African writing

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.

Young literary bloggers of Sudan
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Politics and Society Young literary bloggers of Sudan

Blogging has become a phenomenon across the world, providing an informal platform that creates access to differing human experiences in numerous contexts. In our interests, we hardly ever look to the north of Africa to see the wealth of literary content that is pouring out of there. Here is a list of young Sudanese literary bloggers and writers who will serve as an introduction to the range of talent to be found in Sudan.