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Book digest: Aaiún Nin, Dami Ajayi, Ruby Yayra Goka, Clifford Oluoch

We wrap up book news for our readers in our regular Book Digest segment with books from Aaiún Nin, Dami Ajayi, Ruby Yayra Goka, and Clifford Oluoch. A Perfect Score by Clifford Chianga Oluoch Publisher:  Odijo FoundationPublication Date: 2021Genre: Nonfiction, memoirLanguage: EnglishWhere to find it: Nuria Books Clifford Chianga Oluoch Clifford Chianga Oluoch is a […]

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Literary Magazines Nigeria

Dami Ajayi and Toni Kan give us new literary journal, “The Lagos Review”.

The Lagos Review, a new literary journal founded by Dami Ajayi and Toni Kan, makes its official debut today September 1, 2019. Dami Ajayi and Toni Kan aren’t new names in the African literary community. Dami Ajayi, who has written two critically acclaimed poetry collections in Clinical Blues and A Woman’s Body Is A Country, […]

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Dami Ajayi, Nick Makoha, Koleka Putuma are Glenna Luschei Prize for African Poetry 2018 finalists.

Dami Ajayi, Nick Makoha, and Koleka Putuma are the finalists of the Glenna Luschei Prize for African Poetry 2018 announced on May 24, 2019. The Glenna Luschei Prize for African Poetry is named for poet, publisher, editor, businesswoman, and philanthropist, Glenna Luschei, who has also endowed in perpetuity the literary quarterly Prairie Schooner. The award, […]

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The Writivism 2019 mentors have been announced.

The mentors for Writivism 2019 were announced by the Kampala, Uganda headquartered initiative on March 16, 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. One of its unique features is its mentor program where established writers mentor […]

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Literary Magazines Nigeria

Literary journal “Saraba” is ten!

Founders and editors of Saraba wrote love letters to the literary journal as it turned ten on February 15, 2019. In 2008, a writing workshop was organized by Emmanuel Iduma, Ayọ̀bámi Adébáyọ̀ and Arthur Anyaduba at the Obafemi Awolowo University in Ile-Ife, Nigeria. The first person to sign up was called Dami Ajayi. After the […]

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Wole Soyinka Prize for Literature 2018 longlist announced.

The Wole Soyinka Prize for Literature 2018 longlist has been announced with nine poets in the running. The Wole Soyinka Prize for Literature, worth US$10,000, is awarded every two years to the best book written by an African in any of the literary genres. Previous winners of the prize include Sefi Atta for Everything Good […]

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Dami Ajayi, Makadem make magic at Goethe-Institut Nairobi.

Nigerian poet Dami Ajayi and Kenyan musician Makadem made magic at the Goethe-Institut Nairobi on October 11, 2018. Their event which is part of the Artistic Encounters included a panel discussion moderated by Zukiswa Wanner. The Artistic Encounters evening at the Goethe Nairobi has quickly built itself as an evening that will deliver to its […]

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Dami Ajayi, Makadem for Artistic Encounters at Goethe-Institut Nairobi

Poet Dami Ajayi and musician Makadem are the featured artists at the Artistic Encounters at Goethe-Institut Nairobi on Thursday October 11, 2018. The two will be moderated by author Zukiswa Wanner. In Goethe-Institut Kenya’s Artistic Encounters two artists of different genres meet and share their art in front of an audience. In 2017, the project […]

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Nigeria Poetry

Poets Dami Ajayi and Umar Sidi meet at Konya Shamsrumi’s #MeetingOfBards.

Poets Dami Ajayi and Umar Sidi go head-to-head at Konya Shamsrumi’s #MeetingOfBards on June, 2018. #MeetingOfBards is a discussion between two talented poets on their craft, exploring the landscape of ideas and inspiration in Africa Lit, as well as laying emphasis on the tricky issue of the future of poetry. It is an initiative of […]

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Lagos International Poetry Festival 2017 for November #lipfest2017

The Lagos International Poetry Festival 2017 is set to happen from November 1-5, 2017. The festival theme is “Bridges from Walls.” In 2015, a team of Lagosians led by founder Efe Paul Azino hosted the Lagos International Poetry Festival at Freedom Park the home of the arts in commercial hub of the West African country. […]

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Ama Ata Aidoo for Ake Arts and Book Festival 2017

The Ake Arts and Book Festival 2017 will take place at the Arts and Cultural Centre, Kuto, Abeokuta on November 14-18, 2017. This year’s theme is “This F-Word” and conversations will focus largely on creative women doing amazing things both on the African continent and beyond. Time really flies when you are having fun. It […]

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Leila Aboulela to headline Nigeria’s Kaduna Book & Arts Festival 2017

Leila Aboulela will be the headline guest at the inaugural Kaduna Book & Arts Festival to be held from July 5-8, 2017. The festival is run in collaboration with the Book Buzz foundation. As part of its centenary celebrations, Nigerian state of Kaduna is introducing a literary event to its cultural calendar. The Kaduna Book […]

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YouTube Videos from the Storymoja Festival 2015

So I have finally uploaded all the videos that I took at the Storymoja Festival 2015 that happened this month. The videos were taken over a two day period on the Saturday and Saturday with a Samsung J7 which I am still learning how to use. Therefore the quality of the videos isn’t world class […]

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Dami Ajayi’s Ghanaian adventure

Dami Ajayi is a very special fellow. By day he is known as Dr Ajayi the trainee psychiatrist who ensures that patients get the best mental care that a doctor can give. By night however, this Nigerian man turns into Dami Ajayi, poet, literary magazine founder and editor. His poetry collection Clinical Blues is one […]

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Storymoja Festival 2015: Blog numero deux

The last day of the Storymoja Festival 2015 was on Sunday. The Arboretum, like the name tells you, is a place dedicated to trees so on a typical weekend you will find a specific demographic there. It’s a special mix of lovers courting, joggers err… jogging and people doing picnics with religious organisations making it […]