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July 10 | Sarah Ladipo Manyika Hosts Strive Masiyiwa on Conversations Across the Diaspora

Sarah Ladipo Manyika, author of In Dependence (2008) and Like A Mule Bringing Ice Cream To The Sun (2016), has teamed up with The Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD) to host an interactive series called Conversations Across the Diaspora. This Friday, July 10 at 12:00 noon Pacific Daylight Time, Manyika welcomes her second guest in the […]

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Bernardine Evaristo Becomes First Black Writer to Win Author of the Year

  Bernardine Evaristo’s winning streak continues as she dominates two categories of the 2020 British Book Awards: Best Fiction Book of the Year for Girl, Woman, Other (2019) and Best Author of the Year. She is the first Black author to win Best Author of the Year, the first Black woman and second Nigerian to win […]

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My Sister, The Serial Killer Wins Crime Fiction Book of the Year

Oyinkan Braithwaite’s comic crime thriller, My Sister, The Serial Killer (2018), has won the 2020 British Book Award for Crime Fiction Book of the Year. The British Book Awards, also known as the Nibbies, are administered by the book trade magazine, The Bookseller. Each year, the magazine awards prizes for Books of the Year in several […]

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Tsitsi Dangarembga Petitions Parliament of Zimbabwe for Removal of Health Minister Obadiah Moyo

On June 19, 2020, Zimbabwe Health Minister Obadiah Moyo was arrested on corruption charges for engaging in an illegal 60 million dollar contract with the firm, Drax Consult, to procure coronavirus test kits and medical equipment. According to the Zimbabwe newspaper, The Sunday News, Drax Consult “was merely a consulting company with no experience in […]

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Booker Prize Foundation Cuts Ties with Baroness Nicholson Over Transphobia Accusations

On June 24, 2020, The Booker Prize Foundation released a statement announcing the removal of Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne as Honorary Vice President and the discontinuation of honorary titles associated with the foundation. Baroness Nicholson is a British politician and widow of the late Sir Michael Caine after whom the Ako Caine Prize is partially […]

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Don’t Miss the BIGSAS Festival of African & African-Diasporic Literatures Featuring Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o, Véronique Tadjo, Achille Mbembe and Many More

This year’s BIGSAS Festival of African and African Literature will take place on July 3 & 4 via live stream on YouTube. The 2020 festival is hosted by Dr. Susan Arndt, professor of Transcultural English Literature at Bayreuth University. This year’s theme is “Care, Responsibility and Solidarity: Narrating Resistance in Arts, Academia and Activism.” It […]

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Centuries Before the African Novel, These 5 Stories Inspired Readers and Audiences

What stories were African audiences enjoying before the novel came to the continent in the late 19th century? We did a little digging in the archives and put together this introductory list of pre-modern African literature.  If you’re not familiar with African literary texts before the 20th century, here is your chance to explore 17th […]

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Stella Gaitano Eddo’s Souls is First South Sudanese Novel to Win PEN Translates Award

Last week, English PEN announced 19 winners of the PEN Translates Award. The winners came from fifteen countries with works in 13 different languages. With support from English PEN and Arts Council England, the award funds up to 75% of translation costs for selected projects. The PEN Translates award encourages publishers in the UK to […]

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Nnedi Okorafor’s LaGuardia Wins 2020 Hugo Award for Best Graphic Story or Comic

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Nigeria’s Nnedi Okorafor is on a roll! Barely two weeks since bagging an Eisner Award, Okarafor wins the coveted Hugo […]

Ugandan Novelist Jennifer Makumbi on All-Female Short Story Prize Longlist

Jennifer Makumbi on All-Female Short Story Prize Longlist

Celebrated Ugandan author Jennifer Makumbi is on the longlist of the 2020 Edge Hill Short Story Prize for her debut […]

Is Oedipus Rex a Form of Detective Fiction? — Watch Episode 5 of Prof. Ato Quayson’s Vlog

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The fifth episode of Professor Ato Quayson’s vlog Critic.Reading.Writing is up! As the literary vlog enters its fifth week, Quayson […]

Wole Soyinka Writes Letter of Solidarity for Detained Humanist Mubarak Bala

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Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka has never hesitated to speak out in the face of injustice. He recently penned a letter […]

Kenyan Filmmaker Wanuri Kahiu and Ghanaian American Playwright Jocelyn Bioh Collaborating on a Disney+ Project

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Wanuri Kahiu will direct the Disney+ film adaptation of the Broadway musical, Once on This Island, reports Hollywood Reporter. Ghanaian-American […]

Treasure is a New Novella by Oyinkan Braithwaite

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Calling all fans of My Sister, the Serial Killer! Oyinkan Braithwaite has a new novella out. Titled Treasure, the book […]

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