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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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When We Talk about Kintu | Ellah Wakatama Allfrey | Essay

When Kwani? launched its Manuscript Project competition in 2012 the stated aim was to find the best unpublished novels by writers from across Africa—and to publish them for readers across Africa. The call for submissions asserted a firm belief that ‘there is no greater celebration of emergent forms than in publishing our own’ with Billy Kahora […]

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New Leadership at Writivism | Meet Valerie Bah and Kagayi Peter | by Bwesigye Bwa Mwesigire

At the start of this month, there was a shake-up at Writivism, the Kampala-based pan African literary initiative. The new coordinators are some of the coolest people alive today, especially on the African literary scene, in my not so humble view. Both Kagayi Peter and Valerie Bah are not exactly new names on the African […]

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I am Not my Hair | by Farida Bagalaaliwo | An African Essay

I remember sitting between my mother’s knees, feeling my 5inch/6inch hair pulled and prodded with love, just so; hairpins stuck in the back, left, right and center to hold that little short mass of hair into a ‘puff'(bun). My face scrunched and wincing with each pull of the brush, and an occasional “ouch” when the […]

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Okwiri’s Critique of Our Stories Was Invaluable | Sydney Mugerwa on Writivism Mentorship

A while back, I was among those selected from across Africa to participate in a writing program, organized by Centre for African Cultural Excellence (CACE), dubbed Writivism. For somebody with one hundred or so badly written teenage poems lying forgotten in diaries and collecting dust and numerous futile childish attempts at writing short stories long […]

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Shailja Patel Rejects $87,070 Court Ruling in Sexual Assault Defamation Suit by Tony Mochama, Leaves Kenya on Self-Exile

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A week following the awarding of Sh9 million ($87,070) to Tony Mochama in his sexual assault defamation suit against Shailja […]

How to Join Narrative Landscape’s Illustrator Competition for Nigerian Women

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PRESS RELEASE Brief Narrative Landscape Press is pleased to announce this illustrator competition for Nigerian women illustrators. The winner of […]

Saraba Magazine Will Be Appointing a New Editorial Team | How to Apply

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APPLY TO JOIN SARABA MAGAZINE EDITORIAL TEAM: PRESS RELEASE Saraba, the acclaimed literary magazine based in Nigeria, calls for applications […]

The Thing in the Blood | Vuyelwa Maluleke | Fiction

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Vuyelwa Maluleke’s “The Thing in the Blood” is taken from Go the Way Your Blood Beats: New Short Fiction from […]

Agbowo Magazine’s Visually Stunning Second Issue Features Work by JK Anowe, Sarah Lubala, & Efua Traore

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The Nigeria-based Agbowo Magazine, which “collect[s] great literary and visual African art,” has released its second issue, themed “Limits”: a […]

Nigerian Journalist & Presenter Arit Okpo Is New Host of CNN’s African Voices

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The Nigerian journalist, TV presenter, documentary filmmaker, producer and voice-over talent Arit Okpo is the new host of CNN’s “African Voices.” […]

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