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Nnedi Okorafor’s Chicken in the Kitchen Wins Children’s Africana Book Award

On October 8th, Nnedi Okorafor attended a ceremony at the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art in Washington, DC  where she received recognition her contributions to African children’s books. Okorafor and the Iranian illustrator Mehrdokht Amini were both awarded the Children’s Africana Book Award for Chicken in the Kitchen. The Children’s Africana Book Award is a prize […]

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African Literary Event | Owerri Children’s Book Festival | All the Scoop + Photos

The maiden edition of the Owerri Children’s Book Festival took place last month and was organized by the Read Aloud Foundation with the support of the Bless Children’s Foundation. The Read Aloud Foundation was established in 2013 with the aim of encouraging reading, writing and art among children. The organization, made up of eleven young […]

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Interview | Alice Curry on Addressing Diversity in Children’s Book Publishing

According to a New York Times article, “of 3,200 children’s books published in 2013, just 93 were about about black people.” As bad as this sounds, it gets worse when we think of diversity beyond race. In the global literary market today, children’s books featuring Africans or exploring Islam are hard to find.  This is why Alice […]

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Nnedi Okorafor’s Chicken in the Kitchen is a Win for African Children’s Literature

What do you think happens when one of the world’s most prominent sci-fi/fantasy authors writes a children’s book? You get Chicken in Kitchen!— the latest and utterly adorable debut in the African children’s literature scene. It all started with Alice Curry, the cofounder of Lantana Publishing, a publishing company focused on creating children’s content inspired by minority cultures and […]

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Down River Road, a New Print & Online Magazine Exploring the Alternative in Literature, Music, & Visual Art, Calls for Submissions to Second Issue

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A new Nairobi-based print and online magazine, down river road, is exploring the margins, the shifting centers, and the new […]

Dr Stella Nyanzi Wins Appeal at Ugandan Court, Regains Freedom, But Is Possibly Re-arrested

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Dr Stella Nyanzi is free. The academic, feminist and queer rights advocate has been in prison for criticising Uganda’s long-serving […]

Apply for This Fully-funded Creative Writing Scholarship at the University of East Anglia, Sponsored by the Miles Morland Foundation

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The Miles Morland Foundation African Writers’ Scholarship is currently accepting accepting applications for its 2020 program. It is an initiative […]

Chinelo Okparanta Recalls Her First Teenage Crush

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“I was 16 years old, nearly 17, when a boy first expressed interest in me. Or, maybe it was that […]

Namwali Serpell, Maaza Mengiste & Marlon James Are Finalists for Los Angeles Times Book Prizes

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Finalists for the Los Angeles Times Book Prizes have been announced. The Ethiopian novelist Maaza Mengiste is nominated in the […]

Romeo Oriogun Shares Heartfelt, Powerful Personal Story as Anticipation Peaks for His Debut Poetry Collection, Sacrament of Bodies

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Romeo Oriogun’s debut poetry collection Sacrament of Bodies is still some 12 days away from its March 1 publication date […]

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