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The University of Dar es Salaam to Host Ceremony for the 2018 Mabati-Cornell Kiswahili Prize for African Literature 

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The 2018 winners of the Mabati-Cornell Kiswahili Prize for African Literature winners will be honoured at the University of Dar es Salaam on February 15, at a ceremony organized by ALAF Ltd. The prize winners are the Tanzanian Zainab Alwi Baharoon, for her novel Mungu Hakopeshwi, and the Kenyan Jacob Ngumbau Julius, for his poetry collection Moto wa Kifuu. Both writers […]

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Submit to Rising Literary Blog Syncity NG’s One-Year Anniversary Prose Anthology and Competition, to Be Judged by Mukoma wa Ngugi and Leye Adenle

Rising literary blog Syncity NG will be celebrating its one-year anniversary with a prose competition and anthology. The competition, which comes with cash prizes and editing opportunities, will be judged by Mukoma wa Ngugi and Leye Adenle. Syncity NG was founded in 2017 by the Nigerian writer Cynthia Osuchukwu and is managed by Ama Udofa, also […]

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The 2018 Mabati-Cornell Kiswahili Prize for African Literature Announces Poetry and Fiction Shortlists

The poetry and fiction shortlists for the 2018 Mabati-Cornell Kiswahili Prize for African Literature have been announced. They are comprised of manuscripts from Kenya and Tanzania. Founded in 2014 by Dr Lizzy Attree, former director of the Caine Prize and now board member of Short Story Day Africa, and novelist and poet Mukoma wa Ngugi, […]

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20.35 Africa: An Anthology of Contemporary Poetry | New Project Pushes Institutional Boundaries in the Modern African Poetry Landscape

From prizes, publishing houses and festivals to magazines, journals, writers’ development initiatives, grants and blogs, the contemporary literary scene in Africa is, like those in Europe and in the Americas, reliant on institutions willing to push existing boundaries. While the institutions are doing important work, there aren’t many of them as there should be, and collective […]

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Mukoma wa Ngugi on the Problems of Masculinity, the Need for Male Feminists, and Books to Learn From

Mukoma wa Ngugi is one of our clearest thinkers. His new book, The Rise of the African Novel: Politics of Language, Identity and Ownership (University of Michigan Press, 2018), an exploration of foundational developments on the African literary scene, tackles essential questions of African literary traditions and generations. In a new interview with Quartz, he talks […]

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The Magic of Things Fall Apart

Sometime in April, I received an email from the BBC Culture’s editor to nominate five stories that I believed had “the most impact on shaping ideas and changing minds through history.” The same invitation had been sent to other writers, critics, and academic the world over. 108 people from 35 countries responded, including myself. On […]

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To Betray the Nation, They Betrayed You First | Mukoma Wa Ngugi

  (for Winnie Mandela) Because you were born Winnie Madikizela but died Winnie Mandela and you knew your real DOB was 1912 when the ANC was born Because you knew the steel in your bones did not come from your husband but from struggle, and you kept the struggle alive when the dream was jailed […]

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Mukoma wa Ngugi’s The Rise of the African Novel Tackles the Major Crisis in African Literary Criticism

Kenyan novelist and Professor of English at Cornell University, Mukoma wa Ngugi, has a new book out, which tackles essential questions of African literary traditions and generations. The Rise of the African Novel: Politics of Language, Identity and Ownership—published in the US by University of Michigan Press in March and forthcoming in Southern, Western and Eastern […]

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GoFundMe | Donate to Help Egyptian Writer and Feminist Icon Nawal El Saadawi Undergo Medical Care

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The Egyptian writer and feminist icon Nawal El Sadaawi is ill. To foot her medical bills, a GoFundMe appeal was […]

Every Poem Needs Time to Breathe and Become | Interview with Echezonachukwu Nduka

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  Echezonachukwu Nduka is a Nigerian poet, classical pianist, and musicologist. His poems have appeared in several publications including Saraba, […]

Writing and the Burden of Public Grief: In Conversation with Hawa Jande Golakai, Winner of the 2017 Brittle Paper Award for Creative Nonfiction

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Hawa Jande Golakai was born in Frankfurt, Germany, and spent her childhood in her homeland of Liberia, later living in […]

How to Be a Nigerian Writer: Excerpt from Elnathan John’s Be(com)ing Nigerian: A Guide 

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On February 6, Cassava Republic Press published Elnathan John’s Be(com)ing Nigerian: A Guide in Nigeria. Portraying “the different Nigerians you are likely […]

Catalyst Press Books Gears Up for North America Releases of Peter Church’s Crackerjack and Yewande Omotoso’s Bom Boy 

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On February 26, US-based publisher Catalyst Press Books will be releasing North America editions of the South African novelist Peter […]

PHOTOS | The Asmara Addis Literary Festival in Exile: a Pan-African Event for Feminism, Free Love, and Radical Ideas

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The inaugural Asmara Addis Literary Festival in Exile was held from 8–10 February 2019, in Brussels, Belgium. Founded by Eritrean-Ethiopian novelist […]

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