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Poetry Press Konya Shamsrumi Announces SAI Sabouke as Managing Editor

PRESS RELEASE: Abuja, Nigeria: The poet SAI Sabouke has been appointed Managing Editor of Konya Shamsrumi, effective immediately. This decision was arrived at after extensive consultations within the Konya Shamsrumi collective following the departure of pioneer Managing Editor, Kechi Nomu, months ago. Prior to now, the collective has been managed in the interim by Richard Ali. […]

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Konya Shamsrumi Press Makes Publishing Debut with Poetry Collections by Richard Ali and Umar Sidi

Conceived by the KSR Collective as an Africa-centric, traditional-style, royalties-paying publishing house, Konya Shamsrumi, which has gained continental attention with its 5 Questions series with emerging and established poets, recently announced new columnist-bloggers for its website. The press and Collective has also made its publishing debut, with two poetry collections: Richard Ali’s The Anguish and Vigilance of Things and […]

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Poetry Collective & Press Konya Shamsrumi Gets New Columnist-Bloggers in Tafirenyika, Anena, Grieder, Gatawa, and Sabuke

The poetry collective and press Konya Shamsrumi (KSR) has announced new columnist-bloggers for its website. They are: Tinashe Tafirenyika, the two-time National Arts Merit Award-winning Zimbabwean poet and finalist for the 2018 Brittle Paper Award for Creative Nonfiction; Harriet Anena, the Ugandan winner of the 2018 Wole Soyinka Poetry Prize; Andrea Grieder, the Swiss organiser of Rwanda’s Transpoesis; Maryam […]

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Soul Song or South Africa Knows | By Umar Abubakar Sidi | African Poetry

South Africa knows. Never let the poet See the face of love. Never let the poet walk Upon the landscapes of love. Alone. Unguarded. Never let the poet walk By the side of love in a mall. Do not let the poet Witness the plum fingers of love using chopsticks To eat Sushi in a […]

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Why We Love Saraba Magazine’s The Poet of Sand by Umar sidi

  To the Romantic poet, P. B. Shelley, “poets are the unacknowledged legislators of the world.” To Wole Soyinka, the power of the poet is not that of a legislator—a law maker—but of a vagabond. The poet is “restless seeker,” he writes in Samarkand and Other Markets I Have Known, and it is this restlessness coupled with […]

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This is Not a Poem, This is Not a Prayer | by Umar Abubakar Sidi

(for the Girls of Chibok, and for Benson Eluma, Usman Umar Akeel and Gimba Kakanda) Today, the machinery of the poet is scuttled No ambivalent metaphors. No silent birds Whistling delicious melodies to the hearing of the poet, No magic mirrors reflect images of dancing maidens And storytelling blue parrots in royal chambers Pillared on […]

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“The Poet of Dust” — Testaments of Sand By Umar Sidi | A Brittle Paper Poet

What does a butterfly and a penis have to do with God, the universe, and the secrets of creation? Perhaps the Bible and quantum mechanics, Satan and Pythagoras, time and the tarantula aren’t such different things. Perhaps when brought in relation they hold the key to the power of poetry. The Testament of Sand by […]

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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 […]

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 […]

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