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A Swarm of Writers Descend On Kampala

Every year since 2013, writers from all over the continent converge on Kampala, Uganda, for the Writivism Festival, an event that takes place over four days and culminates in an award ceremony. This year, the festival took place at The Square from 16 to 21 August. Amidst books and booze on the rooftop of a building with a serene view of the city’s magnificent hills, writers got to connect with fellow writers – and a community was built.

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Ntom’benhle dolls represent diverse South African cultures

Molemo Kgomo launched Ntombenhle Dolls in 2005 when she recognized the need for a doll that could capture her culture and bring it to life for her daughter and generations to come. The dolls celebrate the heritage of various South African cultural groups as they are dressed in apparel representing the following 8 cultural groups: Zulu, Sotho, Pedi, Swazi, Ndebele, Venda, Tsonga and Xhosa.

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African Journalists and Bloggers Leveraging Creative Non-fiction to Better Depict their Continent

“Irrespective of whether you write blog posts, long form or short articles, once you start producing text content for your newspaper or editorial staff on a regular basis, you’re already a step closer to non-fiction. You can already write a book! You are all writers already, you just need to be given a better outlook on what’s already before your eyes.”

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Nigeria: Kaduna Book and Arts Festival, experiences overwhelming attendance despite resistance

The Kaduna Book and Arts Festival (#KABAFEST) in northern #Nigeria kicked off yesterday despite a number of online attacks and prodding to boycott the event. The festival, which has been announced would be an annual event will run from the 5th to the 8th of July, 2017. Sudanese writer and the first Caine Prize winner Leila Aboulela will headline the festival while other writer like Dami Ajayi, Toni Kan, Titilope Sonuga, Efe Paul Azino, Kadaria Ahmed among others will be joined by HRH Lamido Sanusi Lamido and Matthew Kukah for various panel discussions. The festival is in its first edition and it has seen a massive turnout.