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British Airways under Pressure Over Mishandling of Nigerian Poet Dami Ajayi’s Stolen Laptop, Four Days After It Was Reported

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On 9 July, on a British Airways flight from London to Lagos, the Nigerian poet Dami Ajayi‘s laptop was stolen. He had used it until an hour before the plane landed, written a 3,000-word essay, read some articles, packed it in its bag, and then he had gotten up twice or thrice from his seat, […]

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Koleka Putuma’s Collective Amnesia Wins the Glenna Luschei Prize for African Poetry, Nick Makoha & Dami Ajayi Shortlisted

The South African Koleka Putuma has won the 2018/19 Glenna Luschei Prize for African Poetry, for her breakout book Collective Amnesia (uHlanga Press, 2017), chosen from a shortlist that included the Ugandan Nick Makoha’s Kingdom of Gravity (Peepal Tree Press, 2017) and the Nigerian Dami Ajayi’s A Woman’s Body Is a Country (Ouida Books, 2017). […]

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African Literary Digest: 101 Notable Pieces of 2018

It was inevitable: compiling a list as monstrous as this would consume time, cause a delay. But here we are. 2018 came with its own firsts and highs. A new major publishing house came on board: The Indigo Press, founded by the distinguished Zimbabwean editor and critic Ellah Allfrey. A new major magazine: Kabaka, dedicated to publishing queer-centered […]

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Photos from Goethe-Institut’s Launch of Saraba & Bakwa Magazines’ Nonfiction Anthology, Limbe to Lagos

Limbe to Lagos: Nonfiction from Cameroon and Nigeria, the anthology collaboration by the Nigeria-based Saraba and the Cameroon-based Bakwa, was recently launched in Lagos. The anthology, edited by Bakwa founding editor Dzekashu MacViban and Saraba founding editors Dami Ajayi and Emmanuel Iduma, is a product of the Literary Exchange Project launched with the support of the Goethe-Instituts in Cameroon […]

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Saraba & Bakwa Magazines’ Limbe to Lagos Anthology Features New Nonfiction from Cameroon and Nigeria | How to Buy the Book

In 2017, Goethe-Institut, Saraba and Bakwa announced a Cameroon-Nigeria literary exchange program. The result of the program, “the fruit of a series of workshops and mentorships,” is an anthology by the two magazines: Limbe to Lagos: Nonfiction from Cameroon and Nigeria. Edited by Bakwa founding editor Dzekashu MacViban and Saraba founding editors Dami Ajayi and Emmanuel Iduma, the collection features […]

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Saraba at 10: A Guide to the Magazine’s 30 Issues, Poetry Chapbooks, and Supplements

As part of its 10th anniversary celebration, Saraba Magazine recently made all of its back issues available. This comprises 30 releases: 22 main issues, five individual poetry chapbook releases, and three special supplement issues. Here are descriptions of each release from Saraba‘s website. Issue 1: Family Our inaugural issue. Guest-edited by Jumoke Verissimo, the Family issue […]

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Saraba Magazine Celebrates 10th Anniversary with Free Back Issues, Book Giveaways, and Editors’ Love Letters

Ten days ago, on 15 February 2019, Saraba Magazine turned ten. As part of its anniversary celebration, the magazine has made its back issues available, given away books to its Nigerian readers, and its editors have written “love letters” about their inspirational journey. Founded in 2009 by the Nigerian writers Emmanuel Iduma, author of A Stranger’s […]

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The 2018 Writivism Festival Theme Is Legac(y)ies

The 2018 Writivism Festival, themed “Legac(y)ies,” will be held from 17-19 August. The event, which is in its sixth year, will take place at The National Theatre and The Square Place, both in Kampala, Uganda’s capital city. It is aimed at celebrating “the different ways history can be used to inspire new narratives.” The highlight will be the […]

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SynCity NG Releases Anniversary Anthology, Introduced by Tendai Huchu, and Announces Prize Winners, Judged by Mukoma wa Ngugi & Leye Adenle

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In celebration of its one-year anniversary, the Nigeria-based African literature blog SynCity NG announced a prize and a call for […]

Ellah Wakatama Allfrey to Lead New Project for Artistic Partnership between University of Manchester and HOME

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As part of their three-year artistic partnership, the University of Manchester and the Manchester-based arts venue HOME have created a […]

ReWrite London Calls for Short Fiction Submissions from Black Women & Women of Colour

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ReWrite, the London-based platform for Black women and women of colour, founded in 2017 by the Congolese-British writer and facilitator […]

Sunday Times Announces Shortlists for South Africa’s Alan Paton Award & Barry Ronge Fiction Prize

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Sunday Times has announced the shortlists for the prestigious South African literary prizes: the Alan Paton Award, in its 30th […]

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

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The Cameroonian writer and Stony Brook literature professor Patrice Nganang, who in 2017 was arrested for criticising the country’s 37-year-ruling […]

Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani, Jude Idada Lead 2019 NLNG Prize Longlist for Children’s Literature

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The Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG) Prize for Literature has announced its 2019 longlist, led by I Do Not Come […]

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