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Awele Creative Trust Award Releases 2017 Shortlist

A six-name shortlist has been announced for the 2017 Awele Creative Trust Award, following a four-month period of deliberation. Now in its fourth year, the N50,000 Awele Creative Trust Award is an annual contest dedicated to celebrating short fiction from Nigeria. The award is organised by Awele Creative Trust, an initiative founded by Chika Unigwe, author of […]

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Brunel Prize 2018 Poems Review | Part 1: Nour Kamel and Gbenga Adeoba

Last week, we announced our inaugural Brunel Prize Poems Review Series. Our reviews of the poems shortlisted for the 2018 Brunel International African Poetry Prize begins with readings of entries by Nour Kamel and Gbenga Adeoba, by Brittle Paper writer Kanyinsola Olorunninsola. NOUR KAMEL Nour Kamel is a writer based in Cairo, Egypt. She also […]

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Ayọ̀bámi Adébáyọ̀’s Stay With Me Is the Only Novel on the £30,000 Wellcome Book Prize Shortlist

Ayobami Adebayo’s debut novel, Stay with Me, has been shortlisted for the 2018 Wellcome Book Prize. Adebayo’s novel was shortlisted alongside Meredith Wadman’s The Vaccine Race, Lindsey Fitzharris’ The Butchering Art, Kathryn Mannix’s With the End in Mind, Mark O’Connell’s To Be a Machine, and Granta owner Sigrid Rausing’s memoir Mayhem. Stay with Me is the […]

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“Black Panther” Actress Danai Gurira Joins Production Team for “Americanah” Miniseries

Following news that Lupita Nyong’o’s adaptation of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Americanah would now be a miniseries as opposed to the initial plans for a film, Zimbabwean actress-cum-screenwriter Danai Gurira has signed on to the project. She will be joining her Black Panther co-star as the screenplay writer. This will be the third collaboration between the two stars, […]

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Opportunity for African Writers | Enter for the 2018 Babishai Niwe Poetry Competition

The annual Babisha Niwe Poetry Prize is open for submissions. All African poets who will not have published a full-length collection by July 2018 are eligible and encouraged to submit to the prize. Only previously unpublished poems written in English will be accepted. Entrants are to submit five single-spaced poems in a Word document via […]

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5 Reasons It’s Important That Victor Ehikhamenor is Calling Out Damien Hirst’s Plagiarism

Recently, the Nigerian artist Victor Ehikhamenor called out the legendary British maestro, Damien Hirst, for appropriating Nigerian art in one of his latest exhibitions at the Venice Biennale. The said work, titled Golden Heads (Female), bears a startling resemblance to Ori Olokun, an ancient sculpture originating from as far back as the 13th century in […]

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Judges Unveiled for the Black Letter Media Short Story Competition

Black Letter Media has released the three-person list of judges for the 2017 edition of its short story competition. The judges are Kgauhelo Dube, Bwesigye Bwa Mwesigire, and Sabata-mpho Mokae. The entries for the contest will be assessed blindly by the judges. The first, second, and third place winners will receive R5,000, R1,500 and R500 respectively. […]

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Opportunity for Nigerian Writers | Enter for the Okike Prize for Literature

Another prize awarding literary excellence has surfaced. The Okike Prize for Literature is a new initiative promoting writing by Nigerian undergraduates. Submissions can be made in any of the three main genres of literature: Drama, Poetry and Prose (Fiction), with a mouth-watering sum of N50,000 to be won in each category. The deadline is 5 […]

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Inspired by the Western media coverage of the Dusit Hotel terror attack in Nairobi.   At the Dusit restaurant in […]

Algerian Poet Azraj Omar Decries Arab Lack of Knowledge About Black African Literature

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Algerian poet Azraj Omar has, in a piece titled “Arab World’s Unjustified Neglect of African Literature,” decried what he describes as […]

Zoe Wicomb Talks Intersectionality, Reading Other Writers, and That Time When Heinemann Put Her Photo in Bessie Head’s 1971 Novel, Maru

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In a new interview in The Johannesburg Review of Books, South African novelist Zoe Wicomb revealed an error by Heinemann in […]

GoFundMe | Please Donate to Help Logan February Go on Book Tour in the US

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Logan February, a young Nigerian poet who has published three books of poetry, is seeking donations for a scheduled book […]

Translator Publishes List of 146 Books by 66 African Authors Selling in Chinese

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A translator of English into Chinese, Bruce Humes, has published a list of 146 books by 66 African authors selling […]

Kenyans Criticize The New York Times’ Publication of Victims’ Photos from Dusit Hotel Terrorist Attack, Call for Editor’s Removal as Twitter Suspends Paper’s Handle

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Kenyans are rightly criticizing The New York Times‘ publication of victims’ photos from the January 15 Al Shabaab terrorist attack on […]

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