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New Arabic translations presented at Sharjah International Book Fair 2021.

Arabic translations of novels by Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor, Peter Kimani, Lola Shoneyin, and Petina Gappah were presented at the Sharjah International Book Fair 2021 which ran from November 3-13, 2021. Sharjah International Book Fair is an international book fair held annually in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates since it was launched in 1982. It is today […]

Afrolit Sans Frontieres Festivals Nigeria

Lola Shoneyin at Afrolit Sans Frontières Season 2.

Lola Shoneyin rounded off the second day of Season 2 of Afrolit Sans Frontières on Instagram from Lagos, Nigeria on Tuesday, April 21, 2020. She was hosted by Remy Ngamije. Afrolit Sans Frontières, a new initiative by and for writers of African origin, was started in March as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic international […]

Awards Fiction Nigeria

Ayobami Adebayo is 9mobile Prize for Literature 2017 winner.

It has emerged that Ayobami Adebayo is the winner of the 9mobile Prize for Literature 2017 for her debut novel Stay With Me today, August 8, 2019. The 9mobile Prize for Literature was started as the Etisalat Prize for African literature to showcase the new writing talent coming out of the continent. As the Etisalat […]

Botswana Festivals Nigeria South Africa

Lola Shoneyin on Gaborone Book Festival 2018 line-up.

The inaugural Gaborone Book Festival 2018 line-up has been unveiled with the festival set to rock Botswana from September 21-22. The guests include the Nigerian literary powerhouse that is Lola Shoneyin. The inaugural Gaborone Book Festival will be held from September 21-22, 2018 at Maitisong. The two day book festival will have panels, talks, readings, […]

Awards Fiction Kenya

Makena Onjerika is Caine Prize for African Writing 2018 winner.

Kenyan writer Makena Onjerika is the Caine Prize for African Writing 2018 winner for her short story Fanta Blackcurrant, published in Wasafiri (2017). The ceremony was held for the second time in Senate House, in partnership with SOAS and the Centre for African Studies in the UK. The Caine Prize, awarded annually for African creative writing, […]

Nigeria Theatre

“The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Lives” is back on stage.

Lola Shoneyin’s novel The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Lives returns to stage this June. This adapatation has been written by Rotimi Babatunde and is directed by Femi Elufowoju Jr. The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives is a scandalous, engrossing tale of sexual politics and family strife in modern-day Nigeria. Baba Segi has three […]

Festivals Nigeria

The Ake Arts & Book Festival 2017 opening ceremony

The Ake Festival 2017 kicked off with an opening ceremony to remember. Thursday November 16, 2017 was a special day as it started with the ultimate nod from Western civilisation as ‘father of modern African literature” Chinua Achebe was featured as a Google dongle. The google dongle for those who don’t use the ubiquitous US […]

Festivals South Africa

Zakes Mda to headline South Africa Book Fair 2017 in September

The headline act for the South African Book Fair 2017 set to happen from September 8-10 is legendary author Zakes Mda. The festival theme is the “Writing Revolution.” The South African Book Fair 2017 will be happening at Museum Africa in Johannesburg. The South African Book Fair, now owned by the South African Book Development […]

Events Kenya Nigeria

Lola Shoneyin rocks the Green City in the Sun (images and video)

Lola Shoneyin rocked Nairobi, also known as the Green City in the Sun, with events at the Goethe Institut and Prestige Books on June 15 and 16, 2017. The Goethe Institut in Nairobi has been hosting a unique new series they call Artistic Encounters curated by author Zukiswa Wanner. The series sees the art forms […]

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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 […]

Events Kenya

Lola Shoneyin and Maimouna Jallow for Nairobi

Lola Shoneyin and Maimouna Jallow are the featured guests for Goethe Nairobi series, Artistic Encounters. They will be at the Maendeleo House on June 15, 2017. Artists Encounteric, a collaboration between Goethe Kenya and author Zukiswa Wanner, features different types of artists on one stage at the same time. The concept has already had two […]

Festivals Launches Nigeria

Odafe Atogun debut novel Taduno’s Song launches at Ake Festival 2016

Odafe Atogun’s debut novel Taduno’s Song launched at the Ake Festival with eminent personalities including Ngugi Wa Thiong’o attending on Friday November 18th, 2016. The book launch also doubled as the debut of a new printing firm Ouida Books. Odafe Atogun was born in Nigeria, in the town of Lokoja, where the Rivers Niger and […]

Events Kenya

African books reimagined at Goethe Nairobi

It was a special time on Thursday evening with five African books reimagined by respected performers at the Goethe Nairobi. The performers were Mumbi Kaigwa, Patricia Kihoro, Aleya Kassim, Raya Wambui, and Maimouna Jallow  and the performed Marjorie Oludhe-Macgoye’s Coming to Birth, Zukiswa Wanner’s Maid In SA, Doreen Baingana’s Tropical Fish, Nadifa Mohamed’s The Orchid Of Lost […]

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African literary deliciousness in Nairobi, Joburg tonight

It’s all happening in Nairobi and Johannesburg as writers converge on their big towns for African literary deliciousness. Last night Niq Mhlongo unleashed his latest literary gem a short story collection called Affluenza to the world with a launch at Sakhumzi’s Restaurant on Vilakazi Street. We are hearing good things. If you know anyone who […]


World Storytelling Day 2016 in Nairobi will be epic!

World Storytelling Day is a global celebration of the art of oral storytelling celebrated every year on (or near) March 20th. This year the day with the theme “Strong Women” will have a special event in Nairobi called, Re-imagined! A Magical Day of Storytelling. The magical world of stories will be recreated in Nairobi for […]