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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 Obi-Young is a writer, journalist, & Deputy Editor of Brittle Paper. The recipient of the inaugural The Future Awards Prize for Literature in 2019, he sits on the judging panels of The Miles Morland Writing Scholarships and of The Gerald Kraak Prize. He is Nonfiction 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 Curator at 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 work in queer equality advocacy in literature has been profiled in Literary Hub. 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 has an M.A. in African Studies and a combined honours B.A. in History & International Studies/English & Literary Studies, both from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. He taught English in a private Nigerian university. Find him at otosirieze.com, where he accepts writing and editing offers, or on Instagram or Twitter: @otosirieze. When bored, he Googles Rihanna.

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