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Pemi Aguda Wins the 2015 Writivism Short Story Prize

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The results are out, and the winning story, “Caterer, Caterer”,  is by Nigerian writer Pemi Aguda. The story, along with four others shortlisted for the Prize, is published here. Pemi Aguda writes short stories and flash fiction. Her stories have appeared in The Kalahari Review, Black Fox Literary Magazine, Prufrock Magazine, The Wrong Quarterly and the…

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…

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…

New Short Story by M. Gail Moore (USA)

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We present a debut short story by M. Gail Moore, who was born in Northern California and graduated from San Francisco State University. Ultimately, she joined the faculty of a community college on the West Coast in the late 1990s. She has written book reviews and several non fiction articles about her travels in Mexico, Thailand, Guatemala,…

Short Story by Rufaro Gwarada (Zimbabwe/USA)

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We present ‘The Keeper of Family Peace’, a new short story by Rufaro Gwarada, a US-born Zimbabwean who spent the formative years of her life in Zimbabwe before moving back to the United States for college in 1999. She earned a bachelor’s degree from University of the Pacific and a master’s in Gender and Development…

‘Devils’ by Wise Nzikie Ngasa (Writivism 2014 Shortlist)

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“This country is fucked up. What shit are they celebrating?” Mbatu nods towards the noisy bunch of students who have occupied every table in this open-air bar. They are singing and dancing as if someone just won a million dollars in the lottery. These are the boys and girls who say they have ‘swag’. Girls…