* The African Literary Hustle*
Guest Editors: Mukoma wa Ngugi and Laura Murphy
When African literature is published in the West, it is too often realist, in English, and always in the spirit of Chinua Achebe. But romance, science fiction, fantasy, epic, experimental poetry, satire, political allegory all find expression in Africa, though not necessarily publication. Those who are called to write often have to hustle to get recognition by writing a coming-of-age colonial encounter tale or hustle even harder to have their unique voices heard. Continue reading
The Association of Nigerian Authors has secured funding for the fifth year for the ANA/Yusuf Ali nationwide literary awareness campaign. The Association received the sum of N3,000,000 (Three Million Million Naira) on the 6th of February,2016 for the 2016 Campaign from the donor, Yusuf Ali(SAN), an Ilorin-based renowned legal practitioner and quiet philanthropist. Continue reading
Three writers, a Ghanian, Moffatt Nii Addokwei, a Camerounian, Dzekashu Macviban Charles and a Nigerian, Stanley Princewill Balogun, have arrived in Iseyin, Oyo State, Nigeria, as the first set of writers for the 2016 session of the Writers Residency Programme. They will be in the residency for a period of six weeks. Continue reading
By Japhet Alakam & Ben Njoku
Professor Femi Osofisan, a playwright, director, actor, critic, poet, novelist, editor and newspaper columnist, has been named winner of the coveted Thalia Prize 2016, which was announced by the Executive Committee of the International Association of Theatre Critics (IATC/AICT). The Thalia Prize is meant to highlight the work of those who have helped critics around the globe to understand new ways of seeing and appreciating the performing arts worldwide. This was announced by the President of IATC-Nigeria, Professor Emmanuel Dandaura. Continue reading
ABOUT THE COMPETITION
‘Ideas in Ink’ is an initiative of The Learning Corner that aims to create a space for young Nigerian writers to express their creative writing skills, and get rewarded for it. It will host writing competitions from time to time. Competitions may be short fiction stories or poems. A theme will be provided for each contest, and entrants will be required to work with the provided theme according to the instructions provided in the guidelines.
This maiden competition requires writers to submit a short story containing the line “If My Life Were a Cartoon.”
Okey-Panky–our weekly online magazine of short, darkly comic, ironic, and experimental fiction, essay, poetry, and graphic narrative–is open for submissions! The word limit is 1500, and there is no submission fee. Put it on your calendar: the mailbox fills up fast.
Read through the Okey-Panky archives to get a sense of the style.
You can submit to all categories here!
You know how easy it is to condemn something that is against your personal life ethos? How you can easily tear down the next person for getting involved in something totally out of your moral circle. You know how you become the judge and moral conscience to someone who did something outside your personal belief? That was me, four months ago.
A colleague of mine came to the office and was saying how she had fallen in love with a married man and was head over heels for him. I looked at her with so much disdain and said “you disappoint me. How could you have done that, you’re so morally bankrupt”, and trust me (if you know me), I ended every form of relationship with her. Everybody knew that about me. Continue reading
This year, Lagos Theatre Festival will return bigger and better than ever. The Festival will take place at several venues on Lagos Island and the mainland with a curated programme running alongside a Fringe strand allowing a greater than ever number of artists and audiences to take part. The Fringe will run from the 23–28 February 2016 across venues including Freedom Park and the University of Lagos.
Tickets available from 1 February online from Naija Ticket Shop, DealDey and TerraKulture.
Writer Ify Asia Chiemeziem is accusing Nollywood producer Reginald Ebere of stealing her story for his movie | Photo: Abubakar Adam Ibrahim
In continuation of the controversies that have rocked the creative industry, as 2016 rolled in, a Nigerian writer, Ify Asia Chiemeziem, is accusing Nollywood producer, Reginald Ebere, of intellectual property theft having purportedly stolen the story in one of her e-books for a film he recently produced. Daily Trust reports. Continue reading