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Black people imagining themselves into existence

On Saturday Tseliso Monaheng decided to head down south to Soweto to check out the inaugural Abantu Book Festival, an initiative founded by Thando Mgqolozana and curated by Panashe Chigumadzi. To say it was lit would be a gross understatement. The topics on panels and the temperatures matched, while the film screening and poetry sessions added the pressure to further ignite a revelation in progress. People came from all across Johannesburg to take it all in. These are snapshots from Eyethu Lifestyle Centre in Soweto.

Paying it forward: Emmanuel Jal, the South Sudanese-Canadian musician, is a good example of an artist working tirelessly to make a difference in Africa. (Photo: David Shankbone via https://www.flickr.com/photos/shankbone/)
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Africa: We ARE the world

“They found peace and success internationally, and chose to come back and shine a light on their homes, and use their personal profiles to raise their communities.” Seasoned talent manager George Issaias with some eagle-eyed insight on how internationally-recognised African artists are giving back to the continent from whence they came.

(L-R) Richard Oduor, Lutivini Majanja, Ngugi wa Thiong'o and Moses Kilolo.    Photo credit: Leah Kanda
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Translation and African languages are important, but we need to move beyond activism

Following the Pan-African writers’ collective Jalada Africa’s translation of “The Upright Revolution: Or Why Humans Walk Upright” by Ngugu wa Thiong’o, described as ‘the single most translated short story in the history of African writing’, they hosted an event with the author in Nairobi, focusing on literature in African languages, among other things. Oduor Jagero was there and examines what it means to write in African languages today.

Kenyan writer Ngugi wa Thiong'o participates in an event of the 13 Paraty International Literaty Festival in Sao Paulo, Brazil, 03 July 2015. Photo: ANP /EPA Sebastiao Moreira
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Ake Arts and Book Festival kicks off in Abeokuta, Nigeria

The five-day Ake Arts and Book Festival an annual literary festival held in Abeokuta, Nigeria kicks off today. This year’s theme is Beneath This Skin and conversations will focus on identity, race and individuality, with a lengthy guest list, which includes, distinguished Professor, renowned writer, and literary icon Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o, Okey Ndibe, Nana Darkoa Sekyiamah, Lidudumalingani, Noviolet Bulawayo, Panashe Chigumadzi, Zukiswa Wanner, Udoka Oyeka, among others.

Kenyan writer Ngugi wa Thiong'o participates in an event of the 13 Paraty International Literaty Festival in Sao Paulo, Brazil, 03 July 2015. Photo: ANP /EPA Sebastiao Moreira
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Ngugi wa Thiong’o awarded South Korea’s prestigious Pak Kyong-ni Literature Award

Accomplished Kenyan writer, Ngugi wa Thiong’o has been awarded the prestigious Pak Kyong-ni Literature Award in recognition of his outstanding literary achievements. Thiong’o is the sixth recipient of the award since its inauguration in 2011 and he was recognized by the review committee for his outstanding work, which have been a “great influence on world literature”. Thiong’o will receive the award later this month.