Monthly Archives: July 2013

Chiaka Obasi interviews Wale Okediran

Chiaka Obasi and Wale Okediran.

A former president of Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA), Wale Okediran (WO) is a physician, writer and politician (He had represented his constituency in Nigeria’s Federal House of Representatives). He is the founder of Ebedi International Writers’ Residency, Iseyin, a winner of an ANA Prize for Fiction and a joint winner of the 2010 Wole Soyinka Prize for…

5th annual Golden Baobab Prizes ends call for submissions

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Accra, July 26th, 2013 – The Golden Baobab Prizes for African children’s literature has ended the call for submissions to its 5th annual edition of the prizes. This year, Golden Baobab introduced three prizes: The Golden Baobab Prize for Early Chapter Books, The Golden Baobab Prize for Picture Books and the Golden Baobab Prize for…

Story contest for African Writers

talented writer from Botswana...

Free writing contests are becoming rarer, but quite a few of the African ones don’t require an entry fee. Here is one of them. Africa Book Club Short Reads Competition  is a monthly short contest, which welcomes entries from writers across the continent and the Diaspora. They accept  stories from non-African nationals provided the stories are contextually set…

ZIBF Dates

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 Due to the upcoming elections in Zimbabwe, the dates for the Zimbabwe International Book Fair have revised. Originally scheduled to run from July 31st to August 3rd, the ZIBF will now run from September 30th to October 5th. This year’s theme is ” Enabling Creativity, Writing, Publishing and Reading for Africa’s Growth”. Poet Musaemura Zimunya, in a message to…

Geoffrey Gyasi Interviews Akachi Adimora-Ezeigbo

Prof Akachi Adimora Ezeigbo

Our latest interview is by Geoffrey Gyasi, a writer, reader, poet and blogger at Geosi Reads. Here he is chatting with Akachi Adimora-Ezeigbo, a writer and professor of English. She talks about her career as an educator and about writing.   Akachi Adimora-Ezeigbo was born and raised in Eastern Nigeria, but now lives in Lagos. Raised partially in a rural environment…

New Fiction from Marina Burana, Argentina

Read Marina Burana’s story, “Soccer Sunday“, about a soccer-addicted grandmother, whose role to the protagonist, although not stereotypical, is at last fulfilling and enriching. Marina Burana is an Argentinean writer born and raised in a city facing the sea. She has published two books of short stories in Spanish (”A Merlina”, 2007 and ”De escritores y miserias”, 2008) and has collaborated in…

Writing Update from Uganda

The 2013 WriTivism Festival will take place from August 15 to 19 in Kampala, Uganda, and its theme is “The African Continental Writer, Reader and Publisher”. It will feature writers from countries like Zimbabwe, South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya, Uganda and others on the continent. “The festival focuses on progress and prospects rather than challenges and problems,”…

Ztorie Bhuku: A Zim Platform Attracting New Literary Talent

There is a lot of literary activity on the ground in Zimbabwe. New voices are eager to enter the world stage, to be heard, to tell their stories. Rise they should, these voices, because Zimbabwe is a rich literary landscape. New platforms are cropping up, taking advantage of the web Web  technologies and the access to…

Debut story by Rumbi Munochiveyi

Rumbi Munochiveyi is Zimbabwean mother of four and lives in Massachusettes USA. She is a new writer who loves African Contemporary writing and hopes to contribute to it in the future.   We introduce Zimbabwean writer Rumbi Munochiveyi, with her coming-of-age story, “Before the Husbands, the Boys We Knew”. Read a story that explores the familiar landscape of growing up,…