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Book Digest: Jamal Mahjoub, Caroline Kinya Mbaya, Kwei Quartey, Cherie Jones

We wrap up book news for our readers in our Book Digest feature. Today our focus is books from Jamal Mahjoub, Caroline Kinya Mbaya, Kwei Quartey, and Cherie Jones. The Fugitives, Jamal Mahjoub Publisher: Canongate Books Publication Date: April 1, 2021 Genre: Literary Fiction Language: English Blurb The Kamanga Kings, a Khartoum jazz band of […]

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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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Caine Prize Workshop 2016 in Zambia concludes

The annual Caine Prize Workshop ended yesterday at the Chaminuka Lodge near Lusaka, Zambia. The participants included previous winners of the Caine Prize, those shortlisted as well as some who would be considered future stars. The writers at the workshop included 2015 Caine Prize winner, Namwali Serpell (Zambia), 2014 winner Okwiri Oduor (Kenya), 2013 winner […]


2014 Etisalat Prize for Literature Judging Panel out

The Etisalat Prize for African literature has announced a new panel judges for 2014. With last year’s former judge Sarah Ladipo Manyika remaining as Chair for continuity she is joined by Alain Mabanckou, Jamal Mahjoub and Tsitsi Dangarembga. We knew Sarah Ladipo as one of the judges for the previous edition of the inaugural judging […]

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Uganda’s Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi wins Kwani? Manuscript Prize

We have a winner. The winner of the inaugural Kwani? Manuscript Prize is Ugandan Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi for her novel The Kintu Saga. The writer will be going home with the win as well as 300,000 Kenyan Shillings (equivalent $3500). 2nd place has been awarded to Liberia’s Saah Millimono for One Day I Will Write […]