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Mubanga Kalimamukwento Wins 2019 Kalemba Short Story Prize for Zambian Writing

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The 2019 Kalemba Short Story Prize has gone to Mubanga Kalimamukwento, for her short story, “Inswa,” described by the judges as “resonant and gripping.” The $1000 prize, funded and administered by the publishing company Ukusefya WORDS, is awarded to the best work of original and unpublished short fiction written in English by a Zambian, and is in its second […]

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Statement of the African Studies Association Concerning Freedom of Expression in Sudan

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Statement of the African Studies Association Concerning Freedom of Expression in Sudan (June 2019) The African Studies Association reiterates its solidarity with its academic colleagues in Sudan and condemns in the strongest terms the violent crackdown of the Transitional Military Council in Sudan on peaceful protesters during its attack on the sit-in outside military headquarters […]

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Helon Habila Shares Dates for His 10-Day US Book Tour for His New Novel, Travelers

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Helon Habila has revealed the dates for his US book tour for his new novel Travelers. The book, his fourth novel, was released this June by Penguin Random House imprint Hamish Hamilton. His first book to be set outside Nigeria, Travellers roams the continent of Europe, making stops in Germany, Italy, and the UK, its characters […]

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Dr. Stella Nyanzi Has Now Spent 222 Days in Prison. Ugandans Call for Solidarity as She Faces Three Court Cases | #FreeStellaNyanzi

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In March 2017, Dr. Stella Nyanzi, a leading gender and queer rights scholar, referred to President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda—who has been in power since 1986, for 33 years now—as “a pair of buttocks.” On 31 March, after further criticizing on Facebook the First Lady and Education & Sports Minister Janet Museveni’s incompetence, she was […]

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Event: The Sudanese Gaze | Dalia Elhassan’s Book Launch of In Half Light, Film Screenings, & Exhibition 

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The Sudanese poet Dalia Elhassan will be launching her chapbook In Half Light at “The Sudanese Gaze,” a cultural production event in New York City on 21 June. Recently, Elhassan, a finalist for the 2018 Brunel International African Poetry Prize, sent proceeds from sales of 40 signed copies of the book to support ongoing revolutionary […]

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Apply to SBMEN’s Practical Editing Workshop for Magazines and Digital Platforms | 26-27 June

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The Society for Book and Magazine Editors of Nigeria (SBMEN) is calling for applications to its second editing workshop, supported by the British Council Nigeria and Quramo Publishing Limited. Themed “Editing for Magazines and Digital Platforms” and planned for 26–27 June 2019, facilitators include Today’s Woman magazine founder & editor-in-chief Adesuwa Onyenokwe, Ktravula blog founder […]

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#PushforStellaNyanzi | Ruling for Dr. Stella Nyanzi’s Appeal Against Makerere University Sack Fixed for October 16

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In March 2017, following her criticism of Uganda’s education and sports minister, who happens to be the First Lady Janet Museveni, Makerere University’s appointment board indefinitely suspended Dr. Stella Nyanzi. Back in 2016, after instructions from the Director of the university’s Institute of Social Research, where Nyanzi is a fellow, mandating her to teach in a […]

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Ellah Wakatama Allfrey Joins Canongate as Editor-at-Large for Fiction

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Ellah Wakatama Allfrey has joined UK publishing house Canongate as editor-at-large for fiction. This is the powerfully influential editor and critic’s second major new role this year, after being named chair of the Caine Prize in April. The Zimbabwean Allfrey, who until recently was Publishing Director of The Indigo Press and chief judge for the […]

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Event | Huza Press & Goethe-Institut to Host Launch & Reading of Billy Kahora’s New Short Story Collection in Kigali

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Billy Kahora, editor of Kwani? and creative writing lecturer at the University of Bristol, will have his short story collection […]

For Pride Month, The Cheeky Natives Is Sharing Videos of Queer Authors Reading from Their Works

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Every June is Pride Month: that time of the year when queer people celebrate their very existence in a way […]

Photos from Bakwa Reading Series No. 3 in Yaounde, with Billy Kahora, Edwige Dro, & Florian Ngimbis

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The Bakwa Reading Series, organised by Bakwa Magazine editor Dzekashu MacViban, is a public event featuring writers, translators and editors, […]

Panashe Chigumadzi’s Book & Essay Tour Dates for Germany & the Netherlands 

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Panashe Chigumadzi has announced the dates for her book and essay tour in Germany and the Netherlands. The Zimbabwean-South African author […]

Binyavanga the Unconventional | Norbert Odero

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I did not first experience Binyavanga the way I had wished to. I did so like a thief. I was […]

Dalia Elhassan and Safia Elhillo Sold Signed Copies of Their Poetry Books to Support Revolutionary Efforts and Emergency Medical Aid in Sudan

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The poets Dalia Elhassan and Safia Elhillo sold copies of their poetry collections for $20 each and donated the proceeds […]

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