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The political and intellectual culture platform Africa Is a Country (AIAC) has announced its inaugural Fellowship Program, “of up to US$3,000 to create original work on a topic of their choice for AIAC over a 9-month period.” Supported by the Shuttleworth Foundation and the Open Society Foundation, the Africa Is a Country Fellowship Program aims “to support the production of original work and new knowledge on Africa-related topics that are under-recognized and under-covered in traditional media, new media, and other public forums.” The program “particularly seeks to amplify voices and perspectives from the left that address the major political, social, and economic issues affecting Africans in ways that are original, accessible, and engaging to a variety of audiences.”

Eligible professionals must be writers or other cultural and intellectual producers who work in all critical formats from essays, reporting and analysis to photo essays and documentary videos. Fiction, poetry, and fine and performing arts are not eligible.

Acceptable subjects include but are not limited to:

  • work and worker rights
  • the climate crisis
  • women/gender issues
  • immigration/border politics
  • reactionary politics (neoliberal authoritarianism, xenophobia, Afro-capitalism)
  • political alternatives to neoliberalism and state-led pan-Africanism
  • social movements
  • African and diaspora history and culture.

After initial submission, the fellows will work with Africa Is a Country‘s media department to translate their work into multimedia forms—short videos, audio documentaries, or podcast episodes—and will “represent Africa Is a Country on other media platforms as experts in their chosen subject.” Work produced during the Fellowship “will be governed under a Creative Commons license, in line with AIAC’s approach to ensure its content is widely accessible.”

Visit Africa Is a Country for application guidelines. 

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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 is a judge for The Gerald Kraak Prize and was a judge for The Morland Writing Scholarship in 2019. 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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