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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 a writer, literary journalist, former academic, and Deputy Editor of Brittle Paper. A judge for the 2019 Gerald Kraak Award, he is an editor at 14, Nigeria’s first queer art collective which has published two volumes: WE ARE FLOWERS and THE INWARD GAZE. He is the curator of ART NAIJA SERIES, a sequence of themed e-anthologies of writing and visual art exploring different aspects of Nigerianness: ENTER NAIJA: THE BOOK OF PLACES (October, 2016) focuses on cities in Nigeria; WORK NAIJA: THE BOOK OF VOCATIONS (June, 2017) focuses on professions in Nigeria. His fiction has appeared in The Threepenny Review and Transition, and has been shortlisted for the Miles Morland Writing Scholarship and the Gerald Kraak Award, both in 2016, and a Pushcart Prize in 2015. He attended the 2018 Miles Morland Foundation Creative Writing Workshop. He has completed a collection of short stories, YOU SING OF A LONGING, and is working on a novel. He is represented by David Godwin Associates literary agency. He combined history and literature at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka and taught English at Godfrey Okoye University, Enugu. When bored, the boy just Googles Rihanna. Find him at otosirieze.com, where he accepts editing and writing offers, or on Instagram or Twitter: @otosirieze.

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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