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NoViolet Bulawayo. Source: Georgetown.

NoViolet Bulawayo, Booker Prize-shortlisted and multi-award-winning author of We Need New Names, is helping create awareness and support for Reading Zimbabwe, a Zimbabwean digital initiative aimed at promoting knowledge particularly for the country’s younger generations. On Facebook, she shared a link to the project’s page on Kickstarter, asking her followers to “please check out and support this important initiative if you can please, please, please.” The project, she writes, “makes a complex and urgent intervention.”

Supporting our campaign funds a whole generation’s access to knowledge about themselves and the world. Zimbabwe’s ‘born free’ generation has been systematically disenfranchised from their own histories. The initial work on Reading Zimbabwe has been largely self-funded as this work was too important to wait but with your support it can be an even more dynamic platform.”

Founded in 2016 by Tinashe Mushakavanhu and Nontsikelelo Mutiti, Reading Zimbabwe is “interested in the evolution of histories and the emerging new narratives around Zimbabwe — the idea, the imaginary, the place, the people.”

In order to think about and represent Zimbabwe differently, we need, not only a new set of questions, new practices and methodologies that allow us to harness the inventiveness and generative resilience of the people.

Support Reading Zimbabwe HERE.

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Otosirieze is deputy editor of Brittle Paper. He is a judge for the 2018/19 Gerald Kraak Prize. He is an editor at 14, Nigeria’s first queer art collective, which has published volumes including We Are Flowers (2017) and The Inward Gaze (2018). He is the curator of the Art Naija Series, a sequence of e-anthologies of writing and visual art focusing on different aspects of Nigerianness, including Enter Naija: The Book of Places (2016), which explores cities, and Work Naija: The Book of Vocations (2017), which explores professions. His fiction has appeared in The Threepenny Review and Transition. He has completed a collection of short stories, You Sing of a Longing, is working on a novel, and is represented by David Godwin Associates literary agency. He combined English and History at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, is completing a postgraduate degree in African Studies, and taught English at Godfrey Okoye University, Enugu. Find him at otosirieze.com, where he accepts writing and editing offers, or on Instagram or Twitter: @otosirieze. When bored, he Googles Rihanna.

One Response to “NoViolet Bulawayo Is an Advocate for This Zimbabwean Digital Initiative to Promote Knowledge” Subscribe

  1. Moo 2017/11/07 at 00:33 #

    This is so lovely, sometimes follow her on facebook (“follow” lololol) and its so great to see a writer who very purposefuly, actively and continuously uses their platform (and I suspect other resources) to genuinely support fellow Africans in their fields.Im sure many writers do though, although maybe not publicly<3

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