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On Helen Oyeyemi | An Essay

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It was Helen Oyeyemi who first made me realize what I’d always found dissatisfying about short stories. A short story is not a story. A short story is an abridged novel. There is always a novel latent in every short story. And it prevents the short story from exhibiting what Oyeyemi calls “faith in storytelling.” A […]

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Tsitsi Dangaremgba to Teach Master Classes at Durban International Film Festival

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Tsitsi Danganrembga, the renowned Zimbabwean writer and filmmaker who gave us the groundbreaking novel Nervous Conditions, will be teaching master classes at the Durban International Film Festival’s FilmMart 2017, on the adaptation of literature to film. Her lecture is titled “From Novel To Script,” and after it, she will be in conversation with Busisiwe Ntintili. […]

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Africa in Dialogue Publishes e-Book of Gerald Kraak Award Interviews

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Gaamangwe Mogami, editor of Africa in Dialogue, has curated interviews with the twelve writers and photographers shortlisted for the 2017 Gerald Kraak Award. The interviews—with Farah Ahamed, Beyers de Vos, Sindiswa Busuku-Mathese, Dilman Dila, Justin Dingwall, Amatesiro Dore, Tania Haberland, Julia Hango, Dean Hutton, Otosirieze Obi-Young, Olakunle Ologunro, Ayodele Sogunro and Sarah Waiswa—are collected in an e-book titled Africa in Dialogue Interviews Gerald Kraak Award 2017 Shortlist. DOWNLOAD: Africa in […]

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Bernard Matambo’s Lyrical Emigrant Story Makes Best American Essays 2017

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The Zimbabwean Bernard Matambo’s lyrical emigrant nonfiction, “Working the City,” published in Transition‘s issue 121 and named in Brittle Paper‘s list of the best pieces from 2016, has been selected for the Best American Essays 2017 anthology. Best American Essays annually collects some of the best nonfiction and essays published in the US. This year’s anthology is […]

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Chika Unigwe’s Student Writes Her the Letter Every Professor Dreams of Receiving

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African writers who are professors seem to have a knack for effortlessly winning the hearts of their students. In 2013, Bernard Matambo’s students moved a petition to prolong his tenure. Two weeks ago, Bernardine Evaristo received an award based on her students’ ratings at Brunel University. And recently, Chika Unigwe received a special letter from […]

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Eight Writers Shortlisted for Writivism’s Short Story and Koffi Addo Nonfiction Prizes

Writivism has announced the shortlists for their Short Story and Koffi Addo Nonfiction Prizes. Both prizes’ longlists, released last month, named thirty-five writers in total. First awarded in 2013, the $400 Writivism Short Story Prize is organised by the Center for African Cultural Excellence (CACE) and is the highlight of the annual Writivism Festival. In the five […]

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Revolutionary New Documentary, Somebody Clap for Me, Brings to Film the Story of Protest Poetry in Uganda

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A powerful new documentary, Somebody Clap For Me, has brought to film the story of protest poetry in Uganda. The documentary, which had its world premiere at the just concluded Zanzibar International Film Festival which held 8-16 July, chronicles the beginnings and effect of the Bonfire Collective, a poetry group that arose in Uganda to […]

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Opportunity for Nigerian Poets | Submit to Mounting the Moon Anthology of Queer Poetry

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The novelist and LGBTQ activist Unoma Azuah has called for submissions for a queer anthology of Nigerian poetry. The project is titled Mounting the Moon: Queer Nigerian Love Poems. Her co-curator for the project is Michelle Omas. The first Nigerian to have her writing centered on the queer experience, Unoma Azuah’s work—including the novels Sky-High Flames […]

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On Helen Oyeyemi | An Essay

helen oyeyemi (1)

It was Helen Oyeyemi who first made me realize what I’d always found dissatisfying about short stories. A short story […]

Tsitsi Dangaremgba to Teach Master Classes at Durban International Film Festival

TSITSI DANGAREMBGA

Tsitsi Danganrembga, the renowned Zimbabwean writer and filmmaker who gave us the groundbreaking novel Nervous Conditions, will be teaching master […]

Africa in Dialogue Publishes e-Book of Gerald Kraak Award Interviews

gerald kraak interviews africa in dialogue

Gaamangwe Mogami, editor of Africa in Dialogue, has curated interviews with the twelve writers and photographers shortlisted for the 2017 Gerald […]

Bernard Matambo’s Lyrical Emigrant Story Makes Best American Essays 2017

bernard matambo

The Zimbabwean Bernard Matambo’s lyrical emigrant nonfiction, “Working the City,” published in Transition‘s issue 121 and named in Brittle Paper‘s […]

Chika Unigwe’s Student Writes Her the Letter Every Professor Dreams of Receiving

19095277_10155480594766055_8764199255508426184_o

African writers who are professors seem to have a knack for effortlessly winning the hearts of their students. In 2013, […]

Eight Writers Shortlisted for Writivism’s Short Story and Koffi Addo Nonfiction Prizes

Writivism has announced the shortlists for their Short Story and Koffi Addo Nonfiction Prizes. Both prizes’ longlists, released last month, named […]