On March 20, 2016 Jalada Africa, an online journal, published a short story originally written in an African language, with translations in thirty African languages. By taking Ngugi’s Ituĩka Rĩa Mũrũngarũ: Kana Kĩrĩa Gĩtũmaga Andũ Mathiĩ Marũngiĩ (The Upright Revolution: Or Why Humans Walk Upright) and making it the most translated African language story, Jalada made literary history.
An 11 year-old Zakes Mda made his way into Lesotho by crossing the country’s southern border with South Africa. He navigated the winding Maloti mountain terrain to join his father, A.P. Mda, a lawyer and Pan Africanist Congress (PAC) stalwart who had exiled himself to the country earlier.
It is easy to come across writers gifted in comic writing; those with an eye for the insanely comical, as well as those who recount the horrors of human behavior; carefully highlighting the manifestation of traits hidden within the recesses of our subconscious, waiting for the right opportunity to surface. Hardly, do we see a writer who is adept at highlighting both the comic and the tragic. Saah Millimono succeeds in this feat, and with almost no transition, lively hilarious prose gives way to a sinister tale detailing the horrors of war in Liberia in 1990.
A Swedish women’s rights organisation is to distribute printed copies of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s award-winning TED Talk ‘We Should All Be Feminists’ to Sweden’s 16 year-old high school students to ensure use as a “stepping stone” for discussions about gender equality
In the past, the Ake Arts and Book Festival, which holds in Abeokuta, Nigeria, has featured renowned authors like Nobel prize winner, Wole Soyinka and Booker Prize winner, Marlon James. The 2015 edition, currently underway until 21 November, also boasts a line-up of celebrated guest writers
For his celebrated debut novel, The Fishermen, Nigerian writer Chigozie Obioma is one of six authors vying for this year’s Man Booker prize, one of the most prestigious book prizes in the world
This Is Africa, Open Book Cape Town and #cocreateSA hosted four acclaimed authors for a Meet and Greet evening on Friday. Guests were treated to book presentations, Q&As, readings and spoken word poetry