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#LIPFest18 | Register for Poetry Workshops with Kwame Dawes, Nick Makoha, Lebo Mashile, and Yomi Sode 

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The 2018 Lagos International Poetry Festival (#LIPFest18) is offering workshops by some of the biggest names in contemporary African poetry. Much-honoured Ghanaian poet Kwame Dawes, co-founder of the African Poetry Book Fund (APBF), will be teaching a masterclass on 3 November at Angels & Muse, Lagos. Ugandan poet Nick Makoha, co-winner of the 2015 Brunel Prize, […]

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The Freedom Artist, Ben Okri’s New Novel Forthcoming in January 2019, Is a Rallying Call in a Post-Truth Society

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Ben Okri has a new novel forthcoming in January 2019. The Nigerian novelist-poet-essayist, who is the only black African to receive the Booker Prize, in 1991 for his The Famished Road, had the 256-page book rights acquired by Head of Zeus for release in the UK in February 2019, by HarperCollins for release in Australia […]

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Nuruddin Farah’s 14th Novel, North Of Dawn, Explores the Lives of Somali Immigrants in Norway and Experiences of Religion and Jihadism

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Celebrated Somali writer Nuruddin Farah’s new novel will be out on 4 December 2018. The 384-page North of Dawn, forthcoming from Penguin Random House, is the 72-year-old’s 14th novel. One of the best-acclaimed writers on the global stage, and one considered a perennial nominee for the Nobel Prize in Literature, Nuruddin Farah’s other novels include: From a Crooked […]

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Literary Prizes and the Decisions of Writers

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Maryse Conde, the French-Guadeloupean author of I, Tituba: Black Witch of Salem (1986), Segu (1987), A Season in Rihata (1988), and Tree of Life (1992) among other books, won the Alternative to the Nobel Prize in Literature. The New Academy Prize, which was established this year because of a scandal in the Nobel Prize-awarding Swedish […]

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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Purple Hibiscus Turns 15: The Best Moments of a Modern Classic

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“It wasn’t the first novel I wrote,” Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie told the audience at the University of Nairobi, during her lecture in honour of Kwani? Magazine’s 10th anniversary, and then she joked: “I wrote other bad novels which I hope nobody ever sees. But Purple Hibiscus was the first one that I loved.” When she […]

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Quramo Writers’ Prize 2018 Unveils Top 5 Finalists

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Lagos – 10/10/18: Quramo Publishing has unveiled the Top 5 finalists of the Quramo Writers’ Prize 2018, two weeks after announcing the Top 10 finalists. The winner of the 2018 edition of the prize will be announced at the award ceremony scheduled for Sunday, October 21, 2018.  The annual prize is awarded to an unpublished […]

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Enter for the K & L Prize for African Literature

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Submissions have begun for the 2019 K & L Prize for African Literature. The $1,000 prize, which is in its first year, is awarded for the best piece of unpublished short fiction by an African. It considers short stories between 1,000 and 2,000 words about or inspired by a historical event on the continent. The […]

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The 2018 African Literature Association (ALA) Book Awards | Call for Nominations

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Submissions have begun for the 2018 African Literature Association (ALA) Book Awards. The deadline for submissions is 1 November 2018. The African Literature Association (ALA) is the official organization for scholars of African literature—a global community of thinkers, teachers, researchers, and writers interested in the idea and study of African literature in all its diverse forms. […]

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Nominate a Writer for the Fonlon-Nichols Award for African Literature

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Nominate a creative writer for the Fonlon-Nichols Award by 1 November 2018. This award, established in 1992 to honor Bernard […]

Pentecostal Republic | A Powerful New Book Tackles the Role of Pentecostalism in Nigerian Politics

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Nigerian Sociologist Ebenezer Obadare is asking us to take a closer look at the underlying forces of Nigeria’s political life. […]

Interview with Fashion Designer Therez Fleetwood and Artist V. Kottavei Williams, Creators of Nnedi Okorafor’s Emmys Dress

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Behind every successful woman is other successful women helping her to look and feel like the best version of herself. […]

Enter for the Nine Dots Prize and Win $100,000 and a Book Deal

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The Nine Dots Prize, “a prize for creative thinking that tackles contemporary societal issues,” is offering writers an opportunity to […]

The Revealing Reason Why Aminatta Forna Likes Writing Male Characters

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Last year, Somali writer and visual artist Diriye Osman, author of the Polaris Award-winning story collection Fairytales for Lost Children […]

Chimurenga Collective Awarded Vera List Center’s 2018-20 Jane Lombard Prize for Art and Social Justice

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Leading arts & politics collective Chimurenga has been awarded the Vera List Center for Art and Politics’ 2018-20 Jane Lombard […]

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