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Tope Folarin’s Debut Novel Is Set for Summer 2019 Release

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Tope Folarin’s debut novel is titled A Particular Kind of Black Man and is set for a summer 2019 release by American publisher Simon and Schuster. Folarin became one of the break out stars of African literature in 2013 after he won the Caine Prize for African Writing. His winning short story titled “Miracle” is […]

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Kwani? Trust is Refusing to Release My Royalties, Says Lidudumalingani

Caine Prize 2016 winner Lidudumalingani Mqobothi says that Kwani? Trust are refusing to release his royalties. The South African writer-photographer made the revelation on Facebook this morning. Lidudumalingani was awarded the seventeenth Caine Prize for his short story “Memories We Lost,” originally published in Incredible Journey: Stories That Move You anthology. “Memories We Lost” is an emotionally […]

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Five Beautiful Acts of Generosity by African Writers

In the midst of the pressure to deliver under that heavy tag “African Writer,” in the back and forth between critics and between writers and between critics and writers, in the midst of big novels and million-dollar book deals and accumulating prizes, it is easy to lose sight of community and what it means to […]

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Ikhide R. Ikheloa: The Caine Prize Has Degenerated into Mediocrity Again, Struggles to Be Relevant

In a Twitter chat on SynCity’s “Literary Lords and Ladies” series, Ikhide R. Ikheloa said that the Caine Prize “has degenerated into mediocrity again,” “has regressed,” and “struggles to be relevant.” Here is an excerpt from the interview, conducted by SynCity founder Cynthia Osuchukwu. INTERVIEWER The whole world read your rants when the shortlist was released […]

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Makena Onjerika to Donate a Tenth of Her Caine Prize £10,000 to Help Rehabilitate Kenyan Street Children

In an absolute act of authorial philanthropy, 2018 Caine Prize winner Makena Onjerika will be donating a tenth of her £10,000 prize money to street children in Kenya. Onjerika, who is the fourth Kenyan to take the prize, won for her short story “Fanta Blackcurrant,” published in Wasafiri in 2017, in which a street child in Nairobi, who makes […]

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Makena Onjerika Awarded 2018 Caine Prize, Is 4th Kenyan Winner

Kenya’s Makena Onjerika has won the 2018 Caine Prize for her short story “Fanta Blackcurrant,” published in Wasafiri in 2017, making her the fourth writer from her country to do so—following wins by Binyavanga Wainaina in 2002, Yvonne Owuor in 2003, and Okwiri Oduor in 2013. The £10,000 Caine Prize is awarded to the best 3,000-10,000-word […]

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Dele Fatunla: Meet the New Administrator of the Caine Prize

Dele Meiji Fatunla has been appointed the new Administrator of the Caine Prize. The Prize had announced its search for a replacement for Dr Lizzy Attree, who left in January of this year. Mr Fatunla took up the role on June 1. Formerly Head of Communications at the Royal African Society, Dele “will be responsible […]

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Alain Mabanckou Has Resigned from the 2018 Caine Prize Judging Panel

Days ago, we ran an editorial on the seemingly unsteady state of affairs at the Caine Prize since Dr Lizzy Attree, director of the Prize since 2011, stepped aside from her role. We pointed out that little publicity was happening at the Prize, that the Prize was looking for a new Administrator, and crucially, that we had […]

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Demons in the Villa | Excerpt from Ebenezer Obadare’s Pentecostal Republic

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Pentecostal Republic takes a hard look at the influence of pentecostalism in Nigerian politics. Prof. Obadare is a sociologist, who […]

Yasmin Belkhyr, Romeo Oriogun, Liyou Libsekal, JK Anowe Featured in Forthcoming 20.35 Africa Anthology Guest-Edited by Gbenga Adesina and Safia Elhillo

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In February, we announced a call for submissions for a new poetry project. The anthology, 20.35 Africa: An Anthology of Contemporary Poetry, […]

On Black and Arab Identities: Safia Elhillo’s Arab American Book Awards Acceptance Speech

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Safia Elhillo has won the 2018 Arab American Book Award, also known as the George Ellenbogen Poetry Award, for her […]

Attend the Second Edition of the Write with Style Workshop with Oris Aigbokhaevbolo

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Following the first edition of the Write With Style Workshop, the award-winning writer, critic, and journalist Oris Aigbokhaevbolo is hosting […]

Ngugi’s Novel, Matigari, Is Being Adapted to Film by Nollywood Director Kunle Afolayan

Kenyan author Ngugi wa ThiongÕo, Distinguished Professor of English and comparative literature at UC Irvine, is on the short list for the 2010 Nobel Prize in literature, for xxx(add phrase or blurb here from award announcement; 

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Ngugi, whose name is pronounced ÒGoogyÓ and means Òwork,Ó is a prolific writer of novels, plays, essays and childrenÕs literature. Many of these have skewered the harsh sociopolitical conditions of post-Colonial Kenya, where he was born, imprisoned by the government and forced into exile.

His recent works have been among his most highly acclaimed and include what some consider his finest novel, ÒMurogi wa KagogoÓ (ÒWizard of the CrowÓ), a sweeping 2006 satire about globalization that he wrote in his native Gikuyu language. In his 2009 book ÒSomething Torn & New: An African Renaissance,Ó Ngugi argues that a resurgence of African languages is necessary to the restoration of African wholeness.

ÒI use the novel form to explore issues of wealth, power and values in society and how their production and organization in society impinge on the quality of a peopleÕs spiritual life,Ó he has said.

Ngugi wa Thiong’o’s 1987 novel Matigari is being adapted to film by Nollywood director Kunle Afolayan in a co-production with yet undisclosed Kenyan […]

Safia Elhillo Makes a Fashion Statement at the Arab American Book Awards

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From Taiye Selasi’s dreamy designer collections and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s flayed sleeves and Dior collaboration to Alain Mabanckou’s dapper suits […]

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