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The 12 African Authors Participating in the 2017 PEN World Voices Festival

The 2017 PEN World Voices Festival has begun in New York. The 2015 festival, which focused on African literature, was co-curated by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Here is a description of the 2017 festival on PEN’s Website. The thirteenth annual PEN World Voices Festival will take on some of the vital issues of the Trump-era, with […]

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Dinaw Mengestu, Chinelo Okparanta and Yaa Gyasi Listed among Granta’s Best of Young American Novelists

Granta has released its prestigious once-in-a-decade Best of Young American Novelists list and it includes Ethiopia’s Dinaw Mengestu, Nigeria’s Chinelo Okparanta, and Ghana’s Yaa Gyasi. The 21-writer list, regarded as one of the most accurate and influential predictors of literary impact, is in its third publication. First released in 1997, it was followed by another […]

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Chinelo Okparanta, Mia Couto and Jose Eduardo Agualusa Shortlisted for the 2017 International Dublin Literary Award

The 2017 Dublin Literary Award has released its ten-strong shortlist, and on it are Nigeria’s Chinelo Okparanta for Under the Udala Trees, Mozambique’s Mia Couto for Confession of the Lioness, and Angola’s Jose Eduardo Agualusa for A General Theory of Oblivion. The shortlist was arrived at from a longlist of 147 books. Formerly the IMPAC […]

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PHOTOS | African Writers Festival at Brown University

The inaugural edition of the African Writers Festival took place on February 15 at Brown University’s McCormack Family Center. Chika Unigwe, author of Night Dancer and professor at Brown University, curated the event. She assembled an excellent group of well-known names in the African literary community to address the question of literature and the role […]

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EVENT | African Writers Festival at Brown University | February 15

Brown University is hosting an African Writers Festival in about two weeks. The event is titled “The New Global Africa: Confrontations and Connections” and explores the ways in which African writers are redefining what it means to be a public intellectual. Award winning Nigerian author Chika Unigwe, who is also professor at Brown University, is […]

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The NWA Lists Their 100 Most Influential Nigerian Writers Under 40

The organization behind the Nigerian Writers’ Awards (NWA) has published a list of “The 100 Most Influential Nigerian Writers Under 40.” There are the expected names: Chimamanda Adichie, Chinelo Okparanta, Uzodinma Iweala, Abubakar Adam Ibrahim, Elnathan John, Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani, Rotimi Babatunde, Tolu Ogunlesi, Dike Chukwumerije, Brittle Paper editor Ainehi Edoro who was also included in […]

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Why Chinelo Okparanta’s LAMBDA Lesbian Fiction Award Win is Significant for African Literature

We would like to dedicate this post to the lives lost in the Orlando shooting. Our hearts go out to their friends and families. As Obama said: “In the face of hate and violence, we will love one another.” *** Nigerian novelist Chinelo Okparanta has won the Lambda Literary Awards for best lesbian fiction for […]

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Celebrating African Fiction! | Official Photos from The Etisalat Prize Award Ceremony

  Writers, celebrities, and Lagos socialites trouped to the Intercontinental Hotel to celebrate contemporary African literature on March 15th. It was a fun-filled evening of music, dancing, and theatrical performances. South Africa’s Songeziwe Mahlungu took the 15,000 pound prize home, making his novel Penumbra the best debut novel by an African author. Angelique Kidjo stole the […]

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The Guardian UK Criticized for Headline Calling Bernardine Evaristo’s Booker Prize-winning Novel Obscure

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Right after Bernardine Evaristo and Margaret Atwood were announced joint winners of the 2019 Booker Prize for Fiction, the UK’s […]

Bernardine Evaristo’s Joint Win of the Booker Prize, with Margaret Atwood, Makes Her the First Black Woman & Second Nigerian to Receive the Honour

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The Nigerian-British novelist Bernardine Evaristo has been awarded the 2019 Booker Prize for Fiction, for her novel Girl, Woman, Other, […]

The Queen of Dahomey: Episode Three | The Witches of Auchi Series | Anthony Azekwoh

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There was an old woman with a ragged scar on her cheek who lived alone on the outskirts of Dahomey. […]

Befeqadu Hailu, Ethiopian Writer-Activist & Co-founder of Zone 9 Blog, Named 2019 International Writer of Courage

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Befeqadu Hailu, the Ethiopian writer, activist, and co-founder of the Amharic-language human rights platform Zone 9 Blogging Collective, has been […]

Kalaf Epalanga, Angolan Author & Musician, Named Curator of the 2020 African Book Festival in Berlin

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The Angolan musician and author Kalaf Epalanga, who looks like the actor Mahershala Ali, has been announced as the curator […]

Addis Ababa Noir, Edited by Maaza Mengiste & Featuring Mahtem Shiferraw, Sulaiman Addonia, Linda Yohannes, Meron Hadero, Hannah Giorgis, Forthcoming in April 2020

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Each anthology in Akashic Books’ noir series is “set in a distinct neighborhood or location within the respective city” and […]

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