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African Literary Prizes, Legitimacy, and the non-African Gaze by Bwandugi Mugarura

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Every year the African continent holds its breath as we wait for the announcement. We’ve blogged the stories, Googled the authors, engaged in furious debate about the style of writing, about the story, about the author. Then the tweet drops, the website is updated and we all find out who won the Caine Prize. The…

Naomi Benaron Reviews ‘This House Is Not For Sale’ by E.C. Osondu

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Take a collection of colorful, madcap characters linked by a Family House and the despotic grandfather, part god, part politician, and part semi-benevolent dictator, who rules the house. Add a rich sense of culture peppered by local dialect, humor, and the scents of cook fires and earthy, delicious foods. Spice with a hint of political…

Smile Dube Reviews Benjamin Sibanda’s ‘When Freedom Came’

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Economics professor Smile Dube reviews Benjamin Sibanda’s debut novel When Freedom Came, which is set in Zimbabwe after 1980. Starting in the 1970s, when young university students left the then Rhodesia to pursue their education in England, the book covers the life of a young man who has returned to a newly independent Zimbabwe, to…

Elliot Ziwira Reviews Kutyauripo’s ‘Museve Usingapotse’

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Kutyauripo, the Custodian of Shona Cultural Values   CHINUA Achebe writes in “African Writers Talking” (1972:7) that: “. . . what I think a novelist can teach is something very fundamental, namely to indicate to his readers, to put it crudely that we in Africa did not hear of culture for the first time from…

Hurukuro: Tinashe Muchuri Anozeya Nhetembo naLinda Gabriel

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Madzimai paanonyora nhetembo dzerudo vanenge vanonetseka kunyora vachinyatsobudisa zvavanonzwa kana vapinda murudo. Memory Chirere anovapa mhosva yekunyora pane imwe nguva savarume kwete samadzimai. Pane kuti ndakadya John vanonyora kuti ‘Ndakadyiwa naSara.’ Zvakadaro zvinoonekwa kuti pane mamwe madzimai anoburitsa zviri kutsi kwemoyo yawo munyaya dzerudo achishandisa rurimi rwechichiRungu. Madzimai akaita saPrimrose Dzenga naEve Nyemba vanonyatsobudisa shuviro…

Shona: Vhenyenguro yebhuku ‘Museve Usingapotse’, na Tinashe Muchuri

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Tinshe Muchuri anopinda matare naCrymio Kutyauripo mubhuku Museve usingapotse rakatsikiswa mugore ra2014, neCollege Press Mapeji  134 ISBN 9781779006189 Museve usingapotse inyaya yaKaringe mwanakomana waMambo Chakaingesu uyo airwira nyika yake yainge yabvutwa nemuzukuru wake Pondai. Munyaya iyi munobuda hudzamu hwedzidziso yeupenyu yemunhu mutema kusati kwazouya dzizdiso iriyo mukore uno. Musoro webhuku ‘Museve usingapotse’ chirevo chinoudzamu ukuru.…

Writivism Announces the 2015 Short Story Contest Judges

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The judges for the 2015 Writivism Short Story competition have been announced. The panel is chaired by Chika Unigwe who alongside Mukoma Wa Ngugi, Rachael Zadok, Tendai Huchu and Ainehi Edoro will judge this year’s competition. CHIKA UNIGWE (@chikaunigwe) Chika Unigwe is a Nigerian-born writer who writes in English and Dutch. Born (1974) and raised in…

African Roar 2014, Reviewed by Ronald Adamolekun

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Title: African Roar 2014 ; Publisher: StoryTime (Edited by Ivor Hartmann) Reviewed by Ronald Odamolekun   Probably, the most phenomenal feature of this anthology is that a majority of its writers are young, mostly men in their twenties yearning for expression. They are nurturing much passion for writing in arguably the most difficult of all…

The Golden Baobab Prizes announce 2014 Judges

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Accra, Ghana – Golden Baobab has announced the judges for the 2014 Golden Baobab Prizes. Established to inspire the writing and publishing of African stories that captivate the minds of children, the prizes award $20,000 to talented African writers and illustrators. It also offers publishing and training opportunities to its honorees.     The 2014…

Golden Baobab Prizes announce 2014 Shortlisted Writers

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Accra, November 2, 2014 – The Golden Baobab Prizes have announced their shortlisted writers for 2014. Established to inspire the writing and publishing of African stories that captivate the minds of children, the prizes award $20,000 to talented African writers and illustrators. The prize package also includes publishing and training opportunities to honorees. For the…