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Fred Khumalo, Rehana Rossouw Lead Novel-Dominated 2017/18 University of Johannesburg Prizes Shortlists

The University of Johannesburg Prizes for South African Writing in English have released their 2017/18 shortlists. The six selected books are split between the R75,000 Main Prize and the R30,000 Debut Prize. Founded in 2006, the University of Johannesburg Prizes, also known as the UJ Prizes, are given annually for “the best original creative work in English published […]

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Congrats to Philani Dladla! The Pavement Bookworm Publishes His First Book

Remember Philani Dladla? A documentary about his pavement bookshop went viral a while back. Dladla sold books on the street of Johannesburg, but unlike your regular bookseller, Dladla would only sell books he’d read and would then price them according to how well he enjoyed them. It’s been two years since his story inspired many of us […]

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Hitmaid | by Nicholas Rawhani | An African Story

After Robot. The Houghton streets are a peculiar place in the morning. Taxi-loads of pastel dressed women walk into houses like 1950’s American men would leave them, all at 8am. A woman calling herself Grace just got out of the taxi and headed to number 43. Of course Grace’s name wasn’t Grace. But Grace was […]

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My Granny is a Sangoma | By Amanda Hawker | African Poety

The children at school refuse to believe That my granny is a Sangoma They struggle to accept Because she lives in suburbia, works in a hospital And drives a Cadillac car My granny studies at university And works overseas But during intlombe she is resolutely Down on her knees She brews the mqombothi As soon […]

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African Literary Event | #LongStorySHORT | All the Scoop + Photos | By Xiluva Maswangaye

#LongStorySHORT is a pop-up literary event hosted in Pretoria.  Over the past few months, fans of African literature have been taking over spaces in selected community libraries to enjoy and celebrate African fiction.  Local media personalities are invited to read an excerpt from a short story or novel. Videos of the readings are then posted on Youtube and […]

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African Writers on Writing | Lauren Beukes Likens Writing to a Virus, an Infection, and a Parasite

There are aspiring African writers out there working hard to produce good work. To help them get ahead in the literary hustle, we  keep an eye out for words of encouragement and advice from successful African authors. This edition of the “African Writers on Writing” series comes straight out of South Africa where all sorts of interesting […]

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Constable Semenya and the Pageant | by Judith Joubert | An African Story

“This is your chance to prove yourselves, trolls,” Lieutenant Colonel Coetzee shouted at the six rookies before him. They are fresh-faced and eager now, he thought, I hope they won’t become jaded too soon – or even worse – corrupt. “Yes, sir,” they answered. “Semenya, you’re in charge. I’m going to the travel agency,” he […]

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My African Book Diary | The Unlovable Serial Killer

I made the mistake of reading Broken Monsters while my husband was away for a few days playing out-of-town shows. Bad idea. Broken Monsters is a disturbing and scary piece of work. I couldn’t go back to sleep not because I feared that a ghost would pop out of the shadows. I just couldn’t get the picture […]

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ANA President Denja Abdullahi Has Not Paid 18-Year-Old Student the N100,000 Prize Money He Won, Despite Months-Long Requests from Teachers

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In October 2018, at the prize ceremony at Preston Hotel, Ikeja, 18-year-old Nigerian writer Ernest O. Ògúnyemí was announced winner […]

The 2019 Gerald Kraak Prize Goes to Nigeria’s OluTimehin Adegbeye

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The 2019 Gerald Kraak Prize has been awarded to Nigeria’s OluTimehin Adegbeye, for her nonfiction piece, “Mothers and Men,” described […]

Binyavanga Wainaina, Bestselling Author, Queer Icon, and Great Literary Influencer, Passes on at 48

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Binyavanga Wainaina, the great Kenyan writer, bestselling memoirist, queer icon, beloved literary influencer, and arguably the most gifted prose writer […]

Membrane: A Festival of African Literatures and Ideas | May 23-26 in Stuttgart

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Three major cultural organizations in Germany, Literaturhaus Stuttgart, Institut français and Akademie Schloss Solitude, are hosting a four-day international literary […]

Akachi Chukwuemeka, Poet and Editor of the University of Nigeria’s Literary Journal The Muse, Passes on at 21

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Chukwuemeka “Akachi” Emmanuel Ugwoke, a Nigerian poet and editor of The Muse, the literary journal of the University of Nigeria, […]

The Caine Prize Announces 2019 Shortlist

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Five writers—from Cameroon, Ethiopia, Kenya, and Nigeria—have been shortlisted for the 2019 Caine Prize, for short stories that explore “the […]

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