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Irenosen Okojie Wins the 2020 AKO Caine Prize for African Writing

The Winner of the 2020 AKO Caine Prize for African Writing is Nigerian-British writer Irenosen Okojie for her short story “Grace Jones.” The story appeared in Irenosen’s latest book Nudibranch, a collection published by Little Brown’s Dialogue Books in 2019. The AKO Caine Prize is an annual prize awarded for African creative writing. Irenosen emerges […]

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Listen to Rémy Ngamije’s Playlists for the 2020 Ako Caine Prize Shortlisted Stories

Here is something to get us through the week: Ako Caine Prize shortlistee Rémy Ngamije’s four playlists, inspired by this year’s shortlisted stories. On May 19, the AKO Caine Prize for African Writing announced the five shortlisted writers for this year’s prize: Erica Sugo Anyadike, Chikodili Emelumadu, Jowhor Ile, Rémy Ngamije, and Irenosen Okojie. [Go […]

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2020 AKO Caine Prize For African Writing: Shortlist Announced

It’s that time of the year once again. The 2020 AKO Caine Prize for African Writing has been announced. We are happy to share that five writers from Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda and Tanzania made the coveted list. The winner is awarded £10,000. Each shortlisted writer will receive £500. THE SHORTLIST [see below for photos and […]

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Spice Up Your Reading with These 16 Short Story Collections by African Authors from Indie Presses

So maybe reading huge books to kill that lockdown time isn’t your thing. No worries; there are short story collections aplenty for the reader who wants a quick dose of fiction from time to time. Here, we’ve collected sixteen notable recently-published short story collections that were published by sixteen different independent presses — presses which […]

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Black: The Literary Salon | Cassava Republic’s New Event Series to Celebrate Black Writing | 27 February

Cassava Republic Press, in partnership with A + F Creative, will be launching a series of events to celebrate black writing tagged “Black: The Literary Salon.” The first event, themed “Love and Desire Bared,” will take place on February 27, 2020 at Ace Hotel, London. It will feature the Nigerian-German writer Olumide Popoola and the […]

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Irenosen Okojie Pays Tribute to Aretha Franklin

Last week, the American singer Aretha Franklin, venerated for her powerful voice, passed on. Tributes followed, reflections on the impact of the music, activism, and life of the woman called The Queen of Soul. Nigerian novelist Irenosen Okojie recently wrote about her in The Guardian, describing her as a “heroine, agony aunt, wise woman.” Okojie’s […]

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Kwame Dawes, Warsan Shire, Nadifa Mohamed, Inua Elams, Chibundu Onuzo Elected into the Royal Society of Literature

Eight African writers have been elected into the Royal Society of Literature (RSL) as part of its 40 Under 40 initiative: poets Warsan Shire and Inua Ellams, novelists Sabrina Mahfouz, Nadifa Mohamed, Irenosen Okojie, and Chibundu Onuzo, , and playwright Bola Agbaje. Beyond the 40 Under 40 initiative, there were two more inductees: street rapper Mojisola Adebayo and poet Kwame Dawes, […]

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My Favorite Books by African Writers in 2016 | by Zahrah Nesbitt-Ahmed

Call me biased, but 2016 was another great year for African literature. Cassava Republic Press launched in the UK with an aim to “change the way the world thinks about African writing.” Works written in African languages were translated into English — including two books published by Phoneme Media, Roland Rugero’s Baho! (said to be […]

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The fifth episode of Professor Ato Quayson’s vlog Critic.Reading.Writing is up! As the literary vlog enters its fifth week, Quayson […]

Wole Soyinka Writes Letter of Solidarity for Detained Humanist Mubarak Bala

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Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka has never hesitated to speak out in the face of injustice. He recently penned a letter […]

Kenyan Filmmaker Wanuri Kahiu and Ghanaian American Playwright Jocelyn Bioh Collaborating on a Disney+ Project

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Wanuri Kahiu will direct the Disney+ film adaptation of the Broadway musical, Once on This Island, reports Hollywood Reporter. Ghanaian-American […]

Treasure is a New Novella by Oyinkan Braithwaite

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Calling all fans of My Sister, the Serial Killer! Oyinkan Braithwaite has a new novella out. Titled Treasure, the book […]

Chimamanda Adichie on Her Experience with Temporary Memory Loss After a Bad Fall

Chimamanda Adichie on Her Experience with Temporary Memory Loss After a Bad Fall

Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has had a pretty rough year. In April, she announced the loss of an aunt […]

David Diop’s Debut Novel, At Night All Blood is Black, Forthcoming in English

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The English translation of David Diop’s debut novel, At Night All Blood is Black, is forthcoming in October 2020. An […]

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