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“We Men Are Destroying Ourselves, Destroying Women. It’s an Urgent Issue We Need to Change”: Congolese Novelist JJ Bola’s Facebook Video on International Men’s Day 

Congolese novelist JJ Bola, author of No Place to Call Home, has a message for men. In a video posted on Facebook on International Men’s Day, November 20, he talked about the need for men to look after each other so as to stop the damage they inflict both on themselves and on women. His post […]

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Writing in Migration | Photos from the Festival of African Writers in Berlin

Last month, the Nigerian-German novelist Olumide Popoola, author of When We Speak of Nothing, curated a star-studded festival of African writers in Berlin. The event, held from 26–28 April at Kino Babylon, Rosa-Luxemburg-Straße 3010178, Berlin, was themed “Writing in Migration” and was presented by the literary agency InterKontinental. It was sponsored by the German Federal Cultural Foundation and Berlin’s Senate Department for […]

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Congolese Novelist JJ Bola in UN Facebook Live Conversation with Oscar Winner Cate Blanchett

Congolese novelist JJ Bola, author of No Place to Call Home (2017), was hosted in a conversation by Oscar winning actress Cate Blanchett. The event, which also featured Webster University student, Aya Abdullah, is an initiative of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), meant to draw attention to the plight of refugees worldwide. […]

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Olumide Popoola to Curate Star-Studded 2018 Berlin Festival of African Writers

Olumide Popoola, Nigerian-German author of When We Speak of Nothing, will be curating a star-studded 2018 festival of African writers in Berlin. The event, themed “Writing in Migration,” is presented by the literary agency InterKontinental, and will be attended by writers from Nigeria, Kenya, South Africa, Uganda, DR Congo, Zimbabwe, and Ghana. For the first […]

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After Selling Out at Writivism Festival, Is J.J. Bola’s No Place To Call Home the Next Literary Sensation?

News is that J.J. Bola’s debut novel, No Place to Call Home: Love, Loss, Belonging, sold out at the 2017 Writivism Festival. It sold out in the festival’s first two days, a development Writivism’s Jacob Katumusiime has dubbed “The J.J. Bola Effect.” If that’s remarkable, then wait till you find that, of all the novels on display […]

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Kopano Matlwa, JJ Bola, Masande Ntshanga: Pontas Agency Novelists Get US Publication Dates

Pontas Literary Agency, which represents Tram 83 author Fiston Mwanza Mujila and The Fishermen author Chigozie Obioma, has set publication dates for novels by eight of its authors. They include South African Kopano Matlwa’s Evening Primrose, British-Congolese JJ Bola’s No Place To Call Home, and South African Masande Ntshanga’s The Reactive. One of the novels […]

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The Four African Novelists Longlisted for the 2017 Not The Booker Prize

After months of African books picking, or having a run at, major international prizes left and right—Yaa Gyasi’s Homegoing won the NBCC’s John Leonard Prize, the PEN Hemingway award for debut fiction and an American Book Award; Imbolo Mbue’s Behold the Dreamers won the PEN/Faulkner Award for Debut Fiction; Chimamanda Adichie’s Dear Ijeawele won the Le […]

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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 […]

Kalaf Epalanga, Angolan Author & Musician, Named Curator of the 2020 African Book Festival in Berlin

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The Angolan musician and author Kalaf Epalanga, who looks like the actor Mahershala Ali, has been announced as the curator […]

Addis Ababa Noir, Edited by Maaza Mengiste & Featuring Mahtem Shiferraw, Sulaiman Addonia, Linda Yohannes, Meron Hadero, Hannah Giorgis, Forthcoming in April 2020

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Each anthology in Akashic Books’ noir series is “set in a distinct neighborhood or location within the respective city” and […]

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