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Sisonke Msimang. Photo credit: The Wall Street Journal.

South African writer and activist Sisonke Msimang, author of the memoir Always Another Country and the forthcoming collection of essays The Resurrection of Winnie Mandela, was recently profiled in The Wall Street Journal. The feature—titled “For Sisonke Msimang, a Childhood in Exile Created a Life of Activism,” and written by Alexandra Wolfe—focuses on her life as an activist, her experience of race living in South Africa and Australia, and her writing.

Msimang was named winner of the 2017 Brittle Paper Award for Essays. A profile in The Wall Street Journal is a big deal as the newspaper is one of the U.S.’s Big Four (alongside The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Los Angeles Times), which means more visibility for Msimang and her work. And The Wall Street Journal is no stranger when it comes to the visibility of African writers, having been the first to publish photos of Imbolo Mbue back in 2015 following her million-dollar advance for Behold the Dreamers. So here’s to hoping for big things for Msimang.

Sisonke Msimang. Photo credit: The Wall Street Journal.

An excerpt from the profile:

Author and activist Sisonke Msimang grew up surrounded by South African revolutionaries. Her great uncle was a founding member of the African National Congress, and her father was part of Nelson Mandela’s antigovernment militia. After Mr. Mandela’s imprisonment, her father fled the country to Botswana, Tanzania and Russia before making his way to Zambia, where Ms. Msimang spent much of her childhood.

She remembers their home in Zambia being filled with people who streamed out of South Africa, all agitating for Mr. Mandela.

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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.

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