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Down River Road, a New Print & Online Magazine Exploring the Alternative in Literature, Music, & Visual Art, Calls for Submissions to Second Issue

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A new Nairobi-based print and online magazine, down river road, is exploring the margins, the shifting centers, and the new spaces through literature, music, and visual art. In an email to Brittle Paper, one of its editors Frankline Sunday described it as being interested in “alternative forms of creating and expression.” Its first print issue, […]

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Kenyan Writers React to 25-Year-Ruling Former President Daniel Arap Moi’s Death

Daniel Arap Moi. Credit: The New York Times. Kenya’s former president Daniel Arap Moi recently died. The ex-teacher and politician had ruled Kenya for 25 years, from his succession to Kenya’s first president Jomo Kenyatta in 1978 to his stepping down in 2002 after the constitution barred him from running again. He is, needless to […]

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Nairobi Noir, Edited by Peter Kimani & Featuring Ngugi wa Thiong’o, Stanley Gazemba, Troy Onyango, Makena Onjerika, Forthcoming in February 2020

Each anthology in Akashic Books’ noir series is “set in a distinct neighborhood or location within the respective city” and includes new fiction by writers from the country. In 2018, there was Lagos Noir, edited by Chris Abani and featuring fellow Nigerians Chika Unigwe, Nnedi Okoroafor, E.C. Osondu, Sarah Ladipo Mayinka, and Jude Dibia, among […]

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Mukoma wa Ngugi Shares Tizita Playlist in Anticipation of Forthcoming Novel with Cassava Republic Press

Mukoma wa Ngugi will be publishing a new novel with Cassava Republic Press. Titled We Unbury Our Dead with Song, the novel centers on four competing Tizita musicians and is set in Kenya and Ethiopia. In a tweet announcing the news, Mukoma describes the book as his “love letter to African creativity and imaginations,” and […]

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Nobel Prize in Literature: Ngugi wa Thiong’o Is Bookies’ 4th Favourite for One of 2019’s Two Awards 

It has been a tradition, since the 2010 Nobel Prize in Literature went to Peru’s Mario Vargas Llosa, for literary people to wonder when it should be Ngugi wa Thiong’o’s turn. And this year, the perennial favourite is, once again, a favourite. And the twist of 2019—the Swedish Academy’s announcement that it will be giving […]

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The Kenyan Literary Hustle | Carey Baraka

1. Writing this, now, at this temporal moment, means that I am not finalizing my application for a fellowship I’m applying to whose deadline is today. This is one of the things: that I’m applying for a fellowship, at the urging of YAO, and BK, who, some time last year told me to look outwards, […]

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Photos & Details: How Prestige Bookshop Hosted the Nairobi Launch of Yvonne Owuor’s The Dragonfly Sea

By Shingai Kagunda Photos by Prestige Bookshop. On 1 March 2019, Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor launched her second novel, The Dragonfly Sea, for the first time. She honoured us by doing so at Prestige Bookshop with an open audience and a mini panel discussion. Nairobi was not prepared for the explosive event that took place inside our […]

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At 81, Ngugi wa Thiong’o Announces 34th Book, a Gikuyu Philosophical Epic Novel, 13 Years After His Last

Thirteen years after his last novel Wizard of the Crow, Ngugi wa Thiong’o, who turned 81 on 5 January, has a new one forthcoming. Kenda Muiyuru: Rugano Rwa Gikuyu na Mumbi, published in Gikuyu by East African Educational Publishers, is, according to Kenya’s The Standard, “a ground-breaking epic that subverts patriarchy and roots for social equity.” The […]

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Ukamaka Olisakwe’s Forthcoming Novel, Ogadinma, Is a Feminist Story Set in ’80s Nigeria

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The Nigerian writer Ukamaka Olisakwe is set to release a new novel. Titled Ogadinma, or Everything Will Be All Right, […]

Resoketswe Manenzhe Wins 2020 Dinaane Debut Fiction Award for Her Novel, Scatterlings

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The 2020 Dinaane Debut Fiction Award has been awarded to the South African writer Resoketswe Manenzhe for her novel Scatterlings. […]

Down River Road, a New Print & Online Magazine Exploring the Alternative in Literature, Music, & Visual Art, Calls for Submissions to Second Issue

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A new Nairobi-based print and online magazine, down river road, is exploring the margins, the shifting centers, and the new […]

Dr Stella Nyanzi Wins Appeal at Ugandan Court, Regains Freedom, But Is Possibly Re-arrested

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Dr Stella Nyanzi is free. The academic, feminist and queer rights advocate has been in prison for criticising Uganda’s long-serving […]

Apply for This Fully-funded Creative Writing Scholarship at the University of East Anglia, Sponsored by the Miles Morland Foundation

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The Miles Morland Foundation African Writers’ Scholarship is currently accepting accepting applications for its 2020 program. It is an initiative […]

Chinelo Okparanta Recalls Her First Teenage Crush

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“I was 16 years old, nearly 17, when a boy first expressed interest in me. Or, maybe it was that […]

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