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Caine Prize chair Ellah Wakatama Allfrey and Cassava Republic Press co-founder Bibi Bakare-Yusuf have been inducted into the UK’s Royal Society of Literature (RSL) as Honorary Fellows, a category for “those who have made a significant contribution to the advancement of literature as publishers, agents, booksellers or producers, or who have rendered special service to […]
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In 2017, Africa Writes, the UK’s biggest festival celebrating African literature, moved beyond London for the first time, organizing pop-up events across the country in Edinburgh, Birmingham, and Bristol. With the Bristol event proving the most successful in terms of audience and partner engagement, the Festival decided to plan and develop it as an independent […]
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The Goethe-Institut/Bureau de liaison in Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso, has called for applications to its new 2019/2020 residencies for African writers under 40. Open to writers in all genres, successful applicants will be paid €1,500 and be expected to produce a manuscript which will be published in 2020. The initiative “aims to give […]
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The Nigerian professor, poet, critic, editor, activist and leading feminist thinker Molara Ogundipe-Leslie has passed on at 78. She died on Tuesday, 18 June, in her home in Ijebu-Igbo, Ogun State, Nigeria. One of the most cited theorists in gender studies, she is best known for founding Stiwanism, a sub-movement of feminism. Articulated in her […]
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Namwali Serpell’s debut novel The Old Drift has been a hit with critics. Hailed as the Great Zambian Novel and reviewed for The New York Times Review of Books by Salman Rushdie, it has been high on reading lists. Recently, the UC Berkeley associate professor of literature was featured on the podcast Reading Women, a […]
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Nnedi Okorafor’s memoir, Broken Places & Outer Spaces: Finding Creativity in the Unexpected, was published yesterday, 18 June, by Simon & Schuster imprint TED Books. It is her first book of nonfiction and her 15th book overall in 14 years, since her 2005 debut. In February, on Twitter, she described the 112-page book as a […]
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The 2019 Kalemba Short Story Prize has gone to Mubanga Kalimamukwento, for her short story, “Inswa,” described by the judges as “resonant and gripping.” The $1000 prize, funded and administered by the publishing company Ukusefya WORDS, is awarded to the best work of original and unpublished short fiction written in English by a Zambian, and is in its second […]
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Statement of the African Studies Association Concerning Freedom of Expression in Sudan (June 2019) The African Studies Association reiterates its solidarity with its academic colleagues in Sudan and condemns in the strongest terms the violent crackdown of the Transitional Military Council in Sudan on peaceful protesters during its attack on the sit-in outside military headquarters […]
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Helon Habila has revealed the dates for his US book tour for his new novel Travelers. The book, his fourth novel, was released this June by Penguin Random House imprint Hamish Hamilton. His first book to be set outside Nigeria, Travellers roams the continent of Europe, making stops in Germany, Italy, and the UK, its characters […]
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In March 2017, Dr. Stella Nyanzi, a leading gender and queer rights scholar, referred to President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda—who has been in power since 1986, for 33 years now—as “a pair of buttocks.” On 31 March, after further criticizing on Facebook the First Lady and Education & Sports Minister Janet Museveni’s incompetence, she was […]
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