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Don’t Miss the BIGSAS Festival of African & African-Diasporic Literatures Featuring Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o, Véronique Tadjo, Achille Mbembe and Many More

BIGSAS Festival of African & African-Diasporic Literatures

This year’s BIGSAS Festival of African and African Literature will take place on July 3 & 4 via live stream on YouTube. The 2020 festival is hosted by Dr. Susan Arndt, professor of Transcultural English Literature at Bayreuth University. This year’s theme is “Care, Responsibility and Solidarity: Narrating Resistance in Arts, Academia and Activism.” It […]

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Five #StayAtHome Baking Projects Inspired by African Novels

Five #StayAtHome Baking Projects Inspired by African Novels

Though lockdown orders have started to lift in certain areas, COVID-19 shows no signs of stopping any time soon. Our advice? Stay at home and try your hand at these baking projects inspired by some of our favorite African novels. Below, we’ve selected a handful of quotes that describe a particular sweet and provided a […]

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How to Fix Exploitation into Poetry | Okoye Stephanie Somtochukwu | Poetry

i) the diminutive stature of a melting candle. the aesthetic of a flowering lung. the contagion of a common cold. ii) a melting candle warms the common cold of a lung. this darling, is the world in its mastery of use, until you’re melted.   ************* Okoye Stephanie Somtochukwu is 18 years old. She is […]

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The 2020 Mabati-Cornell Kiswahili Prize for African Literature Postponed

The Mabati-Cornell Kiswahili Prize for African Literature has postponed its 2020 prize. Founded in 2014 by Dr. Lizzy Attree and Dr. Mukoma wa Ngugi, the Mabati-Cornell Kiswahili Prize for African Literature “has the express goal of recognizing writing in African languages and encouraging translation from, between and into African languages. The prize has been moved […]

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Get Free Children’s E-books from These Websites and Reading Apps

For the past few weeks, the need to combat COVID-19 with social-distancing has led to closure of many public institutions, including libraries and public schools. The NYT reports that “with countries across the globe on lockdown and public life at a standstill, more than 1.5 billion children are out of school.” Kids are at home […]

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Chigozie Obioma Recovers From COVID-19 and “Feels Thankful”

The literary community has not been spared the onslaught of the covid-19 pandemic. Activities ranging from festivals to book tours have been canceled in line with social distancing policies intended to contain the spread of the virus. Perhaps more distressing is the impact of the virus on the health of our authors. Award-winning author Chigozie […]

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Reading with The Sense of Death All Around Us – Ben Okri

The last few weeks have been trying for the arts, an industry that lives on live performances and event curation. It’s been sad watching everything from book tours to book club meetings get cancelled. Like many in the community, we’ve had to ask soul-searching questions about the role of art during a time of crisis. […]

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What Will Post-pandemic Fiction Look Like?

Inevitably, every major global event affects the cultural production coming after it. So what will literature produced after and about a pandemic look like? Literary Hub senior editor Emily Temple offers suggestions for soon-to-arrive COVID-19 novels. Here’s an excerpt. It was only three days into our self-isolation that my husband turned to me and said: […]

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The 2021 Aspen Words Literary Prize is Now Open for Entry

Apply for the 2021 Aspen Words Literary Prize

The Aspen Words Literary Prize is open for entry as of today. The $35,000 prize annually rewards an “influential work […]

July 10 | Sarah Ladipo Manyika Hosts Strive Masiyiwa on Conversations Across the Diaspora

July 10 _ Sarah Ladipo Manyika Hosts Strive Masiyiwas on Conversations Across the Diaspora

Sarah Ladipo Manyika, author of In Dependence (2008) and Like A Mule Bringing Ice Cream To The Sun (2016), has teamed up […]

Bernardine Evaristo Becomes First Black Writer to Win Author of the Year

Bernardine Evaristo Becomes First Black Writer to Win Author of the Year in the British Book Awards

  Bernardine Evaristo’s winning streak continues as she dominates two categories of the 2020 British Book Awards: Best Fiction Book […]

Apply for the 2020 Morland Writing Scholarship | £27,000 for Nonfiction, £18,000 Fiction

Apply for the 2020 Miles Morland Writing Scholarship

The Miles Morland Foundation is currently accepting applications for the 2020 Morland African Writing Scholarships. The awards offer a fiction […]

The Million Naira Nigeria Prize for Difference and Diversity | Here is How to Nominate Someone

The Million Naira Nigeria Prize for Difference and Diversity _ Here is How to Nominate Someone

Nominations for The Nigeria Prize for Difference & Diversity is officially open. The new prize, co-presented by digital media platform […]

This is Why I am Endowing a N1 Million Prize for Difference and Diversity in Nigeria | Chude Jideonwo

This is Why I am Endowing a N1 Million Prize for Difference and Diversity in Nigeria _ Chude Jideonwo (2)

Last year, I wrote a piece on CNN during Pride Month​—​a month set aside to celebrate sexual and gender diversity […]

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