Remembering David Rubadiri, the father of East African poetry


I have to admit that I did not know his name. I am just scratching the surface of African literature. A wide subject with depth.  Recently David Rubadiri from Malawi passed away. He made a name for himself and for poetry. In this article you will more about his legacy.   Advertisements

Zina Saro-Wiwa: ‘For 10 years I didn’t cry about my father’


November 1995 is not to be forgotten. In this month the Nigerian writer and activist Ken Saro-Wiwa, together was others, was executed. His daughter Zina has her exhibition in London (UK) now, after a long journey. Tears were hard to come by. But her dad was present in her life, even when bullets made an … Continue reading Zina Saro-Wiwa: ‘For 10 years I didn’t cry about my father’

Fred Khumalo to publish a book of short stories in isiZulu


The South Africa writer Fred Khumalo is looking forward to a new road in his writing career. He is planning to publish a book in his mother tongue, isiZulu. The book will be published next year by a publishing house that specializes in publishing in isiZulu. Read (in English) more about this forthcoming publication here.  … Continue reading Fred Khumalo to publish a book of short stories in isiZulu

She got that glow


The Nigeria-rooted academic and writer Nnedi Okorafor has been on a steady climb in the world of literature and entertainment. She graced the red carpet with the man who accompanied her. To many the name of the man, George R.R. Martin, is more famous than Nnedi Okorafor, at least to some. To her fanbase Nnedi … Continue reading She got that glow

Northern Nigeria Creative Development: The Valley And The Boundary


Today is the start of a festival at the northern Nigerian town Minna. Many literary events take place in the southern parts of the country and it seems that the northern parts are left behind and left on their own. Well, Minna takes up the challenge. Have a look at the website of this festival. 

Here is our book prize long list


Sometimes I ask myself: do I need to put longlists and shortlists on my blog? There are soooo many prizes on the continent. Soo many lists, long and short. Soo many winners. But I will continue for it is a reminder of good books and short stories and poems. A sign of attention for all … Continue reading Here is our book prize long list