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Zakes Mda, Yewande Omotoso, Kopano Matlwa Lead the Barry Ronge Prize for Fiction Shortlist

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Five books have been named on the shortlist for the Barry Ronge Fiction Prize. They are: Bronwyn Law-Viljoen’s The Printmaker; Kopano Matlwa’s Period Pain; Zakes Mda’s Little Suns; Yewande Omotoso’s Baileys Prize-longlisted The Woman Next Door; and Mark Winkler’s The Safest Place You Know.  The Barry Ronge Fiction Prize is awarded as part of the Sunday Times Literary Awards, in association with Porcupine Ridge. Its twin […]

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Watch Baileys Prize Nominees Ayobami Adebayo and Yewande Omotoso in Conversation | And It’s for Free

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Baileys Prize-nominated novelists, Ayobami Adebayo and Yewande Omotoso, will be in conversation in Lagos. Their discussion, which can be attended for free, is part of the Goethe-Institut Nigeria’s “Literary Crossroads—Conversations with African Writers,” a series which “brings  together African writers on the continent and from the diaspora to discuss contemporary trends and themes in literature.” […]

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The 2017 Caine Prize Shortlist Announced | And It’s a Record-setting Surprise!

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The 2017 Caine Prize shortlist has been announced and it is an exciting, surprising, record-setting one. There are three Nigerians, one South African, and one Sudanese. It has both the Prize’s oldest shortlistee ever and one of its youngest. And it has the Prize’s second ever story to be translated from the Arabic. Here are […]

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Opportunity for African Writers | Applications Open for FEMRITE’s 7th Regional Residency for African Women Writers

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Where are our women writers in the house? Here is a golden chance for you. Contributing to the celebration and empowerment of female writers on the continent, FEMRITE has officially announced the call for submissions for its 7th Regional Residency for African Women Writers. This edition will be supported by Karavan, a top literary magazine […]

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Rotimi Babatunde’s Second Stage Adaptation of Lola Shoneyin’s The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives is Coming Soon

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Caine Prize-winner Rotimi Babatunde’s long-awaited UK stage adaptation of Lola Shoneyin’s novel The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives is coming soon. The Facebook page, The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives 2015 – A UK Workshop Production, recently made the announcement. Published in 2010, the novel is an eye-opening story of intrigues, rivalries, and the […]

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Prof. Simon Gikandi Receives Distinguished Achievement Award from Princeton University

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Towering Kenyan critic Simon Gikandi, professor of English at Princeton, has been honored with the university’s Howard T. Behrman Award for Distinguished Achievement in the Humanities. One of the most respected literary and postcolonial scholars globally, Professor Gikandi’s work focuses on the history of the novel with specialty in postcolonial literature from Africa, the Caribbean and […]

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Opportunity for African Writers | Pan MacMillan South Africa Now Accepting Unsolicited Submissions

Pan MacMillan South Africa, which usually does not accept unsolicited submissions, has announced their open submissions period. On 8 May, the publishing house began considering unsolicited submissions of fiction, memoir, biography and autobiography, and general non-fiction. They, however, will not consider short story collections, poetry, plays, religion and self-help and children’s books. This open submissions period will […]

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PHOTOS | Ayobami Adebayo’s Stay With Me Book Tour in the UK

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While we’re rooting for Ayobami Adebayo to become only the second African take the Baileys Prize, she has kicked off her UK book tour for her shortlisted novel Stay With Me. If she wins, she is assured of selling up to 250,000 copies. Huge. Stay With Me is the story of Yejide and Akin whose […]

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Akwaeke Emezi Awarded the 2017 Commonwealth Short Story Prize for Africa Region

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Akwaeke Emezi has been awarded the 2017 Commonwealth Short Story Prize (Africa Region) for her entry, “Who Is Like God?” […]

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It began hours after the Brunel Prize was awarded to Romeo Oriogun on 2 May. Amidst the explosion of cheers, […]

Opportunity for Nigerian Writers | Enter for the Okike Prize for Literature

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Another prize awarding literary excellence has surfaced. The Okike Prize for Literature is a new initiative promoting writing by Nigerian […]

An Evening of African Literature | Photos From Abubakar Ibrahim and Sarah L. Manyika’s Washington, DC Reading

It is always a delightful treat to hear African writers in conversation with each other. A few weeks ago, I […]

Dear Tete Petina: “I Am One of Those People Who Once Really Wanted To Win the Caine Prize”

Last week, we debuted an advice column for writers, titled Tete Petina. The column is written by novelist Petina Gappah. […]