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My Sister, The Serial Killer Shortlisted for the 2020 Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year

Oyinkan Braithwaite’s My Sister, the Serial Killer has been shortlisted for the 2020 Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year. She is the only debut author on the shortlist of six and the only one making an appearance for the first time. The other shortlisted titles include Worse Case Scenario by Helen Fitzgerald; The […]

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Submit to Poetry Competition Sponsored by the Embassy of Ireland, Nigeria

The Embassy of Ireland in Nigeria has launched a writing competition in celebration of Bloomsday. Bloomsday is the commemoration of the life and works of the great Irish writer James Joyce. Every year on June 16, fans all over the world celebrate Joyce’s extraordinary life and the global impact of his writing. The embassy is […]

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Stella Gaitano Eddo’s Souls is First South Sudanese Novel to Win PEN Translates Award

Last week, English PEN announced 19 winners of the PEN Translates Award. The winners came from fifteen countries with works in 13 different languages. With support from English PEN and Arts Council England, the award funds up to 75% of translation costs for selected projects. The PEN Translates award encourages publishers in the UK to […]

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Ake Review is Accepting Submissions for its 2020 Edition

Ake Review is the annual publication of the Ake Arts and Book Festival. The publication is currently accepting submissions for their 2020 edition. The 2020 Ake Arts and Book Festival, which will be held online, is themed “African Time.” Writers are invited to submit poetry, fiction, non-fiction and visual art exploring the theme. The editors […]

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Sarah Ladipo Manyika on 2021 Aspen Words Literary Prize Jury

The Aspen Words Literary Prize committee has announced the judges for the 2021 prize, and British-Nigerian writer Sarah Ladipo Manyika is one of them. At $35,000, The Aspen Words Literary Prize is one of the largest prizes in the US and is open to novels and short story collections from writers of any nationality, addressing […]

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Prof. James N. Adichie, Father of Chimamanda Adichie, Passes on at 88

Prof. James Nwoye Adichie, father of acclaimed novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, has passed on. The news broke earlier today in the Nigeria news media. Aged 88, Prof J. N. Adichie, as he was popularly designated, reportedly died Wednesday (June 10) night at Chira Memorial Hospital, Awkuzu Oyi Local Government Area of Anambra state. The news […]

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Chigozie Obioma Receives International Literature Award for the German Translation of An Orchestra of Minorities

Chigozie Obioma’s An Orchestra of Minorities (2019) has been awarded the International Literature Award by Germany’s House of World Cultures and Stiftung Elementarteilchen. The International Literature Prize recognizes an outstanding work of prose translated into German for the first time. The winning author and translator are recognized. The author wins a cash prize of 20,000 […]

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Americanah #IRL: Chimamanda Adichie Reads Aloud Passages That Deal With Race Relations in America

You may have noticed that across the various anti-racist and #BlackLivesMatter reading lists that have emerged recently, one novel constantly featured in them is Chimamanda Adichie’s Americanah. Rightly so: a large part of the novel is taken up by Ifemelu’s musings on the question of what it means to be black in America. In the spirit […]

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Derek Owusu Awarded 2020 Desmond Elliot Prize

Derek Owusu Awarded 2020 Desmond Elliot Prize (1)

British author of Ghanaian heritage Derek Owusu has been awarded the 2020 Desmond Elliot Prize for his debut novel That […]

My Sister, The Serial Killer Wins Crime Fiction Book of the Year

My Sister, The Serial Killer Wins Crime Fiction Book of the Year

Oyinkan Braithwaite’s comic crime thriller, My Sister, The Serial Killer (2018), has won the 2020 British Book Award for Crime Fiction […]

“I Have Come Undone” | Adichie Writes Moving Statement on Grieving for Her Father

chimamanda Adichie tribute father james nwoye adichie

Chimamanda Adichie’s father, Professor James Nwoye Adichie, died on Wednesday June 10, 2020. Today, the author breaks her silence around […]

Submit to Ouida Books’ New Imprint on Technology in Africa

Ouida Books is Currently Accepting Submissions for Her New Imprint LWM (2)

Lagos-based publishing press Ouida Books is accepting submissions for its new imprint LWM. LMW is the third addition to the […]

Wayétu Moore Announces New Novel Exploring Mami Wata Mythology

Wayétu Moore Announces New Novel Exploring Mami Wata Mythology

Liberian-American author Wayétu Moore is staying busy and productive. Barely a year since the release of her widely praised memoir […]

Tsitsi Dangarembga Petitions Parliament of Zimbabwe for Removal of Health Minister Obadiah Moyo

Tsitsi Dangarembga Obadiah Moyo (1)

On June 19, 2020, Zimbabwe Health Minister Obadiah Moyo was arrested on corruption charges for engaging in an illegal 60 […]

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