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Ayobami Adebayo Wins the 9Mobile Prize for Literature, for Stay with Me

Two weeks after the prize’s Board resigned and the prize reiterated its commitment to announcing a winner 18 months after it released a shortlist, the Nigerian Ayobami Adebayo has been named the winner of the 2017/18 9Mobile Prize for Literature, for her much-honoured debut novel Stay with Me. The shortlist also included the Nigerian Lesley […]

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Twelve African Writers on the Legacy of Toni Morrison, for Decades the Greatest Living Writer

Toni Morrison, for decades the greatest living writer, passed on at 88, on 6 August. We have compiled tributes to her, published on other sites, by Namwali Serpell, Diana Evans, Bernardine Evaristo, Chigozie Obioma, Ben Okri, Aminatta Forna, Afua Hirsch, Ellah Wakatama Allfrey, Margaret Busby, Sarah Ladipo Manyika, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, and Laila Lalami. For […]

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Kenyan Court Awards Tony Mochama Sh9 Million ($87,070) in Sexual Harassment Defamation Suit Against Shailja Patel and Wambui Mwangi, Orders Written Apology to Him

On 20 September 2014, while the Storymoja Hay Festival was ongoing, a group of writers met in the Nairobi home of postcolonial theory and political history professor Wambui Mwangi, to discuss the operation of the newly founded African Poetry Book Fund (APBF). Among those in attendance were the APBF founder Kwame Dawes, the poet Shailja […]

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Omoyele Sowore, Publisher of Sahara Reporters and 2019 Nigerian Presidential Candidate, Arrested by SSS for #RevolutionNow Protest | Wole Soyinka Issues Statement

Omoyele Sowore, the publisher of SaharaReporters and 2019 Nigerian presidential candidate on the platform of the African Action Congress (AAC), has been arrested by officers of Nigeria’s State Security Service (SSS) for organising the #RevolutionNow protests, a series of peaceful demonstrations for a better country which are set to begin today, 5 August, in 21 […]

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Imbolo Mbue’s Second Novel Acquired by Penguin Random House

The North America rights to Imbolo Mbue’s second novel has been acquired by Penguin Random House. The manuscript, currently titled How Beautiful We Were, sold by Mbue’s agent Susan Golomb and acquired by the editor Andy Ward, is, according to the publishing house, “a story told through multiple perspectives about what happens when an African […]

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Dr. Stella Nyanzi Sentenced to 18 Months in Prison for a Poem About Uganda’s President Museveni, Stages Nude Protest in Court

The Ugandan academic and gender and queer rights advocate Stella Nyanzi has been sentenced to 18 months in prison after being found guilty of cyber harassment against the country’s 33-year-ruling President Yoweri Museveni. She has been in prison for nine months now, having been arrested, first in October 2018, for a Facebook post she made, […]

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Exclusive: Watch Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Praise & Give Certificates to Participants of the Purple Hibiscus Creative Writing Workshop 

The eleventh edition of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s creative writing workshop took place in Lagos from 20 November to 30 November 2018. Formerly the Farafina Trust Creative Writing Workshop, the event returned after its 2017 postponement as the Purple Hibiscus Trust Creative Writing Workshop, named after Adichie’s debut novel, which was marking its fifteenth anniversary, and […]

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The Fágúnwà Study Group’s Second International Conference in Akure to Celebrate Wọlé Ṣóyínká, D. O. Fágúnwà, and the Yorùbá Artistic Heritage | August 7-10

Wọlé Ṣóyínká has long been the preeminent scholar on D. O. Fágúnwà, the great Yorùbá-language writer two of whose books, The Forest of a Thousand Daemons (Ògbójú Ọdẹ Nínú Igbó Irúnmalè) and The Forest of Olodumare (Igbó Olódùmarè), he translated. This August, to mark Ṣóyínká’s 85th birthday this year, the Fágúnwà Study Group will celebrate the […]

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The 2019 Writivism Prizes Awarded to Nigeria’s Frances Ogamba & South Africa’s Resoketswe Manenzhe

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The winners of the 2019 Writivism Prizes have been announced: the Koffi Addo Creative Nonfiction Prize went to Nigeria’s Frances […]

Teju Cole Offers Thoughts on Controversy Over NYT’s Coverage of Trump & Racism, Shares New Spotify Playlist

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Days ago on Facebook, Teju Cole made a post about the debate over how The New York Times covers and […]

Dinaw Mengestu’s Novel Picked by Barrack Obama for His Summer 2019 Reading List

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Former US president Barrack Obama has revealed his summer 2019 reading list, and among his selections is the Ethiopian writer […]

Poetry Chapbook Review | Ama Asantewa Diaka’s You Too Will Know Me | Nana Prempeh

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Publisher: Akashic Books. As part of African Poetry Book Fund (APBF)’s New-Generation African Poets: A Chapbook Box Set (Sita), edited […]

Shailja Patel Rejects $87,070 Court Ruling in Sexual Assault Defamation Suit by Tony Mochama, Leaves Kenya on Self-Exile

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A week following the awarding of Sh9 million ($87,070) to Tony Mochama in his sexual assault defamation suit against Shailja […]

How to Join Narrative Landscape’s Illustrator Competition for Nigerian Women

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PRESS RELEASE Brief Narrative Landscape Press is pleased to announce this illustrator competition for Nigerian women illustrators. The winner of […]

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