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Submit to Bakwa Magazine’s Issue 10, Themed Family

Bakwa, Cameroon’s leading Anglophone magazine founded by Dzekashu MacViban, is open to submissions for its 10th issue, themed “Family.” The deadline is April 1, 2020. Here is the call for submissions: “Fredo, you’re my older brother and I love you. But don’t ever take sides with anyone against the family again, ever” – Michael Corleone […]

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Bakwa Magazine Presents: Literary Translation Workshop in Collaboration with University of Bristol | How to Apply

PRESS RELEASE: Bakwa Magazine, in collaboration with the University of Bristol, is pleased to announce that applications are open for an exciting literary translation workshop aimed at building networks and sustainability for literary translators in Cameroon. The workshop, scheduled for 21-26 October 2019, will be co-facilitated by established literary translators Ros Schwartz, Georgina Collins, and Edwige […]

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Imbolo Mbue’s Second Novel Acquired by Penguin Random House

The North America rights to Imbolo Mbue’s second novel has been acquired by Penguin Random House. The manuscript, currently titled How Beautiful We Were, sold by Mbue’s agent Susan Golomb and acquired by the editor Andy Ward, is, according to the publishing house, “a story told through multiple perspectives about what happens when an African […]

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Patrice Nganang’s When the Plums Are Ripe, the Second in His Historical Fiction Trilogy, Tells the Story of Cameroon’s Forced Entry into World War II

The Cameroonian writer and Stony Brook literature professor Patrice Nganang, who in 2017 was arrested for criticising the country’s 37-year-ruling president Paul Biya, has a novel coming. When the Plums Are Ripe, which is translated from the French by Amy B. Reid, will be released by the American publisher Farrar, Straus and Giroux on 13 […]

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Photos from Bakwa Reading Series No. 3 in Yaounde, with Billy Kahora, Edwige Dro, & Florian Ngimbis

The Bakwa Reading Series, organised by Bakwa Magazine editor Dzekashu MacViban, is a public event featuring writers, translators and editors, aimed at connecting them to local communities in different cities in Cameroon. It debuted in May 2017, featuring the writers Nkiacha Atemnkeng, A. Bouna Guazong, Bengono Essola Edouard, and Dipita Kwa. Its second edition, moderated […]

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Of Passion and Ink: New Voices from Cameroon | Bakwa Books to Make Publishing Debut with Anthology in May 2019

Leading Cameroon-based magazine Bakwa recently launched a publishing arm, Bakwa Books, to discover and promote fresh voices in Cameroonian literature. The press will make its debut in May 2019, with the anthology Of Passion and Ink: New Voices from Cameroon, a collection of short stories longlisted for the Bakwa Magazine Short Story Prize, with a few […]

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Bakwa Magazine Launches Publishing Arm, Bakwa Books, Aimed at Discovering & Promoting Fresh Voices in Cameroonian Writing

Bakwa, Cameroon’s leading literary and arts magazine, has launched a publishing arm. Bakwa Books, necessitated by “the absence of innovative local publishing channels” in the country and aimed at replicating the magazine’s desire to discover and promote fresh voices in Cameroonian writing, will have as its debut release the anthology Of Passion and Ink: New […]

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Cameroonian Scholar Olivette Otele Is the First Black Female History Professor in the UK

Cameroonian scholar Olivette Otele has become the first Black female History professor in the UK. The colonial and postcolonial studies expert was appointed professorship and a chair in History at Bath Spa University a few days ago. Professor Otele—whose forthcoming book Afro-Europeans: A Short History focuses on the long history of people of African descent in […]

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