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Kenyan writer Troy Onyango launches Lolwe, a new literary magazine
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Arts and Culture Kenyan writer Troy Onyango launches Lolwe, a new literary magazine

A new literary magazine, Lolwe, founded by Kenyan writer Troy Onyango was launched on the 23rd of January 2020. Onyango has received support from writers on the continent including Nigerian author of Season of Crimson Blossom, Adam Abubakar Ibrahim, and Zimbabwean author of House of Stone, Novuyo Tshuma

Nigerian author Chigozie Obioma shortlisted for the 2019 Booker Prize
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Africans rising Nigerian author Chigozie Obioma shortlisted for the 2019 Booker Prize

The Booker Prize for Fiction has for years been criticised for favouring American novelists, and for four years running had no African writers in shortlist. Nigerian writer Chigozie Obioma has however beaten the odds as a twice shortlisted author for his novels ‘The Fishermen’ in 2015, and ‘An Orchestra of Minorities’ this year.

Ethiopian-American novelist Dinaw Mengestu’s book on Obama’s Summer Reading List
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Arts and Culture Ethiopian-American novelist Dinaw Mengestu’s book on Obama’s Summer Reading List

Former U.S President Barack Obama has shared his annual summer reading list, which includes How to Read the Air, a book by Ethiopian-American novelist Dinaw Mengestu. The list includes seminal works by various celebrated writers including Toni Morrison, Téa Obreht, Colson Whitehead, Ted Chiang, Haruki Murakami, and Hilary Mantel.

The extraordinary world of Kenyan poet and author Khadambi Asalache
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Arts and Culture The extraordinary world of Kenyan poet and author Khadambi Asalache

Khadambi Asalache, poet and pioneer of modern English Kenyan literature, lived an extraordinary life. Now, more than a decade after his death, the public can view his stunning estate, which he left to the National British Trust. The estate is exceptional because for more than 20 years he decorated it extensively with Moorish-influenced fretwork which he cut by hand from discarded pine doors and wooden boxes.

The Caine Prize for African Writing releases 2018 shortlist
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Lifestyle The Caine Prize for African Writing releases 2018 shortlist

The Caine Prize for African Writing has released the 2018 shortlist. The prize awards the best short story by an African writer in the English language. The shortlist showcases a diversity of themes and a wealth of literary talent. Congratulations to Nonyelum Ekwempu, Stacy Hardy, Olufunke Ogundimu, Makena Onjerika and Wole Talabi on being shortlisted.