Today we revel in the splendour and beauty of Matobo or Matopos Hills, which is part of Matobo National Park one of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites. Matobo Hills is an area of granite kopjes situated near the city of Bulawayo, in southern Zimbabwe.
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.
Zimbabwean photographer, Henry Oliver Hakulandaba, is basking in the glory of his recent success after scooping an award in a prestigious photography contest. Hakulandaba was named among the three winners in Agility’s Africa 2016 Photo Competition. Kenya’s Stephen Simiyu, and Esdore Hakizimana from Uganda were also honoured for their breath-taking pictures.
The winner of the 2016 Financial Times Oppenheimer Emerging Voices in the art category is Zimbabwean Gareth Nyandoro, a painter based in Harare and Amsterdam.
Zimbabwe has a literature of migrant writers. While some have lost their voices by moving away, in a manner that reflects emigration’s blessing and curse, some have discovered theirs. Bongani Sibanda writes from that destination of mixed fortunes, Johannesburg.
Kenya’s Oscar Award winning actress Lupita Nyong’o has proven that her talents know no bounds after releasing a video clip spitting an impressive freestyle. Is a collaboration with American and our very own African rappers on the way? We certainly hope so.
John Networq born in Warri, Niger Delta, Nigeria has just released an experimental project titled Son of Merlin. The self exploratory project touches on his life so far, risks of being a creative and growing up in the Niger Delta.
Ilojo Bar a national monument in Nigeria built in mid 19th century by returned slaves from Brazil has been demolished. The iconic building which housed a music shop owned by veteran musician Victor Olaiya was where King Sunny Ade once bought a guitar. The demolished plot now spots a sign post announcing it property of the government.
The fourth edition of Writivism, an annual literary festival arranged by the Centre for African Cultural Excellence, was recently held in Kampala, Uganda, Farai Mudzingwa looks back on the experience.