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Goretti Kyomuhendo Appointed to Commonwealth Foundation’s Advisory Governorship for Africa Region

The Ugandan writer Goretti Kyomuhendo, Director of African Writers Trust (AWT), has been appointed Civil Society Advisory Governor by Commonwealth Foundation. She is one of five appointments, each representing a region: the academic Kalpana Kannabiran for Asia; University of the West Indies economics lecturer Marlene Attz for the Caribbean region; former Wellington, New Zealand mayor […]

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Dr Stella Nyanzi Wins Appeal at Ugandan Court, Regains Freedom, But Is Possibly Re-arrested

Dr Stella Nyanzi is free. The academic, feminist and queer rights advocate has been in prison for criticising Uganda’s long-serving president Yoweri Museveni. She was found guilty of “cyber harassment” against President Museveni in August 2019 and sentenced to 18 months in prison. Nyanzi, through her lawyers, appealed her conviction and sentence, citing unfairness and […]

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Dr Stella Nyanzi Publishes Poetry Collection, No Roses From My Mouth, from Jail

Dr Stella Nyanzi, the Ugandan academic and gender and queer rights activist currently in jail for criticising Uganda’s long-serving president Yoweri Museveni, has published a poetry collection. Nyazi, most recently awarded the 2020 Oxfam Novib/PEN International Award for Freedom of Expression, wrote it in jail. The 196-page book, titled No Roses from My Mouth, was […]

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Dr Stella Nyanzi Receives Oxfam Novib/PEN International Award for Freedom of Expression

The Ugandan academic and gender and queer rights advocate Dr Stella Nyanzi has been awarded the 2020 Oxfam Novib/PEN International Award for Freedom of Expression, given annually to writers and journalists in recognition of their significant contribution to freedom of expression despite the danger to their own lives. The award ceremony was held as part […]

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Dr. Stella Nyanzi Sentenced to 18 Months in Prison for a Poem About Uganda’s President Museveni, Stages Nude Protest in Court

The Ugandan academic and gender and queer rights advocate Stella Nyanzi has been sentenced to 18 months in prison after being found guilty of cyber harassment against the country’s 33-year-ruling President Yoweri Museveni. She has been in prison for nine months now, having been arrested, first in October 2018, for a Facebook post she made, […]

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Jennifer Makumbi on Her Collection, National Identities, Prizes, Adichie’s Fame, MFAs, and Why Western Editors Don’t Get African Audiences

Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi is on a press tour for her new book, the short story collection Manchester Happened, published in the US as Let’s Tell This Story Properly. In an interview with the Kenyan newspaper Daily Nation‘s Gloria Mwaniga, the 2018 Windham-Campbell Prize winner, who is gaining a reputation for saying exactly what she thinks, […]

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The Nalubaale Review Calls for Submissions for Its Travel Issue

The Uganda-based magazine The Nalubaale Review is calling for submissions—short fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction—for its Travel issue. The deadline for submission is 15 June 2019. In an email to Brittle Paper, its editor Nakitto Irene explained that the name “Nalubaale,” which in Luganda means “god” or “mother of gods,” is the original name for the Lake […]

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Writivism Is Listing 56 Ugandan Writers to Mark the Country’s 56th Independence Anniversary

To mark Uganda’s 56th Independence anniversary, Writivism is highlighting works by 56 writers from the country. The four-part series, which will feature writers active between 1934 and 2018, was inspired by Bakwa Magazine’s “100 Days of Cameroonian Literature” and Darkowaa’s “GH at 60 | Our Writers & Their Books.” Early research for the list was […]

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Derek Owusu Awarded 2020 Desmond Elliot Prize

Derek Owusu Awarded 2020 Desmond Elliot Prize (1)

British author of Ghanaian heritage Derek Owusu has been awarded the 2020 Desmond Elliot Prize for his debut novel That […]

My Sister, The Serial Killer Wins Crime Fiction Book of the Year

My Sister, The Serial Killer Wins Crime Fiction Book of the Year

Oyinkan Braithwaite’s comic crime thriller, My Sister, The Serial Killer (2018), has won the 2020 British Book Award for Crime Fiction […]

“I Have Come Undone” | Adichie Writes Moving Statement on Grieving for Her Father

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Chimamanda Adichie’s father, Professor James Nwoye Adichie, died on Wednesday June 10, 2020. Today, the author breaks her silence around […]

Submit to Ouida Books’ New Imprint on Technology in Africa

Ouida Books is Currently Accepting Submissions for Her New Imprint LWM (2)

Lagos-based publishing press Ouida Books is accepting submissions for its new imprint LWM. LMW is the third addition to the […]

Wayétu Moore Announces New Novel Exploring Mami Wata Mythology

Wayétu Moore Announces New Novel Exploring Mami Wata Mythology

Liberian-American author Wayétu Moore is staying busy and productive. Barely a year since the release of her widely praised memoir […]

Tsitsi Dangarembga Petitions Parliament of Zimbabwe for Removal of Health Minister Obadiah Moyo

Tsitsi Dangarembga Obadiah Moyo (1)

On June 19, 2020, Zimbabwe Health Minister Obadiah Moyo was arrested on corruption charges for engaging in an illegal 60 […]

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