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 Manuscript Project, a new one-off literary prize for unpublished fiction from African writers, is delighted to announce a shortlist.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
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
Anyone who knows anything about third generation Nigerian writers would know that Victor Ehikhamenor is a big fish. You only need to have followed his column in the now defunct Next newspaper to agree. Excuse Me! is a timely collection of his writings. I recall now the first time I came across Victor’s column online, I marvelled at … More BOOK REVIEW: Now that you’ve been excused….Victor Ehikhamenor’s Excuse Me!
Title: Eyes of a Goddess Author: Ukamaka Olisakwe Pages: Paperback, 304 pages Publisher: Piraeus Books LLC “It was the eyes. . .” Thus starts Eyes of a Goddess, Ukamaka Olisakwe’s debut novel. Simple words. I read somewhere that the best way start to a novel or short story is to do something as crazy as throwing … More Seeing through the Eyes of a Goddess
Odili Ujubuonu’s third novel “Pride of the Spider Clan” is a work of fiction unlike many of its time. The novel, which concludes the tale of an enterprising Aro clan that began in “Pregnancy of the Gods” and further found expression in “Treasure in the Winds”, may read like a work of fiction – which … More Reconstructing the pride of place: Review of Odili’s Ujubuonu Pride of the Spider Clan
Book N Gauge, the monthly Book Culture event, will feature Nze Sylva Ifedigbo author of the recently published collection of short stories, “The Funeral Did Not End’ and Atilola Moronfolu, author of Anatomy of Mirage. The event, in its sixteenth edition, will draw from the theme: “Unending conversations”. The event will explore how literature is … More Book N Gauge 16: Unending Conversations
Book: The Funeral Did Not End Author: Sylva Nze Ifedigbo Publisher: Dada Books Pages: 296 Reading Sylva Nze Ifedigbo’s long awaited short story collection, the first thing that struck me was the way story after story mirrored the society perfectly. Knowing the writer and his interest in social commentary, I was not surprised. What surprised … More The Funeral Did Not End: social commentary at its best