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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 Only previously unpublished poems written in English will be accepted.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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Ellah Wakatama Allfrey & Bibi Bakare-Yusuf Join the Royal Society of Literature as Honourary Fellows

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Caine Prize chair Ellah Wakatama Allfrey and Cassava Republic Press co-founder Bibi Bakare-Yusuf have been inducted into the UK’s Royal […]

The Inaugural Africa Writes – Bristol Festival, an Offshoot of Africa Writes in London, Set for Seven Days of Performances, Panels, Launches & Workshops

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In 2017, Africa Writes, the UK’s biggest festival celebrating African literature, moved beyond London for the first time, organizing pop-up […]

Earn €1,500 at Goethe-Institut’s U-40 Writers’ Residencies in Burkina Faso | How to Apply

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The Goethe-Institut/Bureau de liaison in Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso, has called for applications to its new 2019/2020 residencies […]

Molara Ogundipe, Poet, Editor, & Founder of the Stiwanist Movement in Feminism, Passes on at 78

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The Nigerian professor, poet, critic, editor, activist and leading feminist thinker Molara Ogundipe has passed on at 78. She died […]

Namwali Serpell on Using a Swarm of Mosquitoes as Narrator in Her New Novel, The Old Drift

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Namwali Serpell’s debut novel The Old Drift has been a hit with critics. Hailed as the Great Zambian Novel and […]

Nnedi Okorafor’s Broken Places & Outer Spaces, Her 15th Book in 14 Years and First of Nonfiction, Now Available

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Nnedi Okorafor’s memoir, Broken Places & Outer Spaces: Finding Creativity in the Unexpected, was published yesterday, 18 June, by Simon […]

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