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The Kingdom of Gravity | The Poem That Made Nick Makoha Africa’s Award Winning Poet

Nick Makoha’s work is one of those rare discoveries you make with a sigh of relief, knowing that poetry is still alive and well in the contemporary African literary scene. The London-based Ugandan poet is the second winner of the 2015 Brunel University African Poetry Prize. He won alongside Safia Elhillo, whose wildly experimental poem was […]

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The Quirky African Poem We Can’t Stop Reading | Quarantine With Abdelhalim Hafez | by Safia Elhillo

Safia Elhillo is a Sudanese poet based in Washington, DC. She is one of the two winners of the 2015 Brunel University African Poetry Prize. In just three years of being in existence, the £3000 prize has become a training ground of sorts for Africa’s poetry stars. The first winner of the prize, Warsan Shire, went on […]

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Warsan Shire’s Tenure as London’s Young Poet Laureate Comes to a Sweet End

A year ago, we reported the appointment of Warsan Shire as London’s first ever young poet laureate. Well, a whole year has now passed and her tenure has come to an end. According to BBC news, she had a memorable “year of residences ranging from the Houses of Parliament to beauty salons…as well as the creation […]

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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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