The publishing industry continues to elicit controversy, blame and counter blame far as the publication of literary works is concerned. Oduor Jagero, a self-published author, examines self-publishing as an alternative to traditional publishing.
They want us to develop an Africa-conscious imagery. They break the barrier between music and literature, and as for being Francophone, what does that even mean? Edwige-Renée Dro introduces some of the Francophone African writers setting the literary scene alight this year.
The British Museum has been exhibiting works from South Africa’s art landscape since late last year. Part of the highlight of the exhibition is 81 year old Esther Mahlangu’s 1991 art installation, a BMW 525i, painted with murals inspired by her Ndebele heritage.
In Africa, rock and heavy-metal music is often dismissed as aspects of cultural imperialism. However, author and metalhead Edward Banchs argues that African musicians are performing rock and heavy metal that is just as emotional, aggressive and ambitious as that of their peers around the world.
Global pop star Rihanna visited Malawi as part of her duties as the ambassador for Global Citizen and Global Partnership for Education (GPE). The pop star whose philanthropic activities started with the establishment of her foundation, Clara Lionel Foundation, spent her time with students and the board of directors of GPE. The foundation says its committed to the fight against injustice, inequality, and poverty, through education.
Florence Onyebuchi “Buchi” Emecheta one of the most popular and celebrated African writers has died at the age of 72 in London. The Nigerian novelist based in Britain since 1960, wrote several plays, autobiographies and children stories. The continent mourns the death of an African icon and tributes continue to pour in.
Kene Mkparu is the Group MD/CEO of FilmHouse Cinemas and FilmOne Distribution, a film exhibition company based in Nigeria. On the sidelines of the recently concluded African Film Festival that was held in Lagos, Mkparu spoke to Anne Mucheke.
Several readers, reviewers, writers and critics have recently responded to the release of Cameroonian novelist Imbolo Mbue’s debut novel, Behold the Dreamers. Bwesigye Bwa Mwesigire weighs in on the debate.
“Black people don’t get depressed” is a refrain heard in some white circles. Yet depression and mental illness exist in black communities – something that is hardly acknowledged or addressed. A session at the inaugural Abantu Book Festival made the links between violence, mental illness and creativity. Tiisetso Tselima was there and this is her report.