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Who Killed Kabila II | Chimurenga’s April 2019 The Chronic Issue Uses Creative Imagination & Congolese Music to Subversively Tell a Single Story of Power & Geopolitics

Chimurenga has released its April 2019 issue of The Chronic. Themed “Who Killed Kabila II,” the issue is built around the assassination of Laurent-Désiré Kabila, president of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, on 16 January 2001. A sequel to their sold-out December 2017 issue of the same name, “Who Killed Kabila II” uses the […]

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Alain Mabanckou’s 11th Novel, Black Moses, Wins 2018 Hurston-Wright Legacy Award for Fiction

Alain Mabanckou’s Black Moses has won the 2018 Hurston-Wright Legacy Award. The Congolese writer and UCLA professor’s 11th novel, which was longlisted for the 2017 Man Booker International Prize, won in the fiction category, ahead of finalists American Jesmyn Ward’s Sing, Unburied, Sing, which won the 2017 National Book Award for Fiction, and South Africa-based Nigerian Yewande […]

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Fiston Mwanza Mujila’s Tram 83 Wins the 2017 Internationaler Literaturpreis Award in Germany

Congo’s Fiston Mwanza Mujila has won the 2017 Internationaler Literaturpreis Award for the German translation of his first novel Tram 83. Awarded annually by Berlin’s Haus der Kulturen der Welt and the foundation Elementarteilchen, the Internationaler Literaturpreis Award, known in English as the International Literature Award, is a prize for “international prose translated into German for the first […]

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Congolese Filmmaker Creates Stunning Visual Poem in Honor of His Grandmother

If you are a fan of new generation African poets like Warsan Shire, Safia Elhillo, Ggenga Adesina and others, the chances are that you have a taste for the more experimental kind of poetry. Nganji’s visual poem titled “Poem for Philomene” should be right up your alley. Nganji is a congolese-born and Belgium based photographer/filmmaker. Last […]

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Alain Mabanckou Takes African Literature to 400 year Old French University

Congolese novelist Alain Mabanckou is the master humorist of contemporary African fiction. Within the English speaking parts of Africa and the world, Mabanckou is the most well-known African novelist writing in French. He is the author of contemporary classics such as Broken Glass and African Psycho. He recently secured an appointment as a visiting professor in one […]

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Nandi | by Rais Neza Boneza | An African Lyrical Story

I have reached my destination; I trace calligraphies. My quill seems to pour its ink unto the banks of the Tanganyika Lake. The sacred place, to which from the other side of the frontier, I confined my boredom and worries when I was that youth. Nevertheless, always hence along my way. How have I arrived […]

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Tomi Adeyemi Recommends 5 Books to Escape Into While You’re Social Distancing

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Wondering what’s on Tomi Adeyemi’s quarantine reading list? Adeyemi recently shared five books she is reading (and re-reading) during the […]

All the Scoop on Fiston Mujila’s Forthcoming Novel The Villain’s Dance

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Fiston Mujila’s second novel is set for a September 2020 release by France-based publishing powerhouse Éditions Métailié. It has been […]

Bakwa Books Acquires English Translation Rights for Hemley Boum’s Recent Novel

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Bakwa Books has acquired the English translation rights to Les Jours Viennent et Passent, a novel by Cameroonian writer Hemley […]

The African Speculative Fiction Society Announces the Shortlists for the 2020 Nommo Awards

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Shortlists for the 2020 Nommo Awards for Speculative Fiction by Africans are out. Established in 2017, the awards “recognize speculative […]

For a Chance to Win £1,000, Submit Your Work to the Queen Mary Wasafiri New Writing Prize

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Wasafiri is a magazine for international contemporary writing, known for publishing pieces by African writers like Chinua Achebe, Ngugi wa […]

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