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Nigerian Writers Remember the Biafran War

Every May 30, Nigerians remember the Biafran War, the 30-month conflict between the Federal Government of Nigeria and the secessionist state of Biafra, which lasted from 1967 to 1970 and left millions of mostly Igbo and then Eastern Nigerian origin dead—not only from the fighting but also from the blockade-induced starvation. Also referred to as […]

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Nnedi Okorafor, Tomi Adeyemi, Tiah Beautement, Tendai Huchu, Imraan Coovadia Make 28-Strong Shortlists for $3,000 Nommo Awards

The shortlists for the 2019 Nommo Awards for Speculative Fiction by Africans have been announced. This comes weeks after the longlists were released. The $3,000 Nommo Awards, founded in 2016 by the African Speculative Fiction Society (ASFS), recognise the finest fantasy or science fiction works by Africans published in the preceding year. The ASFS is […]

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Nnedi Okorafor, Hawa Jande Golakai, Tomi Adeyemi, Mohale Mashigo, Wayetu Moore Lead Longlists for 2019 Nommo Awards for African Speculative Fiction

The longlists for the 2019 Nommo Awards for Speculative Fiction by Africans have been announced. Among the nominated are the Nigerian superstar Nnedi Okorafor, the Ghanaian-Canadian novelist Esi Edugyan, the Liberian novelists Hawa Jande Golakai and Wayetu Moore, the Nigerian novelist Tomi Adeyemi, the South African writer Mohale Mashigo, and the Nigerian writers Wole Talabi […]

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Nnedi Okorafor Is Creating a TV Production Company for Africanfuturist Stories

Nnedi Okorafor is creating a TV series company for Africanfuturist stories. The multi-awarded novelist revealed this on Facebook via a post on 16 April. The company’s name is Africanfuturism Productions, Inc. In a reply to a comment by the writer and University of Manchester lecturer Geoff Ryman, she wrote: “TV series are my focus right […]

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Viola Davis Will Produce Nnedi Okorafor & Wanuri Kahiu’s Film Script for Octavia Butler’s Novel Wild Seed

The American actress Viola Davis will be producing Nnedi Okorafor and the Kenyan filmmaker Wanuri Kahiu’s TV script for Octavia Butler’s novel Wild Seed, currently being developed by Amazon. The project is owned by JuVeee Production, the film company run by Davis and her husband Julius Tennon. Here’s a description of the project, according to Deadline, […]

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African Literary Digest: 101 Notable Pieces of 2018

It was inevitable: compiling a list as monstrous as this would consume time, cause a delay. But here we are. 2018 came with its own firsts and highs. A new major publishing house came on board: The Indigo Press, founded by the distinguished Zimbabwean editor and critic Ellah Allfrey. A new major magazine: Kabaka, dedicated to publishing queer-centered […]

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Translator Publishes List of 146 Books by 66 African Authors Selling in Chinese

A translator of Chinese into English, Bruce Humes, has published a list of 146 books by 66 African authors selling in China. In his list, some of the books, likely academic texts, are grouped under “Introduction to African Drama,” “Introduction to African Epics,” “Introduction to African Literature,” “Poetry Collections,” “Short Story Collections,” and “Taiwan Editions.” […]

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Ake Festival 2018 Begins, Headlined by Nuruddin Farah, Featuring Paul Beatty, Nnedi Okorafor, Jennifer Makumbi, Frankie Edozien, Mona Eltahawy

The 2018 Ake Arts and Book Festival begins today. Themed “Fantastical Futures,” this year’s event, moved to Lagos from Abeokuta where it had always been held, will focus on a reimagined Africa and will last from October 24 – 27. The festival is headlined by Somali novelist Nuruddin Farah, whose newest, 14th novel is North of […]

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Mubanga Kalimamukwento Wins 2019 Kalemba Short Story Prize for Zambian Writing

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The 2019 Kalemba Short Story Prize has gone to Mubanga Kalimamukwento, for her short story, “Inswa,” described by the judges as “resonant and gripping.” […]

Statement of the African Studies Association Concerning Freedom of Expression in Sudan

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Statement of the African Studies Association Concerning Freedom of Expression in Sudan (June 2019) The African Studies Association reiterates its […]

Helon Habila Shares Dates for His 10-Day US Book Tour for His New Novel, Travelers

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Helon Habila has revealed the dates for his US book tour for his new novel Travelers. The book, his fourth […]

Dr. Stella Nyanzi Has Now Spent 222 Days in Prison. Ugandans Call for Solidarity as She Faces Three Court Cases | #FreeStellaNyanzi

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In March 2017, Dr. Stella Nyanzi, a leading gender and queer rights scholar, referred to President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda—who […]

Event: The Sudanese Gaze | Dalia Elhassan’s Book Launch of In Half Light, Film Screenings, & Exhibition 

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The Sudanese poet Dalia Elhassan will be launching her chapbook In Half Light at “The Sudanese Gaze,” a cultural production […]

Apply to SBMEN’s Practical Editing Workshop for Magazines and Digital Platforms | 26-27 June

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The Society for Book and Magazine Editors of Nigeria (SBMEN) is calling for applications to its second editing workshop, supported […]

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