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Twelve African Writers on the Legacy of Toni Morrison, for Decades the Greatest Living Writer

Toni Morrison, for decades the greatest living writer, passed on at 88, on 6 August. We have compiled tributes to her, published on other sites, by Namwali Serpell, Diana Evans, Bernardine Evaristo, Chigozie Obioma, Ben Okri, Aminatta Forna, Afua Hirsch, Ellah Wakatama Allfrey, Margaret Busby, Sarah Ladipo Manyika, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, and Laila Lalami. For […]

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The 9Mobile Prize for Literature Says It Will Announce a 2018 Winner, 18 Months After the Shortlist

The Etisalat Prize for Literature was founded in 2012 by the telecommunications company Etisalat Nigeria. Worth £15,000, it recognized the best debut book by an African writer. It was won by Zimbabwe’s NoViolet Bulawayo in 2014, for We Need New Names; South Africa’s Songheziwe Mahlangu in 2015, for Penumbra; the Democratic Republic of Congo’s Fiston […]

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Announcement of Resignation from the Founding Patrons of the Etisalat / 9Mobile Prize for Literature

The Etisalat Prize for Literature was founded in 2012 by the telecommunications company Etisalat Nigeria. Worth £15,000, it recognized the best debut book by an African writer. It was won by Zimbabwe’s NoViolet Bulawayo in 2014, for We Need New Names; South Africa’s Songheziwe Mahlangu in 2015, for Penumbra; the Democratic Republic of Congo’s Fiston […]

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

As part of their three-year artistic partnership, the University of Manchester and the Manchester-based arts venue HOME have created a knowledge exchange programme and a literature event series to be led by Ellah Wakatama Allfrey, OBE, who has been appointed Senior Research Fellow. It is her fourth major appointment this year, following her being named […]

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Ellah Wakatama Allfrey & Bibi Bakare-Yusuf Join the Royal Society of Literature as Honourary Fellows

Caine Prize chair Ellah Wakatama Allfrey and Cassava Republic Press co-founder Bibi Bakare-Yusuf have been inducted into the UK’s Royal Society of Literature (RSL) as Honorary Fellows, a category for “those who have made a significant contribution to the advancement of literature as publishers, agents, booksellers or producers, or who have rendered special service to […]

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Ellah Wakatama Allfrey Joins Canongate as Editor-at-Large for Fiction

Ellah Wakatama Allfrey has joined UK publishing house Canongate as editor-at-large for fiction. This is the powerfully influential editor and critic’s second major new role this year, after being named chair of the Caine Prize in April. The Zimbabwean Allfrey, who until recently was Publishing Director of The Indigo Press and chief judge for the […]

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The Miles Morland Foundation Announces Judges for 2019 Scholarships: Muthoni Garland, Bibi Bakare-Yusuf & Otosirieze Obi-Young

The Miles Morland Foundation (MMF) has announced changes for its prestigious Writing Scholarships. Ellah Wakatama Allfrey, founder of The Indigo Press and new chair of the Caine Prize, and Olufemi Terry, winner of the 2010 Caine Prize, have left the judging panel, and have been replaced by Bibi Bakare-Yusuf, founder of Cassava Republic Press, and […]

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Influential Publisher, Editor & Critic Ellah Wakatama Allfrey Is the New Chairperson of the Caine Prize

The influential publisher, editor, critic, and broadcaster Ellah Wakatama Allfrey is now Chairperson of the Caine Prize for African Writing. Allfrey, who is Zimbabwean, and is a Trustee of the Prize, will be replacing Dr Delia Jarrett-Macauley in her role as Chair of the Board of Trustees and of the Advisory Council of the Caine […]

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Bernardine Evaristo: Your Guide to All Eight Books by the Booker Prize Winner

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While better known in the African literary scene as the founder of the massively influential Brunel International African Poetry Prize, […]

TJ Benson’s Forthcoming Novel, The Madhouse, Follows a Troubled Family Across Four Decades

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The Nigerian writer TJ Benson has a new novel set to be published by Masobe Books in 2020. A new […]

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 […]

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