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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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Opportunity for African Writers | Enter for the 2018 Babishai Niwe Poetry Competition

The annual Babisha Niwe Poetry Prize is open for submissions. All African poets who will not have published a full-length collection by July 2018 are eligible and encouraged to submit to the prize. Only previously unpublished poems written in English will be accepted. Entrants are to submit five single-spaced poems in a Word document via […]

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Insane living | Dorothie Ayebazibwe | 3rd Prize Winner of Babishai Niwe Poetry Award

I leap and clap and, in ecstasy, sway To a beat that—they claim—is only in my head. I scream with delight at the clouds, all so bright, In yellows and golds and silvers and reds And yet they insist the sky is just blue-white. The sky softly whispers, a quick contradiction, “Don’t worry,” it says, […]

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Blood and Water | by Elizabeth Muchemwa | 2nd Prize Winner of Babishai Niwe Poetry Award

  He washes his hands in streams she has made. Rivers flowing beneath her eyes have Salted the land with the acrid taste of her Hate. Wells have risen to pool within her, catching the cries that would speak her Hurt. He washes his hands in streams she has made. She dreams sonic dreams with […]

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Binyavanga Wainaina, Bestselling Author, Queer Icon, and Great Literary Influencer, Passes on at 48

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Binyavanga Wainaina, the great Kenyan writer, bestselling memoirist, queer icon, beloved literary influencer, and arguably the best prose writer of […]

Membrane: A Festival of African Literatures and Ideas | May 23-26 in Stuttgart

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Three major cultural organizations in Germany, Literaturhaus Stuttgart, Institut français and Akademie Schloss Solitude, are hosting a four-day international literary […]

Akachi Chukwuemeka, Poet and Editor of the University of Nigeria’s Literary Journal The Muse, Passes on at 21

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Chukwuemeka “Akachi” Emmanuel Ugwoke, a Nigerian poet and editor of The Muse, the literary journal of the University of Nigeria, […]

The Caine Prize Announces 2019 Shortlist

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Five writers—from Cameroon, Ethiopia, Kenya, and Nigeria—have been shortlisted for the 2019 Caine Prize, for short stories that explore “the […]

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 […]

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