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The Struggle for Kwani?’s Soul | Isaac Otidi Amuke 

During a June 2019 Heinrich Böll Stiftung memorial event in Berlin, the novelist Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor delivered a moving tribute to Binyavanga Wainaina, who died in Nairobi on 21 May 2019, aged 48. Owuor, whose Binyavanga-edited and Kwani?-published short story “Weight of Whispers” won the Caine Prize for African Writing in 2003—the year after Binyavanga’s […]

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Photos | Five Jordan, an Arts for Social Change Collective, Launches in Abuja with Event Celebrating City of Jos & Richard Ali’s Novel

BY RAFEEAT ALIYU Five Jordan, a new arts for social development collective, was formally launched on 31 January 2020, at an event that drew the Nigerian capital city’s diplomatic, cultural, military, and political elite. The event, tagged “An Evening in Jos,” is the first of the collective’s City Series. The city of Jos is located […]

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The Macondo Literary Festival, a Celebration of Lusophone & Anglophone Literatures and Exploration of Histories, Set for Nairobi in September

A new literary festival will be celebrating both Anglophone and Lusophone literatures. The Macondo Literary Festival, named after the fictional town in Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s One Hundred Years of Solitude, “a place where magical things happen,” will be held in Nairobi from 27 to 29 September 2019. The event is an initiative of the Macondo […]

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Membrane: A Festival of African Literatures and Ideas | May 23-26 in Stuttgart

Three major cultural organizations in Germany, Literaturhaus Stuttgart, Institut français and Akademie Schloss Solitude, are hosting a four-day international literary festival titled Membrane: African Literatures and Ideas. The festival is being curated by three eminent intellectuals: Nadja Ofuatey-Alazard (Germany), director of EOTO, Novelist Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor (Kenya) and currently Fellow at Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin, and […]

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Submit to Boston Review’s (Free) 2019 Short Story & Poetry Contests Worth $500 Each, to be Judged by Yvonne Owuor & Ladan Osman

The US-based magazine Boston Review has announced short story and poetry contests, each worth $500, both based on “a new contest model shaped by social justice and accessibility concerns.” The magazine, among whose editors is Junot Diaz, is most noted in the African literary scene for having published “Hitting Budapest,” the short story by NoViolet […]

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Photos & Details: How Prestige Bookshop Hosted the Nairobi Launch of Yvonne Owuor’s The Dragonfly Sea

By Shingai Kagunda Photos by Prestige Bookshop. On 1 March 2019, Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor launched her second novel, The Dragonfly Sea, for the first time. She honoured us by doing so at Prestige Bookshop with an open audience and a mini panel discussion. Nairobi was not prepared for the explosive event that took place inside our […]

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Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor On the 600-Year Tale That Inspired Her New Novel

Kenyan novelist Yvonne Owuor who brought us the critically acclaimed novel Dust has a new book in the works. The Dragonfly Sea centers on a largely unexplored period in Africa’s past: the Chinese-African encounter via the Indian Ocean. The novel centers on a girl named Ayana who lived a solitary life on the island of Pate, […]

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Yvonne Owuor Attacked in Nairobi by City Inspectorate, Arrested and Charged to Court

Reports reaching us have it that Kenyan novelist Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor, author of Dust, was attacked and arrested in Nairobi by the Nairobi County Inspectorate, infamously known as the “kanjo.” According to Twitter user @zinduko, Ms. Owuor was standing outside Lavington Mall in Nairobi when the “kanjo” descended on local traders nearby. She didn’t run in […]

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Saara El-Arifi’s Signs 2 Six-Figure Deals for Her Debut Novel The Final Strife

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Sudanese-Arab-Ghanaian-British author Saara El-Arifi won big last week. Her debut novel The Final Strife landed a double six-figure deal in the […]

The Nigeria Prize for Difference and Diversity Announces Judges and Advisory Council

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The Nigeria Prize for Difference and Diversity has announced the judges for the inaugural award and the advisory board. The […]

BBC 4 to Broadcast Reading of Abi Daré’s The Girl with the Louding Voice

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Abi Daré’s The Girl with the Louding Voice will be narrated on BBC 4 by actress Ronkẹ Adékoluẹjo. The novel […]

The 2021 Aspen Words Literary Prize is Now Open for Entry

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The Aspen Words Literary Prize is open for entry as of today. The $35,000 prize annually rewards an “influential work […]

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