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Short Story Day Africa Announces 2019 Prize Theme: Disruption

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Short Story Day Africa has announced the theme for its 2019 Prize: “Disruption.” The prize will be open to submissions on 1 June 2019 and be closed on 31 October 2019. As with previous prizes, a longlist would be announced, and then a shortlist, and then the top three: a first place prize of $800, […]

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Books & Rhymes Podcast is Using Music to Inspire Readers of African Books

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Books & Rhymes, one of our favorite Instagram book review platforms, is expanding into the podcast scene, and we are beyond delighted. The Books & Rhymes podcast is based on the brilliant idea of pairing books and music. The presenter Sarah Ozo-Irabor takes listeners on a delightful journey through the heart of a book, with […]

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How African Writers Celebrated Mother’s Day

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Speaking of a mother’s love, Chimamanda Adichie once said: “…the completeness, the wholesomeness of this love. It’s just a different thing from anything I’ve ever experienced in my life.” Many in the African literary community would agree with her that a mother’s love is powerful and worthy of celebration. We saw this sort of appreciation […]

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EVENT | Books & Rhymes Live Show is an Evening of Music, Literature and Discussion

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Here is something for the folks in London. Sarah Ozo-Irabor is hosting a live show for her podcast Books & Rhyme, and you can be in the audience. The show features bestselling novelist Sarah Ladipo-Manyika on the 23rd of May at the Iconic Foyles bookshop in London. The Books & Rhymes live show is an […]

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DCTV Presents | The Poets, the Documentary of Syl Cheney-Coker & Niyi Osundare’s Friendship, Will Be Screening in New York City on 13 May

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In July 2018, we covered the arrival of The Poets, the documentary of the Sierra Leonean poet Syl Cheney-Coker and the Nigerian poet Niyi Osundare’s friendship. The film will now screen in New York City on 13 May, as part of the DCTV screening and event series, “DCTV Presents Spring 2019.” DCTV is a nonprofit […]

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Helon Habila’s Fourth Novel, Travellers, Is a Roaming Exploration of the Lives of African Immigrants in Three European Countries

Helon Habila’s fifth book and fourth novel will arrive in June 2019, from Penguin Random House imprint Hamish Hamilton. Titled Travellers, the 320-page book follows the novels Waiting for an Angel (2002), Measuring Time (2007) and Oil on Water (2011), and the nonfiction book The Chibok Girls (2016). His first book to be set outside […]

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Novuyo Rosa Tshuma, Sulaiman Addonai & Diana Evans Longlisted for Inaugural Orwell Prize for Political Fiction

Three African novelists have been longlisted for the inaugural Orwell Prize for Political Fiction: the Zimbabwean Novuyo Rosa Tshuma for her House of Stone, the Eritrean-Ethiopian Sulaiman Addonai for his Silence Is My Mother Tongue, and the Nigerian-British Diana Evans for her Women’s Prize finalist Ordinary People. Tshuma and Evans further currently have their novels […]

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Critical Muslim’s Issue 30, Guest-edited by Yovanka Paquete & Henry Brefo, Navigates the Rich Cultural and Political Geography of West Africa

The 30th issue of Critical Muslim, the influential Hurst quarterly showcasing ground-breaking thinking on Islam and what it means to be a Muslim in a rapidly changing, interconnected world, focuses on West Africa. Guest-edited by Bissau-Guinean writer Yovanka Paquete Perdigao and Henry Brefo, it features short stories by the Cameroonian Bakwa Magazine editor Dzekashu Mcviban […]

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Short Story Day Africa Announces 2019 Prize Theme: Disruption

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Short Story Day Africa has announced the theme for its 2019 Prize: “Disruption.” The prize will be open to submissions […]

Nnedi Okorafor, Tomi Adeyemi, Tiah Beautement, Tendai Huchu, Imraan Coovadia Make 28-Strong Shortlists for $3,000 Nommo Awards

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The shortlists for the 2019 Nommo Awards for Speculative Fiction by Africans have been announced. This comes weeks after the […]

50 Intellectuals, Including Wole Soyinka & Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Sign Letter to President Patrice Talon Calling for Fresh Elections in Benin Republic

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Professors Wole Soyinka and Henry Louis Gates, Jr. are among a group of 50 African and American intellectuals who have […]

Anticipation for Jennifer Makumbi’s Ongoing East Africa Book Tour, as New Collection Is Nominated for the 2019 Big Book Awards

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The Ugandan novelist Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi has begun her East Africa book tour to promote her new short story collection. […]

Books & Rhymes Podcast is Using Music to Inspire Readers of African Books

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Books & Rhymes, one of our favorite Instagram book review platforms, is expanding into the podcast scene, and we are […]

#PoetryTalk | Poetry is the Excavation of Hidden Things | Interview with Titilope Sonuga

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  Nigerian-Canadian poet, writer, and performer, Titilope Sonuga is the featured guest of this week’s #PoetryTalk interview series. We discuss […]

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