Kwani? Manuscript Prize Announces Shortlist

The Kwani? Manuscript Project, a new one-off literary prize for unpublished fiction from African writers, is delighted to announce a shortlist. The seven shortlisted titles, selected from a longlist of 30, are: Ayobami Adebayo, Stay with Me (Nigeria) Ayesha Harruna Attah, Saturday’s People (Ghana / US) Stanley Gazemba, Ghettoboy (Kenya) Toni Kan, The Carnivorous City … More Kwani? Manuscript Prize Announces Shortlist

iRead: The May Edition: The place of Non-Fiction Narratives in the literary cosmos

Last year, a young American scholar, Hefzibah Israel threw a challenge to Nigerian and African writers. It happened that Hefzibah connected with some Nigerian writers on Facebook and while acknowledging their dexterity with fiction, wondered why that skill was not being applied to the wide gap of knowledge about the continent. The challenge from Hefzibah … More iRead: The May Edition: The place of Non-Fiction Narratives in the literary cosmos

2013 Farafina Trust Workshop: Call For Applications

Farafina Trust will be holding a creative writing workshop in Lagos, organized by award winning writer and creative director of Farafina Trust, Chimamanda Adichie, from August 6 to August 16 2013. The Caine Prize winning Kenyan writer Binyavanga Wainaina, and others will co-teach the workshop alongside Adichie. The workshop will take the form of a class. Participants will be … More 2013 Farafina Trust Workshop: Call For Applications

Lola Shoneyin and Samuel Tosin Kolawole for iRead this February

After a very successful run in 2012, iRead is back and better! iRead, is a platform that brings aspiring writers and book lovers together with established voices in an environment where books, writers and the writing process get highlighted. In pursuance of our thematically structured readings, this edition of iRead is themed: The Literary Affair. … More Lola Shoneyin and Samuel Tosin Kolawole for iRead this February

Splendid Literature & Culture Foundation to Announce Winner(s) at its Public Presentation

Splendid Literature and Culture Foundation (SL&CF), incorporated in January 2012 to produce quality literature that will not only entertain and enlighten children readers but also stimulate their imagination, will be publicly presented on February 21st, 2013. In July 2012, the Foundation made a call for submission of imaginative children’s literature from young Nigerian writers all … More Splendid Literature & Culture Foundation to Announce Winner(s) at its Public Presentation

African Delights: Delightfully African

  Book: African Delights Author: Siphiwo Mahala Paperback: 200 pages Publisher: Jacana Media (January 1, 2012) Aslak Myre, who taught us creative non-fiction at the Farafina Trust creative writing workshop I was opportune to attend this year, stressed that literature is the peephole through which societies can be viewed and accessed. Only he did not say it … More African Delights: Delightfully African

Fine Boys: telling a generation’s story in tricolour

Mazi Chiagozie Fred Nwonwu Every generation has a book that defines it, that lays its secrets bare and shines bright lights into its darkest corners. In Nigeria, for the generation who began university after the swinging 80s said goodbye and the ill-thought out economic policy that was SAP started showing its ill effects, the unpredictability … More Fine Boys: telling a generation’s story in tricolour

…and there was a current. They called it Farad! A review

Book Title: Farad Author: Emmanuel Iduma Publisher: Parresia Pages: 207 Immediately I finished reading Emmanuel Iduma’s novel “Farad, I felt the need to tell others about it. Not as a professional reviewer, which I am not, but as a reader pleased with a book bought with hard-earned Naira. I write with a thought gnawing at … More …and there was a current. They called it Farad! A review