Elesin Oba, The King’s Horseman, is a film of a play by author and activist Wole Soyinka. It premieres at the Toronto International Film Festival.
Nigerian writer Oghenechovwe Donald Ekpeke is up for two Hugo Awards at the 80th World Science Fiction Convention. He is also scheduled to read and speak at the premier SF convention. Ekpeki’s U.S visa finally got approved after a long struggle.
Poet, soldier and critic of postcolonial elites, Hadraawi was the greatest poet of his generation.
From Blood Sisters to Half of a Yellow Sun, he was loved for his TV series and films as well as his novel Burma Boy.
Old Love Skin, a pan-African poetry collection, finds new voices summoning divinity where they please, and turning history pictures to the wall to fill in the blank negatives with ambivalence, impiety and intrigue. Poetry is, here, voice and breath, medicine and blood, origin and trace, unresolvedly tangled in a witching combat.
Blessing-Miles Tendi writes with thorough commitment. The Army and Politics in Zimbabwe came out of approximately 150 in-depth interviews with Solomon Mujuru’s military and political associates in five countries. Tendi does not hold back Mujuru’s flowers, somewhat commemoratively views him as “Zimbabwe’s last great hero,” and humanly indulges his failings. If you should feel less celebratory about Mujuru after reading the biography, it’s because there is no skipping or glossing either.
Playing out in an animal kingdom, Glory is a devastating political commentary on Zimbabwe today.
OitentaNoventa is facilitating monthly conversations between writers born in the 1980s and 1990s with writers and industry actors they look up to from older generations. Founders and award-winning writers David Bene and Mélio Tinga share their progress with This Is Africa’s Onai Mushava.
Carl Terver spoke with the poet and writer Kelvin Kellman who recently concluded a residency as a James Currey fellow in Oxford University.