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Opportunity for African Writers | Applications Open for FEMRITE’s 7th Regional Residency for African Women Writers

Where are our women writers in the house? Here is a golden chance for you. Contributing to the celebration and empowerment of female writers on the continent, FEMRITE has officially announced the call for submissions for its 7th Regional Residency for African Women Writers. This edition will be supported by Karavan, a top literary magazine […]

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Tope Folarin’s LA Review Essay is a Race and Matatu “Dream” with Ngugi and Venus Williams

2013 Caine Prize winner Tope Folarin has a new essay in the Los Angeles Review of Books. The piece, titled “An Architect of Dreams: On Ngugi wa Thiong’o’s Devil on the Cross,” touches upon a number of diverse topics including Venus Williams, dreams, racism, matatu, barbershops, and of course, Ngugi wa Thiong’o. Folarin’s keen eye […]

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Opportunity for African Writers | The 2018 Golden Baobab Prize Is Open for Submissions

$5,000 is up for grabs as the 2018 edition of the annual Golden Baobab Prize makes its call for submissions. Entries are welcome from professional illustrators and writers of children’s stories across Africa. Now in its ninth year, Golden Baobab aims to strengthen the relationship publishers have with writers and illustrators in Africa. The most […]

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Opportunity for African Writers | 2017 Short Story Day Africa Prize Opens

The annual Short Story Day Africa Prize is set to open for submissions on June 1, 2017. This year’s theme is “Id.” The winner is to be awarded $800, while the second-placed and third-placed entrants get $200 and $100 respectively. Below is the full press release as it appears on the site: In early psychoanalysis, […]

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How Donald Trump Made the Nigerian Poet Albashir Alhassan Famous

US President Donald Trump, while speaking at a luncheon with Irish Prime Minister Edna Kenny, was quoted to have said: As we stand together with our Irish friends, I’m reminded of that proverb — and this is a good one, this is one I like. I’ve heard it for many, many years and I love […]

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Congrats to Adichie for Winning the “One Book, One New York” Contest

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie seems to be having a great year. She emerges winner in the hotly contested inaugural “One Book, One New York” contest. New Yorkers have selected Americanah for a city-wide book reading event. New Yorkers have been asked to pick up copies of the book, read it, and talk about it in book clubs, […]

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Nigerian Author Tolulope Popoola Is Featured in Lancôme Beauty Campaign

Some of you may know Popoola as the author of Brittle Paper’s wedding story series titled Memoirs of a Lagos Wedding Planner.  The Nigerian novelist and writing coach was recently featured in a Lancôme beauty campaign called “My Shade, My Power.” This places her in the fine company of African female novelists like Chibundu Onuzo, […]

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Call For Submission | Anthology of Queer Nigerian Art Vol. 2

Following the success of We Are Flowers, the Nigeria-based creative collective called 14 is planning a new edition. Like the debut edition, the new issue, set for publication in August, explores various aspects of LGBTQ life. The theme for this year’s anthology is Sex! See below for more details on how to submit your work. The […]

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The Guardian UK Criticized for Headline Calling Bernardine Evaristo’s Booker Prize-winning Novel Obscure

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Right after Bernardine Evaristo and Margaret Atwood were announced joint winners of the 2019 Booker Prize for Fiction, the UK’s […]

Bernardine Evaristo’s Joint Win of the Booker Prize, with Margaret Atwood, Makes Her the First Black Woman & Second Nigerian to Receive the Honour

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The Nigerian-British novelist Bernardine Evaristo has been awarded the 2019 Booker Prize for Fiction, for her novel Girl, Woman, Other, […]

The Queen of Dahomey: Episode Three | The Witches of Auchi Series | Anthony Azekwoh

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There was an old woman with a ragged scar on her cheek who lived alone on the outskirts of Dahomey. […]

Befeqadu Hailu, Ethiopian Writer-Activist & Co-founder of Zone 9 Blog, Named 2019 International Writer of Courage

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Befeqadu Hailu, the Ethiopian writer, activist, and co-founder of the Amharic-language human rights platform Zone 9 Blogging Collective, has been […]

Kalaf Epalanga, Angolan Author & Musician, Named Curator of the 2020 African Book Festival in Berlin

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The Angolan musician and author Kalaf Epalanga, who looks like the actor Mahershala Ali, has been announced as the curator […]

Addis Ababa Noir, Edited by Maaza Mengiste & Featuring Mahtem Shiferraw, Sulaiman Addonia, Linda Yohannes, Meron Hadero, Hannah Giorgis, Forthcoming in April 2020

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Each anthology in Akashic Books’ noir series is “set in a distinct neighborhood or location within the respective city” and […]

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