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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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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.

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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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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