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Photos from the London Launch of Margaret Busby’s New Daughters of Africa Anthology

Last October, it was announced that Britain’s first black female publisher Margaret Busby will edit a new anthology featuring 200 female African writers and female writers of African descent across generations. New Daughters of Africa: An International Anthology of 20th- and 21st-Century Writing by Women of African Descent—which “charts a contemporary literary canon from 1900 and […]

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The 2019 Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poets Goes to Nigeria’s Gbenga Adeoba

The 2019 Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poets has been awarded to Nigeria’s Gbenga Adeoba for his manuscript titled Exodus.  Backed by the philanthropists Laura and Robert FX Sillerman—as part of their overall funding of the African Poetry Book Fund—the $1,000 Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poets honours the finest first full-length poetry […]

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Essays by Teju Cole & Chigozie Obioma Featured in The Good Immigrant USA Anthology Forthcoming in March

Essays by Teju Cole and Chigozie Obioma will appear in The Good Immigrant USA, an anthology exploring “what it’s like to be othered in an increasingly divided America.” Edited by Nikesh Shukla and Chimene Suleyman—the team behind the bestselling book The Good Immigrant—and forthcoming on 7 March from Little, Brown imprint Dialogue Books, the collection also features […]

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Charles Mungoshi’s Quiet Influence on Zimbabwean Literature | Tinashe Mushakavanhu

It is no exaggeration to say that Charles Mungoshi, who died on 16 February in Harare, aged 71, was one of the most important writers both in English and in a local language—in this case, Shona—to come out of Africa. Less flamboyant than his namesake Charles ‘Dambudzo’ Marechera, Mungoshi was a prose master of understated […]

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On love XXVIII | Salimah Valiani | Poetry

  Note: Publication of this submission, a tribute to Winnie Mandela, is timed to coincide with International Women’s Day on the 8th of March.   How many ways can a heart be broken? (1)   departure finality staggering beauty betrayal rejection being barred from continuing to make History Mama Winnie your death (like your life) […]

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Submit to Issue II of 20.35 Africa: An Anthology of Contemporary Poetry, Guest-Edited by Yasmin Belkhyr and Kayo Chingonyi

The arrival of 20.35 Africa: An Anthology of Contemporary Poetry—curated by the Nigerian poets Ebenezer Agu, D.E. Benson, Chisom Okafor, Gbenga Adeoba and the visual artist Osinachi—pushed institutional boundaries in the modern African poetry scene. Its debut issue was guest-edited by Safia Elhillo and Gbenga Adesina and featured thirty-two poets, including Romeo Oriogun, JK Anowe, Lilian […]

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OkayAfrica’s 100 Women List 2019 Includes Aminatta Forna, Bibi Bakare-Yusuf, Sisonke Msimang, Alongside Adwoa Aboah, Thandie Newton, Oby Ezekwesili

The novelist Aminatta Forna, Cassava Republic Press co-founder Bibi Bakare-Yusuf, the essayist and activist Sisonke Msimang, the novelist Tomi Adeyemi, the memoirist Clemantine Wamariya, and the writer Kemiyondo Coutinho have been included in OkayAfrica‘s “100 Women” list for 2019. The six literary figures appear alongside the supermodels Adut Akech and Adwoa Aboah, the rising model Duckie Thot, […]

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Twenty-one Writers Longlisted for the 2018/19 Short Story Day Africa Prize

Twenty-one writers have been longlisted for the 2018/19 Short Story Day Africa Prize. Founded in 2011, the Short Story Day Africa Prize—which offers US$800 for first place, $200 for second place, and $100 for third place—recognizes the best short stories submitted for Short Story Day Africa‘s themed anthologies. Works that have won or been shortlisted for the […]

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African Literary Digest: 101 Notable Pieces of 2018

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It was inevitable: compiling a list as monstrous as this would consume time, cause a delay. But here we are. […]

Novuyo Rosa Tshuma, Diana Evans Longlisted for the 2019 Rathbones Folio Prize

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The Zimbabwean novelist Novuyo Rosa Tshuma and the British-Nigerian novelist Diana Evans have been longlisted for the £30,000 Rathbones Folio […]

Ben Okri to Headline the 2019 African Book Festival in Berlin, with Ainehi Edoro, Musa Okwonga as Moderators | All the Guests + Key Events

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Ben Okri will headline the 2019 African Book Festival in Berlin, curated by Tsitsi Dangarembga, where panels will be moderated by Brittle […]

Gerald Kraak Prize Anthology, Trifonia Melibea Obono, Uzodinma Iweala Shortlisted for the 2019 LAMBDA Literary Awards

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Four books by Africans have been shortlisted for the 2019 LAMBDA Literary Awards for literature about LGBTQI+ people. Equatoguinean writer […]

Praxis Magazine Announces Seven Poetry Chapbooks for Its 2019-20 Publication Series

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Praxis magazine has selected seven poetry chapbooks for its 2019-20 publication series. The announcement, made on its website, included submissions from […]

Poetry Collective & Press Konya Shamsrumi Gets New Columnist-Bloggers in Tafirenyika, Anena, Grieder, Gatawa, and Sabuke

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The poetry collective and press Konya Shamsrumi (KSR) has announced new columnist-bloggers for its website. They are: Tinashe Tafirenyika, the two-time National Arts Merit […]

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