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Zambia’s Mbozi Haimbe Awarded 2019 Commonwealth Short Story Prize for Africa Region 

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Zambia’s Mbozi Haimbe has been awarded the 2019 Commonwealth Short Story Prize for Africa Region, for her “Madam’s Sister.” She is the second Zambian to receive a Commonwealth Prize, following Ellen Banda-Aaku’s 2007 win of the defunct Commonwealth Short Story Competition, for “Sozi’s Box.” The short story, like those of the four other winners for […]

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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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Girl, Woman, Other: Bernardine Evaristo’s Eighth Book Is a Polyphonic Love Song to Black Womanhood and Modern Britain

Bernardine Evaristo’s eighth book, Girl, Woman, Other, was released on May 2 by Penguin Random House imprint Hamish Hamilton. The Nigerian-British Brunel University creative writing professor, a dynamic visionary best known in the African literary scene as the founder of the Brunel International African Poetry Prize, the continent’s most influential poetry institution, is a prolific […]

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The Poetics of the Outcast in Wayétu Moore’s She Would Be King | Reviews by Ainehi

1 She Would Be King by Wayetu Moore takes me back to one of the most tragic characters in African literature. Unoka the father of Okonkwo. Unoka always had trouble fitting in. As a child, he roams village roads, singing to birds instead of learning to farm yams. He grows up to become the least […]

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Read a Short Story from Jennifer Makumbi’s Collection, Let’s Tell This Story Properly/Manchester Happened

Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi’s new book, a short story collection, is here. Published in the UK this May by Oneworld as Manchester Happened, and forthcoming in the US in July from Transit as Let’s Tell This Story Properly, the collection is an anticipated one, especially coming after her 2018 Windham-Campbell Prize win. Here is a description […]

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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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