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The 2016 Artists In Residency shortlist has been announced, and there are six writers on the list, three of whom are Zimbabweans. 2013 Miles Morland scholar Percy Zvomuya made the cut, as did Africa39 writer Novuyo Tshuma whose Shadows received the 2014 Herman Charles Bosman Prize. There is also Kiprop Kimutai whose The Water Spirits placed third in the 2013 Kwani? Manuscript contest.

The Artist in Residency (AIR) was established in 2011 as a response to the challenges faced by African artists. Managed by African Center, the program runs a partnership that funds the placement of selected candidates in various residency programs all over the worlds.

This year, 26 artists in literature, visual arts, performing arts and music, film, and curatorial practice have been shortlisted.

Here are the chosen 26.

Literature:

  • Novuyo Tshuma – Zimbabwe
  • Percy Zvomuya -Zimbabwe
  • Amira Hanafi- Egypt
  • Joyce Jenje Makwenda – Zimbabwe
  • Kiprop Kimutai – Kenya
  • Zinaid Meeran – South Africa

Visual Arts:

  • Abe Gillian Stacey – Uganda
  • Barbara Wildenboer – South Africa
  • Chibuike Uzoma – Nigeria
  • Danielle Myburg – South Africa
  • James Webb – South Africa
  • Keli Maksud -Kenya
  • Gladys Kalichini – Zambia
  • Hassan Essop – South Africa
  • Mina Nasr – Egypt
  • Mongezi Ncaphayi -South Africa
  • Sethembile Msezane – South Africa
  • Temitayo Ogunbiyi – Nigeria

Performing Arts & Music

  • Cara Stacey – South Africa
  • Catherine Nakawesa – Uganda
  • Gideon Mbothwe – South Africa
  • Jacob Sakaria – Namibia
  • Qudus Onikeku – Nigeria

Film:

  • Beza Lemma – Ethiopia
  • Bolatito Aderemi Ibitola – Nigeria

Curatorial Practice:

  • Nazneen Saldulker – South Africa

 

Read the full announcement HERE.

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About Otosirieze Obi-Young

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Otosirieze Obi-Young’s writing has been shortlisted for the 2016 Miles Morland Writing Scholarship, the 2017 Gerald Kraak Award, and nominated for a 2015 Pushcart Prize. His fiction has appeared in Transition (“A Tenderer Blessing,” 2015), The Threepenny Review (“Mulumba,” 2016), and Pride and Prejudice: African Perspectives on Gender, Social Justice and Sexuality (“You Sing of a Longing,” 2017), an anthology of The Jacana Literary Foundation and The Other Foundation. His work further appears in Interdisciplinary Academic Essays, Africa in Dialogue, and Brittle Paper, where he is submissions editor. He is the editor of the Art Naija Series: a sequence of concept-based e-anthologies of writing and visual art focusing on different aspects of Nigerianness. The first anthology, Enter Naija: The Book of Places (Oct., 2016) focuses on cities. The second, Work Naija: The Book of Vocations (June, 2017) focuses on professions. He attended the University of Nigeria, Nsukka and currently teaches English at another Nigerian university. When bored, he blogs pop culture at naijakulture.blogspot.com or just Googles Rihanna.

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I hold a doctorate in English from Duke University and recently joined the Marquette University English faculty as an Assistant Professor. I love teaching African fiction and contemporary British novels. Brittle Paper is the virtual space/station where I play and experiment with ideas on how to reinvent African fiction and literary culture.

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