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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Uganda Book Market rocks Kampala literary scene.

The Uganda Book Market, a new initiative bringing together the Ugandan publishing and reading community, is rocking the Kampala literary scene. The Uganda Book Market is a space aimed at giving exposure to creative works and other trade books in Uganda and a platform for interaction among publishers, writers, book traders and readers. It is […]


Novuyo Rosa Tshuma’s complaint about Public Slander by Bwesigye Bwa Mwesigire.

Novuyo Rosa Tshuma is one of the brightest names in African writing right now. The native of Zimbabwe who has lived in South Africa and the USA has two books to her name. Shadows, her debut short story collection, was published to critical acclaim by Kwela in South Africa (2013) and awarded the 2014 Herman […]

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Acan Innocent Immaculate is the Writivism Prize 2016 winner

Ugandan Acan Innocent Immaculate is the Writivism Prize 2016 winner announced at ceremonies in Kampala, Uganda on 27th and 28th August 2016.  The Okot p’Bitek Poetry Prize for literature was announced then rescinded by the awarding organisation. Unlike in the past where only prose was awarded, the Writivism Prizes this year were for prose and […]

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Pemi Aguda is first Writivism Stellenbosch University writing residency recipient

Pemi Aguda is the first recipient of the new residency for African writers announced today by the Centre for African Cultural Excellence (CACE) and South Africa’s Stellenbosch University English department. This new residency for emerging African Writers gets basic funding from the Miles Morland Foundation with the university supporting the programme in kind. Apart from […]


CACE announces guidelines for Writivism Short Story Prize 2016

The Writivism Short Story Prize is an annual award for emerging African writers administered by the Center for African Cultural Excellence (CACE). The prize which was started in 2015 by was won by Pemi Aguda. The race for the new prize winner is officially on with our friends at CACE announcing the guidelines for the […]

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Writivism Workshop 2016 participants announced at Ake Festival #AkeFest205

The young writers who will be taking part in the Writivism workshops in fiction, non-fiction and poetry were announced on Friday afternoon at the Ake Festival happening in Abeokuta, Nigeria. The workshops will be running in Accra, Kampala, Abidjan, Dakar and Goma in 2016 will be facilitated by Yewande Omotoso, Sitawa Namwalie, Mamadou Diallo, Edwige […]

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Writivism 2016 Workshop Facilitators announced

The facilitators who will be running the 2016 writing workshops in cities around the continent have been announced. They will be Yewande Omotoso, Edwige-Renee Dro, Richard Ali Mutu, Sitawa Namwalie and Mamadou Diallo. We have covered Yewande Omotoso a lot on this blog; she has been very active in the writing thing for the last […]

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Writivism 2016 Creative Writing Workshops Callout

A callout for the Writivism 2016 workshops to be held next year in five different African cities was announced at the Storymoja Festival on Friday 19th September 2015. That’s right ladies and gentlemen, if you think that you have got what it takes to hack it in the writing game then this is your chance. […]

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Shake up as Writivism gets new coordinators

Writivism, the movement aimed at bringing the writing game to the centre of the African narrative largely based in Kampala has a new team running things. They announced the new team yesterday but I was busy following deadline day on the English Premier League and therefore did nothing much. Yes, my Arsenal didn’t buy anyone […]

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Writivism Festival 2015: Images from the festival

With the festival over its only fair that I share images that I captured with my trusty phone. Here you go.


Writivism Festival 2015: Thanks to the organisers

Writivism Festival 2015 came and left and impacted so many people. It had its good parts and its not so good. The good was amazing with some of the best panels, master classes and keynote addresses you can find anywhere on the African continent where literature is concerned. The not so good included confusion that […]

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Donald Molosi’s moving Philly Lutaaya play #WritivismFestival2015

Ugandan superstar singer Philly Lutaaya was introduced to many of us in a documentary Alone in which he shares his experience as a man suffering from Aids in 1990. I watched the documentary of the man who had died in 1989 as a teenager in Nairobi and I have to say that it affected me […]

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Pemi Aguda Wins Writivism Short Story Prize 2015

Nigeria writer Pemi Aguda is the winner of the Writivism Short Story 2015 for her story, Caterer, Caterer. The writer was announced at a ceremony at the National Theatre in Kampala on Sunday evening. The evening, which was emceed by Writivism board member and recently announced Etisalat judge Zukiswa Wanner, had a series of activities […]

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Writivism Festival Day 2: historical novels, non-fiction and cocktails

Then the third day of the Writivism Festival 2015 rolled through; one filled with activities of interest to those who want to know more about the African writing world. The highlight of the day had to have been the keynote address given by Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi and moderated by James Murua. Nansubuga for those who […]