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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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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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Famzing African Literary Stars: Meeting Jeremy Weate The Cassava Man

You know me here as a blogger. But in my other life I am an academic, which means that I get sponsored to go to conferences where I listen to people say smart things while I sit there pretending to be smart. This past summer I was in Johannesburg for one such conference and decided […]

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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 […]

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 […]

Namwali Serpell, Maaza Mengiste & Marlon James Are Finalists for Los Angeles Times Book Prizes

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Finalists for the Los Angeles Times Book Prizes have been announced. The Ethiopian novelist Maaza Mengiste is nominated in the […]

Romeo Oriogun Shares Heartfelt, Powerful Personal Story as Anticipation Peaks for His Debut Poetry Collection, Sacrament of Bodies

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Romeo Oriogun’s debut poetry collection Sacrament of Bodies is still some 12 days away from its March 1 publication date […]

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