Education, Race, History

Education, Race, History Sunday 2 July 11:30 – 12:45 With Panashe Chigumadzi, Bwesigye Bwa Mwesigire and Toni Stuart. Rhodes Must Fall and the student movement have brought issues of education, race and history in South Africa into the international limelight. But these events represent a culmination of ideas and debates that have a long backstory, […]

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The Strides of Jalada Africa; a Pan-African Writers’ Collective

In June 2013, Jalada Africa formed as a result of conversations between 22 young African writers drawn from Zimbabwe, Kenya, Uganda, South Africa and Nigeria. They were in Nairobi, Kenya, participating in a Creative Writing Workshop. This convention was designed by the acclaimed Zimbabwean editor, Ellah Wakatama Allfrey, with the collaboration of Kwani? Trust and […]

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The Impossibly Dapper Novelist: A Look at Alain Mabanckou’s Style File

This article was originally published by Brittle Paper and is republished here with the permission of the author From Chimamanda Adichie’s widely-publicized made-in-Nigeria wardrobe to Teju Cole’s Ikire Jones scarves to Prof Ato Quayson’s fedora hats, fashion and style have become a new mode of self-expression among African literary figures. They effortlessly blend literary success and a love for style. In so doing, […]

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Alain Mabanckou brings Sapology to #AfricaWrites17

To celebrate Alain Mabanckou’s unique style, come dress to impress to his talk on July 2nd in your best dandy clothes and sapeur garments and win a signed copy of Black Moses. Get your tickets here Not sure what are sapeurs to begin? Watch the video below to know more:   Need inspiration for Sunday 2 July? […]

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Shrinking civic space within democratic upper middle-income countries

Severe violations of the rights of environmental activists are committed in a considerable number of upper middle-income countries. Civil society organizations in these countries are facing an ever-shrinking space in which to do their work legally and safely. These countries are no longer eligible for most European development support, as they are perceived to be […]

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Me, Myself and Alain: On My Mission to Read Alain Mabanckou’s Books

This article was originally published by BookShy and is republished here with the permission of the author Alain Mabanckou’s works in English Back in May 2012, I wrote a post revealing my obsession with wanting to read every book ever published by Alain Mabanckou – award-winning writer from Congo-Brazzaville.  Clearly, I was restricted by my inability to read […]

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On Alain Mabanckou | An Essay

This article was originally published by Brittle Paper and is republished here with the permission of the author Alain Mabankcou spent his childhood in Pointe-Noire, a port city in Congo-Brazzaville. But Paris is where he came of age as a writer, first as poet and later as a novelist. As a result of inhabiting these multiple […]

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5 Lusophone writers you should know

Abdulai Silá Born in 1958, Abdulai Silá lives in Bissau and combines telecommunications work with writing. He is the author of four novels: Eterna Paixão, A Última Tragédia, Mistida and Memórias SOManticas, as well as two plays: As Oracoes de Mansata and Dois Tiros e Uma Gargalhada. He has also written short stories and several […]

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5 Francophone writers to discover

Alain Mabanckou Alain Mabanckou was born in 1966 in the Congo. He currently lives in LA, where he teaches literature at UCLA. He is the author of six volumes of poetry and six novels. He is the winner of the Grand Prix de la Littérature 2012, and has received the Subsaharan African Literature Prize and […]

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Krio Culture and Heritage Sharing Session

Krio Culture and Heritage Sharing Session Saturday 1 July, 16: 00 – 17:30 Learning Room 2, British Library Learning Centre Earlier in the year we partnered with the Krios Dot Com and the British Library to host a Krio Heritage Show and Tell session. This was followed by two creative writing sessions, in which participants […]

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