Tag Archive for african literature

Interview with Sarah Ladipo Manyika

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Munyori Literary Journal has just reviewed Manyika’s second novel, Like A Mule Bringing Ice Cream To The Sun, which was published this year by Cassava Republic Press Abuja-London and was officially launched in Harare. The following is an exciting conversation which writer/literary journalist Beaven Tapureta (BT), recently held with Sarah Ladipo Manyika (SLM) about herself,…

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…

New Fiction by Bode Asiyanbi (Nigeria)

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Born in Oshogbo, Western Nigeria, Bode Asiyanbi was educated at Obafemi Awololwo University, Ile-Ife and Lancaster University where he holds a Masters degree in Creative Writing.He is a two-time winner of the BBC African Performance Playwriting Prize and worked with the BBC World Service Trust as a writer on its groundbreaking radio and television drama…

‘Lunatic’ by Saaleha Bhamjee (Writivism 2014 Shortlist)

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Fear has a taste. It is this metallic tang that floods my mouth as I quicken my steps. My heart is a frantic tattoo, my mouth impossibly dry. I swallow. My tongue glues itself to the roof of my mouth. I squeeze Fatima’s hand and feel her answering squeeze. My breaths slow. And then the…

Nkiacha Atemnkeng’s Personal Response to “We Need New Names”

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“My review [of We Need New Names] is a very funny one,” says Nkiacha Atemnkeng, “but I think the funniest novel in African literature ever also deserves a funny book review.” This is more than a review. Atemnkeng presents a personal response, in honour of his his role model, NoViolet Bulawayo, the author of one…

New Charles Mungoshi novel published in Zimbabwe

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Mungoshi worked on this novel for twenty years Branching Streams Flow in the Dark by Charles Mungoshi, published in 2013 by Mungoshi Press, Harare, 165 pages, ISBN: 978 079 7444911, prize$18, phone: +263 774054341 Reviewed by Memory Chirere This transcendental novel, Branching Streams Flow in the Dark, published by his family, marks the long awaited ’return’ of…

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

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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…