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NoViolet Bulawayo Is an Advocate for This Zimbabwean Digital Initiative to Promote Knowledge

NoViolet Bulawayo, Booker Prize-shortlisted and multi-award-winning author of We Need New Names, is helping create awareness and support for Reading Zimbabwe, a Zimbabwean digital initiative aimed at promoting knowledge particularly for the country’s younger generations. On Facebook, she shared a link to the project’s page on Kickstarter, asking her followers to “please check out and […]

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Why Only Africans Worry About Poverty Porn

Africa is the only continent bothered about being perceived as poor. There is a historical reason for this. The idea of Africa as the poor continent is as old as the 17th and 18th centuries—those heady days of European optimism when philosophers squandered precious ink drafting the stories that will define the project of modernity. Every story […]

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Caine Prizes and Poverty Pornstars — Bulawayo Takes Swipe At Habila

A few days ago, Zimbabwean author, Noviolet Bulawayo, writes on her Facebook wall: Today I woke up to some South African love, and it’s very meaningful to me, for obvious reasons. I am remembering that my very first published story was by Munyori journal, and it meant a lot to have that Zim and African […]

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A Sisters Grace, A Writer’s Love: NoViolet Bulawayo’s Tribute to Her Sister Za

NoViolet Bulawayo is Zimbabwe’s star novelist at the moment. The author of We Need New Names has said a lot about how her father is a source of strength and inspiration. Here is a Facebook status from about a year ago where she expresses appreciation for her sister’s love and support. In more ways than […]

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NoViolet Bulawayo Speaks on Zimbabwe and Mugabe

If Mugabe once asked to greet the Zimbabwean Big Brother Africa runner up, there’s a chance that he’d want to meet and congratulate Noviolet Bulawayo if her novel wins the prestigious Booker Prize. In a recent Guardian interview, she is asked what she’d do if that ever happened. Her response?  “Out of principle I wouldn’t…I […]

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NoViolet Bulawayo Says She’s Still Dizzy From The News Of Booker Longlist

“We Need New Names is only my first novel so this is such a huge deal, downright humbling stuff that I wasn’t expecting hence my shock when I first heard – I didn’t even know my book had been entered. I’m still a little dizzy from it, but I’ve been processing the news and it has […]

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Waiting For An African Literary Revolution

Adichie’s Americanah, Selasie’s Ghana Must Go, and Bulawayo’s We Need New Names are being hailed as the African novels that best capture the Africa of our time. It is around these novels that the question of the contemporary African novel is being asked and decided. On a flight to Johannesburg, I was reading the South […]

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Writer on Writer: Habila Criticizes Bulawayo’s We Need New Names

If I had to imagine the writing process of many African writers, it would look like this: they draw up a list of hot-button issues on Africa: failing economes, brain drain, ailing health care, corrupt governments, human trafficking, immigrant experience and so on. Then they write stories that comment, reflect, or capture these issues. It […]

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Bernardine Evaristo: Your Guide to All Eight Books by the Booker Prize Winner

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While better known in the African literary scene as the founder of the massively influential Brunel International African Poetry Prize, […]

TJ Benson’s Forthcoming Novel, The Madhouse, Follows a Troubled Family Across Four Decades

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The Nigerian writer TJ Benson has a new novel set to be published by Masobe Books in 2020. A new […]

The Guardian UK Criticized for Headline Calling Bernardine Evaristo’s Booker Prize-winning Novel Obscure

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Right after Bernardine Evaristo and Margaret Atwood were announced joint winners of the 2019 Booker Prize for Fiction, the UK’s […]

Bernardine Evaristo’s Joint Win of the Booker Prize, with Margaret Atwood, Makes Her the First Black Woman & Second Nigerian to Receive the Honour

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The Nigerian-British novelist Bernardine Evaristo has been awarded the 2019 Booker Prize for Fiction, for her novel Girl, Woman, Other, […]

The Queen of Dahomey: Episode Three | The Witches of Auchi Series | Anthony Azekwoh

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There was an old woman with a ragged scar on her cheek who lived alone on the outskirts of Dahomey. […]

Befeqadu Hailu, Ethiopian Writer-Activist & Co-founder of Zone 9 Blog, Named 2019 International Writer of Courage

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Befeqadu Hailu, the Ethiopian writer, activist, and co-founder of the Amharic-language human rights platform Zone 9 Blogging Collective, has been […]

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