2014 Caine Prize winner - Kenya
2014 Caine Prize winner – Kenya

One of the highlights of the recently concluded Port Harcourt Book festival is the convening of the Africa 39 gang.

Africa 39 is an elite list of the 39 best writers under the age of 40 from African countries south of the sahara.. It’s a literary project co-sponsored by the Hay Festival and the Rainbow Book Club.

20 of the 39 writers flew into Nigeria about a week ago to share their work with festival attendees.

These photographs are proof enough that they all had a great time. Friendships were made instantly. From what I hear there was a good bit of camaraderie and lots of love and fun times.

But if you’re looking for some inside scoop on what went down, the person to talk to is Ukamaka Olisakwe. Read her beautiful journal on the African 39 hangouts in Port Harcourt HERE.

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All the images are courtesy ‘PEN International, PHBWC, Okwiri Oduor, Chibundu Onuzo, Mehul Gohil, Abubakar Adam Ibrahim, Nana Ekua Brew-Hammond. 

Enjoy!

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Chibundu Onuzo – Nigeria
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Caine Prize Winners : Okwiri Oduo (2014), Tope Folarin (2013), Rotimi Babatunde (2012)

Mehul Gohil and Clifton Gachagua

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Ukamaka Olisakwe - Nigeria
Ukamaka Olisakwe – Nigeria
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Ndinda Kioko – Kenya
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James Tennant – Pen International and Recaredo Boturu – Equatorial Guinean
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Caine Prize winner, Okwiri Oduor, with Ken Saro-Wiwa Foundation sponsors

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Nana Brew-Hammond – Ghana

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Ellah Allfrey

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(Middle) Shafinaaz Hassim – South Africa
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Koko Kalango and Ken Saro-Wiwa jnr
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Mehul Gohil and Ukamaka Olisakwe

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Shadreck Chikoti

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