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African writers converge on Alain Mabanckou powered Atlantide 2018

Writers from across the African continent converged on Nantes, France at the Alain Mabanckou powered Atlantide Literature Festival 2018 on February 15 to 18, 2018. The Atlantide Literature Festival, founded in 2013, has gathered dozens of international and French writers to the French city of Nantes. In 2018, the artistic director of the festival was […]

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Munachim Amah and Charles King win Writivism 2017 writing prizes

Munachim Amah and Charles King are the winners of this year’s Writivism 2017 prizes for fiction and nonfiction. The announcement was made at a ceremony in Kampala, Uganda on August 19 as part of Writivism Festival 2017. The Writivism initiative has two prizes for writing. The fiction prize is called the Writivism Short Story Prize […]

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The Writivism prizes for fiction and nonfiction for 2017 announced

The shortlists for the Writivism Short Story Prize 2017 and the Koffi Addo Prize for Creative Nonfiction 2017 have been announced today. A large part of the African writing community was today distracted by the beginning of the new season of The Game of Thrones. With many eyes elsewhere, our friends from Writivism decided that […]

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Writivism Short Story Prize 2017 longlist announced

Twenty African writers have made the cut for the Writivism Short Story Prize 2017 longlist announced earlier today. The Writivism Short Story Prize celebrates writers from the African continent of prose from the last year. The prize which was born on the back of the Writivism initiative in 2012 would give winners US$500 and more […]

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Channels Book Club unveils their top 20 Nigerian Books of 2016

Channels Book Club, one of the few TV shows on the continent dedicated to books, have unveiled their top 20 Nigerian Books of 2016. Some of the authors featured on this list include Leye Adenle, Johwor Ile, Elnathan John and Helon Habila. The Channels Book Club is a book and author based program aiming to […]

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Authors and books at the Ake Arts and Book Festival 2016

It was a special time in Abeokuta, Ogun State, Nigeria as the Ake Arts and Book Festival rolled into town from 15-19th November 2016. The festival kicked off official on 16th November with a colourful ceremony at the Hurbert Ogunde Hall at the 12 June Cultural Centre. Festival organisers had gone all the way this […]

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New Etisalat Prize Judges 2016 seek your entry (Self-published folks need not apply)

The Etisalat Prize Judges 2016 were announced yesterday and they are already looking for your submissions. Only books by debutant authors from publishing houses who have published in the last 24 months are eligible. The current holder of the prize is Fiston Mujila who was announced a few months ago. The judges for the Etisalat […]

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Nigerians, South Africans feature on Commonwealth Short Story Prize 2016 shortlist

Four South Africans and three Nigerians featured on the Commonwealth Short Story Prize 2016 announced earlier today. The Nigerians are Lausdeus Chiegboka, Enyeribe Ibegwam and Oyinkan Braithwaite while the South Africans are Mark Winkler, Cat Hellisen, Faraaz Mahomed and Andrew Salomon. These writers are seven of the twenty six who were shortlisted from the nearly 4000 […]