Nigerian writer Lesley Nneka Arimah is the winner of the 2019 Caine Prize for African Writing. The £10,000 prize is the most prestigious literary award for a short story on the continent.
While other African countries have been petitioning for decades and are actively moving towards the repatriation of cultural artefacts that were plundered during the colonial era, Kenya has only recently launched an investigation into which objects were removed from the East African nation, where in the West they are housed and who holds the agency to demand their repatriation.
East African literary icon Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o has been awarded the 2019 Erich Maria Remarque Peace Prize for Decolonising the Mind: The Politics of Language in African Literature. The collection of essays focuses on language and its constructive role in national culture, history and identity.
Nigerian photographer Yetunde Ayeni-Babaeko had a photographic exhibition, White Ebony, at the Temple Muse and hosted by SMO Contemporary Art. The exhibition highlighted the daily struggles of people with Albinism.
The Ake Arts and Book Festival, one of the best festivals on the continent took place in October. Enjoy this photo essay compiled by Nigerian photographer Kamnelechukwu Obasi for This Is Africa.
St. Lucian poet and playwright, Sir Derek Alton Walcott died today at his home at Cap Estate at the age of 87. The 1992 Nobel laureate for Literature had been hospitalised for a while. Walcott, who is arguably the greatest writer from the Caribbean first trained as a painter under Harold Simmons. He was the second Caribbean writer to receive the Nobel Prize in Literature after Saint-John Perse won it in 1960. The continent joins the world in mourning the death of a Caribbean literary icon and tributes continue to pour in.
Kene Mkparu is the Group MD/CEO of FilmHouse Cinemas and FilmOne Distribution, a film exhibition company based in Nigeria. On the sidelines of the recently concluded African Film Festival that was held in Lagos, Mkparu spoke to Anne Mucheke.
This is Africa interviews Saskia Goldschmidt on her debut novel, The Hormone Factory, and exploitation, the human, systems and change.