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Ahmadou Kourouma – portrait of a literary giant

If, in the English-speaking world, he is (mostly) known to university students reading African literature, in the francophone world Ahmadou Kourouma is a literary giant. This is a feat he managed not by producing a lot of writings – the writer, who died in 2003 at the age of 76 in exile in Lyon, wrote six novels, and unlike most writers of his generation, did not engage in writing numerous essays or opinion pieces. Kourouma was that writer who let his books express what he felt. On the anniversary of his death on 11 December 2003, This Is Africa brings you a portrait of the Ivorian literary giant whose unique writing style is unrivalled in his native country.

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Where is Ivorian literature really at?

The contemporary literature scene in Côte d’Ivoire consists of mostly university professor-writers who snub books that do not come from within their circle. This, added to the already insular state of writing and publishing houses being described as “manuscript graveyards”, paints a bleak picture for Ivorian literature. Nevertheless, a younger generation is working on alternatives and breaking the barriers of this insularity.

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The Singularity of Writivism’s Projects: an interview with Bwesigye Bwa Mwesigire

When Naseemah Mohamed, Kyomuhendo A Ateenyi and Bwesigye Bwa Mwesigire started Writivism in 2012, its focus was on Uganda. Today, Writivism runs workshops all over the African continent (and a mentoring programme), including in French-speaking countries; up to four creative writing prizes; publishes creative work by emerging African writers; and curates an annual literary festival in Kampala (and extends activities to schools). Dzekashu MacViban discusses with Bwesigye Bwa Mwesigire (Former Director in charge of Partnerships and Editorial duties), highlighting the singularity of Writivism’s projects, the importance of translation and what to expect during the 2016 Writivism Festival in Kampala, Uganda.