Etisalat Prize for Literature 2015 Shortlist Announced


Fiston Mwanza Mujila, Penny Busetto and Rehana Rossouw have been announced as the three shortlisted authors for the 2015 Etisalat Prize for Literature. Continue reading


‘Hear Word’ is Back!



If you still haven’t seen this play yet, you really need to hear word!

Produced and directed by Ifeoma Fafunwa, Hear Word is a delightful yet thought-provoking examination of women in Nigerian society: their struggles and triumphs, and the many oppressions, subtle and otherwise, that they have to overcome.

I had the chance to watch Hear Word last year, and I was impressed with the concept as well as its execution. The ideas were delivered with depth and humour, and the actors worked very well together. Of course, one would expect no less with theatre greats like Joke Silva, Omonor and Taiwo Ajai-Lycett on the cast, but I was pleasantly surprised Ufuoma McDermott who was making her stage debut.

Long story short, Hear Word was definitely a good experience for me and I highly recommend it.

Dates: 24 – 27 December

Times: 2 PM (26, 27 December only), 7 PM…

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2015 Morland Writing Scholarships Shortlist

The Miles Morland Foundation has announced the shortlist for the 2015 Morland Writing Scholarships. Of the twenty one shortlisted applicants below, seven are from South Africa, six from Nigeria, three from Ghana, two from Uganda, and one each from Zimbabwe, Egypt and Sudan. Continue reading





The African Poetry Book Fund, in partnership with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s literary journal Prairie Schooner, has named three finalists for this year’s Glenna Luschei Prize for African Poetry.

This year’s finalists are:

-A Book of Rooms by Kobus Moolman (Deep South)

Gumiguru by Togara Muzanenhamo (Carcanet Press)

Now the World Takes These Breaths by Joan Meterlerkamp (Modjaji Books) Continue reading