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Five #StayAtHome Baking Projects Inspired by African Novels

Five #StayAtHome Baking Projects Inspired by African Novels

Though lockdown orders have started to lift in certain areas, COVID-19 shows no signs of stopping any time soon. Our advice? Stay at home and try your hand at these baking projects inspired by some of our favorite African novels. Below, we’ve selected a handful of quotes that describe a particular sweet and provided a […]

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Petina Gappah Has Some Good News for Dambudzo Marechera Fans

Petina Gappah shares updates on her upcoming Marechera play. Early this month, she announced that she was writing a play on “the 1982 banning and unbanning” of Dambudzo Marechera’s novel, Black Sunlight. The play, which is also titled Black Sunlight, is now completed. In a tweet announcing the completion, Petina reveals that she sacrificed three […]

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Petina Gappah to Write Play About the Censorship History of Dambudzo Marechera’s Novel Black Sunlight

Petina Gappah recently announced that she was writing a play that focuses on “the 1982 banning and unbanning” of Dambudzo Marechera’s novel, Black Sunlight. The play, also titled Black Sunlight, will explore the themes of “censorship, writing, and the nature of creativity” and will be framed through “a Mozart/Salieri style rivalry.” My play examines censorship, writing […]

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Petina Gappah’s Out of Darkness, Shining Light Wins the 2020 Chautauqua Prize

Petina Gappah’s Out of Darkness, Shining Light is the winner of the 2020 Chautauqua Prize. The Chautauqua Prize has been awarded each year since 2012 to “a book of fiction or literary/narrative nonfiction that provides a richly rewarding reading experience and honors the author for a significant contribution to the literary arts.” The Chautauqua Institution is […]

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Six Great Zimbabwean Novels, from Classic to Contemporary

It’s Zimbabwe’s Independence Day! To mark the occasion, we’ve picked six novels that showcase the richness of Zimbabwean literature. Some of these are classics of the African literary canon; the more contemporary ones have received numerous accolades. Which of these have you read? The House of Hunger (1978), by Dambudzo Marechera The House of Hunger is […]

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Petina Gappah Translates the First Three Paragraphs of Things Fall Apart Into Shona

Earlier this year, Petina Gappah tweeted her translation into Shona of the first three paragraphs of Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart. To date, the novel has been translated into at least sixty-one languages. Within the African continent itself, Things Fall Apart has been translated into Afrikaans, Ganda, Northern Soto, Setswana, Swahili, Xhosa, Yoruba, and Zulu. To date, […]

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Petina Gappah on Being Influenced by Tsitsi Dangarembga, Admiring Teju Cole & Zadie Smith, & Why Her Livingstone Novel Took 20 Years

Petina Gappah has a new interview in The Guardian UK, and in it she talks about her most recent book, the novel Out of Darkness, Shining Light (2019), which tells the story of the people who carried the 19th century explorer David Livingstone’s body to the ocean. She explains her research process, how she created […]

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Margaret Busby’s New Daughters of Africa Anthology, Petina Gappah, Lupita Nyong’o’s Sulwe Nominated for 51st NAACP Image Awards

The Margaret Busby-edited anthology New Daughters of Africa, Petina Gappah’s novel Out of Darkness, Shining Light, and Lupita Nyong’o’s children’s book Sulwe have been nominated for the 51st NAACP Image Awards. New Daughters of Africa and Out of Darkness are recognized for “Outstanding Literary Work – Fiction,” and Sulwe is up for “Outstanding Literary Work […]

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The 2021 Aspen Words Literary Prize is Now Open for Entry

Apply for the 2021 Aspen Words Literary Prize

The Aspen Words Literary Prize is open for entry as of today. The $35,000 prize annually rewards an “influential work […]

July 10 | Sarah Ladipo Manyika Hosts Strive Masiyiwa on Conversations Across the Diaspora

July 10 _ Sarah Ladipo Manyika Hosts Strive Masiyiwas on Conversations Across the Diaspora

Sarah Ladipo Manyika, author of In Dependence (2008) and Like A Mule Bringing Ice Cream To The Sun (2016), has teamed up […]

Bernardine Evaristo Becomes First Black Writer to Win Author of the Year

Bernardine Evaristo Becomes First Black Writer to Win Author of the Year in the British Book Awards

  Bernardine Evaristo’s winning streak continues as she dominates two categories of the 2020 British Book Awards: Best Fiction Book […]

Apply for the 2020 Morland Writing Scholarship | £27,000 for Nonfiction, £18,000 Fiction

Apply for the 2020 Miles Morland Writing Scholarship

The Miles Morland Foundation is currently accepting applications for the 2020 Morland African Writing Scholarships. The awards offer a fiction […]

The Million Naira Nigeria Prize for Difference and Diversity | Here is How to Nominate Someone

The Million Naira Nigeria Prize for Difference and Diversity _ Here is How to Nominate Someone

Nominations for The Nigeria Prize for Difference & Diversity is officially open. The new prize, co-presented by digital media platform […]

This is Why I am Endowing a N1 Million Prize for Difference and Diversity in Nigeria | Chude Jideonwo

This is Why I am Endowing a N1 Million Prize for Difference and Diversity in Nigeria _ Chude Jideonwo (2)

Last year, I wrote a piece on CNN during Pride Month​—​a month set aside to celebrate sexual and gender diversity […]

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