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Attend SBMEN’s Workshop: Developing an Editor’s Mindset | 22-23 February 2020

PRESS RELEASE: SBMEN Announces Its First Editing Workshop for Editors and Writers This February 2020 Lagos, 14 February 2020 — The Board of Trustees and Management of the Society of Book and Magazine Editors of Nigeria (SBMEN) are proud to announce it will be holding its fifth editing workshop for the year themed: Editing 101: […]

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Tsitsi Dangarembga Seeks Legal Representation in Dispute with Ayebia Clarke Publishing Over Rights to Her Novels

Tsitsi Dangarembga is seeking public support in her legal dispute with Ayebia Clarke Publishing in the UK. She is seeking pro bono representation in the country. Dangarembga suggests that it is “over rights to my work.” The Zimbabwean novelist and filmmaker is the author of the classic Nervous Conditions and its sequel The Book of […]

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Stanley Gazemba on the Continental Publishing Gap Since the African Writers Series

The question of the hurdles in African publishing has been a long-discussed one. In a new piece for The Elephant, Kenyan author Stanley Gazemba, winner of the Jomo Kenyatta Prize, has lent his voice. Entitled “African Publishing Minefields and the Woes of the African Writer,” the piece is a brief outline of publishing in the […]

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Bibi Bakare-Yusuf Is Brittle Paper’s African Literary Person of the Year 2018

The Brittle Paper African Literary Person of the Year recognizes individuals who work behind the scenes to hold up the African literary establishment in the given year. Our 2018 honour goes to Dr. Bibi Bakare-Yusuf for her long service and leadership in publishing. As Publishing Director of one of Africa’s most beloved indie presses, Cassava Republic, […]

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Koleka Putuma Could Change How We Sell African Books

To be a successful writer, you have to write and sell well. But here is the problem: between the published work and the reader’s pocket lies an abyss of publicity efforts that determine the success or failure of a book. So let’s say your work has just been published by a small but dedicated independent […]

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Is the Ake Festival a Bubble? | Okechukwu Ofili Calls for a Reality Check

The Ake Arts and Book Festival is an amazing event. It assembles some of the best minds in literature and art in one of Nigeria’s oldest cities. Fans and readers get to meet and greet with high profile authors like Teju Cole, Taiye Selasi, Laila Lalami, and so on. Spirited conversations take place during panel […]

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Betting on Africa | By Sarah Ladipo Manyika | An Essay

When my first novel came out, I, like many debut authors, gave world rights to my publisher. I signed with a British publisher who subsequently sold the African rights to a Nigerian publisher. At the time, I hadn’t realized that African publishers are almost always at the very end of rights negotiations. They must buy, […]

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Opportunity in African Publishing | Apply for Ayiba Magazine Editorial Fellowship | Sept. 14 Deadline

For those of you who are interested in the publishing side of things, read this! You do not want to miss out on the opportunity to receive editorial training at Ayiba Magazine—one of the most dynamic digital platforms offering Africa-related content. Deadline: September 14th! Ayiba Magazine is offering two lucky applicants great training platform. Ayiba […]

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Ukamaka Olisakwe’s Forthcoming Novel, Ogadinma, Is a Feminist Story Set in ’80s Nigeria

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The Nigerian writer Ukamaka Olisakwe is set to release a new novel. Titled Ogadinma, or Everything Will Be All Right, […]

Resoketswe Manenzhe Wins 2020 Dinaane Debut Fiction Award for Her Novel, Scatterlings

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The 2020 Dinaane Debut Fiction Award has been awarded to the South African writer Resoketswe Manenzhe for her novel Scatterlings. […]

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 […]

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