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New-Generation African Poets 2017 Box Set Featured in Vogue Magazine

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African Poetry Book Fund’s New-Generation African Poets: A Chapbook Box Set (Nne) has been featured in Vogue magazine. The feature, written by Tariro Mzezewa, who is Zimbabwean, is titled “In Times of Division, Finding Refuge—and Fighting Back—Through Art.” It explains how poetry and the writings of black women constitute important resistance in the age of […]

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Wole Soyinka’s Poem for the Late Literary Scholar Abiola Irele

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Professor Abiola Irele passed on earlier this month at the age of 81. Born in 1936, the late critic was one of the finest and most respected African literary scholars. Graduating from the University of Ibadan in 1960, he got a PhD in French from the University of Paris, Sorbonne. He eventually joined Harvard as […]

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The 2017 Babishai Haiku Award Shortlist

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Seventeen poets have been named on the 2017 Babishai Haiku Award shortlist. The award is an initiative of the Babishai-Niwe Poetry Foundation whose director is Beverly Nambuzo Nsengiyunva. Here are their names and countries. Charlotte Akello (Uganda). Usman Karofi (Nigeria). Kariuki wa Nyamu (Kenya). Anthony Itopa Obaro (Nigeria). Ahmad Holderness (Nigeria). Fred Kweku Forson (Ghana). Acen […]

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The 2017 NLNG Prize for Literature Longlist

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The Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG) Prize has announced its 2017 longlist of eleven poets, and it includes such well known names as Tanure Ojaide, Obari Gomba, and Jumoke Verissimo whom we’ve featured. At $100,000, the NLNG Prize for Literature is the richest in Africa, and honours a published book of literature. It rotates among […]

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Nnedi Okorafor, Bibi Bakare-Yusuf Among TED Global 2017 Speakers

Nnedi Okorafor and Cassava Republic co-founder Bibi Bakare-Yusuf are among the speakers for the TED Global 2017 in Arusha, Tanzania. The 38-strong list also includes the lexicographer Yvonne Chioma Mbanefo, whose Okowaokwu Igbo Umuaka : Igbo Dictionary for Children became an Amazon bestseller a day after publication, alongside a formidable crop of thinkers in such fields as […]

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Opportunity for African Writers | Enter for the 2018 Costa Short Story Award

The 2018 Costa Short Story Award is open for submissions. Founded in 2012 and funded by Costa Coffee, the £3,500 award recognizes a previously-unpublished short story of “up to 4,000 words by an author aged 18 years or over on 1 January 2017 whose primary residence (ie resident for over six months of the year) has […]

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EVENT: Binyavanga Wainaina to Speak at University of the Witwatersrand

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Binyavanga Wainaina will be speaking at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. He will be in conversation with the researcher and writer Achal Prabhala and Danai Mupotsa, who is a PhD in African Literature with the faculty. They will be discussing “How to Write About Everything.” The topic is a play on Binyavanga’s seminal 2006 essay […]

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Opportunity for African Writers | Enter for This £30,000 Short Story Award

Submissions have begun for the 2018 Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award. Founded in 2010 and run by The Society of Authors, the £30,000 award is the richest in the world for a single short story. Shortlisted authors take home £1,000. The prize considers only stories up to 6,000 words written in English by authors previously published in […]

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Akwaeke Emezi’s Guide to Becoming a Successful Writer in 35 Tweets

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Last week, Akwaeke Emezi put on her life coach cape and dished out truths that every writer, artist, dreamer, and […]

On Culture and Unbecoming Invisible | Interview with Yalie Kamara, 2017 Brunel Prize Finalist

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Weeks ago, we announced that Africa in Dialogue published an e-book of interviews with the ten poets shortlisted for the 2017 Brunel Poetry […]

Sillerman Prize Winners, Ladan Osman and Mahtem Shiferraw, Announced as 2018 Neustadt Prize Judges

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The 2018 Neustadt Prize judges have been announced, and among them, in a very happy coincidence, are the 2014 and […]

Hugging You Will Always Be an Awkward Thing | D. E. Benson | Poetry

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“hugging you will always be an awkward thing no, i have never feared receiving sacrament from the lips of other […]

2017 University of Johannesburg Prizes: Nthikeng Mohlele and Mohale Mashingo Announced Winners

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The 2017 University of Johannesburg Prizes have been awarded to Nthikeng Mohlele and Mohale Mashigo. Mohlele, who made the Africa39 […]

When Writers Talk Music: Vol. 1 | Teju Cole on Fela and WizKid, Imbolo Mbue on Soukous and Makossa

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Enough of books, let’s talk music. Or let’s read writers talking music. So what happens when writers talk music? Here […]