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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 was born in Aba, Nigeria and attended the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. A finalist for the 2016 Miles Morland Writing Scholarship, his short stories include: “A Tenderer Blessing,” which appears in Transition Magazine and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2015; “Mulumba,” which appears in The Threepenny Review; and “You Sing of a Longing,” which was shortlisted for the inaugural Gerald Kraak Award and appears in Pride and Prejudice, an anthology by The Jacana Literary Foundation and The Other Foundation. His essays appear in Interdisciplinary Academic Essays and in Brittle Paper where he is Deputy Editor. His interviews appear in Africa in Dialogue, Bakwa Magazine, SPRINNG, and Dwartonline. He is the editor 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. A postgraduate student of African Studies, he currently teaches English at Godfrey Okoye University, Enugu, Nigeria. When bored, he blogs pop culture at naijakulture.blogspot.com or 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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