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Nigeria’s Romeo Oriogun awarded Brunel International African Poetry Prize

Nigeria’s Romeo Oriogun was announced the winner of the The Brunel International African Poetry Prize, in a unanimous decision by the judges. Oriogun received £3,000. Romeo’s win came as a surprise to him. The Brunel International African Poetry prize received 1,200 submissions out of which only 10 made the shortlist. We wish him the best in his literary career.

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Black people imagining themselves into existence

On Saturday Tseliso Monaheng decided to head down south to Soweto to check out the inaugural Abantu Book Festival, an initiative founded by Thando Mgqolozana and curated by Panashe Chigumadzi. To say it was lit would be a gross understatement. The topics on panels and the temperatures matched, while the film screening and poetry sessions added the pressure to further ignite a revelation in progress. People came from all across Johannesburg to take it all in. These are snapshots from Eyethu Lifestyle Centre in Soweto.

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WATCH: Nigerian Laolu Senbanjo’s artwork features in Beyonce’s visual album, Lemonade

Nigeria’s creative artist, Laolu Senbanjo whose artwork continues to receive global attention has recorded another momentous accomplishment, being featured in Beyoncé’s recently released “visual album”, Lemonade. The collaborative nature of the project, and adoption of African (Yoruba) artwork marks a triumph for inclusivity, pride and celebration of African cultures and heritage. Kudos to Laolu on this great feat!

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Chinua Achebe: 10 quotes

Today, 85 years ago, an African literary giant Albert Chinualumogu Achebe, was born. Popularly known by his abbreviated name, Chinua, Achebe was born on 16 November 1930 in the Igbo village of Ogidi and he was to become a celebrated novelist, poet, professor and critic