story Prize 2019 and the Koffi Addo Creative Nonfiction Prize 2019 were announced today May 20, 2019. Writivism, the project of writing as activism, that works to build the capacity for writing on the continent was started in Kampala, Uganda in 2012. The initiative includes the Writivism Short Story […]

Fiction Nigeria Translation

Diekoye Oyeyinka’s “Stillborn” is now “La Douleur du Geant.”

Diekoye Oyeyinka’s 2014 novel Stillborn has gotten a new lease of life in French as La Douleur du Geant (Tears of the Giant). In 2014, Diekoye Oyeyinka gave us Stillborn, published by East African Educational Publishers, which followed the tale of Dopalo and Emeka as they grew up in a fractious Nigeria. The book which […]

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Caine Prize for African Writing 2019 shortlist announced.

The shortlist for the Caine Prize for African Writing 2019 has been announced today May 20, 2019. The writers shortlisted are Lesley Nneka Arimah, Meron Hadero, Cherrie Kandie, Ngwah-Mbo Nana Nkweti, and Tochukwu Emmanuel Okafor. The Caine Prize, one of the most sought after in African writing, is awarded annually for a short story by […]

Fiction New Books Somalia

Hassan Ghedi Santur’s “The Youth of God” out on June 1.

Hassan Ghedi Santur’s second novel The Youth of God, published by Mawenzi House Publishers, is out on June 1, 2019. Hassan Ghedi Santur, who emigrated from Somalia to Canada at thirteen years of age, has a BA in English Literature and an MA in journalism from Columbia Graduate School of Journalism. For many years, he […]

Festivals Uganda

A snapshot of the Uganda International Writers Conference 2019.

The Uganda International Writers Conference 2019 was hosted at the Fairway Hotel, Kampala, Uganda from May 15-17, 2019. The theme for this year’s conference was “The Right to Write in a Global Context.” Every two years since 2013, writers and other publishing professionals have converged on Kampala, Uganda for days of intellectual stimulation and thought-provoking […]

Festivals Nigeria

Benue Book and Arts festival 2019 for Makurdi, Nigeria in June.

The Benue Book and Arts festival 2019 is scheduled to take place in Makurdi, the capital city of Benue State in Nigeria from June 20-22, 2019. The theme of the festival will be “Changing Narratives.” The Benue Book and Arts festival, directed by Su’eddie Vershima Agema, is an initiative of the Sevhage Literary & Development […]