We look at those who passed away in African and Black Literature 2020 in the past year in our annual James Murua Literary Top picks.

We always start this segment with the African and Black writers who passed away in the past year to honour them and their contributions. This year was no different as many passed away both from the new Covid-19 illness as well as many others. Those we covered here included;

Novelist Chukwuemeka Ike

Chukwuemeka Ike
Chukwuemeka Ike

Novelist, poet, and scholar Euphrase Kezilahabi;

Euphrase Kezilahabi
Euphrase Kezilahabi

Poet and academic Kamau Brathwaite;

Kamau Brathwaite
KAMAU BRATHWAITE – The Kamau Brathwaite Award In Poetry.

Playwright, TV and film writer Lenin El-Ramly;

Lenin El-Ramly
Lenin El-Ramly

Academic and literary critic Prof Eldred Durosimi Jones;

Prof Eldred Durosimi Jones
Prof Eldred Durosimi Jones

Author, academic, and broadcaster Ken Walibora;

Ken Walibora
Ken Walibora

Novelist Gamil Attia Ibrahim;

Gamil Attia Ibrahim
Gamil Attia Ibrahim

Poet, Professor, and Playwright J.P. Clark; Myesha Jenkins and Achmat Dangor.

Myesha Jenkins
Myesha Jenkins
Achmat Dangor
Achmat Dangor

Others who were reported to have joined our literary ancestors by among others Arablit.org, Johannesburg Review of Books, and Brittle Paper were Harry Garuba, Lina Ben Mhenni, Mido Zoheir, Albert Memmi, Thani Al-Suwaidi, Abdel Wahab Yousif, Kamel Zoghban, Refaat Sallam, Nabil Farouk, Bahaa Abdelmegid, Angifi Proctor Dladla, and Vusamazulu Credo Mutwa.