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Who is Africa’s Most Prolific Novelist?

Cyprian Ekwensi who has published 24 books, Naguib Mafouz 46, and Wilbur Smith 36 are up there on Africa’s most published list. But the person who tops the list is, as far as we know, an eccentric but brilliant writer little known outside his native Kenya. Some say he made his name writing pornographic drivel, but […]

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“He Would Tweet His Death” — On the Road to Fame by Williams Magunga | A Nairobi Story

Hip-hop dreams, a black velvet jacket and a matatu. Enjoy this urban portrait of a hustling, hungry artist set in Nairobi and told by Williams Magunga, a storyteller of the African city. He writes about Nairobi like no one I know. — Editor’s Note Sunday is the day God takes the roll call. On this day of the […]

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Of Dead or Headless Fathers — Review of Okwiri Oduors Caine Prize Story by Orem Ochiel

Still keeping our promise to bring you reviews of all five stories shortlisted for the  Caine Prize. Last week, we featured Richard Ali’s review of Diane Awerbuck’s “Phosphorescence” and the week before  Aaron Bady’s review of Billy Kahora’s story. This week, it’s the Kenyan writer, Orem Ochiel, reviewing Okwiri Oduor’s “My Father’s Head.” Oduor’s story was originally […]

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Review of Billy Kahora’s Caine Prize Story—The Gorilla’s Apprentice—by Aaron Bady

We’re kicking off the Caine Prize story-review series with Aaron Bady’s review of Billy Kahora’s story, The Gorilla’s Apprentice. Kahora’s story, published in Granta (2010) is one of five stories shortlisted for the Caine Prize.   by Aaron Bady Jimmy knew all about being watched. What his mum called love. Orphaned children and animals are […]

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African Writerly Love: Ngugi wa Thiongo and Ama Ata Aidoo

The first of a series of posts celebrating the love, friendships, and bonds that inspire African writers as they build a community around the work of crafting stories in and about the continent.  Read Ngugi’s reflection on Ama Ata Aidoo and her work. It is heartfelt and moving.  Ama Ata Aidoo too has been part […]

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Whispers to an Empty Wind by Magunga Williams | A Brittle Paper Storyteller

Jowi is on his way to Huruma to visit a sister mourning the death of her husband. On his walk to her house, he reflects on slum life in Nairobi and weaves these reflections into a reminiscences of old family quarrels. Magunga Williams writing is a little raw and edgy and makes for an exciting […]

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Maillu Accuses Ngugi of Intellectual Prostitution

David Maillu, a Kenyan genre fiction writer, calls Ngugi wa Thiongo out for living and working in America. Ngugi was forced to flee Kenya following his release from prison in the late 70s. {click here to learn more about his imprisonment.} He has since lived and taught in the US. Like Soyinka and Nadine Gordimer, I’ve […]

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What Will Post-pandemic Fiction Look Like?

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Inevitably, every major global event affects the cultural production coming after it. So what will literature produced after and about […]

Memento, New Anthology Edited by Adedayo Agarau, Collects Notable Voices in Contemporary Nigerian Poetry 

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The American publisher Animal Heart Press has released an anthology of Nigerian poetry. Titled Memento: An Anthology of Contemporary Nigerian […]

Join Down River Road Magazine’s Virtual Book Club, Currently Reading Gabriel Garcia Marquez | #drrbookclub

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down river road, the new Nairobi-based magazine exploring the alternative in literature, music, and visual art, has launched an online […]

The 8 Writers & Journalists on OkayAfrica’s 100 Women List 2020

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OkayAfrica has released its 2020 “100 Women” list celebrating “extraordinary women from Africa and the diaspora making waves across a […]

Submit to WriteNow Magazine 3rd Edition on the Theme of Quarantine

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WriteNow is a creative writing NGO that was founded in 2017 by Nigerian writer and poet Kehinde Badiru. In partnership […]

Highlights from the Afrolit Sans Frontières Virtual Literary Festival

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In this interminable era of social distancing, social media has emerged not only as a network for writers and creators […]

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