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The 2019 Writivism Prizes Awarded to Nigeria’s Frances Ogamba & South Africa’s Resoketswe Manenzhe

The winners of the 2019 Writivism Prizes have been announced: the Koffi Addo Creative Nonfiction Prize went to Nigeria’s Frances Ogamba, for “The Valley of Memories,” and the Writivism Short Story Prize went to South Africa’s Resoketswe Manenzhe, for “Maserumo.” The shortlisted pieces for the Koffi Addo Prize appear in Arts and Africa; those for […]

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Writivism Announces 2019 Shortlists for Short Story Prize and Koffi Addo Prize for Creative Nonfiction

Writivism has announced the 2019 Shortlists for the Writivism Short Story Prize and the Koffi Addo Prize for Creative Nonfiction, featuring five writers from Nigeria and South Africa, with one appearing on both three-name shortlists. While the finalists will each receive $150 and are invited to the 2019 Writivism Festival on 15-18 August, the two […]

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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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The 2018 Writivism Festival Theme Is Legac(y)ies

The 2018 Writivism Festival, themed “Legac(y)ies,” will be held from 17-19 August. The event, which is in its sixth year, will take place at The National Theatre and The Square Place, both in Kampala, Uganda’s capital city. It is aimed at celebrating “the different ways history can be used to inspire new narratives.” The highlight will be the […]

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Writivism: Complaint About Public Slander by Bwesigye Bwa Mwesigire | Novuyo Rosa Tshuma

Last week, Novuyo Rosa Tshuma, author of House of Bones, lodged a formal complaint with the Writivism Board of Trustees, in which she accused Mr. Bwesigye Bwa Mwesigire of making slanderous comments against her person. Here is her official statement on the complaint. * On Tuesday June 12, I lodged a formal complaint with the Writivism […]

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My Name Is Ojwiny | George Ocen | Fiction

In 2012, the Centre for African Cultural Excellence (CACE) based in Kampala, Uganda, launched Writivism — an initiative that identifies, mentors and promotes emerging Africa-based writers, and hosts an annual literary festival in Kampala. In 2017, Writivism celebrated its fifth anniversary and to celebrate this milestone, the initiative, in partnership with the University of Bristol, […]

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The 2017 Writivism Kofi Addo Prize for Nonfiction Goes to South Africa’s Charles King

The 2017 Writivism Kofi Addo Prize for Nonfiction has gone to South Africa’s Charles King. He won for “Meat Bomb.” Alongside him on the shortlist were two Nigerians: Vivian Uchechi Ogbonna, for “A Long Way From Home,” and Sada Malumfashi, for “Finding Binyavanga.” First awarded in 2016, $400 Koffi Addo Writivism Prize for Creative Nonfiction, initially open only to Ghanaians, is organised […]

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African Literary Digest: 8 Must-Reads from April, 2017

Every month, we compile a list of reads from around the Internet that we find illuminating. For January, we chose eight pieces. For February, we picked fourteen pieces. For March, we selected nine. For April, we have eight. They include short stories, essays that contribute to some of our ongoing conversations on literature and pop culture, […]

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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 […]

Kalaf Epalanga, Angolan Author & Musician, Named Curator of the 2020 African Book Festival in Berlin

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The Angolan musician and author Kalaf Epalanga, who looks like the actor Mahershala Ali, has been announced as the curator […]

Addis Ababa Noir, Edited by Maaza Mengiste & Featuring Mahtem Shiferraw, Sulaiman Addonia, Linda Yohannes, Meron Hadero, Hannah Giorgis, Forthcoming in April 2020

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Each anthology in Akashic Books’ noir series is “set in a distinct neighborhood or location within the respective city” and […]

The Frozen Heart: Episode Two | The Witches of Auchi Series | Anthony Azekwoh

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“To you, oh Goddess, we give our dreams, To you, oh Goddess, we give our faith, To you, oh Goddess, […]

Unoma Azuah’s Embracing My Shadow, Nigeria’s First Memoir About Being Lesbian, Forthcoming in March 2020 & Now Available for Pre-order

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Unoma Azuah, novelist, poet, academic, curator, and one of Nigeria’s leading LGBTQ rights activists, has a new book, her third, […]

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