Socrates Mbamalu

About the Author Socrates Mbamalu

Socrates Mbamalu was born in Nigeria and grew up in Kenya. His works have appeared in Waza Africa, Saraba Magazine, Deyu African, Kalahari Review, African Writer, Sankofa Mag, Jalada and adda. He is a 2016 Saraba Nonfiction Manuscript prize awardee. His Saraba nonfiction manuscript The Kenyan Boy is due for publication as an Ebook next year. He can be found on Twitter as @linsoc .


2017 Caine Prize Shortlist announced

The Caine Prize for African Writing, currently in its 18th year, released the 2017 shortlist. This year’s shortlist seems to have taken a cue from the 2015 debate over inclusivity and includes a few relatively unknown names. The list includes three Nigerian writers, a South African and a Sudanese.

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Africa’s old leaders and the victory of Macron

With the recent win of 39 year-old Emmanuel Macron as French President, there have been comparisons between Macron and Africa’s aged leaders. Is age really the issue or is it more of other factors such as experience, political will, accountability, and ideology. The election cry along the continent has been, ‘the younger the better.’ A young leader might not be the only solution to the leadership crisis most countries on the continent are facing.


Is Anthony Joshua the next boxing icon?

The sport of boxing has enveloped the world in a fever and a new face has emerged as the face of boxing- Anthony Joshua. Is this young man the next boxing icon? Joshua seems built to last, and like those before him, besides the winning streaks, there’s always something else in their game that made them stand out, and endure: burning passion, personality, tenacity, impeccable skill and character. Does Joshua have what it takes to be counted among the sport’s greatest?

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Nigeria’s Romeo Oriogun awarded Brunel International African Poetry Prize

Nigeria’s Romeo Oriogun was announced the winner of the The Brunel International African Poetry Prize, in a unanimous decision by the judges. Oriogun received £3,000. Romeo’s win came as a surprise to him. The Brunel International African Poetry prize received 1,200 submissions out of which only 10 made the shortlist. We wish him the best in his literary career.