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Windham-Campbell Prize 2022 winners announced

The winners of the Windham-Campbell Prize 2022 have been announced today, March 29, 2022. Here are the six writers of African descent who made the list. The Windham-Campbell Prize was established in 2013 with a gift from the late Donald Windham in memory of his partner of 40 years, Sandy M. Campbell.  English language writers […]

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Covid-19: Virtual literary events across Africa to look out for during the lockdown.

Here is a list of virtual literary events across Africa to keep you busy during the shutdowns as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. 2020. What a year. As a result of a new deadly virus spreading across the world, literary festivals, book launches, and award ceremonies considered the bedrock of African literature have been […]

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The Ondaatje Prize 2019 longlist features three Africans

The Royal Society of Literature’s Ondaatje Prize 2019 longlist, featuring Aminatta Forna, Emmanuel Iduma, and Jamal Mahjoub, was announced on March 27, 2019. The Royal Society of Literature’s Ondaatje Prize is an annual award of £10,000 for a distinguished work of fiction, non-fiction or poetry, best evoking the spirit of a place. The prize sponsored […]

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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 […]


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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Book bloggers strut their stuff at #AkeFest2015

Book bloggers are a very important lot in the African literary ecosystem and on Thursday afternoon some of the most well-known ones strutted their stuff in a panel at the #AkeFest2015. Moderated by Kate Haines were bloggers Kinna Likimani of and Zahrah Nesbitt-Ahmed of with Emmanuel Iduma of online journal Saraba magazine accompanying […]

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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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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 […]

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Why TIA’s ‘We need new stories’ is a pile of unmentionable

This morning I spent time reading a two part series from, a website that does a lot of writing about the identity of Africans. The title of the series written by Rachel Hamada is “We need new stories”. The main thrust of the series, as I read it, is that there is a need […]