‘My own books make me cry as I write – it’s pathetic’


There is a book she has underrated. It is book written by the Nigerian author Helon Habila. The book  was published in 2002. This comment was made by the Sierra Leonian Scottish writer Aminatta Forna. She made this comment and other comments about books in her life in this interview.  Advertisements

Three Elegies by Helon Habila


It is always a moment of joy when I get the opportunity to share some poems with you. This time three poems by the Nigerian writer Helon Habila. His recent book was on the Chibok girls. Now three poems on the end of life for people. The end is drawing near, not jus for Chibok … Continue reading Three Elegies by Helon Habila

Helon Habila, Maaza Mengiste named The New American Voices award judges


Helon Habila (Nigeria) and Maaza Mengiste (Ethiopia/USA) form, together with Madeleine Thein, USA), the jury of a literary prize. The prize is run by an organization with a long name. The name is the Institute for Immigration Research New American Voices Award. The winner of the prize will receive $5000.

fiction writing


At the forthcoming Ake festival there will be session on the art of writing fiction. They have managed to get some famous writers to give these classes (or facilitate these sessions). They are Helon Habila, Taiye Selasi and  Nnedi. There is still the opportunity to participate.

prizing african writing


There are so many literary prizes around, also in Africa. I think that the number is even increasing. But what is the value of all these prizes? Shoudl we care about the prizes that are gives form outside the continent? Do we think an outside prize is better? The debate continues. At the Franschhoek Literary … Continue reading prizing african writing