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The 2016 Artists In Residency shortlist has been announced, and there are six writers on the list, three of whom are Zimbabweans. 2013 Miles Morland scholar Percy Zvomuya made the cut, as did Africa39 writer Novuyo Tshuma whose Shadows received the 2014 Herman Charles Bosman Prize. There is also Kiprop Kimutai whose The Water Spirits placed third in the 2013 Kwani? Manuscript contest.

The Artist in Residency (AIR) was established in 2011 as a response to the challenges faced by African artists. Managed by African Center, the program runs a partnership that funds the placement of selected candidates in various residency programs all over the worlds.

This year, 26 artists in literature, visual arts, performing arts and music, film, and curatorial practice have been shortlisted.

Here are the chosen 26.

Literature:

  • Novuyo Tshuma – Zimbabwe
  • Percy Zvomuya -Zimbabwe
  • Amira Hanafi- Egypt
  • Joyce Jenje Makwenda – Zimbabwe
  • Kiprop Kimutai – Kenya
  • Zinaid Meeran – South Africa

Visual Arts:

  • Abe Gillian Stacey – Uganda
  • Barbara Wildenboer – South Africa
  • Chibuike Uzoma – Nigeria
  • Danielle Myburg – South Africa
  • James Webb – South Africa
  • Keli Maksud -Kenya
  • Gladys Kalichini – Zambia
  • Hassan Essop – South Africa
  • Mina Nasr – Egypt
  • Mongezi Ncaphayi -South Africa
  • Sethembile Msezane – South Africa
  • Temitayo Ogunbiyi – Nigeria

Performing Arts & Music

  • Cara Stacey – South Africa
  • Catherine Nakawesa – Uganda
  • Gideon Mbothwe – South Africa
  • Jacob Sakaria – Namibia
  • Qudus Onikeku – Nigeria

Film:

  • Beza Lemma – Ethiopia
  • Bolatito Aderemi Ibitola – Nigeria

Curatorial Practice:

  • Nazneen Saldulker – South Africa

 

Read the full announcement HERE.

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About Otosirieze Obi-Young

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Otosirieze Obi-Young is a writer, academic, and Deputy Editor of Brittle Paper. His fiction has appeared in The Threepenny Review ("Mulumba," 2016), Transition ("A Tenderer Blessing," 2015), and in an anthology of the Gerald Kraak Award ("You Sing of a Longing," 2017), for which he was shortlisted. His work has further been shortlisted for the Miles Morland Writing Scholarship in 2016 and a Pushcart Prize in 2015. His conversations appear in Africa in Dialogue, Bakwa, SPRINNG, and Dwartonline. He is the curator of the Art Naija Series, a sequence of themed e-anthologies of writing and visual art exploring different aspects of Nigerianness. The first, Enter Naija: The Book of Places (October 2016), focuses on Nigerian cities. The second, Work Naija: The Book of Vocations (June 2017), focuses on professions in Nigeria. Born in Aba, he combined history and literature at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, is currently completing a postgraduate programme in African Studies, and teaches English at Godfrey Okoye University, Enugu. When bored, he just Googles Rihanna.

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I hold a doctorate in English from Duke University and recently joined the Marquette University English faculty as an Assistant Professor. I love teaching African fiction and contemporary British novels. Brittle Paper is the virtual space/station where I play and experiment with ideas on how to reinvent African fiction and literary culture.

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