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US-based Author Okey Ndibe Narrates “Irritating Encounter” with Nigeria’s SSS

US-based author Okey Ndibe, known and respected for his incisive, unrelenting criticism of corruption and governmental abuse of power in Nigeria, was yet again held up by the State Security Service at Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos. Here is what he wrote on his Facebook page on 8 April. I had another irritating encounter with […]

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The 2017 Rathbones Folio Prize Shortlist Mixes Fiction and Nonfiction

The shortlist for the 2017 Rathbones Folio Prize has been announced and it’s one of a kind: it combines both fiction and nonfiction. Here are the eight shortlisted books for the 20,000-pound prize. The Vanishing Man by Laura Cumming (Chatto & Windus). The Return by Hisham Matar (Viking). This Census-Taker by China Miéville (Picador). The Sport […]

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Imbolo Mbue’s Behold the Dreamers Makes Her the First African to Win the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction

Imbolo Mbue’s Behold the Dreamers has won the 2017 PEN/Faulkner Award and she is the first African author to do this. The Cameroonian’s debut novel beat competition from Viet Dinh’s After Disasters, Garth Greenwell’s What Belongs to You, Louise Erdrich’s LaRose, and Sunil Yapa’s Your Heart Is a Muscle the Size of a Fist—a shortlist that has been described as “a […]

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The 2017 Commonwealth Short Story Prize Shortlist Announced

The shortlist for the 2017 Commonwealth Short Story Prize was announced hours ago, and on the 21-strong list are Diane Awerbuck, Akwaeke Emezi and  Kelechi Njoku. Diane Awerbuck, shortlisted for her “Nagmaal,” won the 2004 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best First Book and the 2014 Short Story Day Africa Prize, and was shortlisted for the […]

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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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Ayobami Adebayo Is the Fourth African To Be Shortlisted for the Baileys Prize

The 2017 Baileys Prize shortlist was announced yesterday and, to our wild excitement, Ayobami Adebayo’s debut novel Stay with Me is on it. The 28-year-old’s inclusion makes her the fourth African ever, in the prize’s twenty-one-year existence, to be shortlisted, joining Nigeria’s Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (in 2004 for Purple Hibiscus, in 2007 when she won […]

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The Winners of the 2017 Whiting Awards Announced

The ten winners of the 2017 Whiting Awards have been announced. Founded in 1985, the Whiting Awards are presented annually to ten promising writers in fiction, poetry, non-fiction, and drama. The prizes, sponsored by the Mrs Giles Whiting Foundation, come with a total of $50,000 shared among the winners. Their selection process is exclusive: writers […]

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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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Chimamanda Adichie Shares the Ins-and-Outs of Writing Half of A Yellow Sun for Biafra Remembrance Day

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  It’s Biafra Remembrance Day, and while many authors have written about the Biafra War, perhaps no other book on […]

Teju Cole’s Essay on The Disposability of Black Lives is Essential Reading for Our Current Moment

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As we mourn the death of George Floyd, whose life was brutally taken by a white police officer in Minneapolis, […]

Lolwe Needs You to Achieve its Goal of Paying Writers

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Lolwe is a literary magazine founded in January 2020 by Kenyan writer and editor Troy Onyango. One of the magazine’s […]

Bernardine Evaristo’s Girl, Woman, Other, Shortlisted for The Orwell Prize for Political Fiction

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Bernardine Evaristo’s Girl, Woman, Other has been shortlisted for The Orwell Prize for Political Fiction. Sponsored by The Orwell Foundation […]

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Tomi Adeyemi Recommends 5 Books to Escape Into While You’re Social Distancing

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Wondering what’s on Tomi Adeyemi’s quarantine reading list? Adeyemi recently shared five books she is reading (and re-reading) during the […]

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